One of my fave PC games.
You play as a mayor, and though there is no storyline, the game draws you in well. You have a selection of buildings and utilities, and you must have a good balance of residential, commercial, and industrial areas. One feature which I love, is the little news ticker thingy at the bottom of the screen. This tells you if residents don't like how your building the city, and will give you hints on what to do. Your advisors will tell you what you need to do to keep the city running, and don't ignore them. It was only when I was a little older, I found they can be a very reliabe source of information. The graphics aren't all in super 3-D, but you can see the detail put into these buildings, and you truly appreciate the work put into this game. You have a tutorial, and it is helpful, as there are lots of things to use. I've never been great at the game, but the tutuorial helped, it REALLY helped. The sound, well, there's nothing really to say about the sound. When you make a building it makes a sound, and there's light, brezzy music, and isn't too much to make a song and dance about, but it's in there just enough to make it enjoyable. The game will last you ages, as you unlock all the mayor's gifts, and create numerous cities, where you can either have a bustling metropolis filled with happy people, or you can have a crowded, over polluted city with constant riots. SO HARD TO CHOOSE!
Sim City 3000 is the best in the series in my opinion, and I recommend it to anyone with a little patience.