This fourth evolution in the granddaddy of Sim series offers state-of-art presentational updates as well innovative features and fresh aspects of play. Though revisiting the series' basic challenge to design, establish, and nurture a balanced, living community of virtual citizens, SimCity 4 players are able to mold their microcosms as never before. New landscape creation tools allow players to build mountains and valleys, rivers, and forests, so they can create an ideal environment even before the first street is laid down. The SimCity is now part of a larger community, along with other cities in the region, and once neighboring cities are connected by transportation networks they can trade (or compete) for important resources. SimCity 4 also borrows a few ideas back from it's all-time best-selling progeny The Sims, allowing players to follow the personal life of one of their SimCity citizens. Enhancing and augmenting mainstay SimCity features while adding new perspectives and possibilities, SimCity 4 is designed to appeal to players new to city management as well as to veterans of the classic series.