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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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
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
31 of 39 people (79%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 29
Cities XL Platinum Review - Rating: 2.8/10

General Impression
Cities XL Platinum is a… pretty damn horrible game. No offense, but from outdated graphics, camera issues, bad gameplay, and several other issues, I cannot recommend this game. The graphics and the textures are relatively outdated. The atmosphere isn’t that kind of exciting either, it’s not that interesting. The audio and the music are pretty boring and repetitive. The gameplay gets boring really fast, and also it feels pretty uninteresting. The game doesn’t have a story either. The user interface is simple and nothing special about it. The controls are clunky; I don’t like them. The engines aren’t great either, the game still has some bugs and flows, which shows that the developer doesn’t care of their own game at all. The mechanics are repetitive and boring. There are also even other issues, read them in the negative points. Overall, Cities XL Platinum is an overpriced game, with nothing special in it, which I highly recommend skipping, from my point of view. Just pick Cities: Skylines instead, it’s more expensive with just 4,99$, but it far out weights this game.

Positive Points
  • Has a bunch of maps to play on
  • Decent user interface
  • A tutorial is available

Neutral Points
  • A story would have improved the game a lot, along with some missions
  • Trading cards, Steam achievements and Steam Workshop would improve the game as well

Negative Points
  • Outdated graphics and textures
  • Uninteresting atmosphere
  • Boring audio and repetitive music
  • Pretty terrible gameplay
  • Clunky controls
  • Some flows in the engines
  • Boring and repetitive mechanics
  • The camera issues are annoying
  • The street-laying function doesn’t work well, neither the bridge-laying one
  • It misses a map editor, a huge disadvantage
  • A misleading trailer, hahaha, nice one, dear "developers"
  • No terrain forming options? What the hell, and you put a 19,99$ price tag on it? Along with the many other issues?
  • The developers have already left the gaming industry, don’t expect this game to be fixed, that’s already a strong reason to not recommend it
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11 of 19 people (58%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
7.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 8
Just get Cities: Skylines, that one's worth it even at full price.
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14 of 25 people (56%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 31
Skylines is better
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5 of 9 people (56%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
30.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 9
BUY CITIES SKYLINES INSTEAD

This game could be great, but it isn't
I bought this a while back for full price and instantly started to like the feel of the game. The layout at first is promising but then unfortunately it is a slippy slope downwards. You start of with huge areas to build cities on, which other games namely sim city could do with looking at. But after that it is mainly negative. The game itself is easy enough to plop things down, but the unlocking and class system is ridiculous. It isn't clearly mapped out who works where, and you spend half of your time trying to make sure a factory is operating normally. The class system could work if it was thought out better. The tourism etc falls in the same plan. The game becomes clunky, and to start with you have to build farms to produce food to eat, these are often out of the way of your peeps and have to be rather large, and it costs a fortune in building the roads to them.
I have played this for enough time to say it warrents a thumbs down.

My advice......buy cities skylines, it's easier to use, more fun to play, and more importantly it has mods to make the game stand out. the people in the workshop make some truly outstanding mods, and the best of all, you can edit the in game assets yourself to make the game as easy as you like.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
28.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 30
wow! and i thought this would be a good game! ABSOLUTE WASTE OF TIME!
some(most) of the items don't even work!
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 3
Not the best city building game but a good one. I hate, that evolution hauses on better density has a different size of plans. So you cant replace small houses with bigger one, and you have to destroy part of the city and replan and rebild.
Othervise veri nice
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1 of 5 people (20%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
82.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 1
got it liked it they did upgrade now it wont let me play it
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
401 of 434 people (92%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
52.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 25, 2013
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.
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193 of 214 people (90%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
10.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 11, 2014
+/+ Graphics are great for a city building game.
+/+ Most game mechanics are well executed.
+/+ Great UI. Very easy to pick up and learn.
+/+ Cities can interact (i.e. trade) with each other. This allows you to create specialty cities.
+/+ Large maps.

+/- Not as difficult as SimCity 4.
+/- Not much different than previous Cities XL games.
+/- Includes Steam Cloud, but lacks other features such as achievements and the workshop.

-/- Lack of variety in graphic style.
-/- Not map editor or terraforming options.
-/- Roads & highways can sometimes very picky about how you place them.
-/- Game slows down once your city reaches a certain size (very processor heavy game).
-/- Developers have a bad reputation and have gone out of business. Don’t expect new patches.
-/- Unfixed bugs and broken features.

Verdict: 6.8/10. While Cities XL Platinum clearly fails to surpass SimCity 4, it does offer a unique and fun take on the city building/management genre. If you can put up with the late game slowdowns or don’t care about creating larger cities, then I can easily recommend Cities XL Platinum to you. If you expect more, you will be disappointed. Don’t spend more than $10 and you’ll likely be happy.

Update 9/7/15: Buy Cities Skyline if you want a city builder. This game is no longer worth considering.
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301 of 364 people (83%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Recommended
21.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 18, 2014
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 ♥♥♥♥♥♥ 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.
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Mr_kcid
8.9 hrs
Posted: September 24
This game crashes when i want to start a new game >:(.
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daofrau
1.2 hrs
Posted: September 19
meh
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Charha
6.1 hrs
Posted: September 13
Build a city of 500.000 citizens. Prosper. Add one bus line. Go bankrupt.

Cities XL is not the kind of game that's the most logical or intuitive, so guides are a great help. The game's pretty fun and casual, though. Easier than Sim City and a little more complex than, say Banished or Civ Clicker.
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tackytoad
9.1 hrs
Posted: September 2
I have no idea what this Game is and I don't want to know. How do I get rid of it?????
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