What surprises me is that there are in fact highways allowing you to connect your cities. Seems that they disabled these on purpose to release it later as DLC. I'm quite disgusted at EA as of late. I used to defend EA as they would bring out some of the interesting IPs at the time, such as Mirrors Edge and Dead Space, but now they're killing everything they touch.
They do seem pretty intent on pissing their fans off as of late, aye. Companies need to learn that fans only take so much before they start losing them. Good example as of late is probably DmC. Technically good game, but not doing well because Capcom seemingly angered their fans a LOT.