Title: SimCity 3000
Released: January 31st 1999
After two weeks of talking about the new consoles and saying how bland rather than bad they are, I think it’s time to cleanse my palate and your eyes with a PC game from the years of yonder. By that I mean 1999. The year when most people thought the world was going to end because of a fear that PC’s where so stupid they couldn’t count to 2000. Which smoothly segways me to a game where you can build up a world (well, a city) to prominence and then call an invasion of aliens to test the properties of the people’s orifices (or just the one with “pooperties”! Anyone?) or just call in Godzilla to just get the apocalypse over with. Only seems fair.
Yes, it’s “SimCity 3000”! Or in my case “SimCity 3000: UK Edition” which means “SimCity 3: Special Edition.” Well “1/2 Special Edition.” There was a “World Edition” as well. Certainly shows that even in the years of yonder EA’s consumer policy was to sell everything in as many pieces as possible. A policy that lasts to this day with City’s sequel “The Sims 3” with its (at current) 11 Expansion packs and add-on packs. Or it might be just because the game needs that many add-on and expansions because the game is pretty boring.
I think it’s time I put my hand up and clarified that ‘I don’t like the Sims.’ I’m not a fan of simulation games generally, but I know the audience and why they’re there. “The Sims,” on the other hand, is like reality television. Once you get past the idea of building your friends and/or ex’s and tormenting them to the point there is an all too pleasant, almost sexual, glee watching them cry and die, the game just gets boring. Continue reading