Maxis archive

  • SimCity now offers offline mode, which is just as well as the servers are down
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    SimCity now offers offline mode, which is just as well as the servers are down

    By 18 March 2014

    Electronic Arts has finally added a single-player mode to SimCity. The latest update provides one of the most requested features since the game's troubled launch in January last year. The new offline mode arrives as part of a major update to the game,...

  • The Sims 4 delayed until autumn 2014, EA offers Limited Edition for pre-orders
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    The Sims 4 delayed until autumn 2014, EA offers Limited Edition for pre-orders

    By 23 October 2013

    Electronic Arts has announced a rough release date for The Sims 4 and it's not until autumn 2014, not March 2014 as previously announced. Those who pre-order though will be treated to a bonus. Order the game through thesims.com and you will be upgraded...

  • The Sims 4 preview: Hands-on with character creation, eyes-on with build features and gameplay
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    The Sims 4 preview: Hands-on with character creation, eyes-on with build features and gameplay

    By 23 August 2013

    The Sims games may not appeal to everyone, but there is no doubting their worldwide success. Now The Sims 4 is in development and Pocket-lint got the chance to be taken through some of the gameplay aspects, the all-new house building tools and even dabbled...

  • Free game list for disgruntled SimCity owners confirmed: Battlefield 3, Dead Space 3 and more
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    Free game list for disgruntled SimCity owners confirmed: Battlefield 3, Dead Space 3 and more

    By 18 March 2013

    So, you bought SimCity and found the whole launch situation and subsequent bugs to be too much to bear. Well as EA previously announced, it's giving you a free game to make up for it. We've got the list, so here are your choices: - Battlefield 3 (Standard...

  • SimCity (2013) review
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    SimCity (2013) review

    By 15 March 2013

    From the time EA announced that SimCity would need an always-on internet connection there was some rage brewing in the fan community. It's understandable rage too, because SimCity is the latest in a line of games that is loved, and still played by many,...

  • SimCity offline mode would be trivial to implement
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    SimCity offline mode would be trivial to implement

    By 13 March 2013

    According to an anonymous developer who has "close ties" to the game, it wouldn't be difficult for EA and Maxis to allow users to play offline. With the server side having only minimal involvement in the game, particularly in single player mode. In a...

  • Hands-on: SimCity review
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    Hands-on: SimCity review

    By 25 January 2013

    SimCity 2000 is one of the best games of all time. You might disagree, but if you do, then, well, you're wrong. The sim-plicity of the concept didn't stop it from being an amazing game. The hours you could happily sit in front of it were staggering. Back...

  • Sims 3 coming to consoles in Q3
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    Sims 3 coming to consoles in Q3

    By 9 February 2010

    Looks like EA Games is bringing its record-breaking game - The Sims 3 - to consoles. In EA's financial reports, which have just been issued, a placeholder called "The Sims 3 on Console Title" is present - scheduled for a Q3 release (i.e. in time for Christmas)....

  • Sims 3 leaks to file-sharing networks 2 weeks before release
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    Sims 3 leaks to file-sharing networks 2 weeks before release

    By 18 May 2009

    One of EA's biggest releases of the year - the Sims 3 - has leaked onto file sharing networks, nearly 3 weeks prior to its official release date. Over 15,000 people are downloading it at the time of writing, with one torrent alone scoring nearly 12,000...

  • Funcom to cut Conan servers by more than half
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    Funcom to cut Conan servers by more than half

    By 14 January 2009

    Funcom has released the list of server mergers for popular fantasy MMO Age of Conan, that will see the total number of servers for the game cut from 49 to just 18. North America and the Oceanic regions will be worst off with the closures, with 24 servers...

  • Tetris found to help reduce traumatic stress trauma
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    Tetris found to help reduce traumatic stress trauma

    By 12 January 2009

    Retro game Tetris has been found to help alleviate the effect of post traumatic stress disorder, by stopping the brain from experiencing harmful flashbacks of the event. The new medical report from the PLoS One Journal, tested 40 volunteers in its study,...

  • First Spore expansion pack "Galactic Adventures" coming in spring
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    First Spore expansion pack "Galactic Adventures" coming in spring

    By 9 January 2009

    Evolution game Spore is set to get its first expansion pack this spring, in the form of Galactic Adventures. Online retailers such as Amazon and Play have had the title listed for a week or so now, but EA made the official announcement today with an invite...