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A Tale of Two Titles: SimCity vs BioShock Infinite Mac [u]

29 August 2013 487 views No Comment

Wereas Bioshock Infinite Mac has largely lived up to the hype, the SimCity Mac launch is an even bigger disaster than the failed PC launch earlier this year

They are finally here — two of the biggest Mac gaming releases of the year. However, whereas Bioshock Infinite Mac has largely lived up to the hype, the SimCity Mac launch is an even bigger disaster than the train wreck that was the PC launch.

Though you can certainly read the horror stories [u] elsewhere, TUAW does a good job of capturing just how bad SimCity Mac truly is.

“The official EA forums are overrun with Mac gamers desperately trying to get their purchases to work correctly on computers ranging from brand new Retina MacBooks to iMacs that are just a few weeks old,” runs their write up. “There also appear to be issues with attempting to start the software, with the game lagging on even the most capable Macs.”

Of course, this is just latest, and perhaps worst, stumble for SimCity creator Maxis, which badly fumbled the launch of SimCity PC earlier this year.

Although it’s still only day one, the SimCity Mac launch appears to be going even worse.

Bioshock Infinite Mac: Game of the Year?

You can find entusiastic praise for Bioshock Infinite Mac on ControlCommandEscape or out-and-out gushing on TheSlanted:

“Now the story is fantastic, and I think it’s something that everyone that enjoys first-person shooters should experience…,” writes reviewer John Stewart. “[T]he title looks amazing and if you have a higher-end Mac, this should definitely be on your list as one of the best games to play 2013.”

Yes, both games require a newer, high-end Mac, but Bioshock Infinite has been widely praised for gameplay, story, graphics and out-of-the-box experience. SimCity? You would think that the PC launch would have taught Maxis something…

What’s your take?

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