SimCity 4 PC

User Score
8.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 260 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 7 out of 260
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  1. MattD.
    Sep 18, 2003
    3
    While the mechanics of the game have been improved yet again (saving this from the possibility of a 2 or lower), making it much more realistic, the designers seem to have forgotten one thing: when there are a lot more things to drain your money, you should start with MORE MONEY. In short, an "easy" game here is the rough equivalent of the hardest levels on SC2K and SC3K, and a "hard" While the mechanics of the game have been improved yet again (saving this from the possibility of a 2 or lower), making it much more realistic, the designers seem to have forgotten one thing: when there are a lot more things to drain your money, you should start with MORE MONEY. In short, an "easy" game here is the rough equivalent of the hardest levels on SC2K and SC3K, and a "hard" game... *gag* don't even make me talk about it. The ridiculously high difficulty has kept me from playing this game enjoyably and has put me back into the mood to design a competitor to this game... all the ability to micromanage your city, but with a much nicer learning curve. Expand
  2. Nick
    May 3, 2003
    1
    Games crashes after every 5 minutes. Despite fast machine and all patches, divers etc downloaded. Think twice....
Metascore
84

Generally favorable reviews - based on 36 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 36
  2. Negative: 0 out of 36
  1. Due to the presence of some stability and performance issues, as well as a few noticeably lacking features, SimCity 4 doesn't seem as polished as it could have been.
  2. Technical sim junkies will have a lot to build, destroy, and monitor, but newbies might want to run for shelter.
  3. 75
    Unfortunately the high system requirements and tedium of building will probably turn away hordes of players who otherwise would've had a great time.