SimCity 2013 Guide

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Air Pollution

  1. In SimCity 2013, Air Pollution is going to play a major part in your gameplay. It is the leading cause of problems in Sim World.
  2. You will NOT be able to avoid pollution entirely, especially early on in the game. If you don’t plan around it, however, it will have negative consequences for your Health Department and increase crime.
  3. In the early stages of the game, you will need to build Power Plants to use as cheap sources of energy. These will.. you guessed it.. create a bunch of pollution! In order to build around it, you will need to use your Wind Map. The Wind Map can be found in Data Views.
  4. In SimCity, you will either be building Residential zones (where your citizens will live) or Industrial Zones. You will need to try to keep the Industrial Zones far from the Residential Zones. You can also put parks close to your Residential zones to help deal with some of that pollution.

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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.