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Submitted by Lionheart377 1072d ago | news

'SimCity' averages one star from 1,000 Amazon reviews

At its core, SimCity seems to be a quality entry in the city-building franchise. However, extreme functionality issues have led legions of angry buyers to give the game less-than-stellar reviews on Amazon. (PC, SimCity)

LordHiggens  +   1072d ago
1,000 well deserved 1 star reviews...
Derekvinyard13  +   1072d ago
These guys really shot themselves in the foot, it pisses me off that sites like IGN, game spot ETC aren't reviewing the game AS IS because if you can't release a working game without a backup plan, there should be consequences. Remove DRM, that's it. eA can't keep doing this, really hope this isn't the new norm
Cupid_Viper_3  +   1072d ago
" it pisses me off that sites like IGN, game spot ETC aren't reviewing the game AS IS because if you can't release a working game without a backup plan, there should be consequences"

Those standards you speak of only apply to Certain exclusives on a certain console.
mi_titan27  +   1071d ago
remove the constant on, ill be the first in line to buy the game, but a single player game like sim city should NOT be always on!!!
UnholyLight  +   1071d ago

Which console might that be?
DeadlyFire  +   1072d ago
I wouldn't hold the DRM against them if you own any Steam or Blizzard title. They each have their DRM setup now. Sure its pesky for the newcomers like Blizzard and EA, but Valve has it right and it works just fine for 100% of its consumers.

EA isn't going to remove DRM. They should have shifted more servers for their game's launch and people wouldnt have even noticed a thing.

As for the game's gameplay. It seems alright from the outside. DRM isn't going to stop people from buying it. Not enough servers for their own service is the issue at heart of all of this negative aim at the game.
Bladesfist  +   1072d ago
I would hold it against them. There are two types of DRM. Type 1 is unintrusive DRM like a CD Key check or like steam (automatic CD key check). Type 2 Pirated copy is hands down better than what you are offering. If it is possible to play the pirated copy offline and you can not with a legit copy you have just lost a ton of customers. If it is only possible to play the pirated version then again you have lost more customers. DRM will stop people from buying it.
DeadlyFire  +   1072d ago
I know, but it still won't stop the majority. It might stop some, but it will still sell large numbers. Diablo 3 sold 12 Million in 2012 even with its DRM crash problems at its launch. :P

Pirating always happens regardless. Some will goto it yes, and others will not. All will not.
Bladesfist  +   1072d ago
What I am saying is this DRM will hurt them. People who are burnt are less likely to buy an EA game again and more likely to pirate. People who have read about this may decide they want the better, playable free version.
Saryk  +   1071d ago
I disagree Bladsfist about the DRM. What pisses people off is that the game isn't running. Had people be able to play their game, DRM wouldn't have mattered. Since this is the servers and massive people crashing them, the DRM is what is in the lime light.
ThreshStar  +   1071d ago

...and had the game been inundated with an "Offline single-player" function, we'd' just hear news articles about the Multiplayer element not working, but hey, enjoy the Single Player!

The fact that people can't play the game AT ALL IS BECAUSE THE DRM.

They're mutually exclusive; no DRM = offline single-player capability like a lot of other games right now.
asmith2306  +   1071d ago
I actually think it's a disgrace that gamers do this to games because of DRM issues. I can't imagine the how the devs who slogged hard for years at this feel when seeing something like this. The DRM issue is not their fault what so ever. I'm all for protest but hitting a games review score is not the way to go about it.
mav805  +   1071d ago
What would you have them do? To many consumers the difference between the Developer and the Publisher is irrelevant. If anything maybe this gives the Developers recourse against the Publishers, more power to say, we made this great game, it's YOUR policies and practices that caused the game to tank, now just let us make the game the way want.
tachy0n  +   1071d ago
look at this people!

just find the crack and crack the game, since you bought the game there is no problem with cracking it....

off to the piratebay you should go and download the crack.


mynameisEvil  +   1071d ago
There ISN'T a crack on PirateBay yet.

PSA: If any of you see an upload on the PirateBay that's from anyone except probably HeroMaster or Extremezone, don't touch it. Better yet, if you're just going for cracks, why not go to GameCopyWorld?
ajax17  +   1071d ago
praise the Lord!
dirthurts  +   1072d ago
I'm glad to see that DRM is working out for you...
aliengmr  +   1072d ago
EA: "Just that pesky vocal minority, SimCity is spectacular!"

You know its coming.
Derekvinyard13  +   1072d ago
We must fight the power
ApolloTheBoss  +   1072d ago
Believe in the power of Karma. This is gonna come back to bite EA on the a**.
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SilentNegotiator  +   1071d ago
You know the kind of game publisher that does bad things and wonders why their sales suck? Well, that was me. Every time something good happened, something bad was always waiting around the corner. Karma. That's when I realized, my DRM policy had to change. So I made a list of every game with bad DRM I had ever made and 1 by 1, I'm going to patch out all of my mistakes. I'm just trying to be a better games company.

My Name is EArl.
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ApolloTheBoss  +   1071d ago
Lol awesome. Wish they would wake up and realize their mistakes.
PockyKing  +   1072d ago
And of course we get the people who say "we told you so", but bought the game anyways just to complain, smh. I don't feel sorry for anyone who bought the game day one and can't get it to work. It's a common thing for games like this to have problems day one, especially if it's all based on inter-connectivity.
mistertwoturbo  +   1072d ago
I believe some people might have not been aware of the DRM online-only method.

Some people figure, I just want to play Single Player and skip the Multiplayer.

Buys the game, goes home, loads it and then can't log on.

Not everyone "knows" of what goes on the games industry like we do.
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PockyKing  +   1072d ago
Certainly true, I meant mostly the people bitching online about it who KNEW it wouldn't work on day one, yet still bought it and then cry "FUCK EA" all day long lol.
PurpHerbison  +   1071d ago
Sad part is, the people that DO know of what goes on hardly ever spread the word and on top of it, they keep supporting said companies.
Derekvinyard13  +   1072d ago
The average joe just wants to play single player and that's it, can't wait to see how people really react, surprised this hasn't hit the news yet
mistertwoturbo  +   1072d ago
Yeah that is true, for those who already KNEW about the DRM, shouldn't have bought it lol
DarthZoolu  +   1071d ago
Thats silly! Games should work with all features available day one. We pay more for games than any other form of media, so get it right! AT LAUNCH!
SDF Repellent  +   1072d ago
Love that the people are fighting back. I wish Sony and Microsoft are looking at this and will hopefully make them think twice about pulling the same stuff that EA is trying pull.
ziggurcat  +   1072d ago
butthurt... butthurt everywhere.
KillrateOmega  +   1072d ago
Good. EA deserves every single one of those single star reviews.
jon1234  +   1072d ago
sad thing is people like us, and others on different gaming sites are aware of ea, but there are millions of people who arent :( so ea still makes money...
BitbyDeath  +   1072d ago
One star too many if you ask me.
arbitor365  +   1072d ago
i guess someone at EA took a look at the diablo 3 launch and said

"you know. that's exactly what we should do"
Red_Devilz  +   1072d ago
I ani't gonna pay a dime to play game on someone else's servers. If you want me to play the game on your server, give the game for free, I'd be happy to play it 24X7. Its like buying a car with my money to drive it only within the dealership parking lot, not outside!

If You want me to pay for the game, I'm not going to play it on your server. Simple logic!
LordHiggens  +   1072d ago
I would just like to say that as of this comment the Amazon 1 star reviews for Sim City are nearing 1500.
N311V  +   1072d ago
Is this just a launch issue and something you'd expect to be fixed soon enough? I was planning on getting this one day, don't think my PC could make the most of it right now.
aliengmr  +   1071d ago
My guess is this will end up being a launch issue and in a few months it will be running fine. EA will proclaim success and it will be business as usual.

Though EA has a tendency to give up quickly rather than build something over time.

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