Stick with SimCity 4.
I hear that everywhere I go on the internet. Only people who talk about Simcity 4 in 2013 are people who loved Simcity 4 in 2003 and kept playing it. I have been playing Simcity since the beginning, let me tell you something. It is a hard game. Hell, Will Wright says he hasn't enjoyed a Sim City for a while. First time, they made one that kinda works. When they told me everything is connected to roads, I was like finally makes sense. No separate pipe network and power lines, everything under roads. I know they screwed the launch, Sims AI is comical at best (mind-numbing at worst), traffic is a mess, always on DRM, etc, etc. Don't want the game, don't buy it. If you have the game and don't like what you bought, email the crap out EA and Maxis about it. If you love Simcity 4, play it and shut up about it, because Joe Schmo Public won't buy Simcity because they don't really no much about it unless it is on Jimmy Fallon or Ellen and Max Hardware with his gamer build aint going to play a 10 year old game. Deal with it.