SimCity 4

A new entry in the popular series of city builders developed by Maxis. In comparison with the previous installments, SimCity 4 offers a wide range of new additions and updates. The governed city is no longer a single entity – we are free to connect different cities into a single metropolis linked by industry, public services, or economic means. Moreover, we are now able to view the citizens of each neighborhood and investigate their views and worries regarding the functioning of the city. The creative players received access to new terraforming tools, enabling us to level hills, choose a terrain type, or introduce water basins. The world itself now sees a day and night cycle, as well as fully functional public services such as fire departments. Interestingly enough, the developers have introduced the ability to import The Sims characters and settle them in the city. SimCity 4 is characterized by much more detailed three-dimensional visuals and a new user-friendly interface.

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PC / Windows
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SimCity 4

SimCity 4 | PC

SimCity 4 release date for PC:

game language:
English

09 January 2003 | Worldwide

09 January 2003 | Europe

Game mode: single player , size: 2 CD
Game score 7.9 / 10 calculated out of 2201 players' votes.  

Sim City 4 for PC / Windows is a new installment of the cult-classic city management series developed continually from 1989 by Maxis. Interestingly enough, the new entry in the series attempts to introduce a more grandiose approach to the city building, enabling us to create metropolitan areas that serve different purposes, as well as create economical and industrial links between neighboring settlements. These features mean new possibilities and an unprecedented scale – the introduced worlds are now infinitely bigger that the one encountered in previous installments of SimCity series.

Mechanics

For the first time in the history of the series, SimCity 4 offers the ability to customize the life of the individual citizens inhabiting our metropolis. We can take a look at the daily life of the given district or street, learn more about the problems or the direction the city is taking, as well as view the citizens’ rating of the governing body (i.e. the player). Finally, the players can import their The Sims characters and settle them in the city.

In comparison with the previous installments of the series, Sim City 4 offers a number of new features, including new terraforming tools, as well as active civil services which respond to the emergencies in the city. Each metropolis consists of hundreds of detailed objects and polished animations (e.g. moving pedestrians, vehicles, smoke) including new additions in form of reworked civic buildings. For the first time in the history of the series, the authors introduced a day and night cycle. Aside from the above, we’ve received access a notice system that helps us govern the city and respond or avert numerous catastrophes (including volcano eruptions, earthquakes, or riots) which may haunt our metropolis.

Technical Aspects

SimCity 4 for PC / Windows is characteristic for its detailed three-dimensional visuals and an extended ambient soundtrack. The developers also introduced a new, user-friendly interface.

PEGI Rating

Age rating. The PEGI rating considers the age suitability of a game, not the level of difficulty.

System requirements

Recommended: Pentium III 1 GHz, 256MB RAM, 32MB graphic card, 1 GB HDD