This reminds me a lot of the launch of Spore: overly restrictive DRM. This is different in that the game is entirely online and relies on servers. That is severely broken, though the lack of a single player completely local mode, while touted a social feature, is also definitely a crippling method of DRM. When Spore was selling on Amazon, everyone wrote defaming reviews and now everyone is doing the same with SimCity.
Polygon should review Spore, a neat little game from five years ago.