SimCity 4 Deluxe Edition includes the bestselling SimCity 4 and the all-new SimCity 4 Rush Hour Expansion Pack. Create the most massive region of cities ever, with a farming town, bedroom community, high-tech commercial center, and industrial backbone.
User reviews: Mostly Positive (1,937 reviews)
Release Date: Sep 22, 2003

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"Still the best city builder out there. Warning: a bit buggy on newer machines. Mod community is amazing and it's dirt cheap."

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SimCity 4 Deluxe Edition includes the bestselling SimCity 4 and the all-new SimCity 4 Rush Hour Expansion Pack. Create the most massive region of cities ever, with a farming town, bedroom community, high-tech commercial center, and industrial backbone. Take complete control of your city's transportation system, and solve U-Drive-It missions — from fighting crime to tackling disasters. Watch your population skyrocket as you get your Sims on the go and create the ultimate living, breathing megalopolis — the most expansive SimCity 4 compilation ever.

Features

  • Create an Entire Region of Cities — Weave together a tapestry of cities linked by a fully integrated transportation network and watch them share and compete for resources.
  • Wield God-like Powers — Sculpt the landscape to create a world based on your imagination, then summon volcanoes, tornadoes, meteors, and lightning.
  • Be a Responsive Mayor — Build a world-class city with stadiums, airports, universities, and real-world landmarks. Deploy emergency vehicles and join in the action as they battle blazes, mobs, and more.
  • Get Insight from Your Sims — Read the rhythm of the city, from commuter hell to mellow cruising, noon-time crowds to night-time calm.


Includes SimCity™ 4 Rush Hour:



Have the ultimate level of control over your city's transportation network by completely taking charge of roads, rail, air, waterways, and even vehicles. U-Drive It! missions will be presented for you to solve, such as chasing down a bank robber or apprehending a car-jacker. Choose from all-new road types including wide-avenues, suspension bridges, or one-way streets, as well as map out seamless regional networks that whisk Sims from one city to another. Wreak havoc with all-new disasters including a UFO invasion, massive wrecks at railroad crossings, and the occasional car fender bender. There are also all-new tutorials available to help you get started.

System Compatibility

SimCity was tested for performance and hardware compatibility when it was originally launched. While the classic gameplay of SimCity 4 remains unchanged, unexpected performance and graphics issues with newer systems may occur. If you experience any performance or graphics issues, we recommend running in Windowed Mode and/or Compatibility Mode to maintain the intended experience.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: PIII 500 or equivalent
    • Memory: 256MB
    • Graphics: 32MB supported Direct3D capable video card with DirectX 7.0 or greater
      compatible driver
    • DirectX®: DirectX 8.1
    • Hard Drive: 1.6GB
    • Supported 3D Accelerator Hardware: SimCity 4 Deluxe / Rush Hour requires a 32MB 3D Direct3D chipset, and a display that is at least 800x600 in size, and supports 16 or 32-bit color. It is recommended to always install the latest certified drivers for all your hardware
     

    Supported Graphics Chipsets

    Cards with these chipsets are officially supported by the SimCity 4 hardware graphics driver:
    nVidia: http://www.nvidia.com
    • nVidia TNT2, TNT2 M64, & TNT2 Ultra
    • nVidia GeForce SDR, GeForce DDR, GeForce Quadro, GeForce2 GTS, GeForce2 MX, GeForce2 GTS, GeForce3, GeForce4 MX, GeForce4 Ti 4200/4400/4600/4800 SE, and GeForceFX 5200/5600/5800/5900
    ATI: http://www.ati.com
    • ATI Radeon 7000, 7200, 7500, 8500, 9000, 9200, 9500, 9600, 9700, 9800
    • Known Issues: Due to hardware limitations with the ATI Radeon series, some buildings and graphic effects will be temporarily turned off while scrolling. There is a known ATI driver defect that results in SimCity advisor animations dropping polygons. To fix this, please download ATI driver 7.79 or later (also referred to as CATALYST 02.4) from http://www.ati.com on the Internet.
    Matrox: http://www.matrox.com
    • Matrox G400, G450, G550, Parhelia
    SiS: http://www.sis.com
    • SiS 315, Xabre 400
    Software Mode: SimCity 4 also provides a software-based graphics driver which will work with most video cards. 32MB of video memory is recommended. The graphics mode driver can be selected from the Graphics Options panel in the game, or may be run from the command line using the switch -d:Software. The following video chipsets will run the game properly in software mode:
    • PowerVR KYRO, KYRO II
    • Trident Blade 64
    Minimum:
    • OS: 10.8.5 (Mountain Lion), 10.9.2 (Mavericks)
    • Processor: 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo (Dual-Core)
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Hard Disk Space: 2 GB
    • Video Memory: 256 MB
    • Video Card: ATI Radeon HD 3870 / NVidia Geforce 8800 / Intel
    • Additional: Macintosh mouse and keyboard required.

    • NOTICE: This game is not supported on volumes formatted as Mac OS Extended (Case Sensitive)
    • NOTICE: The following video chipsets are unsupported for SimCity4 Deluxe: ATI RADEON HD 2400, 2600, NVIDIA 8600m, Intel Integrated GMA 950, Intel Integrated x3100
    • NOTICE: SimCity4 Deluxe Mac is localized into French, Italian, German, Spanish, and Japanese
    Recommended:
    • OS: 10.9.2 (Mavericks)
    • Processor: 2.2GHz Intel Quad Core or better
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Video Memory: 512 MB
    • Video Card: ATI Radeon HD 5750 / NVidia Geforce 650M
Helpful customer reviews
1,171 of 1,217 people (96%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
92.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 26, 2014
Doesn't require a constant internet connection
Doesn't randomly wipe cities
Doesn't prevent you from using mods
Doesn't restrict control over regions
Doesn't confine you to a 10x10 city grid

It does however put a game that is 10 years newer to shame. If you want SimCity, look no further.
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409 of 470 people (87%) found this review helpful
22 people found this review funny
20.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 31, 2014
The kids of my town have to cross a Freeway by foot to get to School because I cut funding for the Bus. 10/10
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98 of 110 people (89%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
923.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 19, 2014
You can look how many hours I played.And I can easily say that this game is the Da Vinci of the city-builder games. And modding is incredible.. Mod community is like Louvre Museum. You can find any kind of great, oustanding, authentic mod -buildings, road networks, maps in the community.

Do you want to create masterpieces ? Then, you should play Simcity 4
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103 of 120 people (86%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
214.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 23, 2014
Since I won't touch SimCity 2013 (and Origin in general) due to all the problems and irritants those bring to the table, SimCity 4 is the most recent choice of SimCity games that I can really play. It is dated and has some issues such as lack of widescreen support and the other usual issues older games have with newer OS's, but that can be fixed. And despite that, from what I have heard, this game is still better than the recent remake even without all those online issues that game had, with more features and larger maps to build cities on. Also this game has a strong modding community (Simtropolis) with an insane amount of new buildings and stuff to add to your game. Ideally you want a good PC if you plan on making super-big cities and don't want your game to lag like crazy, but even my poo PC can more or less handle this fine despite having built cities more densely populated than any currently existing on Earth.

So if you feel the sudden urge to build cities, and yet realize that so many city building games of the past few years have a host of glaring issues, then SimCity 4 is your best choice. Have fun! :D
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31 of 41 people (76%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
223.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 5, 2014
When I bought this game half a year ago, I wasn't familiar at all with city-building games, but it was on sale and SimCity was of course a known franchise, so I bought it. When I started up the game for the 1st time I saw that I sometimes suffered from unexplainable graphical issues (colored lines ramdomly appearing on the screen). I went on. Then I noticed that the game sometimes chrashes (it happened to me about 10% of the times that I play it). I went on. Then I saw that I had been playing for hours. I went on.

This game is just so good that I dont't really mind these issues that I have from time to time. It is just so nice to start from scratch and create the city of your dreams (or the City of Death, for that matter). But that's just the start. After you're done with one city you will want to start up another neighboring city and connect both. and then a third city. And a fouth. There is just so much replayability because every city has different terrain. And while I can say that it's definetely not easy to make (and keep) your city healthy , it's not too complex to handle.

Since I bought this I have played more than 140 hours in 5 months time. For someone who also plays numerous other games, that's quite something. So yes, I'd definetely recommend this game if you have only a remote interest in city planning/management. It's already quite cheap normally, but when it's on sale there should definetely be no excuse for not buying this game if you think you will like it. It'll be worth the money.
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36 of 52 people (69%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
37.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 17, 2014
I built a city from nothing to over 100,000 people, accidentally destroyed my solar power plant, then summoned aliens to destroy the city out of frustration. 10/10.
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32 of 46 people (70%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 4
You know how an Italian chef kisses his fingers and says something in Italian that translates to "A masterpiece" after tasting their own dish? That's how I feel about this game.
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15 of 19 people (79%) found this review helpful
200.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 28, 2014
We still have yet to see a true successor to the immense scale offered by SimCity 4. It has everything from the peaceful zen of settling a farming village in rolling hills, carving out a bustling coastal metroplolis, or the dirty fun of managing the man-made mountains of your region's garbage city.

The modding community has really made this game shine. At the minimum I recommend the Network Addon Mod (NAM) because of the improved traffic simulator - even if you choose to not increase the road capacities or include new highway and rail components. A full NAM install will add a good bit of content, so choose carefully when doing a custom install if you dont want your menus to get too bloated.

I have also managed to get the game running smoothly on my modern hardware (3770k + Radeon 7850). This game is known to erroneously detect moden Radeon HD 7xxx series GPUs as the old non-HD 7000 series. In the game's GraphicsRules.sgr file I commented-out the entire section on "radeon slow path for partial depth buffer copies" and added a new rule for the "AMD Radeon HD 7000 Slow-Down Fix" posted in the simtropolis forums - this resolved choppy scrolling issues.

I also use the following launch options set in steam:
-intro:off -CustomResolution:enabled -r1920x1080x32 -d:directx -w -CPUcount:1

These options: disable intro, enable and set custom resolution, directX video output, windowed mode, use only one cpu.
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11 of 13 people (85%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 14
Wanna build a city? Get sim city!
Wanna drive a police car? Get sim city!
Wanna pilot a helicopter? Get sim city!
Wanna drive a tank? Get sim city!
Wanna be a tornado? Get sim city!
Wanna unleash a volcano? Get sim city!
Wanna build roads? Get sim city!
Wanna pollute the air? Get sim city!
Wanna sell your garbage to neighboring cities? Get sim city!
Wanna cut funds on everything important including education, hospitals, police, fire brigade, etc to save money? Get sim city!
Wanna release a giant killer robot? Get sim city!
Wanna summon an alien mothership? Get sim city!
Wanna build Area 51? Get sim city!
Wanna be economically friendly? Get sim city!
Wanna drive an ice cream truck? Get sim city!
Wanna drive somebody to the hospital after they slipped on llame dung? Get sim city!
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23 of 36 people (64%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 16
EA.... why you wanna break my heart?

EA.... why you wanna break my heart?



10/10 Not Origin.
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12 of 16 people (75%) found this review helpful
11.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 8, 2014
I am very glad I did not buy the latest Sim City because this is so much better. If you want it to be updated a bit more just add some mods. Brilliant game and I recommend it to every one!
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19 of 30 people (63%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
15.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 9, 2014
Greatest and most complicated city builder to date. It's very interesting exploring the ruins of this game's modding community online.
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8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
87.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 10
This is my favorite city building game, and for good reason. It's rare that a game can endure longer than 10 years, but this is one of those games that I keep coming back to again and again. This is one of my all time favorite games.
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24 of 42 people (57%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
6.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 15, 2014
got to feel the real life pressures of managing a city, i became the mayor and built up my city.
i then got bored and destroyed it with a giant robot.

10/10 most accurate game ever
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15 of 25 people (60%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
105.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 26, 2014
IT'S BEEN 11 YEARS! 11 YEARS AND STILL NO ONE CAN SURPASS SIM CITY 4!
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20 of 36 people (56%) found this review helpful
9.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 5, 2014
Just stop playing your fps and play a real game for once, this game.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 25
Build your own city and see how far you can go, or you can build your city and destroy it!! Cool thing about this game is you can drive/fly helicoptors and cars in your own city. You can also create your very own sim!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
33.5 hrs on record
Posted: April 5
So addictive!
Played it for hours.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 9
Sim City 4 is still the Gold Standard city building simulation game, 12 years and counting. This game still is at the top of the throne because of all the customization and modification you're able to make in this game. With several websites solely dedicated to hosting SC4 mods, you are left with endless possibilities in how you want to design your region and cities. The only misfortune this game suffers from is that is doesn't have the modern luxuries of new games(enhanced graphics, better hardware support, better core features to name a few), but the modification to this game helps alleviate most of this issues.

While my time on Sim City 4 is limited through Steam, I have certainly put in over 1500+ hours of game play throughout the years, and it remains one of my favorite games of all time(a game that I certainly keep coming back to over time). If you're into city building games, this is a must for anyones gaming library. Even after 12 years, every city building game that comes out has the same questions, which is, "Can this topple SC4 for best city build sim?". Each game has failed to dethrone this champion(Cities:Skylines might be the best bet). With all that said, if you haven't played this game, I highly urge you to make this an addition to your library, you will not be disappointed!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
39.9 hrs on record
Posted: April 6
11 years old and still an amazing game, especially with the modability. Still waiting on that next great city builer sim, though...Cities: Skylines came close, but it's just not what I'm looking for. How many more years will it be before someone steps up and makes a better city sim than this? It's not looking very likely at this point.

One thing I like about this game is the realism. You zone land, it starts constructing, then you have plausible buildings start to pop up. Something I can't stand about modern city simulators is this cheesy, colourful, unrealistic look it has. I want my cities to actually look like they do in the real world...Not a ♥♥♥♥ing 3D cartoon city where Jimmy ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ed Neutron lives.
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