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  • Summary: Cities XL 2012 is the newest version of the popular PC city-building simulation, which allows you to build, develop and then connect huge cities.

    Cities XL 2012 allows players to become real urban planners, balancing economic & energy developments of their cities while managing
    Cities XL 2012 is the newest version of the popular PC city-building simulation, which allows you to build, develop and then connect huge cities.

    Cities XL 2012 allows players to become real urban planners, balancing economic & energy developments of their cities while managing transportation, housing, social services and recreational activities. Content is key to the new game, as Cities XL 2012 offers a staggering number of unique structures with over 1,000 in total.
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  1. Positive: 1 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. Nov 3, 2011
    82
    It's the only recent player in the genre and, while not bringing any monumental innovation to the genre, its high definition graphics certainly give it a bunch of new clothes.
  2. Nov 2, 2011
    70
    Cities XL 2012 is just adding a year to Cities XL 2011 with a few new maps and buildings, and providing access to user modifications for first time in the series. If you purchased the previous edition it might be of interest thanks to its discount for previous buyers. If you didn't but wanted to, do not hesitate to buy it now. It's almost the same fun as Cities XL 2011.
  3. Nov 14, 2011
    65
    Cities XL 2012 is just more of the same: if you enjoyed playing the previous game you will probably consider buying the new add-on at a discounted price. But if you never fell in love with this game you won't do so now.
  4. Oct 28, 2011
    60
    If you've never played either of the two previous Cities XL titles this is a much better value proposition and more worth your time – as long as you understand this is a solid – but flawed – title.
  5. Nov 7, 2011
    60
    Cities XL 2012 merely adds some new buildings and maps to the otherwise identical Cities XL 2011.
  6. Nov 3, 2011
    60
    Cities XL 2012 is more of an add-on for the 2011 edition. A nice little city builder game, easy to tackle at first, but with a very nice learning curve. But it's still very light compared to last year's edition, the new things are not that numerous, making it more of a die hard fan acquisition.
  7. Oct 23, 2011
    50
    Cities XL 2012 is even less of a complete title than its predecessor was. When the removal of a core gameplay feature isn't replaced with an effective replacement, what you're left with is a broken game. No effort has been taken to bring C:XL to "2012" standards in the way of a graphics overhaul, and it still runs like a dog with 3 legs to boot.

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  1. Positive: 9 out of 33
  2. Negative: 14 out of 33
  1. Jan 1, 2015
    10
    Cities XL is far superior to SimCity, in that it has way more space. The graphics is good. Cities XL is the best city-builder game, in myCities XL is far superior to SimCity, in that it has way more space. The graphics is good. Cities XL is the best city-builder game, in my opinion. There are a variety of buildings. My only complaint is the camera control; you cannot use AWSD. You only use the arrows, but the concept of this game makes up for that. Expand
  2. Oct 2, 2014
    7
    Decent graphics and simulation. Decent city and building scaling sizes. Plenty of road options though no freeway options. The ability of doingDecent graphics and simulation. Decent city and building scaling sizes. Plenty of road options though no freeway options. The ability of doing curved roads is a big plus. However plenty of empty spaces unless you do a perfect grid pattern.

    There are some options for resource trading that may make some players happy but personally not a big fan of them as they are unrealistic.

    Decent transit options.

    You can add mods and new maps but terraforming options are rather limited even with the former.

    A very annoying aspect with Cities XL is that you have to micromanage everything in order to make people's lives better. I can understand fire and policing, but hmm, entertainment? That is your responsibility too.

    Economically wise I found much harder (or slower) to make meets end (especially around middle game) than SC4 and much harder than the new SC and while there are mods and cheats available casual players who intend to build large cities may want to be aware of that before they jump in.

    The game's menu interface is not very intuitive and suffers from bugs so that you do lose saves from time to time. The game starts to suffer perfomance issues when cities start filling the map as well even on a decent PC.

    Overall decent game if you are new to the franchise, or if you are new to the city building genre altogether.
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  3. Nov 8, 2011
    7
    Well its the old Sim City . So not much new ideas since i played sim city 10 years ago but the game Looks good and it kept me occupied forWell its the old Sim City . So not much new ideas since i played sim city 10 years ago but the game Looks good and it kept me occupied for some .( played and realised it was 3 hours later which is a good sign)

    If you like the city development its pretty good buy actually
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  4. Mar 7, 2013
    5
    The game is pretty good, it allows you to build really big cities and exchange resources between them. I wasted many hours in this game. TheThe game is pretty good, it allows you to build really big cities and exchange resources between them. I wasted many hours in this game. The only big problem I have with it is small lags that happen after 30 minutes of game play, forcing me to go back to the city selection screen. Some people say its a memory leak happening, but I don't see any change in memory usage on my PC. I've been playing this game for a year now and I still don't see a fix for it. Expand
  5. Jun 16, 2012
    4
    The game does not support |HDMI cables... only single core utilisation, poor economy balance, badly optimised and horribly overhyped by itsThe game does not support |HDMI cables... only single core utilisation, poor economy balance, badly optimised and horribly overhyped by its trailers. Behind all this however I can see a great game trying to break through of its poor developemnt. However don't be fooled by the look it's far worse than it seems. Expand
  6. Oct 22, 2011
    3
    After playing for 20 hours now it seems like the game is the same thing as 2011 with some new textures and a good helping of bugs. Some of theAfter playing for 20 hours now it seems like the game is the same thing as 2011 with some new textures and a good helping of bugs. Some of the new buildings are even bugged. If you play for more than an hour or so the game bogs down and a restart is needed, an issue that has stayed over from 2011. If you own a Cities XL or Sim City 4 already, don't bother. Expand
  7. Jun 9, 2012
    0
    It really saddens me to see releases of video games that is in a really bad state, released by publishers that don't care about anything justIt really saddens me to see releases of video games that is in a really bad state, released by publishers that don't care about anything just money, who don't care about there customers and lacks care to address problems. Focus Home Interactive is the leading example of a publisher that doesn't care about the quality of a game and fans. It baffles my mind that their is three games yet nothing is fixed from previous releases. So.. (poor+bias alert) general knowledge would suggest that their was ever be one player in the city-management sim genre which is obviously Simcity. Its been ages since Simcity 4 and the failure of that god-forsaken game. In that period between the glorious return of Simcity fans would really have one choice if they ever wanted teh 3D graphics and modern glamour for a City sim. Cities XL could be a nice alternative but the people behind it have borked it. As its broken in many places so yeah for the future its failure to address the issues that's been complained about many "times" should't go unpunished Simcity is 2013 apparantly how will they respond? Oh, let's release another game with minor additions! Just don't buy the game from these guys srsly until they learn the harshest of lessons... Expand

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