SimCity 2013 Guide


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Get tips for managing a sprawling metropolis with our in-depth gameplay guide for EA’s SimCity, the latest iteration in the city management simulation series. There are so many options and forces at play, making a successful city is about as hard as any reasonable person might expect — that’s why we’re going to give you a crash course on managing a fledgling urban paradise.

Here, you’ll learn how to balance the forces of a city, how to get a strong economy working in your favor, and how to make the populace happy. Rome wasn’t built in a day, but we’ll help create your very own SimCity in just a few hours. For more specializing guides, easter eggs and secrets, check out our list of SimCity cheats.


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2 Comments on SimCity 2013 Guide

Andreas

On March 1, 2013 at 7:53 am

What are you talking about with “making a successful city is about as hard as any reasonable person might expect “?

The beta (1 and 2) were both childish easy, build over the complete xtra small maps in less than an hour, and also almost impossible to loose money. No challenge what so ever, even if you take _all_ the loans.
“oh wait it is just beta, wait for the final version” you say? Wrong! It is the same. With the economy working like you have infinite money there are no easy, medium or hard. It is just no challenge at all.

Fans of SC2000 – SC4 are in for a huge dissapointment, but fans of Farmville and The Sims will be overjoyed. And that is ok, just do not hope for some kind of advanced citybuilder.

Kevin Thielenhaus

On March 1, 2013 at 10:32 am

@Andreas,

Oh wait, it is just beta, wait for the final version! … wait. I’m wrong?! How did you know.

This guide is, plainly, for people with no experience at all with the SimCity series. We’re not trying to claim it’s going to be harder than SC2000, or easier, or really making any value statement here. This isn’t a review. This isn’t a preview.

I’m sorry you’re unhappy with this turn in the series. Plenty of people are, you’re not alone there (Not on this site, for sure.) but the point of this guide is to teach newbies how to get their city started. It might seem easy, but you’d be surprised — there are lots of people with completely valid reasons for needing a bit of help. Hopefully, we can provide that.