The game seems pretty good but ya,reviews already says : repetitive and it gets like 14/20 which is not that great and all players complained of the repetitiveness to Maxis and at the release, nothing has changed... Let's hope some addons or whatever will come into play quickly !
The problem with EA? It's that it's EA... I don't like them because they don't put any passion in their game ! And in 90% of the cases, the game is not supported at all or very few by the dev team because EA wants money, they are just money hungry, and EA would rather invest into a new game bringing new sales than supporting their titles, developping them, patching them, etc... That's my biggest complain with EA.
Online activation is something that's really annoying to me but I guess they're forced to do it that way with all the pirates around so ok, I'll forgive online activation, it's a bad thing to counter a bad thing ! Plus EA always sell their game at the maximum price between 50 and 60 bucks which is really expensive for a game of the quality they provide without any support ! I think it's really laughing in the face of your customers to act like that !
You know, SC2 was expensive around 60 if not more and it required online activation and all but there, I didn't bother because blizzard put time and effort in their game to bring something satisfying enough to the customer and they provide a constant support to the game, SC 1 and Diablo 2 received tons of patches and support even after many years they were already on the market.
Same with SOASE and Elemental... Another is Dungeons where devs are even a lot on forums and support players and their games because they like it ! They developped something fun ! Those games maybe did not get all the success they deserved but even though, they continue to support them.
EA games? Well, I don't say they don't love their games and want to support them (especially since EA is more than one or two company) but the politic of EA is money money money ! So they create 50 games during the year sold at full price and they provide support for a couple month maybe after their release and if EA decide that the game did not well, it won't get any addon, DLC, patch, support or whatever anymore !
I'm sorry, but EA is definitely not my cup of tea... While Maxis might be different, you can see that they fall under the politic of EA because they try to support their babies and make something great and fun with support, but if EA doesn't allow it, then there's nothing they can except pray that some smart players will create a "fan patch" or something ! And with EA activation and all the online craps they force you to do, it's not even sure players can develop anything for the game even with motivation and make the game live through the years without any support (I have a couple examples like Battlezone 2 and many others)
Well, I'm not following anybody opinion on EA, I just look at the fact and what happened to their games compared to what happened to other games and their support / community. EA knows perfectly well it's problem but they don't care because they sell a lot to any kind of players. They cannot be like blizzard (and don't want to I think) and develop one game with tons of support and love and take time ! For EA, time is money so they got to make more product and sell them quickly ! That's why you have 50 call of duty or other sport games 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008,... most of them being exactly the same with a few change, etc... No, I cannot support EA ! And the sims, they're always the same, with a few change (not that much) and a lot of features removed in the next one that will be added with addons eventually and a better engine !
Worse, EA has under it's control great licenses like all the bullfrog games ! Would they do anything with it? Would they listen to all the fans that are crying heart and souls after new games of their license? No ! But it's probably better because EA would ruin the games made by bullfrog ! Already Dungeon Keeper 2 is far inferior to Dungeon Keeper 1 because at the time DK 2 was developped it was already in the process of being sold to EA and most people who worked on DK1 already left bullfrog or were working on other projects... So DK 2 fell under the politic of EA at the time even if Bullfrog was still the owner of the game. And What happened to DK2 ? Almost no support, game released totally unstable, few support were given even though lots of last minute effort tried to be done to save the game. Luckily enough, the game found fans and is still supported by them with multiple patches because no online activation was necessary !
There, all my hatred for EA Games and their politic ! All those great companies absorbed by EA that are now forced to follow their politics !