Posted: July 18, 2014
This game is a huge disappointment. An unenjoyable experience that is more akin to literally working at your city's transit authority than playing a game which simulates it.
If you are interested in this concept, play Cities in Motion 1 instead, for all its flaws, Cities in Motion 1is a far superior and more enjoyable game
Cities in Motion 1 and was excitedly looking forward to the sequel but it fails in every respect. Instead of taking the existing, functioning, and very fun CiM1 and improving upon it, it feels like the developers started from complete scratch. Spreadsheets and boring route planning are the name of the game ("game") in CiM2.
Here are some examples of ways this game is worse than its predecessor, increasing from the nitpicky to the game-destroying:
1. The graphics are much worse, both in quality and art direction
CiM2 looks like the textbook definition of "generic." The colors are drab, the buildings are uninteresting, and all the cities look and feel identical.
2. The UI is cluttered and incredibly confusing
This could have been an excellent area of improvement over CiM1 but instead the UI is just a complete mess. Dialog boxes litter the screen. Important information is buried or not shown. Icons convey little to no information and are reused over and over again providing no distinction between, for example, different buses.
3. Instead of adding depth, they added layers of required and uninteresting micromanagement
For example, in CiM1 one aspect that I felt was severely lacking was the ability to space out vehicles on a route or provide an actual schedule for their arrival. If you had a long bus line, when you started it every bus would start from the same station; leading to an inefficient route where all your buses arrive at a stop back-to-back and then passengers wait for eternity until they all come around again.
It would have been so easy to simply fix this issue by automatically distributing them evenly and providing a timetable scheduling as a more advanced option. Instead, CiM2 provides the most convoluted scheduling interface imaginable.
4. You are required to build depots to support each of your transit routes
There is nothing wrong with this in concept, but in practice they take up such a huge footprint that the cities hardly look like they could support any residents. What city on earth has bus/tram/etc depots seemingly every other block?!
5. Most of the provided cities DON'T ACTUALLY NEED PUBLIC TRANSIT
This was the killer for me. I loaded up one of the biggest cities the game offers, excited to tackle its transit problems. I switched to the heatmap to see areas of congestion, and literally, without exaggeration, there were absolutely no traffic problems in this entire huge city aside from a single highway off-ramp.
So instead of needlessly building out a myriad of complex public transit options, I just demolished the onramp and replaced it with a larger multi-lane one with a left-hand-turn lane. Speed up game-time and after a couple months the problem went away.
So... transit problems solved. That was fun.
If this were real-life I suppose I could use my copious free-time as City Transit Manager to perhaps play some computer games. Since CiM2 supposedly is
a game I'm left wondering WTF the point of playing it is.