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EA Maxis Gifting Free Offline SimCity Game After Server Launch Meltdown

Forbes - Electronic Arts is offering patient SimCity mayors who have stuck with EA Maxis through thick and thin (not that retailers allow you to return PC games these days) with a selection of free digital games. One of those games is none other than SimCity 4 Deluxe Edition, an offline, DRM-free game that doesn’t force players to remain online to play single player. It’s a bit ironic that EA is offering this game to fans who have been begging for the game developer to deliver an offline experience for the new SimCity 5 game (EA gave up on numbers with this latest sequel).

SimCity 4 Deluxe Edition, which retails for $20 on Steam, comes with SimCity 4 and the Rush Hour expansion. These games date back to 2003, long before DRM was something that publishers resorted to as a must-have for PC games like Blizzard Entertainment’s Diablo III. So gamers are getting an offline SimCity experience, but missing out on over a decade of technological advances and the new Glassbox engine.

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aiBreeze1289d ago

Agreed.. is that supposed to be a piss take? It sends a fairly loud "you're not playing Sim City offline" statement and almost rubs it in the faces of those who really wanted an offline version. Not to mention a large majority of the suckers who purchased this game probably already own Sim City 4.

CaulkSlap1289d ago

Well first of all don't pick Simcity 4 (deadspace3 is an option). Buy it on Steam when it's $5 at some point and forget Simcity 5 exists until someone cracks a total offline version. If they want to drive away paying customers then you should have no qualms about going to other sources to get the proper game. I just hope some group is able to create a functional local cracked game that EA refuses to provide us. Would prove once and for all the folly of always on DRM garbage.

3-4-51289d ago

I was really excited for this game too. Eventually at some point it will be offline and when that time comes, I along with probably 500,000 others will buy the game.

kB01289d ago

Lmao....yeah give sim city people sim city 4...a game I gaurantee most sim fans have, and have had for years....

Good call...LMAO

I would've prefered a gift card, or a 20$ -$30 off next purchase....

pffft.

titans99991289d ago (Edited 1289d ago )

Fuck you EA, I already have sim city 4 with rush hour.....fuck you EA, DIE AND GO TO HELL WITH YOUR DRM BULLSHIT,