Any of you guys try the Demo? http://www.citiesxl.com/ I just finished it and I must say.. Wow, what a game. I've always loved SimCity4 but always been frustrated by how much work is necessary to get a profitable city, and it would require flipping between a bunch of cities to achieve, the game was a bit slow, and for me extremely unstable.. So CitiesXL takes after SimCity4, except it has sooo many more options for building, yet less. It gives you greater variety but gives you these incredibly easy to use tools to create cities that's it's a no-brainer to put a large metropolis together. The finance system is also significantly easier to use while also being extremely complex, there's tons of different attributes and influences on how your budget will come out, but it's done in a way that it won't become something you'll need to worry about until you start getting a decent-sized city. I found the gameplay to be incredibly immersive, challenging yet not frustrating at all while giving you an enormous amount of creative freedom on a HUGEEE scale. One of the maps I played had so much room on it that I could have built 7 fairly large cities and still have tons and tons of room separating them and requiring miles of road. And then the real kicker is.. it's actually an MMO.. you play on an extremely large Planet shared by hundreds if not thousands of other cities, and each player can create their own trade agreements between each other, cancels deals, change them, connect to each other via roads, etc etc. Truly quite awesome, sadly the demo ended right when I was really getting into it, so I pre-ordered the game >.> There's lots of other stuff I didn't mention also, like being able to zoom right in till you can see little sims playing basketball and stuff on the courts. Really quite intricate, and the amazing thing is, it doesn't lag, at all. It's so incredibly smooth. I highly recommend getting the demo and would love to see a review on it.