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Op Ed

games.on.net - SimCityís launch woes: Another nail in the DRM coffin, a red flag for games reviewers.
Many games sites, including this one, were offered access to a review event where SimCity could be played in a controlled environment prior to launch. Many sites (although not this one, for reasons detailed here) published their reviews based on these events or, in some cases, on additional playtime on specific dedicated review servers. Some sites waited, played on the live servers ó or tried to! ó and then published their reviews. Thatís fine ó after all, what other options are there?

High-profile site Polygon initially gave the game a glowing 9.5 out of 10. Then, they knocked it down to 8. Then, they knocked it down to 4. Thereís a collective gasp from the crowd. A four out of ten! Thatís a genuinely bad score! That ainít no seven.

No. Itís not. And it doesnít matter, because Metacritic ó which is the only reason publishers actually care about review scores ó never alters a score, once itís been published. So the Metacritic entry for SimCity from Polygon still stands at Ď95í. In fact, according to Metacritic, the critical consensus is sitting at a nice, healthy, 81. The servers could catch fire tomorrow, EA could shut down the servers, fire everyone at Maxis and flood the entire office with venomous snakes, and the Metacritic score would remain unchanged forever. Bonuses for everybody! Or not, as the case may be.

Meanwhile, the average user score is 1.7. Out of ten. Is anybody surprised?

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7. Re: Op Ed Mar 8, 2013, 09:34 Verno
 
InBlack wrote on Mar 8, 2013, 09:29:
I wonder what the game is really like though, even those glowing 9.5 reviews are very suspect. My bet is that even if the game was performing 100% as advertised it would still be a buggy mess, with artificial limits on size and terrible AI....

Going by the threads at SA and PA from the few who have been able to play at all it's a decent little game but falls apart when you start hitting size limits. There's been a lot of talk of rollbacks, dropped/corrupted cities and other bugginess but it's impossible to sort out whats just bugs and whats server problems.

It's SimCity. It's a brand name that has the potential to sell millions, though of course it doesn't mean it has.

It's a brand name that hasn't been around in awhile and it's a different market these days. I'll reserve judgment on sales figures for awhile.
 
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