Yeah well.. another negative review, not surprising.
This debacle has let me try out CitiesXL 2012.. it's not perfect, i.e. it has some technical bugs like memory leakage and such but it seems like an extended and modern version of Sim City 4. It looks gorgeous, has some cool features and it's just fun to play.
In short.. it's everything SimCity should have been (and could have been even better with such a big studio behind it).