dear fricking god
beta opened this weekend. havent found any SC4 vets that really like it. this isnt an sequel, its a reboot. and while i dont have a problem with most of the revamped features (such as electric and water being integrated with roads), the game suffers from three major flaws.
1) always on connection to EA
. there is no offline play even for private regions.
2) no god mode.
no major terraforming tools, no money cheats to sandbox, all resources tied to the region and apparently to the global economy.
3) the entire city/region dynamic is terrible.
your city size is TINY. and by tiny, i mean equivalent to 2km square i believe. any tile with a central business district looks absurd because it will go from CBD to open space nearly immediately.
further, you apparently only have one central "highway" for the region, and each city tile only gets a single connection to this highway.
to make matters worse, each city tile is spread out from one another, not integrated next to each other as in SC4.
the results; a region that looks like this: Image: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/5012419/forum/regionview.jpg