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Cities XL 2012 [Download]

by Focus Home Interactive
Windows Vista / 7 / XP
Everyone
2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews) 61 / 100

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  • ASIN: B005WK1MOG
  • Release Date: October 20, 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
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Cities XL 2012 is a brand new version of the renowned city builder, which allows you to design, build and link up cities of all shapes and sizes around the Cities XL planet. To build your cities, the 2012 version now offers a huge variety of nearly 1,000 buildings as well as over 60 maps! Constructible maps are huge, and offer varied terrain and incredible level of details.

With Cities XL 2012, players take on the role of virtual mayor. From the power grid to transportation concerns, you’ll answer the growing needs of the cities you have created. Find the perfect balance between the various services you provide to your citizens, including housing, recreation, and work. Finally, you must sustain the proper economic development by setting up trade between cities; you can specialize certain cities in specific areas to fill in the needs of the others. This will ensure large-scale financial success and allow you to develop an increasingly complex network of cities!


System Requirements
 Minimum Specifications:
OS:Windows XP SP3, Vista SP1 or 7
Processor:Intel/AMD 2.5 GHz or higher
RAM:1 GB RAM (XP), 2 GB RAM (Vista/7)
Hard Drive:9 GB
Video Card:ATI Radeon HD 3850/INTEL HD/NVIDIA Geforce 8800 or higher
Additional Info:DirectX 9.0c

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61 of 65 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars No Issues, an enjoyable game November 19, 2011
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I successfully downloaded the game and it runs just fine on my Windows 7 machine. No issues at all with installation or with gameplay, it has never crashed.

Regarding the game itself, I am a diehard city builder and have played SimCity 4 for years. If you compare this game to SimCity 4 you will be happy with some things and not so happy with others. I have to be objective and rate the game on its own merits, and in doing so give it 4 stars.

The Good: The ability to change your point of view to any angle from a near satellite view all the way down to street level is really cool. You can literally "drive" through the cityscape that you create, and get a very unique perspective on what works and what doesn't in your city design. I also like the trading system where you can sell your excess production of one item to another city or to the all-encompassing "Omnicorp" and also buy items you are lacking. This trading allows for financial success early on when your city is just getting started and you need the extra cash. I also like the varitey of industry options provided (heavy industry, manufacturing, high tech, standard offices differentiated from commercial shops and all in varying density levels). Citybuilder fans will also love the ability to set your bus routes to service the areas where the most riders can be found, and take them directly to their jobs. Cities XL 2012 also gives players an option to mod the game and build their own custom content. I haven't done that myself yet, so can't say much about its functionality, however, I'm glad to see it's there. The globe view with various city locations you can choose from at startup is neat too. A nice feature.

The Bad: There isn't much variety in the amenities that you can place.
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Decent city-builder but hoping for more February 20, 2012
As a life-long fan of the sim city series, I was pretty excited to give Cities XL2012 a shot. The first few hours are pretty entertaining, but the game doesn't seem to hold my attention after that. I don't even mind the lack of real objectives or concrete goals, but the little annoyances keep adding up and over time make the game more trouble than it's worth.

Performance
This game really struggled on my older machine at population 100k, but I've recently started playing on my newer custom built (i7 2600k, 8 GB Ram, m7 SSD, GTX 570) and even after passing 1 million citizens it runs fine.

Graphics
Overall the graphics are pretty superb. There are some nicely done little details here and there that catch you by surprise. Once your city gets large though, you'll see the same building models repeated quite a lot.

Zoning
I appreciate the grid building tools that allow you to easily lay out rectangular or customizable patterns quickly. That said, it's really annoying that switching between density levels results in varied grid sizes. As a result, it's tough to place zones of varying density close to each other without seriously screwing up your road alignment. I would also like to be able to switch to default road type that the zoning tools use.

Transportation
Road construction is nice overall, connecting somewhat complicated curvy roads is painless. That said, sometimes things that seem like they should work, simply don't. "Fast lanes" (i.e., interstates) are also painful to use. In particular, it's annoying that you cannot add an exit to an existing interstate. You have to delete the entire road, build the exit, then re-build the road around it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Do not compare this to SimCity 05 March 8, 2013
For those who were 'patiently' waiting for SimCity 05 in 2013, well i bet you're all disappointed. Me included.

This is still a far better option that getting the New SimCity, from server issues to DRM issues (only being able to play while online) the new SimCity is a bust. Save your money and but CitiesXL
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Humourless SimCity November 11, 2012
By Michael
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I've never heard of this game before I purchased it. I was looking for SimCity and after seeing that the latest version is not officially compatible with Win7 this game was recommended in the forums as an alternative. Generally speaking, if you like the city building aspect of SimCity you'll likely enjoy this title. If you like the scenarios like alien invasions and the tongue-in-cheek in game text and dialog, I think you'll find this game falls short. I've since picked up a copy of SimCity 4 and after playing them both on the same computer I find that I prefer this game. The world is larger, the game play is smoother and the build tools are more fun to use. The developer of this game also seem to be more customer centric with is always a big plus.
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful
I had high hopes when Focus Home Entertainment announced CXL '12 but then quickly got mad and depressed because it was more of a expansion. It was depressing as Simcity Societies left a bad taste in my mouth and CXL '09 was a great attempt. CXL '11 added subways, elevated rails and buses along with some modest changes. The puzzling fact about CXL '11 was that it was 90% the same as Cities XL '09 all the way down to the bugs. CXL '09 was buggy but it was hit or miss. Some people reported that they were getting error messages, wrong serial numbers, and constant crashing. Luckily I didn't encounter any of the above mentioned bugs and crashes. I'm a realism nut and I love city building games. I played the very first Simcity all the way to Simcity Societies. I've also played City Life (this was how I knew Monte Cristo who also developed Cities XL '09) Monte Cristo had grand plans for CXL but unfortunately they made a very bad bet on online city play. I will give Monte Cristo props for trying something new and from what they were promising, it looked like CXL would be the great successor of the SimCity Franchise. Monte Cristo was good at making announcements as well as answering emails quickly. Sadly, Monte Cristo was not a EA company and by far, didn't have EA's funds. MC went bankrupt and Focus Home Entertainment took over.

One of the bugs that drove me insane was how weird traffic moved. In a 2 lane avenue (or higher), cars in the left lane would make a right and cars in the right lane would make a left. Very unnatural. Since I'm a realism nut, this drove me insane. The traffic lights were static and had no animation. The cities lacked the hustle and bustle of the streets we are normally accustomed to in real life.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Sad attempt to recreate sim city
I wanted to love this game as I love the sim city games but this was far from those. The game lagged, crashed quite a bit (I have an updated computer too) and was just missing that... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Robert Nevitt
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun game for a while, but gets boring quick.
PROS:
kind of fun
decent graphics
decent gamplay
kind of challenging
CONS:
not as full featured as SimCity (but not as limited on space as the new... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Jeremy Preston
1.0 out of 5 stars Never worked
I got this but I never go to play it. Some how it never worked and I never could get my money back for it because it downloaded on my computer
Published 11 months ago by jrhd00d
5.0 out of 5 stars game on
easy down load and a good price. i would recommend this game. the game play is grate. city's xl work's grate on my pc windows 7
Published 13 months ago by Bull
4.0 out of 5 stars Great City Sim
I like this game alot, I am a big fan of the Sim City series and was looking for something different to play and this game was just that. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Abdul Konteh
5.0 out of 5 stars Much better game than SimCity 2013
As a long lover of the Sim City franchise, i was excited for the release of the new SimCity, however I could not convince myself of paying $60 for a game that had a bunch if... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Pen Name
2.0 out of 5 stars Had A Lot Of Potential But Flaws Were Never Fixed
It's been awhile, but I was playing this for quite awhile in the recent past. I enjoyed it after getting some cheats, which corrected some annoying game issues. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Kcp9000
1.0 out of 5 stars Cities broke down...
I purchased this a while back and did download this from Amazon. It never worked. Wouldn't install properly and there is no support here for the software. Read more
Published 17 months ago by productuser
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun Game
It's a great game. Definitely lots of room for mayor improvements. The new Sim City will kick this game in the butt, easily.
Published 18 months ago by T. Willms
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth it all day long
I paid only a few bucks for this and what a steal it was! It has been countless hours of fun and it's also a challenge.
Published 18 months ago by Anthony
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