OS X Simcity 4 Deluxe Edition!

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  1. SingularityG macrumors 6502

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    On the Mac App Store! How long has it been there? I imagine everyone but me knew about it.:eek:

    Here is my money Aspyr and thanks for ruining my life!:)
     
  2. westonm macrumors member

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    I just saw it myself. I remember it had several performance issues and bugs back in the day, I hope the App Store version is moderately updated -- as even with the bugs I'm interested in playing it again. Although from what I can recall it doesn't seem the version number has been bumped from whatever it was on discs, back in... '06, or whatever it was.
     
  3. Aspyr-Blair macrumors 6502

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    Haha, you havent missed anything. Its only been on the store for a few hours, surprise! :apple:

    We have been working on this re-release for months. Cleaned up a TON of old bugs, and really pushed on performance increases as well. You can now get a city up to 4-500k pop without any performance hitches.

    We also completely scrapped the old fixed resolution option. The game now detects your machine's top 4 available native resolutions for your options. SimCity4 on an iMac at 2560x1440 is really something to see :)
     
  4. SingularityG thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I also hope this is a fixed version, or without the serious issues, at least. Downloading now.:)

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    Blissful!

    Thanks Blair!:)

    Now, if you'll excuse me...
     
  5. Dirtyharry50 macrumors 68000

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    Awesome! I just saw this there too. I'd much rather play this than the new one.
     
  6. jeanlain macrumors 65816

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    How can the system requirements be so high for a 12-year-old game? :eek:
    The PC version requires à pentium III, 256 MB ram and a DX 8.1 card. The Mac version requires a C2D 2.2 GHz with 4GB Ram and a radeon HD 3870/Geforce 8800. How can it not run on, say, even a radeon HD 2XXX?
     
  7. andydckent macrumors member

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    @Aspyr-Blair

    I have a boxed copy of this game. Is there some way for me to download the update without purchasing again?

    Thanks

    Andy
     
  8. Dirtyharry50 macrumors 68000

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    Because it is not a 12 year old game, it was just redone and released with significant changes to it including the mentioned display changes. It is also coded for a different operating system using a different graphics API.
     
  9. saturnotaku macrumors 68000

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    I think if you send their support team an e-mail with a photo of the box and/or CD, they'll send you a code to get the update from their store.
     
  10. Dirtyharry50 macrumors 68000

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    I forgot to ask yesterday, will this be releasing on Steam also?
     
  11. Cougarcat macrumors 604

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    Can someone who has bought this confirm it works with the NAM mod?

    Also +1 for seeing this on Steam at some point.
    Edit: looks like the SteamDB is showing a Mac version, nice.
     
  12. westonm macrumors member

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    Having now sunk a few hours into it...

    Performance of the graphics engine still isn't super, somewhat slow panning and whatnot. (late '09 iMac, 4850; not a beast by any means) It's perfectly playable though.

    I haven't encountered in crashes yet, which is a rather huge step up from my experience with the boxed game.

    No idea on if mods work, I wouldn't know how to go about installing them.

    it's SimCity, it's not buggy (thus far) and it's on the App Store. <thumb>
     
  13. andydckent macrumors member

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    I emailed Aspyr but unfortunately they won't update the game. :(

     
  14. SWD macrumors member

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    Does it have cloud saves of cities, to play on multiple machines?
     
  15. Cougarcat macrumors 604

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    Too bad, but it's understandable. It's $5 on Steam all the time, I'll get it then.

    Mods go here: ~/Library/Containers/com.aspyr.simcity4.appstore/Data/Documents/SimCity 4/Plugins

    To install NAM you have to use a tool like http://www.kekaosx.com/en/ to unpack the .exe
     
  16. Aspyr-Blair macrumors 6502

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    Yes, the Steam release will be in May!

    To those who have the old version, apologies for not being able to supply you all with a key. The original boxed release was over a decade ago, and as you all know was coded for the PowerPC, a completely different architecture from what we have now. We spent months on the new compatibility and improvements. In short, this isnt a patch...but a completely new port. The best analogy I have is PS3 to PS4 or similar. Sure, some of the codework can be reused, but its actually a whole other effort to make the jump. I hope you will understand.

    Thanks for all the support folks. We are super pumped for this release. My weekend was completely lost to this game. If you have a small child like I do...make sure they are good and fed before launching ;)
     
  17. davecom macrumors member

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    Thanks for publishing this. I will purchase it when it comes out on Steam for sure!
     
  18. Aspyr-Blair macrumors 6502

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    Partly because those are the baseline specs for the modern machines available that run the game. Partly because the game is actually quite the hog. Once you get a big city going, that is a LOT of stuff happening on the screen at once.
     
  19. emio macrumors member

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    How is this new version of Sim City running on a iMac Late 2012 with GeForce 650M (2.9GHz, 8GB RAM)? The Aspyr website says:

    But how is the performance? It's fully playable with no stuttering?
     
  20. Aspyr-Blair macrumors 6502

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    Performance is of course always subjective, but we think its quite good...especially on the newer iMacs.

    SC4D has always been a bit of a resource hog, especially when panning across a large city. We've done a ton of work to tweak performance and the difference between the old version or even the current PC version vs. this new release is night and day. :apple:
     
  21. emio macrumors member

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    More RAM ist better, isn't it?

    On which Mac do you play SC4? Playing SC4 on a iMac 27" must be delightful. :D
     
  22. Aspyr-Blair macrumors 6502

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    More RAM never hurts, but this isnt a 64bit app, so the effectiveness of RAM is essentially capped at 8GB.

    Yes, me and the publishing team have our own 27" rig we play on in the office :p

    I took that same machine out to MacWorld to show an early build to press folks, and everyone came away really impressed. Its just stunning on a screen that size in that resolution. :apple:
     
  23. Cougarcat macrumors 604

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    People on SimTropolis are reporting that NAM doesn't work, which is a deal breaker...hopefully it or SimCity can be updated. I'll stick with the Wine version for now.
     
  24. Dirtyharry50 macrumors 68000

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    Yay! I will pick it up then. Thanks.:D
     
  25. MathBunny123 macrumors regular

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    I already purchased this game in 2008...so I need to rebuy it for Mac?? :(
     

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