Finally, SimCity has a playable game mode. The game, which originally launched over a year ago as an online-only experience, has received an update today which adds an offline ‘single-player’ mode to the game.
The single-player experience will be mostly identical to the multiplayer mode gamers have already experienced. Players will able to manage multiple cities in a region with expanded options for saving. Autosaves can now be turned off completely and a ‘Save As…’ feature has been added which will allow players to save multiple states of one city. Single player and multiplayer regions will also be kept separate; once you play a region in one mode you can’t swap it over to the other.
Single-player users will not be able to access Online-only features like Multiplayer, SimCity World, Leaderboards, Achievements, the Global Market prices, and Cloud Saves. But you’ll be able to play the game without having to gamble on server reliability from now on, so I’d say its a fair trade off.
The update hits both PC and Mac today, which means I’ll finally be giving this game a chance.