SimMars Beta 3 Released
Whenever I pull Kim Stanley Robinson’s Mars Trilogy out of the vaults, I end up spending uninterrupted days nose deep in Martian politics and turbonerdcity science talk; ultimately I begin to obsess over the realistic possibility of Terraforming Mars. The Red Faction series is a blast, but as a means of scratching this particular Mars itch, they just don’t cut it. What I really, really want is the chance to zone out for hours, Civilization style, while I completely destroy Mars’ pristine environment and turn it into a low gravity version of Earth.
Enter SimMars, a SimCity 4 mod that takes the delightful time suck of the venerable city-building simulator series and transports it to Mars. SimMars plays identically to SimCity 4, but in addition to the vast rust-colored expanse on which you’ll build your new city, it also comes with 180 new buildings, new (presumably sci-fi) transport systems, ordinances, Mars related disasters and news reports. It also comes with a geeky original soundtrack that’s 50% chiptune and 50% NES Metroid. F*** Yes, holmes.
No word on whether Quaid will use you as a human shield, but I’m sure you can guess what I’ll be doing for the rest of the day. Get it from File Front here.