Gaming t-shirts | We Built This City t-shirt
The latest incarnation of the world's favourite sandbox arrived in early 2013, but with it came both elation and despair.
Plagued by problems with server connections, the game has been widely criticised for its lack of offline mode and a multitude of server-related problems.
A smaller-than-usual area of land on which to build your city, and the necessity to rely on neighbouring real-person gamers has added to the public backlash, prompting Maxis Games to offer a single additional game from their back catalog as a bribe to purchasers of the game to "not stay mad" with them.
Unfortunately, fans of the SimCity series aren't just mad at the technical problems.
Maxis Games claimed that it would take "significant engineering" to make the game playable as an offline single-player game, however, mere days after release a hacker discovered that commenting out a single line of code will allow you to do exactly that - play single player, offline, indefinitely.
Technical problems, massive underestimation of the number of servers they'd need, and Maxis Games' lies aside, the game itself is beautiful.
The new GlassBox engine is stunning to look at, from the sky and street level alike.
Also new to this version of the game, we have the ability to make curved roads and create buildings in the odd-shaped space left over. It truly is a joy to behold.
The multiplayer aspect, when the servers allow it, works very well, with players having to rely on their neighbouring regions in order to maximise the potential of their own city.
Unfortunately this comes at a price. If you're relying on someone for a specific service or resource, you are at that person's mercy if they decide they want to destroy their own city. A sudden lack of a vital service can have disastrous consequences.
All in all, this has the potential to be the best ever installment of the SimCity franchise, and that is the tragedy of the situation.
The server infrastructure just isn't ready yet (as of the date of this review, 18/03/2013) and so the hardcore fans that bought the game as soon as it was released are having a very frustrating time, for which the promise of another Maxis game for free as compensation may be of little consolation.
We at SomethingGeeky.com are big fans of the SimCity franchise and of sandboxes and planner simulations in general, and so in reverence to this much-loved genre and the multiplayer direction it has taken, we have designed this geeky tshirt. NOTE: This is not an official SimCity tshirt, nor has it been endorsed or approved by Maxis or EA in any way, it is an homage to the genre as a whole.
"WE BUILT THIS CITY - through co-operation and sharing of resources"
Hopefully, fellow fans will be able to console themselves with this tshirt.