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Yeah I agree. The game just looks like a more advanced-scale version of The Sims, where you build the city, and instead of focusing on individual sims, you focus on individual city functions and stuff.

And by the looks of it, the game badly needs water refraction. It just makes the water look stale and fake.

Also, that mountain is also stale. I mean, it's literally just one color of brown that doesn't even look like dirt...

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  • To be fair, there is still 4-5 months of development left. I think it would be wrong to compare and be too critical until it's launched.

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    I thought ferries were already confirmed to be in the game? I think it was in that pop-up video they did.

    Based on the screenshots I've seen so far the architecture doesn't seem to be all that bad, although I'm not a fan of the modern, all-white houses. It definitely looks like some designs were inspired by the Sims games.

    I have to agree that the textures on the mountains seem somewhat lackluster, but it's not something I really feel bothered by. I'm more concerned by the relatively limited tile size and not so much about whether or not the mountain looks lifelike. Besides that, there's still a few months left before it's released so they might still have time to work on it, although I don't really expect any major changes at this point.

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    Just remember guys that the default mountain texture for SC4 is that same uniform, ugly brown dirt color. I think I've said this before, but i'm not liking the architecture. It just is too childish looking. I'm assuming there will be better looking graphics by the time the game is released, though.

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    EA is notorious for recycling game engines; I play FIFA religiously and unfortunately, EA just recycles the game engine, just tweaking it. Since SimCity is in the hands of EA, they will recycle using the most closely resembled game to it - The Sims. Yes, true, there is still sometime to go before the release of the game, but usually what EA posts, that's what we'll get. They're just working on bugs and stuff now, no longer visuals.

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    EA is notorious for recycling game engines; I play FIFA religiously and unfortunately, EA just recycles the game engine, just tweaking it. Since SimCity is in the hands of EA, they will recycle using the most closely resembled game to it - The Sims. Yes, true, there is still sometime to go before the release of the game, but usually what EA posts, that's what we'll get. They're just working on bugs and stuff now, no longer visuals.

    The recycling strategy works well unless the engine is ridiculously outdated (C&C and SAGE). They've done well porting DICE's Frostbite 2 engine over to multiple game genres; it looks and plays as well in Need for Speed as it does in Battlefield 3. SimCity, however, is not recycled, but is instead on an entirely new engine. If anything is borrowed from the Sims it is the graphical style, which I don't mind because SC3K was just as cartoony, if not more so.

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