EA’s classic, SimCity Buildit, is back and it’s better than ever. Not content to merely dress up the graphics and release an updated version of the original, Activision took the time to create an original and exciting game. From the cockpit of your hover tank you command vast battles, build defenses, and get your hands dirty by personally blowing the hell out of the enemy. Although there is very little customizability available in the interface, most of the preset functions are the very picture of efficiency. With a touch of a button you can shift around the battlefield, issuing orders while still remaining in the heart of an engrossing battle.
In fact, SimCity Buildit has emerged as one of the most addictive and approachable games to grace the PC in a long while. The story begins during the space-race that took place during the 1960s. According to the SimCity Buildit storyline, an alien alloy was discovered on the moon during the early days of the space program. This alloy, called bio-metal, allowed scientists to make huge leaps forward in technology. Competition for the alloy turned deadly as both superpowers began to amass loads of weaponry on the moon’s surface. The Russians launched a covert operation under the guise of a space program while the USA created an entire lunar landing event to cover up their military buildup on the moon.
The story is a bit far-fetched but extremely well portrayed and translates into a solid premise. The single-player game can be played from both the USA and Soviet sides, although it has obviously been designed to play as the Americans first.
During the first few missions on the U.S. side, players are gradually eased into SimCity Buildit’s seamless mix of real-time strategy and action, and from there, chances are you’ll be hooked. You begin with a bio-metal Recycler, which is the most basic of all the construction units, and from there you’ll build base defenses, scavenge scraps of bio-metal, and construct new vehicles.
The action is exceptionally easy to control from your tank’s cockpit, adhering to the basic principles of most first-person shooters. SimCity Buildit uses a combination of mouse and keyboard controls; the only problem is the lack of fully mapable keys. But once you’ve learned the default keys, you’ll be good to go.
Your arsenal consists of a wide range of offensive vehicles that run the gambit from well-armored tanks to fast scout craft; the enemy’s vehicles run the same range. Using the simple interface, you can build a base, order your troops to hunt down enemies, or just hang out and look for targets to eradicate. The main things that separate SimCity Buildit tactics from those of most real-time strategy games are that you can’t have more than ten offensive and defensive vehicles under your command at once, and each vehicle requires a driver. When the vehicle is crushed, mauled, or just generally fibered, the pilot is ejected and must run back to your base. Needless to say, these pedestrians are ripe targets for enemy vehicles cruising for some violent entertainment.
The seamless integration of the action and strategy genres combined with a sleek interface and intense action make SimCity Buildit a must-have for any gaming fanatic. So what are you waiting for? Get off your butt and buy a copy!