Feeds

SimCity 3000

The massive first-person 3D city sim that never was

High performance access to file storage

Antique Code Show I don’t know if my gaming habits had started to become dominated by RTS and FPS games by the time SimCity 3000 made its delayed debut in 1999, but for some reason I don’t recall it registering on my radar.

Strange, for not only was SimCity 2000 one of my favourite games - as it remains to this day - but its sequel was also a title I remember following closely during its development. Many were the PC magazines I poured over looking for news and previews, as I did pretty much everything I could to keep on top of its gestation in those heady pre-Twitter days.

SimCity 3000

Maximum power!

No doubt part of the reason for my eventual dismissive attitude upon its release was attributable to the huge chunk of development time added on to the title. The research I put in before coming to write this retrospective refreshed my memory to the fact that Maxis’ work on SimCity 3000 coincided with EA’s acquisition of the studio.

Such machinations at company-strategy level meant that Maxis’ vision for a SimCity where you as mayor directed your city’s growth very much from street level was replaced by something akin to SimCity 2000 all over again. Albeit with a host of bells and whistles thrown in for good measure.

EA says nay

You might say ‘same old EA’. But in fairness to the usually profit-hungry publishing house, in taking another look at the initial SimCity 3000 footage from E3, it can’t be said the decision wasn’t the smart choice. The technology of 1999 was surely not quite up to Maxis’ vision of a massive first-person perspective 3D game, which was ambitious to say the least.

So it was that SimCity 3000 became more in line with its predecessors. Retaining that same isometric perspective from which we’d grown used to playing city-building god, but with the overarching sense of scale turned up yet another notch.

For example, a whole new depth and flexibility in the initial layout of your chunk of land was added: area size, amount of water, undulation of land and number of trees all now fully adjustable before building commenced. There was even the choice to choose the colour of your scenery and the chance to select from building set types - with more becoming available from the gamer community.

SimCity 3000

Blowin' in the wind

Despite what you might surmise from the title, the option to begin the game in the year 3000 wasn’t actually possible - 1900, 1950 and 2000 were once again given as your year-one choices. However, there were rather more extras as far as your city planning went, with additional zone densities added, the implementation of a more extensive waste disposal system and a greater emphasis placed on nursing relationships with neighbouring towns.

Your panel of advisors was also expanded in function, as caricature representatives of your city constantly banged on your door, eager to have you 'think of the children' and so build schools. Or else think of the children's parents and invest in casinos in order to create a den of profitable vice.

High performance access to file storage

Next page: Urbs assimulaticius

More from The Register

next story
Report: Apple seeking to raise iPhone 6 price by a HUNDRED BUCKS
'Well, that 5c experiment didn't go so well – let's try the other direction'
Video games make you NASTY AND VIOLENT
Especially if you are bad at them and keep losing
Zucker punched: Google gobbles Facebook-wooed Titan Aerospace
Up, up and away in my beautiful balloon flying broadband-bot
Microsoft lobs pre-release Windows Phone 8.1 at devs who dare
App makers can load it before anyone else, but if they do they're stuck with it
Nvidia gamers hit trifecta with driver, optimizer, and mobile upgrades
Li'l Shield moves up to Android 4.4.2 KitKat, GameStream comes to notebooks
Gimme a high S5: Samsung Galaxy S5 puts substance over style
Biometrics and kid-friendly mode in back-to-basics blockbuster
AMD unveils Godzilla's graphics card – 'the world's fastest, period'
The Radeon R9 295X2: Water-cooled, 5,632 stream processors, 11.5TFLOPS
Sony battery recall as VAIO goes out with a bang, not a whimper
The perils of having Panasonic as a partner
NORKS' own smartmobe pegged as Chinese landfill Android
Fake kit in the hermit kingdom? That's just Kim Jong-un-believable!
prev story

Whitepapers

Mainstay ROI - Does application security pay?
In this whitepaper learn how you and your enterprise might benefit from better software security.
Five 3D headsets to be won!
We were so impressed by the Durovis Dive headset we’ve asked the company to give some away to Reg readers.
3 Big data security analytics techniques
Applying these Big Data security analytics techniques can help you make your business safer by detecting attacks early, before significant damage is done.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Mobile application security study
Download this report to see the alarming realities regarding the sheer number of applications vulnerable to attack, as well as the most common and easily addressable vulnerability errors.