EA boxes up SimCity quintet

New SimCity Box collection will feature five recent installments in the groundbreaking series for $39.99 this June, including SimCity 4 and SimCity Societies.

by

Electronic Arts loves compilations. Besides distributing Valve's current best-seller The Orange Box, the publisher has released a series of compilations of its classic series. These include Command & Conquer: The First Decade and a variety of Sims compilations, such as The Sims: The Complete Collection.

Today, the Redwood City, California-based publisher bundled up another of its series. The SimCity Box collection will compile five PC entries into the Will Wright-created series--which has sold more than 17 million units worldwide since launching in 1989--into a single affordable package.

Included in the bundle are the classic SimCity 4 (2003), its expansion SimCity 4 Rush Hour (2004), the lukewarmly reviewed SimCity Societies (2007), its forthcoming SimCity Societies: Destinations expansion pack (May 2008), and the recently released The Sims Carnival: SnapCity (January 2008).

Set for a release sometime in June, The SimCity Box will retail for $39.99 and is only available for the PC. In the announcement, EA touted the fact that were someone to buy the games individually, the combined price would be more than $100.

Discussion

38 comments
jegojego
jegojego

How about a Mac version that works with the new intel macs? On the Mac OS so we don't have to be using crap windows to play it?

Jshaw71
Jshaw71

sounds like a good deal, i think i might pick it up for sim city 4, and rush, if anything else...

drew38930
drew38930

And don't forget that the Spore Creature Creator will also be included!

kryptin
kryptin

where are the classic Simcity games? Simcity 4 is good, but I'd like to have the older ones too as they had some slightly different options and play styles.

maxismc
maxismc

Very Interesting, very interesting. Good to see when It comes out

cooldude03
cooldude03

Everyone thank Valve for showing EA the light. Sometimes the way to make money is make the game worth the money you ask for it. The Sims is a good game by itself but a must own bundled in a box.

Hedfix
Hedfix

360 version. Now.

EnchantedDaisy
EnchantedDaisy

I think this pack is great because it includes really great games for a sim-fan at a great price. I can see how they are trying to get Sim Societies out there and sold. I'm glad I didn't buy it yet, though, or I'd probably be infuriated!

moshel_007
moshel_007

just another desperate attempt by EA to increase the sale of Societies.... i just noticed that when this game released it was $50 now its only $30??? its not even 6 months??

cas11123
cas11123

"I don't hate EA, to be honest I enjoy many of the games by them or one of there MANY sub-developers such as Valve" @ Lord-Viru For the love of... EA does NOT own Valve! Let me repeat that.. they do NOT own Valve! They only distribute the hardcopies (they don't own steam either) of their games, they have no say in what Valve does whatsoever. As for this bundle, it's not worth your money. I got Sim City 4/Rush Hour for 20 bucks and it was worth it. For this bundle you're paying an extra 20 bucks for 3 crap games that you'll probably never play. If they really wanted to make a good bundle, they should've done something like the C&C First Decade bundle, with all the games Sim City games BEFORE Societies. @ prioritymail: If you really wanna try Sim City, just look for Sim City 4 (or anything before really) by itself. You'll save money and be happy with your purchase.

prioritymail
prioritymail

I always wanted to try sim city... maybe I should look into this deal

i_like_evil
i_like_evil

Wow. It's such an insult to package the magnificent game that is SimCity 4 with the atrocious SimCity Societies and even worse to package it with The Sims Carnival: CrapCity. The crappy spinoffs are really bad for the series. What was that? Rod Humble is doing a good job with the series now is he? Hmm.... Giving the SimCity series to Tilted Mill was the worst decision The Sims Division has ever made.

i_like_evil
i_like_evil

Wow. It's such an insult to package the magnificent game that is SimCity 4 with the atrocious SimCity Societies and even worse to package it with The Sims Carnival: CrapCity. The crappy spinoffs are really bad for the series. What was that? Rod Humble is doing a good job with the series now is he? Hmm.... Giving the SimCity series to Tilted Mill was the worst decision The Sims Division has ever made. Then again, they're only doing this so they can palm off their unsold horde of SCS and SCCC alongside a great game. It's a con basically and by no means the definitive SimCity compilation.

bob9999999999
bob9999999999

I remember for the original Sims EA made MULTIPLE package deals. I went to Walmart once and there were 3 different options for a package of various The Sims games. Now THAT is ridiculous. Hopefully EA is not going to try that again.

NA3D
NA3D

it is just another way for EA to milk money out of their products when people would normally never buy them. It isn't a bad idea, but I say offer the games at a lower price to begin with, or release these things earlier. Maybe you will get more than 10% of the gamer population to actually like EA if they were nice to us for a change instead of only thinking about how to max. their profits. Yeah, it is a business, but it isn't one that cares about their customers, only money.

KingSigy
KingSigy

EA always puts out boxed sets, which is nice of them I suppose. They recently put out a Sims 2 compilation, which may mean that the Sims 2 is finally coming to a close with it's expansions.

Lord-Viru
Lord-Viru

I don't hate EA, to be honest I enjoy many of the games by them or one of there MANY sub-developers such as Valve or Mythic, but I just think that the way they go about their business is wrong, for example trying to take over Take 2 just solely to bank in on GTA 4 or the next Bioshock

AmmonMoley
AmmonMoley

I would have to agree with others... If this were a true compilation of the 'SimCity' series, where is the original SimCity, SimCity2000 and SimCity 3? I mean, that would make more sense if you ask me. My guess is the other titles here aren't selling well, so they want to package them together to get them to sell. I don't hate EA, but they do seem to scramble for a buck more than put out good titles.

damariners
damariners

CasinoOutlaw247 "A question for all EA haters: is EA forcing you to buy their games? if you don't like EA then don't buy their product. Simple right?" hehehe some of EA products are okay to purchase... but EA sports??? boycott EA sports!!!!

CasinoOutlaw247
CasinoOutlaw247

A question for all EA haters: is EA forcing you to buy their games? if you don't like EA then don't buy their product. Simple right?

Antaeus1991
Antaeus1991

All bad games except for Sim City 4. Much rather have had the games running up to Sim City 4 instead of these crappy ones. What can you expect from EA though?

FstrthnU
FstrthnU

Dang, I wasted my money on just Simcity 4 Deluxe Edition. Dang you Electronic Arts!

zoe256
zoe256

...scraping the barrel slighty?

zoe256
zoe256

...scraping the barrel slightly?

MacBrother
MacBrother

Where's Sim City 2000. The best one?

DiscGuru101
DiscGuru101

I already installed SimCity 4 on my newest PC, so, I will probably pass on this.

CaptainCrazy
CaptainCrazy

Sim City 4 was the last great Sim City game, far superior to Societies but it also fell far short of what it could have been. If it wasn't for one amazing site Simtropolis and all the incredible mods they produced, the game would have been a big let down.

revelations
revelations

That's a great deal and all, but I'd almost rather have a collection of different sims. 4 is a great game too. But it has pretty high requirements.

swyg
swyg

Vagrantsoul117: Since the restructure of their company, EA has really turned over a new leaf. ...and consumed a few trees.

lowkey254
lowkey254

I'm an EA basher because they are about filling their pockets and have lost the sight of the gamers (if they've ever had it), but... I have to remember that EA is a conglomerate making money while spending less is what a successful business is about. I don't like EA but I now have a better understanding of what they are about. I just won't buy their games.

mysterylobster
mysterylobster

Oh, quit whining Nintendo_Boy. If this was called SimCity Societies Gold, with just the original and the expansion pack, it would still be a good deal for those interested.

Nintendo_Man
Nintendo_Man

So releasing Rock Band for 2 and half times the price than the US in PAL regions and also delaying it, is turning a new leaf? This package is a joke, only Sim City 4 and the expansion is worth playing and you can them together for much less.

PiNwOrM
PiNwOrM

Vagrantsoul117: Since the restructure of their company, EA has really turned over a new leaf.

Vagrantsoul117
Vagrantsoul117

It kills me that people take every chance they get to bash EA but when you look at the big picture EA really does put out some really good deals that are pretty beneficial to gamers, especially those who may be new to a particular franchise or genre.