This is an amazing game. If you've played city builders since Sim City 1 and been disappointed by the later versions because they railroad you in terms of what's possible, poor graphics and dumb politics...prepare to be amazed by CL 2008.
This European take on the SC universe looks stunning and allows you, finally, to drive around your own city a la GTA San Andreas. People have little dramas going on and you can see roads, shops, schools, sunsets, nightscapes and parks all come to life in first person glory...or zoom out to see glistening mountains and rivers.
The city sounds are breathtakingly real and immersive.
The game is a bit buggy, but nowhere near as some reviews would have you believe (most poor reviews are for the 2005 version and this version has over 350 buildings and is much improved).
It's such fun the play for hours and hours you'll forgive the little rough edges. The social structure has a real European flavour (not the rapacious mercenary dog-eat-dog politics of the Sim City world) and driving round your own city is joyous.
Buy this game, you'll be delighted.