I've recently purchased Sim City 2013 after lengthy deliberation. I have played Sim City 2000 and Sim City 4 but find Sim City 2013 to be less about building and more about strategy. Initially I wasn't very impressed by the game but persistence has paid off and now I'm enjoying it (even with the bugs). That being said, I am in need of some tips and am hoping that some of you guys can help me.
No matter what transport I put down I always seem to have heavy traffic. I have made cities that have train stations, maglev, streetcars and bus terminals and yet I still have heavy traffic. My roads can have lots of intersections so that could be part of the problem but I thought transport would alleviate this?
I can never seem to get my population over 150,000 sims. I build mega towers and have a large proportion set out for residential. I also lower taxes to encourage growth but this doesn't seem to help. Any advice?
I've read a lot of posts on how to have successful Omega cities but I'm still struggling. I usually have one Omega City and import oil and ore. I build a recycling factory and have this feed a processor plant so that it can be self sustainable. I then tend to build 3 or 4 Omega factories around my industry and 2 or 3 drone plants for my residential. This should be enough according to other posts on this forum but yet I still get messages from my Omega advisor telling me that we are not producing enough Omega. When I check my plants they are running between 30% to 70% output and I can't understand why. I usually place my Omega factory on high density avenues and have the VTOL pads. Again, any advice would be welcomed.
Any other tips on making a successful region would be great. Should I have cities concentrating on one speciality or should I share them between cities (1 city for gambling, 1 city for academy etc)?
All help is greatly appreciated