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Reviewed: Sim City 3000
Author: Chris Kim       Date: July 12th, 2000
Page: 4


 
Final Breakdown

Gameplay:

As with the original Sim City, Unlimited is an insane amount of fun by giving the player the freedom to do what he wants, how he wants, and where he wants. It plays similar to the original 3000, but still incorporates enough enhancements to be even more fun. The added buildings, new terrain options, scenarios, and editors, the fun might never stop because the editors will create more and more buildings and scenarios to always play around with, almost never ending the replay value.

Graphics:

Even though the graphics have improved little from the original 3000, they are still quite good and the new buildings and terrain are excellent looking. The new European and Asian based buildings are spectacularly modeled and look simply amazing, just like the real things. Each new disaster has a unique and cool set of graphics that look great.

Sound and Music:

Nothing but great sound effects and music come from the speakers when in the game. Just like The Sims, realistic sound effects such as people walking/talking, cars moving and honking, and other city sounds are very common. Musically, the nice melo tone of the music gives the player the true feeling of being a mayor; a relaxed and smooth ride.

Multiplayer: N/A

There isn't a multiplayer game, so this area does not apply.

AI and Difficulty:

Well, since there is no real AI in the game, it's hard to say exactly what the AI is. It can be assumed that the balance in difficulty and amount of requests the citizens make can be it. Balance in difficult of the game in total is quite solid and it plays very well, according to how difficult the player makes the game. The scenarios all have difficulty levels and they are appropriately set with either easy to impossible scenarios.

Controls and Interface:

Nothing has pretty much changed from the days of the original 3000. The menus on the right with nice pretty icons and nicely labeled menus are a cinch to use and navigate. Building couldn't be easier and the mouse control is superb. Just some slow down is a minor issue, but it isn't too big. The controls and interface for the editors are just as fine and dandy as the game itself with quite user friendly menus to navigate. It's a solid combination. The new query tool is very useful. The crashing bugs aren't fun, however. Get the patch, which fixes those problems.

Overall:

The biggest question with Unlimited has to be... is it worth the upgrade if I already own the original 3000? The answer to that is a resounding yes. With the scenarios, it's a whole new game in itself with a whole lot more depth and replay value. These new European and Asian buildings that add in new flavor to the game are amazing to play with, even if they don't actually impact the gameplay. This is the Sim City universe and it will stand for a long time, long live Maxis!

Pluses (+)
  • Addition of Scenarios
  • High Replay Value
  • Good Graphics
  • Minuses (-)
  • Some Engine Slowdown
  • New Buildings/Terrain Don't Impact Gameplay
  • Few Bugs Here and There
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    Added:  Wednesday, July 12, 2000
    Reviewer:  Chris Kim
    Score:
    Page: 4/5

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