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  • Summary: CITIES XL allows gamers to develop cities on realistic 3D maps using an incredible collection of unique structures and monuments based on American, Asian and European-influenced architectural styles. The maps feature a variety of environments: mountains, hills, canyons, beaches and islands,CITIES XL allows gamers to develop cities on realistic 3D maps using an incredible collection of unique structures and monuments based on American, Asian and European-influenced architectural styles. The maps feature a variety of environments: mountains, hills, canyons, beaches and islands, all set in different climates from tropical to desert, Mediterranean to temperate. Players must create the right combinations of social services, leisure activities, special events and other job opportunities within their cities in order to feed, clothe, employ and entertain their citizens. Be it planning and building a new zoo, public park, residential neighborhood or transit system - there's always a fresh and exciting challenge for would-be city managers and mayors in CITIES XL. The game's online features and services allow players to create interconnected cities on virtual and persistent planets. Mayors can share and trade with one another, specialize their economy and team up with befriended cities to create sprawling metropolises. Life on the planet is punctuated by events and competitions - a concert held in one town may, for example, be attended by visitors from other areas who can also enjoy a walk around the city to admire the urban creations of multiple players. By combining a fantastic single-player game with the social and multiplayer aspects of an MMO, CITIES XL shapes the future of the genre by offering more variety, bigger cities and multiple gameplay layers. [Monte Cristo] Expand
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  1. Positive: 13 out of 35
  2. Negative: 0 out of 35
  1. Cities XL is a fresh and innovative game. It is graphically beautiful and full of interesting features that set it to the top of the genre. Unfortunately there are some issues with the online.
  2. Cities XL is the spiritual sequel of Sim City. In the city builder's scene is the real dominator with it's well balanced gameplay and a full 3D graphics.
  3. A bewilderingly detailed city-building simulator. [Winter 2009, p.86]
  4. 70
    Cities XL lacks any notable innovations, though, and those additions it does have are under-developed and certainly over-priced, insufficient to differentiate itself or to make its mark on the genre made by SimCity. Yikes - someone hold her hair, would they?
  5. Kudos for Monte Cristo for aiming high, however unfortunately they missed that elusive mark with their latest city building game. It does feature some cool micromanagement and even some online features, however it feels like this game should have been something more.
  6. Cities XL isn’t SimCity, nor is it a revolution for the city building sub-genre, despite Monte Cristo's efforts with the online feature. But Cities XL is a good game for everyone who enjoy these kind of strategy games. Nothing more and nothing less.
  7. This is a solid city builder in the SimCity line with a clean interface and good underlying mechanics. The online parts, which the developer hopes to use to set it apart, require more work and thought.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 41
  2. Negative: 33 out of 41
  1. GabeFaye
    Oct 10, 2009
    10
    An awesome citybuilder that, im sure, ill play for years. Its less complicated than SC4, while still being a challenge as opposed toAn awesome citybuilder that, im sure, ill play for years. Its less complicated than SC4, while still being a challenge as opposed to plop-games like City Life. The MMO part is cool and adds a new feeling to the overall game experience, while not having too big of an impact. The only real downside is the monthly fee, but me and my friends are more than willing to pay the 7 bucks a month. Expand
  2. JesperN
    Oct 15, 2009
    6
    A journy in how not to develop a game. Lots of broken promises and bad design descitions gives this game a 6!
  3. BobS
    Oct 21, 2009
    4
    Highly disappointing for all of the hype. This game is poorly optimized for being relatively simple and doesn't have a simple user interface.
  4. Lac3dHit
    Oct 18, 2009
    3
    I've been waiting forever it seems like for a good city builder to replace SC4 to come along, but it still hasn't. I put a lot of I've been waiting forever it seems like for a good city builder to replace SC4 to come along, but it still hasn't. I put a lot of hours into the game before my trial planet offer expired, but in the end I would not purchase the subscription. This game lacks challenge and depth. I spent most my time getting rid of traffic jams, thats the most of your micro managing you will ever use. Not a good simulator or MMO imo. Expand
  5. cxlsc4csln
    Oct 23, 2009
    2
    Though the game shows a very good progress, it seems like it's half baked, or even, not baked at all. The graphics, in my opinion, does Though the game shows a very good progress, it seems like it's half baked, or even, not baked at all. The graphics, in my opinion, does not even half graphics of simcity 4 even if it is superbly 3d. There is a lot more things it need befor it should have been released. Expand
  6. gamerman
    Oct 12, 2009
    0
    Graphics: 7, Gameplay: 0, logic: 0, (you can zone based on classes of people elites, workers, skilled workers. lol) fun: 0, issues: lots of Graphics: 7, Gameplay: 0, logic: 0, (you can zone based on classes of people elites, workers, skilled workers. lol) fun: 0, issues: lots of them, check out the semi-official forum simtropolis , they don't even have their own forum. Personally, I think Sim City 1,2000,3000 and 4 are much much better than this, even Sim City Societies the total train wreck is better IMHO. Expand
  7. JonJ
    Dec 2, 2009
    0
    This would have been a fun game, I would not give $5.00 in a bargain bin do to the fact that you have to log in every time you want to play This would have been a fun game, I would not give $5.00 in a bargain bin do to the fact that you have to log in every time you want to play it. A very greedy company indeed! My gaming computer is a stand alone non internet machine. The game is completely worthless for a single playing option. No internet no game, now how stupid is that. What happen to are rights to buy a game and then be forced to have to join their server for log on. If own the legal game and I paid for it, it is none of their right to not let me play it offline. Their loss!!!. Expand

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