There has been a disappointing lack of quality, accessible simulation titles over the last few years. Like many long-time PC gamers I have fond memories of Theme Park, Theme Hospital, Rollercoaster Tycoon and, of course, SimCity. These were well-loved franchises that struck the rare and difficult balance of appealing to both hardcore and casual gamers.
Now that SimCity’s mostly working, you start by creating your own region of cities or jumping into someone else’s. The latter option makes much more sense as you can enter into an already-established community, but the implementation is poor.