• Language
    Language
    Language
    Language
    Language
    Language
    Language
  • £
  • Login
    X


    Register | Password reset

SimCity modified to play offline


Some clever person on the internet has modded SimCity to be playable offline, but why?

Well, following the spate of server issues that hounded the game when it was released last week, Modder UKAzzer posted a video showing how he could play offline using the game's debug mode.

Obviously by running offline he is bypassing EA's servers, but this also means that by doing so he is missing out on many of the features which make SimCity a fantastic experience, such as the ability to connect and share resources with friends.

There hasn't really been the same issues connecting to servers in the UK and Europe as there has been in the U.S, so perhaps this person just got fed up waiting to connect.


Edited On 14 Mar, 2013

Comments
( 14 )
Johno Muller's avatar
Johno Muller 4 years ago
I think I would rather play online and build a city next to a friends city... and declare war
0000000000's avatar
now that sounds fun!
0000000000 4 years ago
Johno Muller's avatar
Now I want Civ 6 to come with multiplayer.
Johno Muller 4 years ago
DynamiteWhyte's avatar
DynamiteWhyte 4 years ago
It's good that he's giving people the oppertunity to play the game solo. It may take away a big part of the fun of it, but if people want to complain about lack of single player, then they finally have a way to sort it out.
Anonymous user's avatar
Steven 4 years ago
This cant be right - EA and Maxis said the always on is because the servers is where all the calculations etc are done....... nothing at all to do with their stupid DRM.............. unless they were just lying ! shock!
Anonymous user's avatar
Well, that's always been a lie. Our own computers can calculate that stuff just fine, imagine if there was some kind of super computer for everyone playing at EA HQ. You'd need millions of computers (and not cheap ones)
LLOYD 4 years ago
superniceguy's avatar
superniceguy 4 years ago
I played it the other day, and then had a disconnected from server message, but did not get logged out or anything. When I logged out and went in to play again, the server was available and not full but had a 30 min countdown. Single player games should always have offline mode, and have online modes as optional. This looks to be the future even for consoles, as they seem to be designed with constant connection. Consoles should primarily be playable offline, with online as a bonus, as it makes it easy to take a console round to a friends house and plug it in, but now the friend is going to have to have an internet connection. Games are starting to have less split screen action and more online action. To play with friends in the same room these days you need 2 consoles, 2 copies of the same game, and 2 TVs. PCs are fine for being online only as are not easily portable and connected to the internet (although games with a single player intent like Sim City should have offline too) but now consoles are becoming like PCs too. This is another reason why I like the Wii U as it is more like a typical console than a PC. There is supposed to be a Solar Flare this year, and is rumoured to be a bad one, and it could knock out the internet for months, and if that happens it will render all these online games and consoles useless for that period, but yet if they still put in offline modes, then they would not be useless, and people could still buy/play them, (as long as the power was restored which it will be before the internet). EA could end up going out of business / bankrupt if that happens :P
DynamiteWhyte's avatar
I think you keep reading in to rumours too much. The PS4 has no 'always on connection' at all. Also the solar flare knocking out the entire internet for months? Come on lad. This is reality, not the twilight zone.
DynamiteWhyte 4 years ago
superniceguy's avatar
Have they said it will not "always be on". The next Xbox is said to be, and the way people keep progressing with stuff it is heading that way. FIFA 14 is being online focussed, so is Tiger Woods, Sims is, Forza Horizon is, Sleeping Dogs is etce etc Actual reports have shown that a Solar Flare could knock out the internet for months. It says days, but as there has not been a strong Solar Flare since 1859 I doubt anyone knows what the extent will be until it actually happens. http://www.pcworld.com/article/229876/Solar_Flares_Could_Cripple_Earths_Tech_Infrastructure_in_2013.html It just depends on how strong it is. If it is of the magnitude the Carrington Event then it would do. The positive thing, which I read, is if the power from these flares could be harnessed then it would give us enough power to last millions of years.
superniceguy 4 years ago
DynamiteWhyte's avatar
They have also not said that the PS4/Nextbox will transform in to killing machines and stab us in our sleep. It is 'said to be' but Microsoft haven't released anything. And Sony would have mentioned it at their press conference. FIFA has always been online focused, but they've even admitted that a massive amount is playing offline career mode and with your mates in your living room, so they won't be going offline only. Tiger Woods is in the same situation. They are developing online parts of games because it is the future, allowing you the oppertunity to play against online players, and just because Sims made it 'always online' it is a very small number of PC games that are 'online only'. It says days, so you're taking this in to account that it means months and will kill the internet? Come off it.
DynamiteWhyte 4 years ago
superniceguy's avatar
People do not have to say anything as it is actually happening. I was playing Dead Space 3 the other night, and lost connection, and then had to restart over. Online connectivity is getting annoying. Even if you can play the game offline, games are losing their split screens. eg Forza Horizon which can only be played with others online. They say hours or days - which is it? Reason being is no one knows the true downtime. Also days, how many? 30? That is a month. 60? That is 2 months. If it is down for months then I will be prepared. If it does happen it probably will be months as everyone didn't think it would happen, and I do not see "trillions of dollars" of damage being repaired over night / within a few days.
superniceguy 4 years ago
DynamiteWhyte's avatar
So you are telling me Dead Space 3 is always online? Forza Horizon is a spin-off title, and I've read you can play on the main titles splitscreen. They say hours or days, yet you've turned it in to months. [sarcasm]30 days, that is 1 month. 12 motnhs, that is 1 year. The internet could be gone forever......[/sarcasm]. You will be prepared apparently with your Wii U. And us that play offline PS3 games, which the PS4 will have, are screwed for the entire time. Trillions of Dollars damage is about to happen to the world and the best report you found was PC World? It would be a global epidemic mate.
DynamiteWhyte 4 years ago
superniceguy's avatar
Dead Space 3 is not always online but it constantly checks online, and if you lose connection it can stuff the game up. I never had this issue with DS1 or DS2. They say days, but they do not say how many, and I have not turned it into months. If they said a few days then it would be a few days, but they did not, and when Virgin Media put out the internet everyone did not get the internet straight away, as they did not have the manpower or funding to do it all at once, but took years to roll it out to everyone, and that includes speed upgrades. If it can all be restored within a few days then important people like the President and the Prime Minister will get it first, then areas with high population, and really low populated areas last, like the internet was rolled out to begin with. Power would get restored first, then internet. Nothing in that article or anywhere on the internet gives any specific exact times of downtime, and I just resent your attitude to me and making me out to be a joke, when it is all possible and I keep providing reasonable thought, from what was said. It is not just PC World saying these things, and it came from scientists and facts from 1859.
superniceguy 4 years ago
DynamiteWhyte's avatar
Scientists and fact from 1859 doesn't apply to todays world at all in terms of internet. Other than that, I'm just not getting anywhere so I'm just going to leave this.
DynamiteWhyte 4 years ago

Please describe the nature of the abuse: