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Cities XL (PC DVD)

by Namco Bandai
Windows XP / Vista
 Ages 12 and Over
2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

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  • Platform:   Windows XP / Vista
  • PEGI Rating: Ages 12 and Over Suitable for 12 years and over. Not for sale to persons under age 12. By placing an order for this product, you declare that you are 12 years of age or over.
  • Media: DVD-ROM
  • Item Quantity: 1

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  • ASIN: B002L6GEVK
  • Release Date: 9 Oct. 2009
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 23,271 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

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59 of 60 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Simcity societies all over again, a real letdown. 4 Sept. 2009
Fun: 1.0 out of 5 stars   
The other reviews for this game were all removed for some reason so ill just make a new review now the game is released.

PROS:
- Pretty Graphics, the game does look good, it looks better than simcity 4 does. Hardly a fair comparison considering SC4 is 6 years old but still its the only thing to compare it to.

- Curved roads, finnaly in 2009 we get curved roads for a city simulator :) Its been a long time coming but the grid iron road pattern that is only present in old well established cities in real life is no longer mandatory for a city simulator.

CONS:
- No actual "simulation", remember in simcity 4 your city would grow and expand? In those initial commercial districts skyscrapers would eventually appear... or abandoned buildings if you sucked at the game :P Well in cities XL this never happens, the city stays the same all the time, boring. This is the killer for me, this is what makes this game an advanced version of MS paint for making a city, theres no real complex simulation like there was in simcity 4 and every other simcity preceeding it.

- No mass transit at all, not even busses. You must buy it seperately, ill expand on that later.

- Terraforming options are very limited. I remember in simcity 2000 i used to make a massive hill as high as i could and use the SCURK to put military structures on top of it and launch arcos then waterfalls all over the hill with hydro dams on them, i did something similar in sc3k, since sc4 was a lot more realistic i never managed a successful city like that, but i could still terraform, the tools were powerful and they were there! Theres none of that in cities XL.

- Poor customer support.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars half a game 11 Oct. 2009
Fun: 2.0 out of 5 stars   
Very Quick review, dont waste your money, unless you are going to play this game online and pay for the privilege monthly you dont get to play the full game. offline play omits needed elements to play more than an hour or twos worth of game. No rail or bus elements can be played in the offline mode which means you fail the game after an hour or so when your population cant get to work.
there is very little of choice of maps offline.

Visually the game looks good a slight (only slight) improvement on Simcity4, but without the playability.

If like me you are somone who wants to play a sustained game for a few hours once ever few weeks this is going to end up being an expensive let down.

What could of been a great game has been ruined by the need to make a larger profit. Lets hope Tropico 3 is better

NOTE online play not reviewed
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Big Letdown... 10 Oct. 2009
Fun: 3.0 out of 5 stars   
I recently bought this game hoping for a real "build you own city" sim. sadly, this game sometimes feels like it was made by people who live in small rural villages and have only seen cities on a postcard. Vital objects of the utmost importance are missing, such as trains and Airports and are only available if you sign up to their online subscription. I have been loosely following the development of this game for quite a while, and nearly everything they said they would do, they have done the complete opposite.

If your like me, and looking for a offline city builder, just stick to what's out their at the moment.

The only things I can say about this game this game that gives it some credit is that it's quite easy to pick up and play, and the interface system has potential. Cities look visually stunning, but it's the little things that let this game down.

Bad luck MC, Maybe next time....
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Monte Cristo tries again... and fails 16 Oct. 2009
By skb17
Fun: 1.0 out of 5 stars   
I have enjoyed a few games by Monte Cristo (the creators of CitiesXL) over the years. The trouble is that they also have many failures to their name.

They actually tried once before with an online city building game called Starpeace. Never heard of it? You probably haven't, as it was a massive failure.

Trouble is, they're heading to the same fate again with Cities XL.

As a City Building fan, I have eagerly awaited this game for quiet some time. I tried the demo, and it was immediately clear how this game was such a failure.

Basically you create a residential block by dragging out a huge residential area. then you do the same for commercial. And the same for industry. And erm... that's it.

It doesn't have the depth of Sim City 4, or the huge fun and complexity of Tropico.

I am shocked how they can spend so long on something that does so little.

It's clear that they wanted the holy grail of recurring revenue, but failed in their product.

Wait for Tropico 3, if you want a real God Sim. Or buy Sim City 4 on the cheap.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars too buggy to tell... 13 Oct. 2009
Fun: 1.0 out of 5 stars   
After the usual nuisance of registering, updating patching I was very interested to see how this claimed successor to SimCity compared to it's seminal ancestor.

The first few times I tried to run the game it just didn't start. The exe was running and had to be manually killed. After a reboot it finally started and I was treated to the dull intro movie and encouraged to design an avatar. This was the first disappointment as all the choices led to very similar looking faces and the whole thing seemed fairly pointless.

Next to the tutorial, where after about 10 mins the game crashed. Rebooted, started again, got about 10 mins into the tutorial again, and it crashed again. I tried skipping the tutorial and headed into the real game and guess what? Yeah.

This is complete rubbish. It looks just-about-ok but in the very brief time I spent with it, it didn't seem to have the feeling of a living city that I always got with simcity. I'll keep this installed in the hope that it's soon patched, but as it stands Cities XL is unusably broken and that's completely unacceptable.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good game
I really liked that game although it's totaly different from SimCity , at some points I've been struggling with it but it's really nice sandbox, if you're looking for game exactly... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Norbert
4.0 out of 5 stars ok game
this item was exactly as it siad. it works ok. it turned up on time. will get another one here if i need it.
Published 17 months ago by sean12345
5.0 out of 5 stars Shocked im the only 5* giver
Keeping it short but sweet i love this game. I had it for ages and never even installed it untill a few days ago. Read more
Published on 12 Nov. 2012 by Mitch
1.0 out of 5 stars Cant even play it
There is absolutely no support for this game. i have it installed, registered online game wont let me log in, complete waste of money!
Published on 28 Jan. 2011 by greame davidson
2.0 out of 5 stars Just plain building game
i would base my review by comparing it to sim city 4

PROS
1.cities XL graphics is way better because you can see street view in HD.
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Published on 2 April 2010 by Deadbeat88
3.0 out of 5 stars Not quite what I remember
This wont be too descript a review because in my latter years I have developed a 20 minute period that if a game doesnt cut it, it goes on the shelf to collect some dust! Read more
Published on 13 Mar. 2010 by Gareth
4.0 out of 5 stars Sim City 3 clone, best city sim since TC-NY
If you loved Sim City 3 but found SC4 and SC Societies bland and unplayable, you'll love this game. It follows on very closely along the format lines of Sim City 3, whilst... Read more
Published on 10 Mar. 2010 by F. M. Havicon
3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty but short-lived
I bought Cities XL because it garnered decent reviews around the place; some Amazon customers rated it well, and IGN gave it 8.1. Read more
Published on 6 Mar. 2010 by GNRWaldy
4.0 out of 5 stars A great game!
A very nice engaging game, with wonderful graphics. However, could be slightly repetitive and laggy at times - but I guess both depend on your creativity and computer system. Read more
Published on 13 Feb. 2010 by Majdi Salaita
4.0 out of 5 stars cities XL
Cities XL is one of the best city simulation games i have played since since sim city 4. although the planet offer of ending the creators are putting a lot of the online content... Read more
Published on 31 Jan. 2010 by G. W. Whitehouse
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