But now, this video shows off the actual day-to-day play — and, excitingly, the nights as well — in SimCity. It all begins, of course, with choosing land. (Carefully constructing maps in advance for optimal play was my "cheat" of choice in the SimCity 2000 era. I admit, I'll miss that.) The video then delves into roads, zoning, infrastructure, and all the other little chores that really do make being a virtual mayor (or virtual despot) so much fun.
The level of detail that this new SimCity can hold is astonishing. Every resident has goals and needs. Every garbage truck has a capacity. Players not only build power plants, but can edit them. And when it comes to business and tourism, players can even target a specific socioeconomic class of virtual visitors. Seeing it all work together makes me really want to dig in and become ruler of my own little tilt-shifted domain.