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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, 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. 80
    And while I found the avatars to be quite hideous looking (I opted for a red-afroed freak in grey boots and a red mini skirt), they have little actual bearing on the rest of the game, which looks and feels excellent.
  3. A bewilderingly detailed city-building simulator. [Winter 2009, p.86]
  4. Cities XL may appear at the outset to be a detailed and engaging new Sim title, however scratch the surface and you'll discover that it lacks the type of addictive gameplay so necessary in this genre. It might be wise to wait for a content patch before investing too much time in this one.
  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. What if Maxis and Valusoft companies created a game together? Partly brilliant, partly unfinished product pushes you too showily to pay for online features. [Dec 2009]
  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 40
  2. Negative: 32 out of 40
  1. Sep 26, 2010
    Awsome, fresh, brand new gameplay compared to SC. The only thing that disappointed me was the fact that we could not build train station or bus station either. Eventually Id say that Cities XL is one of the best city builder game ive played ! Expand
  2. Oct 8, 2010
    The game it self is rather good. I covers many aspects and you have to think ahead.
    The graphics is also great.
    There is only one problem that
    totally destroys my experience of the game.
    I have a descent quad core cpu with 8gb of memory and dual graphics cards in crossfire.
    Yet, now my city have more than 250,000 inhabitants, then I have to wait for about half a minute from the time I click to trade, until the window actually appear.
    Also, when I click on a tool, then it sounds like I clicked 4-5 times.
    This is due to the fact that the game ONLY SUPPORTS SINGLE CORE!
    The problem is present no matter if you have the limited edition or the regular one.
  3. Jan 19, 2011
    This game was so bad, Monte Cristo was forced into bankruptcy due to a lack of sales. Not joking. It's that bad. I got in on the beta, and most people bailed before the release. Monte Cristo was afraid to push back the release date in favor of completing the game. Could have used those few extra months in development. Expand

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