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Generally favorable reviews- based on 218 Ratings

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  • Summary: PLAY GOD - Sculpt mountains, gouge valleys, seed forests, and bring forth animals to create a world imagined only by you. Summon volcanoes, release tornadoes, and call down meteors and ligthening. PLAY MAYOR - Connect a massive region of SimCities, each sharing and competing for resources.PLAY GOD - Sculpt mountains, gouge valleys, seed forests, and bring forth animals to create a world imagined only by you. Summon volcanoes, release tornadoes, and call down meteors and ligthening. PLAY MAYOR - Connect a massive region of SimCities, each sharing and competing for resources. Deploy emergency vehicles and join in the action as they battle blazes, mobs, and more. PLAY WITH YOUR SIMS - Place your Sims in your city to get the inside scoop on what life's really like around town. Feel the rhythm of the city: mellow cruising and commuter hell, noontime crowds and nighttime calm. [Electronic Arts] Collapse
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  1. Positive: 29 out of 36
  2. Negative: 0 out of 36
  1. 100
    The new features, refined interface, and (above all) near-perfect sense of balance make this old dog feel vital and new.
  2. The graphics are nothing short of fantastic. Whether viewing the city from a bird’s eye perspective or up close and personal to homes, businesses, or traffic, the level of detail and finesse are obvious.
  3. The game is such an architectural playground that you can build on it for hundreds of hours and never get bored. [17 Jan 2003, p.87]
  4. Technical sim junkies will have a lot to build, destroy, and monitor, but newbies might want to run for shelter.
  5. Despite our concerns over the lack of a full 3D engine, Sim City 4 is a beautiful game to behold.
  6. The shift in emphasis to tending the whims of your Sims has left the economic model a bit shaky. [Mar 2003, p.84]
  7. Because the game adheres so much to real-world city-building, it's harder and harder to build the city of your dreams. [Apr 2003, p.76]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 43 out of 46
  2. Negative: 2 out of 46
  1. DiogoC
    Jun 28, 2008
    10
    The improved graphics and the marvelous taste of challenge makes this the best SimCity ever!
  2. JacobK.
    Apr 24, 2004
    10
    This game was weird when I first played it becouse almost nothing is based on tiles. then i found out you can make tress in exact spots itThis game was weird when I first played it becouse almost nothing is based on tiles. then i found out you can make tress in exact spots it takes time to make stuff, it makes it seem like when you make something, that it falls from the sky, you can see people everywhere practicle, and that you can terraform before you start your city for free in god mode. You start with $100,000. Its just overloaded my brain with fun. when i quit and walked out of my room i think i found a little pice of my brain by the light switch(LOL). Expand
  3. [Anonymous]
    Jan 16, 2003
    10
    Not just an evolutionary step, a truly revolutionary one! Far more immersive than past efforts, and as much micro management as you want (or Not just an evolutionary step, a truly revolutionary one! Far more immersive than past efforts, and as much micro management as you want (or don't). Perfect! Expand
  4. Feb 2, 2013
    9
    Combining the superb strategy feeling and the exceptional good gameplay and you'll get the greatest SimCity ever made. Maxis has done a greatCombining the superb strategy feeling and the exceptional good gameplay and you'll get the greatest SimCity ever made. Maxis has done a great job. A must have game for all SimCity fans and all the people who wants a citybuilding game! Expand
  5. WaltB
    Oct 29, 2009
    9
    This is a good game that has become excellent over time with additional PC processing power, graphics and even user-made add-ons. Probably This is a good game that has become excellent over time with additional PC processing power, graphics and even user-made add-ons. Probably the deepest and best City simulator of all time. Expand
  6. JoshH.
    Apr 5, 2006
    9
    Superb they must make a fith game. Not sure which is better, 3000 or 4 but who cares, buy this game(and its expansion, makes it way better) BUY IT
  7. Nick
    May 3, 2003
    1
    Games crashes after every 5 minutes. Despite fast machine and all patches, divers etc downloaded. Think twice....

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