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SimCity Societies Review

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There are a few games where the soundtrack really sticks in your brain, and the SimCity series is one of them.  The quirky and relaxing background music just lies under your feet like a soft carpet.  You know it is there, but it only serves as a soft cushion for your tailbone as you log the innumerable hours required to really build a worthwhile city.  SimCity Societies, despite the switch of developers, managed to capture the flavor of those previous titles and created a soundtrack that matches the colorful buildings without smacking you in the face with it like that co-worker that always insists on showing you pictures of his kids.


The sound effects in SimCity Societies are what you In a game like SimCity Societies, the controls are fairly straightforward.  If you have played any of the previous titles or any other game in the builder genre you know what to expect – the mouse controls movement with a handful of keys handling the camera panning.  SimCity Societies doesn’t bring anything new to the table in terms of control, but it doesn’t make any mistakes either.  The area where it suffers a bit is in the interface.  Even if you don’t count the pathetic leaflet that passes for a book these days, it was surprising how little help the tutorial is beyond the initial setup.  The game is fairly easy, but newcomers may be overwhelmed by the hundreds of objects they can place, or they may be confused as to how to unlock them.  I personally don’t need a great deal of handholding on this genre, but new fans to the series may be a little lost.  With a guide book this thin you may just stay that way.

Maxis didn This category is split into the initial value and the replay value of a title.  This category is truly

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