THE city simulator. It's old but it's the best one out there if you ask me. Even though the graphics aren't full 3D they are still surprisingly high definition and it is fun to zoom in close and just look at the buildings. The graphics really do still hold up. I was honestly surprised.
The gameplay is fantastic if you're into this genre and there are only a few problems with it. Some of those can be fixed with mods which there are plenty of. The modding community is great and popular mods are totally worth getting even if some of them change the game mechanics quite a bit. If you new to the genre I would recommend you first play a city or two without mods to get the vanilla experience. For the fans of the genre: mod to your hearts content. You can pull a lot of extra depth out of the game with the right mods.
You will waste days managing your city once you get sucked in. Prepare your calendar accordingly. This among my favorite games of all time.
(I have probably played SimCity a hundred hours back in the day. I still have the disc!)
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Story: -/5 (There isn't one.)
Challenge: 3.5/5 (Depends on individual styles of play.)
Posted: November 25th, 2013