Comic created by Masssively.com. Funny Stuff!
The Cities XL closed beta started last week (I cannot confirm or deny being a part of aforementioned beta) and it has brought a lot of attention back to one of the great PC staples of the 'building genre', and ties a little MMO into it. I loved Sim City (le original). I stopped playing at Sim City 4 (although I still boot that up now and again - great solo play game) and unfortunately the Sim series hasn't really moved past that. Sim City Societies was a whole new ball of wax. I am surprised at the following of the game still from genre enthusiasts. Last time I checked, Simtropolis had over 350,000 registered users - who still mod, create skins, and are passionate for the Maxis Sim City series.
Interested to see how Cities XL turns out. Will be one of the first MMO's of it's kind, albeit in a typical complex gameplay format - will it be dumbed down to appeal to the masses or will it provide that "just right" challenge? Will City enthusiasts enjoy the core gameplay? Will it be the natural next step in builders - building online planets, instead of just single player cities - and why didn't the Sim City folks - the creator of the genre - think of this step first?
Regardless, looking forward to this one (although it is only being launched in Germany and France first, September 3rd).