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Electronics Arts is about to release one of its most anticipated games – the new SimCity. As a self confessed SimCity addict, I think I am about to retreat into a city of my own.

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The new SimCity is coming to town tomorrow. I can’t wait to play it (though it seems like we Mac people have to wait a little while longer.) I admit I am not much of a gamer – SimCity and Age of Empires are my two gaming weaknesses, so it makes sense that I have been waiting for this brand new sequel for a very long time. I used to look at the blank grid of my unbuilt dream city  and then take a long walk imaging the best possible city I could create based on the landscape. I often pondered decisions for hours and hours. I loved the windmills and big boulevards – explained by my love for Paris, Lyuten’s Delhi and Scandinavian sensibilities towards the environment.

SimCity attuned me to the need for balance and refinement. I am and will always be a SimCity geek. There are many reasons to get excited about this version of the game and Josh Dzieza at the Daily Beast makes a great case for it. He writes:

The game’s most salient message, though, is that cities are extremely complex. You have to deal with power, water, housing, transportation, pollution, even sewage.

Magical words to my ears! So much so, I might have to install Windows just to play the game if the Mac version doesn’t come to market soon.

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On the SimCity blog, senior producer Kip Katsarelis writes:

This is a new SimCity that offers a deeper, richer game than ever before, with the new GlassBox engine driving the most authentic simulation you will ever see. We have created a model-like world that makes you want to reach in, poke, prod, tinker and destroy. We have put the simulation right in front of you so you can see the consequences of your actions and really dig in to see how the systems work. This new SimCity has been built from the ground up to be an online experience with a new Multi-City feature, which adds an epic scale to city planning, as your decisions impact both your city and your region.

Here is a little taste of the game. Enjoy!

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  1. I used to love SimCity. And then tried to run the Mac version. It runs on the top of some crappy MSWindows simulation. Total disaster. Tried EA support and wowed to never come back.

    1. @vlad

      Apparently the new one is going to make us all forget the past :) I am waiting for Mac version as well

  2. Played 2 betas of the new sim city using parallels on a 2011 MBP – runs like a dream! When the native game comes out it will just get better :-)

    1. How about on Retina Display ;)

    2. I’m wanting support for retina display as well. Any word on resolution size for Mac? Going to be disappointed if I can’t see very good on my HD screen!

      1. I am in waiting mode….@nathanFrancy.

  3. It looks gorgeous. I’d be surprised if it’s bad.

    1. I need to buy Windows and boot camp it before I download this :) @matt

      1. its march 5th and i cant play

      2. There’s a Mac version in the works.

  4. Arunan Rabindran Tuesday, March 5, 2013

    Had to upgrade my PC for this one! The closed beta sucked big time on my old GTS 8800. I was happy with the result in my new GTX 680 :). Still getting around the new game mechanics since yesterday.

  5. This game is on my list for 2013 for sure. Wonder is Steam will end up carrying it. Would be very cool to see it offered that way, especially since they just added Linux support for a number of games.

  6. Matteo Pagliarulo Thursday, March 14, 2013

    any news about mac release?

  7. danny douglas Saturday, March 16, 2013

    i have a mac, if i buy the pc one will it run on my mac and let me play?

    1. No it won’t allow you to play the PC game on a mac as the coding for the games are different :(

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