Between the current console generation pulling overtime and the growing pains of digital monetization, I've been less confident about preordering PC games in recent years. Sometimes it's easy to spot the lousy ports with questionable ethics, other times you don't know you've been duped until you're past the point of no return.
Sticking with reputable developers isn't exactly foolproof either. For instance, BioWare earned plenty of praise for Dragon Age: Origin and then hastily shipped a sloppy sequel that disappointed many (most?) fans -- including me. What was the last PC game you preordered? Was it a major upset or did you get your money's worth?
SimCity is a total reboot of the franchise and goes back to its roots as a true city-building simulator. There are several new gameplay elements, such as finite resources and upgradeable buildings, and Maxis promises to simulate everything you see, from the individual cars on the road to citizens facing everyday challenges.
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