Background: I love city builders and have wanted to try this twist on the genre for quite some time.. and then Humble Bundle comes to the rescue. Have played the base game with none of the expansions.
Impressions: This is such a hard game to give a fair review too.. and it's not that it's a bad game... it just has a frustrating element to seemingly balance out every good one.
The biggest issues are with the tutorial poorly describes the two systems it covers and does very little to prepare you for the deep-end when it finishes. To really play with any degree of success it's essential to watch some tutorials videos online and read some fan sites to get information on just how the transport systems work.
There's so much game play and it's fun to build thriving economies but so frustrating when you cant see why your city is failing or when one poor choice has you scurrying back to the last save you made till you save before placing every single building.
*Decent graphics and sound, not amazing but more than adequate.
*Nice touches like seeing individual people travelling around the network.
*A range of transport options that are nicely animated.
*Pre-order bonuses are now free in the inbuilt store.
*Intelligently connecting lines gives satisfying results.
*Growing a city really feels like you are making a difference.
*Creating routes requires some thought and the campaign makes you think more as you progress.
*Campaign is really fun, if disjointed, as you town hop back-n-fore.
*Steep learning curve and terribly inadequate tutorial.
*Graphics and sound don't wow you but aren't irritating either.
*Despite a range of transport several systems feel too much alike.
*Campaign missions are repetitive, boring and lack vital info.
*Ticket pricing and wages are lacking depth.
*Despite dozens of information windows some feedback just isn't available.
*Setting timetables is a chore, even with the copy function.
*Building/Stop upgrading is initially confusing.
*Very limited modding options, which could have been really fun.
City builders and god game people. Certainly for teenagers as there's little to wow a younger audience.
7/10. I so badly want to give this an 8/10 but the problems in the base game stop it being as fun as it so nearly was.