Forget any other version other than the Deluxe Edition, this game is all-encompassing, all conquering.
There is simply no better city sim, I own City Life - bad clone, Sim City Societies - Dissapointing.
I can't explain to you the joy of setting up an area watching it grow then naming the street, after your dog, or mum.. it's just brilliant, pure class, you can check a box so a ropey petrol garage will always stay there as the rest of the zone blossoms into a hyper advanced state..
Just make sure your system is compatible - go to the website and grab the patches.
It crashes on Athlon machines.
I love this game, I've actually bought more than one copy, I just can't wait for Sim City 5 to come out - whenever that may be... soon I hope.