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Sim City (PC DVD)
Sim City (PC DVD)
Offered by Gameline GmbH.
Price: £14.04

12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Great game, awful 'service', 11 Mar 2013
= Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Sim City (PC DVD) (DVD-ROM)
You know, its a real pity; the actual game itself is great - the city management is slick, refreshing, and fun. The bad news is the way you -have- to play, via servers. If the server you where playing on is busy, well, sorry but you can't have your saved games back - you either have to start again on another server (where the same will likely happen again), or wait until the server allows you access to YOUR game.

EA have really taken the urine with this one. Not only have they forces this always online requirement for a game most will want to play single player only, it can't give us a decent service; without save games being copied to all available servers, you are reliant on that server being online when you want to get back to your city. On top of that, EA KNEW they'd have this kind of launch day problems (servers overloaded, connection issues, etc) - it happens every single time (Diablo 3 for the most recent example), and they acted surprised it had happened. To be fair to Maxis, they have said it was 'dumb' of them to let this happen, but frankly, EA and Maxis MUST have known what would happen.

Frankly, I'm angry at EA, Ubisoft, Activision, etc for their ridiculous systems of DRM that do NOT stop the pirate, but do stop the honest, paying customer. And don't let EA fool you, it is DRM else they'd allow people to play Simcity offline.

The Calling (Dragon Age)
The Calling (Dragon Age)
by David Gaider
Edition: Paperback

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Calling - more quality fantasy, 26 Oct 2009
Just like "The Stolen Throne", the previous book to this one, the Calling is set in the land of Dragon Age: Origins and focuses on a quest to try and rescue a captured Grey Warden. Full of action, conflict, and some very personal character conflicts and developments, the Calling is a great piece of drama in a fantasy setting.

If you've not read "The Stolen Throne", you will be able to read this one still, but I would recommend you read that book first, but you'll be filled in on all the revelent story points in the Calling. A recommendation for everyone who wants to read up on some of the backstory to Dragon Age Origins, or for fans of fantasy or action-drama in general.

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