I was pleasantly surprised by the demo on two accounts.
It could actually be a good game.
Its nothing like simcity4 in feel, not really a SC4 killer.
Slightly less staged pictures than the official ones:
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Nice planet, lets find a city on the coast with hills and an island, errrrm ok; beach/volcano/plains is it? volcano then. There is no connection between apparent planet terrain and city map terrain whatsoever.
Those cities next to me could just as well be on the other side of the planet for all that ive seen. No "neighbor connections" just planet trade.
Mailand, eastern outskirt, you dont get to notice how limited the farmland zoning is. Good gameplay, just not very nice/realistic. Fairly crude overall but OK for a game IMHO.
Streel level. Verrry interesting. Not so very strikingly beautifull most of the time but OK. Can ride along in-car and climb stuff which is fun.
Postcard. Cute! The city edges are often disturbingly apparent. Some faking of surrounding countryside resulting in a pleasing horizon would be nice. Especially since the maps are fixed and no neighbors visible.
From the top. Notice the square lots. See the w2w limitations? The fields dont have to be bordered by roads if you do care.
Sometimes you can get nice pictures from hills, tall buildings or structures like bridges. I dare not show a bridge or edge connection from up close before the final version comes out. Don´t be spooked by the grey boxes in the streets and possible lack of detail, my card is fairly crappy.
Overall Jerome needs to clean up his act, and as for making a city builder game for rich people who dont have much time, lol.
BTW: tunnels, how do i make one (in the demo)?