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SimCity 4: Deluxe Edition is an enhanced compilation package featuring both SimCity 4 and its first expansion pack, SimCity 4: Rush Hour. For those unfamiliar with the games, SimCity 4 offers players the chance to act as an omnipotent being and mayor, literally sculpting the terrain to create mountains, valleys, and rivers before laying the groundwork for a budding metropolis. Players can also create lightning storms, hurricanes, fires, and more to see if their creation can withstand the ravages of the elements. As mayor, it is the player's responsibility to ensure economic growth, prosperity, and a hospitable place to live with low crime. Characters from The Sims can also inhabit cities, providing players with valuable feedback on the quality of life.
Game Genre: Simulation
Required Operating System: Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional, Microsoft Windows 98, Microsoft Windows ME, Microsoft Windows XP
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Media Format: CD-ROM
Release Date: 2003-9-22
Product Title: Electronic Arts SimCity 4 Deluxe Edition
Manufacturer: Electronic Arts
Power Score: 4.2 | 9 Reviews
License Type: Full Product
URL: Manufacturer Link
Min License Size: 1 user(s)
Required Video Memory: 32 MB
Recommended Memory: 256 MB
Required Disk Space: 1 GB
Required Processor Speed: 500 MHz
Recommended Processor Class: Intel Pentium III Processor
Recommended Processor Speed: 1 GHz
Required Processor Class: Intel Pentium III Processor
Max License Size: 1 user(s)
Required Memory: 128 MB
Product Reviews (9)
A true classic
Strengths: Detailed graphics; tons of options and controls; different gameplay modes
Weakness: 3D views limited to 4 angles - makes some lots on hills hard to see; no Godzilla-monster like previous versions
SimCity has come a long way over the years. This latest version brings updates the graphics and gameplay to what you'd expect from a modern computer game - it almost feels like a real city at times. I was really impressed by the sheer amount of control that it gives the player. This is a great game for all ages and has different levels of difficulty, for beginners who just want to get a city...
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SimCity has come a long way over the years. This latest version brings updates the graphics and gameplay to what you'd expect from a modern computer game - it almost feels like a real city at times. I was really impressed by the sheer amount of control that it gives the player.
This is a great game for all ages and has different levels of difficulty, for beginners who just want to get a city going, on up to advanced players who want challenges that require more strategic thinking. Be warned, though: this is a game that will keep you busy for a couple hours at a time if you want to get anything out of it!
By Anonymous - Dec 2, 2007
SimCity...now larger than ever
Strengths: Good graphics. Ability to zoom in at better quality than before. Ability to play with characters from the Sims. Original and expansion in one package.
Weakness: Annoying bugs that require patching.
SimCity 4 improved quite a lot from the previous games of the SimCity franchise. The game uses 3D engine to deliver better graphics than previous games. The buildings look more realistic and have better shadows, the people and vehicles also looks better. It is possible to zoom in at the city and have a better look at the people, vehicles, buildings and such, than the previous games. Custom...
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SimCity 4 improved quite a lot from the previous games of the SimCity franchise. The game uses 3D engine to deliver better graphics than previous games. The buildings look more realistic and have better shadows, the people and vehicles also looks better. It is possible to zoom in at the city and have a better look at the people, vehicles, buildings and such, than the previous games. Custom characters from the Sims can also be used in SimCity 4, making it much more fun to have characters with desirable personalities. It is also fun to see how characters from the Sims react outside of the Sims' house view.
The Deluxe Edition is good since it bundles the original SimCity 4 and the expansion together at fairly good price. That way, there is no need to buy them separately.
The game is fun and all, but there are some annoying bugs that require patching in order to make the game run smoothly and enjoyable. It is a good thing that Electronic Arts provided patches for some of the major issues and made them available for manual patching, since their autopatching was painful and buggy.
Overall, the game provided much more eye candy than the previous games in the series and hence it is quite enjoyable to look at the city and citizens with good graphics. For SimCity fans and the Sims fans alike, this game provides good fun without confined to a single house!
By drakula - Aug 29, 2007
Strengths: Much more "real life" than earlier versions. I enjoyed having the "people" around town.
Weakness: Takes too much time for cities to develop
Takes a long time for a city to develop. Needs lots of micromanagement. ADDICTIVE!! PLAY AT YOUR OWN RISK!!! Be prepared to spend HOURS playing.. I would buy this game again.
By anonymous; - Oct 1, 2005
Strengths: LOTS OF OPTIONS TO WORK ARROUND
Weakness: BUILDING DESIGNS NEED MORE OPTIONS, INDUSTRY OPTIONS TOO, GAME CAN BECOME TO LONG, BE READY FOR SOME LONG HOURS...WHICH MANY OF US JUST CAN'T AFFORD!!
FABULOUS!!! SO MUCH THAT I HAD TO THROW IT AWAY (B/C HIDDING IT JUST WASN'T HELPING IT) TO FOCUS IN COLLEGE... AND YET FOUND MY WAY BACK TO THE STORES TO PURCHASE IT AGAIN AND AGAIN. (STRORES) = MORE THAN ONE TILL I COULD FIND IT.
A REAL ADDICTION...PLAY IT A YOUR OWN RISK...
By AS474923 - Sep 26, 2005
If you liked previous versions of...
Strengths: The best graphics to date in the Sim City series. The simulation feels even closer to reality than previous versions, and with more possibilities and choices to make.
Weakness: It can take a very long time to develop a thriving city and requires a lot of micromanagement.
If you liked previous versions of Sim City, I believe you can enjoy this one, too. Just be ready to dedicate long hours to playing it in order to grow desirable cities.
By jsanson - May 25, 2004