Not so much, it turns out.
Initially released on the PC, SimCity has finally hit the Mac -- and even with a delay of several months, it appears that EA is experiencing an unwanted case of déjà vu. The game's forums are filling up with complaints about a myriad of performance issues, with some calling the game "totally unplayable" and "a disaster."
To EA's credit, it’s an entirely new set of problems this time.
For instance, users are complaining that the game doesn't support OS X 10.7.4 despite wording that it will run on “OS X 10.7.X.” Owners of some high-end Macs are complaining that the game lags. Those with 27-inch iMacs and MacBook Pros are finding that they can't run the game in its highest resolution. And many gamers are struggling to get the thing downloaded in the first place, with one player noting he was forced to reinstall EA's Origin download system three times before the game would load.
“Yeah, after multiple delays EA shows just how inept they are. I already requested my refund,” wrote one angry user.
"Is this a joke? I've waited for this game half year more than PC players and now I cant [sic] even install this freaking game…What a shame!" wrote another.
The team at developer Maxis is downplaying the problems, saying they're not quite as widespread as the reports might have you believe.
"There are a small number of players who have encountered issues with SimCity for Mac," said Maxis in a statement. "Our live team is working individually with our players to resolve their issues and get them into the game as quickly as possible."
Of course, SimCity's PC launch went even worse. EA's insistence that the game be connected to the Internet at all times resulted in SimCity's servers being completely overwhelmed, preventing most players from being able to enjoy it.
It took several days for the problems to be solved, and even then it wasn't an optimal fix.
To make peace with angry consumers, EA later offered players a free game, letting them choose from a pool that included SimCity 4, Battlefield 3, Dead Space 3, Mass Effect 3 and Need for Speed: Most Wanted.
Unfortunately, first impressions matter -- and in the gaming world, they linger, too. Despite EA eventually solving most of its playability problems, the PC version of SimCity has a 1.5/5 star customer rating on Amazon across nearly 4,000 reviews. Unless they iron out these Mac problems quickly, that may well be the fate of this version, too.
- Arts & Entertainment