I personally hold Maxis in very high standings. I have owned and played every Maxis game to this date. The best of all of them (in my opinion) is the SimCity series. SimCity 4 it beautiful. I love the region addition, the fact that you can have multiple cities in one massive area and the interact with each other. You can sell water, or power, or make one city with alot of jobs and another next to it for the population. Your sims will travel to the next city to work. Subways and airports are a great way to bring more sims and business to your city. I absolutely love it. This one is a must buy. It's almost 3 years old and I play it quite often. You learn more and more everytime you play.