i'll say first off my first reaction throughout is how much better the game is in just about every way than sc4.
although it bring back the regions/multi city play of sc4, it seems to do so in a much more robust and interesting fashion.
as well, right off the bat you notice it'[s no longer a major hassle to budget you rcity. yes it's fun to play simcity again.
it's also a lot easier to give your city character like curving roads and other than straight up grid/simcity 1 style looking neighborhoods.
not everything i s available in the demo, so idk if the city limits expand as your population grows or not. i certainly hope they do as i was quickly reaching the limits of the beta town size.
there's a few major changes to how the game works, that are quite interesting. now for example, you zone along roads and zoning is free. as long as your city blocks are large enough you are good to go for a long time to come- and that's where things with zoning gets interesting, the player no longer zones for low medium and high density, but rather as demand grows for higher density, so will the density types in existing zoning.
you can also upgrade existing infrastructure like police stations and schools, rather than simply dumping a brand new police station, you simply upgrade the existing one to meet demand.
as well what's nice is stuff like bus stops go in between roads and exisiting buildings, solving a major issue i've always had with this type of item in previous simcity games.
government buildings can be turned on and off as your budget requires, and some buildings have additional options which can affect your budget.
stuff like airports are no longer built within your city limits, but rather there is a special area in your region for such building projects.
unfortunately it doesn't seem as if the multiplayer stuff is being testing atm. i wasn't able to see where or if there are any permissions settings for your region or other stuff, or if multiple player can work on the same city at once.
This post has been edited by dirtyklingon: 27 January 2013 - 08:24 AM