One of the things i love the most of the upcoming SimCity are the beautiful gradient maps that represent the new way of showing a whole array of values in the game like pollution, education, crime and so forth, The “whited out” look is really stylish and easy to read.
Today Electronic Arts released a new screenshot of the game showing exactly one of those representation of a city, displaying the value of land. Looking at it, it’s easy to spot that land value is very low in polluted areas (you can see the heavy industry buildings in the red if you squint), while it’s high everywhere else in the city. There also seem to be some peculiar buildings (that is hard to recognize) that influence positively the value of the land around them.
It definitely looks slick and easy to read, doesn’t it?