Build cities, shape a world. Cities XL Platinum lets you design, build and link up cities of all shapes and sizes around the Cities XL planet! Build more impressive cities than ever before! Cities XL Platinum offers a huge variety of over 1,000 buildings and constructions (including 50 brand new structures), that you can freely place on...
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Release Date: Feb 6, 2013

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"As the name tells the game is a city builder that allows you to make big cities, unlike certain new game in same genre. Has problems on some computers!"

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December 11, 2014


The world's largest city builder is back!

The Cities XL franchise returns with Cities XXL: a bigger, better city builder pushing the city limits to the edge of your imagination, as seen in the stunning world reveal trailer. Running on a vastly improved game engine, Cities XXL offers classic and extended city-building content, including over 1000+ buildings, 70+ maps including new landscapes and environments, and ecological features making CitiesXXL the 'greenest' Cities XL game yet.

Discover in the first Cities XXL video the sprawling cityscapes and city-life in action, to get a sense of the scale and grandeur of the game:

As you'll see in the video, CitiesXXL lets you design and build a sprawling metropolis across many different landscapes and maps, with varying available resources - from oil to fertile farm land - to keep the denizens of your city content. Featuring four classes of citizens spanning four densities of housing, you'll watch as your cosmopolitan paradise grows from a quiet suburban town to huge economic powerhouse.

With varying road-sizes, including curved roads, bridges, and tunnels unlocked from the start, you'll be able to plan the entrance to your city and its layout before you start plotting its city-scape. As it grows, take advantage of a unique richly detailed street-level view, and meet the citizens as they drive to work, ski, play basketball, or even parachute of the top of towers in unprecedented detail for the genre.

Cities XXL features low-level city management mechanics, such as local air and noise pollution levels illustrated with the new stream-lined UI, and beauty hot-spots suitable for holiday locations to supplement cash-flow.
At citizen management level, you'll be able to track a person's route to work in order to best manage transport from sea, underground and over-ground rail, or air. Cut-down on traffic queues with the park and ride and busses, or even bike hire - reducing that carbon footprint!

Now with Steam Workshop support and streamlined modding, it has never been easier and quicker to share and download user-created content for a Cities XL game. With Cities XXL, you'll be able to use widely available free tools online to create your content and upload it to the Steam Workshop, for all players to download it right through Steam!

To find out why Cities XXL helps you to build a bigger, better world, see the feature break-down below:

  • Over 70 huge maps across multiple terrains and landscapes, from the tropics to the mountains and all in between.
  • Region specific roads to match your country: French, English, German, etc.
  • Over 1000 buildings, many with civilian activity animations to enjoy at street level
  • Greener options for the environment conscious, such as the park and ride, bike hire, and ability to upgrade industrial buildings to reduce emissions
  • Unprecedented detail for the city builder genre, with multiple sky-boxes to choose from and a dynamic time-of-day
  • Steam Workshop support to easily create, share and download new content

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About This Game

Build cities, shape a world.

Cities XL Platinum lets you design, build and link up cities of all shapes and sizes around the Cities XL planet!

Build more impressive cities than ever before! Cities XL Platinum offers a huge variety of over 1,000 buildings and constructions (including 50 brand new structures), that you can freely place on more than 60 gigantic maps, offering varied terrain and an incredible level of detail.

Take on the role of virtual mayor and find solutions to the problems faced by modern city planners like energy shortages and public transportation. Answer the growing needs of your citizens and find the perfect balance between various services such as housing, recreation, and employment. Specialize your cities and set up a trade network with neighboring towns to ensure large-scale financial success with an increasingly complex network of cities!

Key Features:

  • Over 1000 different buildings
  • 60 gigantic maps
  • Answer the needs of the citizens: employment, housing, recreation, and more
  • Manage a large-scale economy

System Requirements

    • Processor: AMD/INTEL 2.5 GHZ
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • DirectX®: 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 9 GB HD space
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74 of 83 people (89%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
22.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 11, 2014
I will recommend this game, but be cautious. This game gets insanely difficult, and fast. Once you get access to basic utilities, like water, power, and oil, it can be so easy to bankrupt your city by trying to offer all of these to your city at once. This game runs on supply and demand. If you're producting a lot of oil, and your city can't pay for it (not that your city won't demand it; they just won't be able to pay for it), your city will lose money by extracting more oil than what it can pay for. This goes with about a dozen different resources the game takes into account. You can also have not enough resources. This makes things rather complicated, because you will always run into a scenario in which your city needs more resources than it can pay for, even if you trade with other cities.

Your city will always be plagued with problems once you get to a significant population. Traffic is always a problem. Always. There is no way to really mend the traffic problem. The tourism also really doesn't make much sense to me.

However, I recommend this game because it's kind of realistic. You can't make everyone happy. You can't "pre-plan" your city by making interstates in a town with 200 population. You have to build your city up and then create those, causing you to have to re-route traffic and demolish structures so you can work on your interstate system, which is a headache I bet most leaders in transportatioon have. You will have to have a ghetto and also a rich population. Your citizens will get bored. The game is also beautiful and zooming into ground level gives a lot of awesome views.
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136 of 186 people (73%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
23.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 25, 2014
I'd love to give this a thumbs up, here is why I won't:

The game is great! Its fun, realistic, and you can create economies. Its definitely the best city simulator I have played.
But. And this is a big butt (*s♥♥♥♥er*)

Its so bugged and glitched out that after a little while it becomes impossible to play. Too many aspects of the game have bugs that are game breaking. For instance (and this is the most frusturating) after a while, trading with the AI company is beyond worthless, its actually harmful to trade with them because the glitch makes it that you have to pay to get rid of your goods, as if they were plague infested. I don't mean pay as in like a tarriff, I mean as in you pay as much to sell your good as they should to buy it. If you can't trade you can't expand, and if you can't expand the game is done.

Fun, but broken. Please fix. Until then, don't buy this game.
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59 of 80 people (74%) found this review helpful
7.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 21, 2014
Nice graphic, not bad gameplay, awful optimization, so just when your city grows(and it happens over 5-6 hours), playing becomes impossible. Despite the hardware you have. It just will lag. And nothing can be done with it, nobody plans to patch it. Every year this game is sold with great discount, and naive customers throw out their money. So I highly warn you against purchasing this game.
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32 of 38 people (84%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
16.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 11, 2014
I have been a fan of build and manage games ever since Populous came out on the Amiga, after that came Sim City (they were both relased 1989) and then kinda got tired of them or should I say, i grew up, Sim City got more bells and whistles, Monster invasion and crap never appealed to me.

Cities XL Plat is a hardcore city building game, it's realistic to the point nothing in a city can ever be stagnant or it fades away, the better the city the faster the problems, trying to fix to many issues, gets you new ones.

As many of these games its about keeping a balance and anticipating where once you grow your new problems will arise.

I read some negative reviews cant say I agree with any of them, as a city building game its really fun and probably has 50-100 hours of gameplay before you feels it has nothing more to give you, Sim City has more bells and whistles, but this game has hardcore realism, it reminds me of Banished.

Stability i am not sure about, no problems at all so far, intel/nvidia, nothing special.

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26 of 31 people (84%) found this review helpful
106.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 24, 2014
TLDR: A great city building game that could've been the best for years to come. There are too many issues though.
I still rate it 3rd for me after Simcity 3000 and 2000.

Beware of the compatability issues, performance issues, bugs and illogical things (the save menu WTF).

The city building is solid and all the info you need is available. Sometimes the city's management information is a bit hard to find, but it's there. You don't have to lay down power lines or water pipes, which I didn't like at first, but got used to. The roads can be curved in any way you want which is really cool.

The game is easy at first and the tutorials are good (not voiced though), but there is a big difficulty jump when your basic utility facilities aren't enough for your city anymore. The city will start to demand more electricity, fuel, water and waste disposal very suddenly. Also when you start building high density stuff the demands go up quite a lot.

The game also seems laid back and fun instead of taking itself super seriously. Just like Simcity 3000 did (And Simcity 4 didn't). It doesn't mean it makes the game any worse as a simulator, but more fun to play.

Graphics look really nice and are freely rotatable and zoomable 3D. You can tilt the view upwards/downwards with only 2 presets though.
I can't really get why some people complain about the graphics.
You can zoom in to see the details, which I didn't really care at first, but I found it's really cool to see your cities from the street level in the "postcard" camera mode.

Sounds are what you'd expect in a city builder and music suits the game nicely. The intro song does play a bit too much though.

I have not run in to any compatability issues with Win 7 64bit, but there are many people reporting them on the forums.

And the to the negatives:
The game runs fine when building a small city, but when the city size reaches 500k people or so it brings any computer down to below 10FPS in some situations (like making bus lines or zooming way out).
It runs only in single threaded mode, but also must be optimized poorly. Some tweaks to the game files help, but not enough to make building big cities fun.

There are some bugs like sometimes the trading does give or take more money than it should, some special building names or descriptions not showing up properly and one or two sounds not playing properly (police station is one).

And then there are these logical issues. When you click a diskette image in the menu that is labeled "Save" and in the following interface click a save thumbnail, it LOADS the save instead of saving (there is a confirmation dialog, but it's too easy to just click ok). Also it overwrites the autosave instantly at that moment.
There are more of these issues, but they're just annoyances, not wasting hours of city building!
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54 of 84 people (64%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
7.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 10, 2014
Its a great game, however with the huge memory leaks, the longer you play (or load a long playted map) the worse the lag gets, eventually it will just chain crash.

Started using 2 gigs, ended when it maxed out my 16 =\
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28 of 44 people (64%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 30, 2014
I've read reviews and in the game Community Hub stating "Lags/Memory Leaks"
I'm like "yeah, not with my rig!

I've got a very nice rig that handles NBA2k15, and other high end games. 16GB DDR3 RAM 1600Mhz and a 6 Core AMD processor XFX AMD Radeon HD 7770 graphics.....

When i hit the main menu, the game was lagging....barely responsive....then it was fine. I started the tutorial, at first, things were fine...then it started freezing, stuttering. I alt tabbed and checked task manager. Sure enough, ONE CORE of he processor was MAXED OUT and the ram was quickly filling up. ALL USED by this game...I tried to set the Affinity of the game, no luck. It was using ONE CORE of my 6 Core Processor.
I can't play it waste of money and one hell of a memory hog.

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28 of 44 people (64%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
14.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 1, 2014
For its quality, the game should be called Cities XL M - Early Access (alpha).

This game was fun but very disappointing. The save feature doesn't work and the game is too slow with even a small city of <25,000 people. I saved my game multiple times with different names while I was playing. The game eventually slowed down so much that it was frustrating to play. I saved again, quit the game and restarted it. When I restarted it only a single autosave from hours ago remained. This game does not meet the barest standards of quality.
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14 of 19 people (74%) found this review helpful
18.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 9, 2014
After the big disappointments the last 2 Sim Cities were this game is just what you need to scratch that city planning/building inch. Once you get the hang of it, and understand how the supply/demand and resources work in this game you are set to do pretty much anything you want. The mode where you can handpick any buildings is the best part IMHO, something I always wished vanilla Sim City 4 had.
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
28.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 9, 2014
Good game, what Simcity 2013 lacks can all be found here, though the visuals won't be as good.
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10 of 15 people (67%) found this review helpful
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 11, 2014
A good game, and fun from the very start of gameplay. The tutorials are very good at explaining how to use MOST of the features, however some require some experimentation to be able to master. Overall, a good game, however the optimisation is not the best, and the game can get very slow with framerates when you start to get larger cities. I would say that this game is better than a possible alternative Sim City 2013, of which I have played for a considerable time more than 100 hours. This game has got one way streets, a vast range of landmarks, and a good menu structure, and I would recommend it to all people who like city planning or building simulators. I would give the game a 6.5/10 due to the lack of optimisation overall.
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15 of 26 people (58%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 16, 2014
It's what the New SimCity should have been

Is good looking, can be played offline, has huge maps and alot more challange.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
6.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 16, 2014
Good Game. Just complicated enough but not to complicated.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
63.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 9, 2014
Really awesome city builder, completely recommend to anyone who wants to build an amazing dream city of their own to as customizability is insane. also not to mention one of my favorite aspects too is the mods which if you do get this game GET SOME MODS theirs a site called XL Nation and they got add-ons beyond imagining from the community. they got buildings, plopables (props and scenery), even some mods that allot stuff like free camera and even adding features in your city that were not in the game at all like Promenades, air and sea ways and even railways, bus and bike lanes, and the list just goes on. So for this city builder all I can say is some stability issues like what past people said like if your city gets too large lower your graphic levels unless you want major lag. other than that though it’s a great city builder, maybe not the entire best but also a real nice sim city supplement for those disappointed with EAs recent release too or just for people looking for a more modern SimCity like game to adapt to if they wana try something different. 8/10
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 6
Just great. If I ever want an update to this game
I have to pay for the updated version.
Biggest ripoff ever.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
19.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 23, 2014
Since Sim City games have issues, Tycoon City New York does not support modern graphics (resolution, etc).. Cities XL Platinum is your kind of Fix for strategy, city management games!!! I love the game, had so much fun!!! :D
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
13.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 19, 2014
I came over from simcity to tryout something new, more exciting than simcity 2013 and I was not disappointed. I had a blast in the beginning but as my city grew lag became evermore prevalent and made the game unplayable and unenjoyable. No matter your rig the game runs on one processor only. I hope they fix this next game with a better utilization of a computer.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
38.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 2
I personally love this game. There is a few bugs with it that I hope get fixed if they make a sequel, but overall this game is very fun to play with huge maps and building you can build.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
41.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 21, 2014
A quality game that is worth buying despite it's flaws if you are a city building enthusiast.

The MegaStructures are a great feature that encourage you to make numerous cities with varying specialties.

KEEP IN MIND: There is a known issue with this game where it slows down over time as well as when your city gets extremely large. This should not be a surprise, however, as a city wth 250,000 citizens with jobs and traffic requires more caculations then an empty lot. That being said, there is some "work" that needs to be done to work around a few known issues where the game becomes really slow and choppy when left running for extended periods of time. (A quick google search will resolve those issues.)

Also, as with any city game, if you have an older graphics card, a slow processor or a lack of RAM, you will have troubles with a sprawling metropolis of 250,000+ citizens.

Though it does lack the "driving mission" feature of SimCity 4 Rush Hour, this game is a superior rendition in almost every sense of the word to SC4, is highly moddable, gorgeous looking and comes with a solid sound track to boot. Resource management, city-to-city trade, a very diverse and yet easily managed Supply and Demand system, traffic concerns and the need for things like Holidays, Hotels and Food makes this a more detailed and realistic Sim City without the old technology and feel of Sim City 4 nor the various drawbacks of SimCity 5 (or Origins or whatever the hell they called it.)

A great pick up for a city building enthusiast.

Coupled with the fact that I got platinum for dirt cheap because I owned CitiesXL 2011, it was a must buy.

Suggested Purchase Price: $10 or less.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
14.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 1, 2014
Very nice city simulator. Graphically very nice, lacks however some of the more complex options, like different public transport options (you only have buses and metro, in-city).
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