One user has released a video of Simcity beta in action, which is a 11 minute video of how to play the game. It’s something that looks really promising and polished at this rate.
This video shouldn’t have been released because the beta is still under NDA but hey that doesn’t really work in most of the cases. This game does look good though, so this isn’t something that is bad for Maxis, however the DRM they have for the game could be one.
The footage is long so take a look at it, it shows all the basic things of the game and is pretty good. The game will have online multiplayer. If you want to play the game early then you can sign up here.