I picked up Tropico 4 during the Holiday Steam Sale. I absolutely loved all of the charm of Tropico 3, but I had waited on Tropico 4 up until last month because it seemed like a minimal upgrade at best. I was right, but at the discounted price, Tropico 4 has still managed to be an addicting piece of entertainment.
It isn’t scratching my itch to play SimCity though. Despite being a really good improvement on Tropico 3, Tropico 4 is still the sort of humorous and limited take on a genre that I grew up with. Even re-installing Zeus and Pharaoh have done little to satiate the increasingly severe pangs of hunger I have for SimCity. Truth of the matter, I need SimCity, and I need it right now.
Yeah, yeah. “You are supporting the Man”, some of you might protest. I am with you, friends. I really do hate EA and supporting EA and buying anything EA. Especially since it means that I will be forced to buy and play SimCity through Origins (most likely). It only took the dismantling of ORIGIN and the cancelling of one Ultima Online sequel (let alone two, god damn you EA) to put EA on my ‘do not like’ list. Everything else they have done since that? Mere icing.
“But Murf, the always-on DRM! We can’t have that”, others of you might bellow. Yeah, no. I can’t stand this argument against buying SimCity. The game’s very design is built on being a game with a large amount of social elements enabled by being, you guessed it, always online. I love all of the ideas that Maxis have presented with this, and do fully think it will help reinvigorate and refresh what has honestly become a stale, niche genre.
I will listen to the argument that this game looks like a smaller, casual-friendly version of a PC gaming classic. I will also ignore it due to blind faith, bias, and just wanting a new SimCity game to be in love with or disappointed over.
Love will put you on those sorts of situations, after all.