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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...
Release Date: Feb 6, 2013
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About the 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

    Minimum:
    • OS: WINDOWS XP SP3/WINDOWS VISTA SP1/WINDOWS 7/WINDOWS 8
    • Processor: AMD/INTEL 2.5 GHZ
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 512 MB 100% DIRECTX 9 COMPATIBLE ATI RADEON HD 3850/NVIDIA GEFORCE 8800 OR HIGHER
    • DirectX®: 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 9 GB HD space
    • Sound: COMPATIBLE DIRECTX 9.0
Helpful customer reviews
21 of 27 people (78%) found this review helpful
188 products in account
2 reviews
25.4 hrs on record
Incredibly detailed and complex city planning and management game. Not for everyone. For those who wish to build a dream city with all the challenges of managing a city, or for civil planning student, this can be quite rewarding, watching your city grow.

One draw back, however - the check point system. Once an earlier check point is loaded, it automatically erase all progress after that point and overwrite any later check point, forcing you to start again from that point. It also doesn't help that it is quite easy to accidently load a check point, causing many wasted hours.
Posted: June 5th, 2014
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17 of 21 people (81%) found this review helpful
62 products in account
7 reviews
17.0 hrs on record
This is a city builder you'll have to adjust to. I'm a Sim City die hard; So I naturally like drawing my own zone sizes and knowing what will deveolp and what size they will be. This game has pre-designated zones/ blocks. So everytime you want to place one home you will place the same size block over and over (no zoning). But it does allow you to drag and drop the size and quantity of blocks you want in a zone. It also has a nice road building feature where you click to start a build point, click again to anchor, click for another anchor point, then double click to end.
Plus when it comes to building your city, you must unlock all of the features per city in order to build as you wish. You start out with very basic zones and access to all road types.

My biggest annoyance about this game is the achievements. While you play, it will pop up achievements, in a huge gold bubble right across your screen. And if you've earned many at once, they're all listed at once so you can't see anything. And these achievements are repetetive and are unlocked per city you build.

It's still an enjoyable game, though. Less difficult of the city builders.
Posted: May 24th, 2014
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12 of 16 people (75%) found this review helpful
117 products in account
1 review
25.5 hrs on record
Awesome game if you are in to city builders, but you will need a good rig to run it. It starts off without lag but the larger your city gets the more it lags up until it's not playable anymore.
Posted: June 25th, 2014
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
366 products in account
8 reviews
14.6 hrs on record
i increased my score a couple point to try to offset the trolls and griefers that wrongfully malign this otherwise great game. and while its not worth a 10 its definitively not a 0!. i would say about a 7 and with all the stuff on xlnation.net perhaps an 8!

please understand that this game has a bit of history. over 4 years ago a small company named monte cristo developed and released it as massively multiuser online game. unfortunately less than a year after they went broke due to low subscription rate and were unable to finish the game. soon after focus acquired the writes and reworked it as a single player offline game and released it. since then making minor fixes and about once a year they have been releasing new content dlcs.

as you can imagine the people who originally purchased and subscribed to cities xl unlimited edition, the mmo version from the now bankrupt developer, are ♥♥♥♥ed off that they got stuck with a dead game after only being able to play with it for such a short time.

so they troll steam forums and even this site complaining about the long defunct developers and about long ago fixed bugs and basically spooking people away from buying the game.

many do not even own or play this game, they just own the other game and since the servers have all been shutdown for that game long ago can't no longer play it. yet they refuse to upgrade to this game, basically wanting the new developers to basically give them the new game.

here check out the facts for yourself
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cities_XL

i own and play just about every city sims/builders that is out there

this is great game, loads of fun, runs great, have played it for hundreds of hours.

even better if you go to xlnation.net you will find hundreds of mods for it, everything imaginable and a very active community over 40,000 members!

i also want to say that there is no serious memory leak or programming issue like some people are posting. what issue that people are having is that the game allows you to build huge i mean huge cities, ive seen some with population over 90M and basically they do not set limits other than the hardware you have. so as you add more and more buildings and roads and the cities get larger and more complex sure its going to use more and more memory until you run out of memory and until your cpu/gpu cant handle the size of the cities and complexity and the framerate goes down. It's hard to put in words just how large and complex your cities can get, they can look so real that you can't distinguish screenshots from real world images of some of the worlds largest cities. in fact i cant think of a real world single city that has a population of over 90M. so what you have a people with low end hardware trying to build cities they can't support. and since its a 32-bit application, like most games, the cities can only get so large and complex before you hit the 2-3gb limit that windows imposes. the trick is to balance city size and complexity and not try to build cities that don't make sense and would not be practical even in real life.

so yes the game is a 32-bit game with the game logic running in a single thread, but most other games out there have the same limitations. the only difference between those games and this game is that this game does not impose limits on you like simcity or tropico or anno does. also this games lets u pack the density of the cities to real world levels and beyond. in this way its more a city builder than a sim i would say.

having said that the game, like all other games and software, does have bugs and issues, but luckily they are for minor and can easily be ignore of worked around.
Posted: August 18th, 2014
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
117 products in account
2 reviews
12.5 hrs on record
I bought this game in desperation despite all the negative things I heard about it.

The game is not bad. It has tons of nice features, different buildings, good details, a decent engine. BUT, it lacks one very major feature: management. You don't need to manage your financials in this game as time isn't a constraint. Once you make a few houses and industries your flowchart turns green and you can skip forward to get tons of money. You don't lose anything by doing that. Just like the first Sim City from 1990.

Unlocking some buildings over time and making some old ones obsolete when time goes by would easily solve the issue. There can easily be diminishing tax returns from old houses or you might have to renew buildings over time. Unfortunately in its current state the game is not challenging at all.

I don't want to give a negative review because of only one issue and there are no other city sims playable but they definitely have to solve this problem.
Posted: July 14th, 2014
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359 of 378 people (95%) found this review helpful
231 products in account
1 review
31.1 hrs on record
This is one of the best city simulations out there, especially when looking strictly at games with good graphics. That said, it is not without its flaws.

The Good:
- Lots and lots of replayability. You could get lost in this game on just a single city for weeks.
- Your cities interact with each other to an extent. You can trade things like water, fuel, industry, and office services amongst the cities you create. This allows you to specialize your cities, such as creating an industry giant that feeds industry goods to your cities where you want to avoid polution, such as a resort town.
- You can point and click your way through everything. Given how many options you have for roads, buildings, etc, the menu is easy to use and allows for quick access to everything.
- The game feels like a semi-sandbox during normal play, as there isn't really many restrictions in place (and you can switch the building restrictions off in the settings).
- As you build up your city, you get to a point where you realize it isn't just about building anymore. Management becomes a much bigger deal. One of the biggest management challenges is transportation, and that adds something to the game that I find quite enjoyable, making it a bit deeper than it might look on the surface.

The Bad:
- Some of the mechanics for laying out streets (especially bridges) and buildings can make things a bit frustrating.
- The whole Cities XL series are just reboots. They look the same, play the same, and feel the same. This makes for a bit of a hidden "good" I guess in that you shouldn't feel the need to own them all (I do and don't have any reason to play any of the previous ones).
- They removed the online function that the original had, rather than making it work. The idea of being able to have cities existing in a "truly global" world definitely had an appeal.
- The developer is lazy. The failure to make online work, some small problems and unfinished features, and the mechanics that are still issues still unaddressed after so much time just speaks to the lack of care the developer has for its work and reputation. They did "fix" things to a point where they weren't really game-breaking, but it still sits in my mind that they seem to want to skate by at this point (especially given how much effort they put into trying to create a great alternative to another "CitySim" game).

If you really like city management/builder games, this gives a good balance between the two and should be able to keep your entertained for quite a while. If you can catch it on a sale, then great! If not, you just need to decide what your dollar is worth. As far as putting a dollar value on fun, you have to do that for yourself, but even with the flaws, the value was definitely there for me given how much entertainment I have gotten from it. Decidedly beats spending the money on gas, a ticket, and some overpriced popcorn and soda at a movie theater for me.
Posted: November 25th, 2013
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