The Socialist Republic of Roxanya A Review By -M-
In an era proclaimed by Francis Fukuyama to be "the end of history," the victory of Western liberal democracy over Communism, it is not only surprising but welcoming to see another socialist themed City Journal. First time CJer, Cancerspam88, has successfully merged SimCity 4 with the characteristic look of typical Eastern European nations under communist rule, and the CJ has had an overwhelming positive response - with CJ regular Connor_V labeling it as one of the best CJs. Cancerspam provides the CJ Reader with a detailed (and picture-filled) "history lesson" right at the beginning of his CJ, a history lesson that is, contrary to expectations, not as boring as one would expect and sets the atmosphere for future updates from the Republic. The typical Eastern European architecture of the Republic is well represented by a lot of custom content (mostly from the STEX) and grants a certain level of authenticity and aesthetic value to the CJ. Porkie's Parisian buildings are successfully used, among others. As we reach page two of the CJ we're introduced to more agrarian and rural settings in the Republic, which in my opinion, successfully conveys the landscape and general ambience of an Eastern European nation (as is brought about by terrain, water and tree mods). From a technical point of view the journal provides a lot of photos - of varying sizes and zoom levels - and is rather easy on the eye of the reader. Cancerspam is also a very friendly, approachable and interactive CJer, quick to respond to comments, making the CJ more of a pleasure to monitor and keep up to date with. Over-all I would say that the CJ is interesting - although not necessarily a new concept or approach to CJing - and adds to the variety we have in CJs at Simtropolis. It is definitely well worth it to keep track of the Socialist Republic of Roxanya, and I am personally interested to see what the future in Roxanya holds.
-M-a.k.a KRAM4346 Link to this Review Link to The Socialist Republic of Roxanya