SimCity 3000 (Maxis, 1999)

Yet another incarnation of SimCity, SimCity 3000 expands upon the steps taken in SimCity 2000 and creates an even more complete and detailed simulation than existed there. Unfortunately, more does not prove to be better. The game is extremely hard to get involved with, as it moves very slowly near the beginning, and doesn't pick up the pace very quickly. In addition, many new rules and restrictions make certain elements of the gameplay less intuitive and more frustrating than in either of the previous games. SimCity 3000's significant graphic improvements, and enhanced simulation features, while steps in the right direction, cannot prevent it from feeling mediocre when compared to the original SimCity.

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