SimCity (2013)

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SimCity
SimCity2013 Digital Deluxe.png
Developers
 
Publishers
Engines
Release dates
Windows
March 5, 2013
OS X
August 29, 2013
 SimCity (2013) at Wikipedia
SimCity
SimCity 1989
SimCity 2000 1994
SimCopter 1996
Streets of SimCity 1997
SimCity 3000 1999
SimCity 4 2003
SimCity 4: Rush Hour
SimCity Societies 2007
SimCity Societies: Destinations
SimCity (2013) 2013
SimCity: Cities of Tomorrow

Key points

Advantage No longer requires a constant internet connection and can be played offline; online and offline cities are separate.[1].
Advantage Good performance on low-end hardware.[2].
Disadvantage The online servers are often taken down for maintenance and may tend to go offline frequently.
Information For an exhaustive list of bugs go here.

General information

More information Origin's Server Status page and @simcity Twitter feed to check game servers.
More information EA Forums
More information SimCity - Answer HQ - EA's technical difficulties forum.
More information Simtropolis - Bugs & Technical Issues
More information Simtropolis - General Discussion

Availability[edit]

Source(s) Store unlock Notes
Amazon.com Origin.png Limited Edition (download or disc)
Origin Origin.png Limited Edition (download or disc), Digital Deluxe Edition (download only)

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

  Location 
Windows
OS X

Save game data location[edit]

  Location 
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\SimCity\Games\
OS X ~/Documents/SimCity/Games/
Information Only offline mode cities are stored in this location; online mode cities are stored on the server.[1]

Video settings[edit]

Graphics settings.
Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution Native WSGF WS Gold.png
Multi-monitor Native WSGF MM Gold.png
Ultra-widescreen Native WSGF UW Gold.png
Field of view (FOV) Impossible
Windowed Native
Borderless fullscreen windowed Native Added to the game in a recent update.[3]
Anisotropic filtering (AF) Impossible Although not specified anywhere, the game appears to have the anisotropic filtering locked on.
Anti-aliasing (AA) Native
Vertical sync (Vsync) Native
High frame rate Unknown
Color blind mode Native Go to Settings, Graphics and change Filter appropriately.[4]

Input settings[edit]

Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Remapping Impossible
Mouse acceleration Unknown
Mouse input in menus Native
Mouse Y-axis inversion Impossible
Controller
Controller support Impossible

Audio settings[edit]

Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls Unknown
Surround sound Unknown
Subtitles Unknown
Closed captions Unknown
Mute on focus lost Unknown

Issues unresolved[edit]

Information List of SimCity (2013) bugs.

Motion blur cannot be disabled[edit]

Disadvantage No option to disable motion blur.[5]

Vertical line on right edge of screen[edit]

Disadvantage Line appears on right edge, even when windowed.[6]

Issues fixed[edit]

Textures not loading[edit]

Textures not loading issue

Fix Reinstall the game[7]Link

Simcity.exe crashes/terminates before the launcher shows up[edit]

Fix Enable NetBIOS over TCP/IP on Windows 7[8]Link

  1. Click Start, and then click Network. (click Start, type ncpa.cpl into the search box for Windows 7 or Vista, press Enter).
  2. Click on the Network and Sharing Center
  3. Click Manage Network Connections.
  4. Right click on the Local Area Connection select Properties.
  5. Select Internet Protocol version 4 (TCP/IPv4).
  6. Click the Advanced button under the General tab.
  7. Click the WINS tab.
  8. Click Enable NetBIOS Over TCP/IP.
  9. Click OK and Exit the settings.

Fix Reinstall Origin[8]Link

  1. Completely uninstall Origin.
  2. regedit and go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Origin Games. Depending on how many games you have you will find a few registry folders that come up as numbers.
  3. If you click on any of these there will be a value in the right pane called "DisplayName", which shows the name of the game that registry location is for.
  4. Find the registry (in the Origin Games registry folder) that shows SimCity for the DisplayName.
  5. Once you find the SimCity registry folder, delete it.
  6. Re-download a new Origin install file, and install Origin.
  7. Now go to the location that you installed Origin in (usually C:\Program Files (x86)\Origin) and find the "Origin.exe" file.
  8. Right click the file and go to properties and then go to the compatibility tab. At the bottom there will be a check box with "Run this program as administrator". Check the box, click apply, then click OK.

Checking for updates[edit]

Disadvantage 'Checking for updates' is stuck when launching the game.

Fix Delete SimCityUserData folder[9]Link

Delete all files in C:\Program Files (x86)\Origin Games\SimCity\SimCityUserData\

Data maps/region borders/snap points not showing[edit]

Disadvantage Applies to computers that use AMD Catalyst Control Center with ATI graphic cards

Fix Set ATI 3D Settings to Default[10]Link

  1. Click Start, and then click All Programs (differs for each operating system), then click AMD Control Center
  2. Go to GAMING catagory and select 3D Application Settings
  3. Change all settings back to default (or make a separate profile for Simcity), specifically the anti aliasing settings.
  4. Run Simcity with the Catalyst settings on default to check that the problem has been solved. If not re-install the game and restart the computer.

Blue screen when starting SimCity with Crossfire enabled[edit]

Disadvantage Applies to computers with AMD graphic cards in Crossfire

Fix Disable CrossfireX (AMD Catalyst)Link

  1. Under the "Performance" section of the AMD Catalyst Control Center, in the AMD CrossfireX tab, select "Disable AMD CrossFireX"

Fix Disable CrossfireX (RadeonPro)Link

  1. Download and install RadeonPro
  2. In RadeonPro, click "Add new profile". Navigate to and select SimCity executable (default C:\Program Files (x86)\Origin Games\SimCity\SimCity\SimCity.exe)
  3. Select the profile in RadeonPro
  4. In the launcher tab of RadeonPro, configure launcher as Steam/Impulse/Origin
  5. In the tweaks tab of RadeonPro, under CrossfireX Tweaks, move the slider so that "Turn off CrossfireX" shows above it
  6. Play the game

Other information[edit]

Offline play[edit]

More information Reddit user AzzerUK has shown it is possible to enable offline play, but without an ability to save.

Debug mode / Pop Fix / Disable Offline Disconnect[edit]

Fix Enable Debug mode / Pop Fix / Disable Offline Disconnect using BagOfTrix.package[11]Link

  1. Download BagOfTrix.package from any of the mirrors on this Reddit Post
  2. Place into C:\Program Files (x86)\Origin Games\SimCity\SimCityData\

Mods[edit]

Mod guides[edit]

More information Rudimentary modding guide by reddit user Plornt.

BagOfTrix[edit]

Place the file in your \SimCityData folder\ Remember to delete any pre-existing mods: DebugEnable.package~

Features:

  • Full Javascript Debug Console/Development Editor - ctrl+shift+e to use
  • Unlimited offline mode
  • Un-fudged population numbers
  • Expose debug UI
  • Debug menus
  • Roads outside of boundaries
  • Game going on while in budget crisis.

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum
Operating system (OS) XP, Vista, 7
Processor (CPU) AMD Athlon 64 X2 4000+
2.0GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
System memory (RAM) 2 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 12 GB
Video card (GPU) AMD Radeon HD 2600,
nVidia GeForce 7800 GTX,
or Intel HD Graphics Family
256 MB of VRAM
Shader model 3.0 support
Other Broadband Internet connection with at least 256Kb/s Down and 64Kb/s Up.
OS X
Minimum
Operating system (OS) 10.7.5 (10.8.4 when used with an Intel Graphics Chipset)
Processor (CPU) 2.0GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
System memory (RAM) 2 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 12 GB
Video card (GPU) AMD Radeon HD 2600 Pro,
nVidia GeForce 9400M,
or Intel HD3000 Series
Other Broadband Internet connection with at least 256Kb/s Down and 64Kb/s Up.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 EA Forums - SimCity Single-Player Mode FAQ
  2. My Thoughts on SimCity So Far (reddit Thread)
  3. Hi Mayors -- below you'll find the notes for Update 6
  4. SimCity Image Filters
  5. Motion Blur - Simtropolis Forums
  6. Vertical line on right edge of screen. - EA Answers HQ
  7. Terrain textures not showing - Simtropolis Forums
  8. 8.0 8.1 HERE ARE CRASH SOLUTION(s) - EA Answers HQ
  9. Checking for Updates Issue - EA Answers HQ
  10. No Snap Points and No Dashes. - Simtropolis Forums
  11. Place this file in your SimCityData to Enable Debug UI, Highways outside of city boundaries.. - r/simcity on reddit