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Will Wright applauds 'SimCity'


The SimCity series creator Will Wright has given his blessing to Maxis' reboot title of the same name, even after the title's rocky start.

Wright co-founded Maxis in 1987 but left in 2009 to explore other venues. In a recent sit down with NowGamer, Wright stated;
I like it a lot, he revealed. Its interesting, in some sense it reminds me of the post-economic crash. Its not about making your city big, its about making them not poor, an said of the new Glassbox engine, I think they did a good job of balancing all the interrelated factors. At first it felt a little claustrophobic, you know with the size of the land, but after playing for a while I think it really makes a lot of sense.

Visually its great. It was my old art director actually that was lead designer, and he had a very definite vision about the way that it would feel. But yeah, Im enjoying it quite a bit.
Wright stated that he was not put off by the size of SimCity's new land masses;
It makes you focus more on interrelations of those factors, he continued. So you could make a city four times bigger but youd be dealing with the exact same variables. So by kind of focusing it in it feels more personal, and so I really do want to zoom down and get a sense of what it feels like on the street. I think the visuals are just amazing, I love the tilt-shift focal lens.
SimCity has been plagued by problems so far in it's brief launch period, but the reviews for the game are overwhelmingly positive.