I don't mean to come off as a naysayer, but the new SimCity coming out in February 2013 looks a lot like SimCity Societies, which I thought was a real disappointment. I have noticed the whole "ploppable" concept coming back along with the thematic buildings with their pros and cons. This makes me think that the game's developers continue in their path away from the first four SimCity titles that made the franchise what it is: totally awesome. I loved the zoning and trying to make balanced neighborhoods and operating a wide-arching budget. SimCity Societies was their first departure from what we loved and ruined everything, in my opinion. Looks like more of that is coming. :(
Besides all that... $60?!?! Without having fully experienced the game, I can safely tell everyone to wait a year or two and see when the expansion comes out (if there is one). No game is worth $60, which is evident in the fact that they all start off at that price and then we can get the complete version of them for $10-$15 a couple years later.