Of course its your way. Build a city entirely out of Residential and just give them parks. You will be making money. Give them $$$ parks and you'll have skyscrapers. Some will even be happy with places to shop with 0 Commercial.
Or make a city all one (low density) road. Make people drive all along a windy road to get to their houses at the end...and all the way back to the beginning to work. Put water on one end and power on the other. with a sewage plant in the middle. Only one side of town will be getting power, one side will be getting water. And both will be backed up in sewage. BUT THE GAME WON'T COMPLAIN! You'll be in the green.
Yeah....pretty much "your way" means "we didn't pay attention to what breaks the game. You can literally build ANYTHING. (unless you get too big. Our traffic algorithm can't do much)"
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Well first it's not your city you don't have access to it if no internet so that part is not true, you don't own the city ( not even the game? You are just renting a license to play? ). And it can be somewhat your way but not totally your way, limited in features from previous games I guess you could say
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