Maxis says an offline mode for SimCity is “impossible”, takes full responsibility for the debacle
We’ve got some more SimCity news fresh from the presses, which includes the (im)possibility of taking the game offline, Maxis’ sense of responsibility, and the new 1.3 update.
This sort of thing can happen to consoles too... especialy in this generation where games focus so much on Online Multiplayer has their main feature.
This is why i prefer console gaming. I can play what i paid for.
I've seen Jared's Review, sure the game is impossible to work alone but if you remember if your link to another player with their bonuses affecting yours(forgot the exact words) is offline your royally fucked. With how Always online DRM is fucking up servers it's essentially forcing players to Work Alone in the first place
No offline Mode!?.....Some Shady Shit is afoot
While I understand that the current architecture can prevent them from doing an Offline Mode, the fact is that it should not have started out that way. It should have been like any good game with online: have an Offline Mode with goals and missions to get the players familiar with the new system and have the Online Mode be a means of extending the game beyond that. In other words, this was doomed from the beginning.
Yes but there should still be an offline mode of sorts. Multiplayer features should be optional for a single-player-focused game, not required.
It's a little different when the game is designed around multiplayer, go watch Jared's review of SimCity and he'll explain why playing the game alone isn't possible
IDK... splitscreen/lan support? Also there's the fact that the game has an actual single player mode. Oh and guess what... they kinda do provide an offline mode for Team Fortress. Shit like this is WHY there are offline single player modes... even in games like this. Also it shouldn't be that hard to create program/ai redundancies to take over & simulate dynamic world interaction when online isn't available or desired. Its what Sim City has been doing up to this point.
You mean id nerds. ...sorry, I had to go there. XD
Offline not possible?? Bullshit, Video games had offline modes for decades now, literally since the beginning of the industry, these guys are just lazy.
I honestly don't believe that Maxis would be responsible for designing the game around multiplayer,not to mention all of the ridiculous flaws that are prevalent in the current build.
Simcity 4 was just too good of an entry in the series.It must be an all new Maxis crew...because it's certainly can't be the same team responsible for 4...it just can't be
And brace yourselfves for the RAGE of non WiiU owner nerds
I bet you're one of those naive fools that genuinely believe there isn't anything shady going on behind the scenes and is blind to the clear conflict of interest of a site/reviewer dependent on add revenue evaluating the products of said ads. Its practices & corporations like these and the tools who defend it make me ashamed of the industry. It's People like you make me ashamed to be human & not want to live on the planet anymore.
Do I think there are bribes in the form of mafia style envelopes of money being passed out? No, I don't think either side is stupid enough to do such a thing. What I DO believe in is the power of undue influence through persuasion & coercion, in the form of early review copies, access to the production, interviews, glorified gift baskets called "press kits", & ad revenue/promotional consideration, & what happens when they threaten to remove those things from said reviewers & sites who are dependent on them to stay afloat. There's also the fact that reviewers (such as Jeff Gerstman) who have provided unfavorable game reviews for sites dependent on ad revenue from the games makers have been fired in the past, due to such influence.
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Tinfoil hattery delusion, welcome to the average gamer's mind. I bet you're one of those guys who goes around accusing a website of accepting bribes if they give a positive review to a game that YOU don't like. People like you make me ashamed to be a gamer.
Their record of rumors spread by people like you who blame them for things they don't even do?
Why would they have an offline mode in a game that was designed solely for multiplayer? Maybe they should have an offline mode for World of Warcraft or Team Fortress 2. >.>
Ultimately, the problem was due to lack of proper beta testing, not the DRM. The DRM is just part of a game that is supposed to be multiplayer only.
How likely do you really think it is that EA is going to divulge such trade secrets & practices... ESP when they are pretty much dirty laundry that they have gone to great pains to keep hidden, not to mention take the fall for.
I think I'll stick with my SNES copy instead.
Here's how you solve the problem Maxis. Make an offline version for the WiiU with the option to have online. You're welcome.
I'm getting worried for the future of gaming. Tomorrow I'm finally getting my hands on Starcraft 2 Heart of the Swarm and it wouldn't suprise me if I can't play the damn campaign because the servers are down, on launch day!