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...
User reviews: Mostly Positive (746 reviews)
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!"

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

    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
10 of 10 people (100%) found this review helpful
23.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 25
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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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
45.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 17
Could have been a great game but won't run for long beffore it churns to a halt. Poor game design as it had real potential.
Avoid this game!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
106.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 24
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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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
26.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 9
Good game, what Simcity 2013 lacks can all be found here, though the visuals won't be as good.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 8
great visuals. endless possible outcomes. good amount of difficulty. always a good time burner.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
15.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 14
I got 15 hours out of this game, and enjoyed it as a 5/10 city builder. Unfortunately this game has serious reliability issues, and I can no longer play this as it crashes on startup. Ive done everything I can find as a fix from online forums from many people with the same issues, including verifying game cache, reinstalling DX9/other exe's with the game, deleting all the saves, complete uninstall/reinstall. It still crashes on start. As it stands i'd value the game at £2. Do Not Buy at full price.
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
209.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 13
Sim City type of game with more.
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1 of 5 people (20%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 30
Pretty boring gameplay, notmuch todo rly, and wipes progress for no reason once in a while . If your a hardcore fan , sure, else this game isnt worth it.
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0 of 4 people (0%) found this review helpful
42.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 5
maybe ..I enjoyed building the city...but there should be way more options as in entertainment and others. Played it once..built the city...what now..didnt want to start another.
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1 of 7 people (14%) found this review helpful
9.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 5
Only reason I got almost 10h Is because I forgot to turn of the game when I went to the bar to drown my sorrow in booz because this game is so bad.
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0 of 6 people (0%) found this review helpful
4.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 7
Najbolja igra ikad! Ta+nfsc
Best game ever! This+Need for Speed Carbon
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0 of 6 people (0%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 14
it is to advanced
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1 of 9 people (11%) found this review helpful
66.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
Yes
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0 of 7 people (0%) found this review helpful
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
workedonce then could not launch it waste of money
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15.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 11
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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323.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 15
please add support for landscape displays. Love this gamebut cannnot get it to open so I can put it to windowed mode
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6.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 16
Good Game. Just complicated enough but not to complicated.
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4.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 16
Great game, a few bugs here and there and a pretty big learning curve, but once you get it, it gets better and better. Haven't had the issues other people have had yet, but only have 4.5 hours on record.
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17.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 20
This game is not working i played it a good week then stopped working. Whrn i click play it crashes. I tried fixing it numerous times, had no luck. If SOME ONE COULD HELP that would be greatly appretiated. Otherwise i say its a BIG NOPE
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67 of 81 people (83%) found this review helpful
14.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 18
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.
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