I got it. I really like the gameplay and everything, but it's been incredibly dumbed down from SimCity 4. I barely ever find my finances in the red and you can improve land value just by putting a single high-wealth park down. Specialisations are cool though, but I'm still getting issues like students not commuting from city to city and freight not being delivered to other cities.
I get why online only DRM pisses people off on a principle level, but I don't really care personally. I have an internet connection, so it makes no odds to me.
The game eats time though. Before you know it it's 4am and you're still trying to fix that sewage problem.
I totally agree with you. I've lost so many hours on Civ5.