I don’t think it’s some big secret that Sim City was a disappointing entry into the series for many, many Sim City fans, yours truly included. The always online mechanic, the tiny city plots, the system of resource gathering, the required synergy between the various player’s cities. The game just wasn’t what a lot of people were looking for.
Enter Cities: Skyline
This, going by the previews I’ve watched nd what I’ve read of it, appears to be what Sim City fans wanted all along. It’s definitely a return to the classic Sim City experience, but with modern UI sensibilities and graphics. It also features gigantic areas to build on! You start with a single square, about the size of what you had in the new Sim City (although according to quill - video below - the building models are a bit smaller so it feels like more space), but you can buy up adjacent areas, up to 9 of them! So you can have huge areas 9 times the size of Simcity for your growing metropolis!
The game also tracks the full coming and goings of ALL it’s citizens. Click on one mr Kinthalis Thornblade of La Mancha and you’ll get his full details as he is actually being tracked in real time by the game, he is one of the 30,000, 75,000, etc, citizens of your city, contributing to pollution, happiness, crime, traffic, etc (just like the real me!). In the quill video below he actually shows one citizen with a pet dog, which he is able to rename, and forever more that particular dog will always be known as he chose.
If you are at all interested, I encourage you to watch Quill’s preview video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-2uqFRUCpO4
Sent my hype for this game through the roof!
Some City pics:
Comes out next Tuesday!