Construct the city of the 21st Century with City Life! City Life 2008 Edition is a next-generation City Builder. Its 3D game engine provides a level of detail and animation unprecedented in the City Builder genre, with total freedom of construction.
User reviews:
Overall:
Mixed (75 reviews) - 64% of the 75 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Jul 18, 2008

Sign in to add this item to your wishlist, follow it, or mark it as not interested

Buy City Life 2008

 

About This Game

Construct the city of the 21st Century with City Life!
City Life 2008 Edition is a next-generation City Builder. Its 3D game engine provides a level of detail and animation unprecedented in the City Builder genre, with total freedom of construction. From superb villas in residential neighbourhoods to imposing skyscrapers in the financial district, design, construct and develop the city of your dreams. Provide comfort and satisfaction for your citizens by offering them work, health care, entertainment facilities, and much more, and ensure that your city’s coffers are brimming. It’s up to you to manage your city efficiently, balancing booming development with the problems of pollution and traffic that this brings. Build a sense of community between the six unique subcultures, or pay the price if their relationships deteriorate into conflict or riots. You are the architect, mayor and business mogul!
2008 Edition
City Life 2008 Edition contains all the content of the previous versions, adding a further 23 new maps and over 60 new buildings, including landmarks such as London’s Royal Opera House and St. Paul’s Cathedral. Over 360 buildings are at your disposal in this latest version. You now have the possibility to import satellite maps, heightmaps, and other user-generated terrain into the game. Use your imagination to create ever more spectacular towns, or recreate the exceptional cities of the real world!
Features
  • Gigantic city building simulation with high performance 3D engine.
  • Explore 50 maps in five different environments.
  • 360° camera rotation and zooming allows you to dive into the heart of your city and observe its inhabitants.
  • Six unique subcultures with specific expectations and needs.
  • Play in Scenario or Free Mode.
  • New import tool for satellite maps and heightmaps.
  • A powerful building creation tool based on a modular system. No technical skills required, only your imagination.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • Supported OS: Windows 2000 with Service Pack 2/XP/Vista
    • Processor: 1.5 GHz Processor or the equivalent
    • Graphics: DirectX® 9.0c compatible 64 MB 3D graphic card (GeForce 4Ti or Radeon 8000)
    • DirectX® Version: DirectX® 9.0c or better
    • Memory: 256 MB RAM
    • Sound: Sound Card compatible with Direct X® 9
    • Hard Drive: 4.5 GB free space
Customer reviews
Customer Review system updated Sept. 2016! Learn more
Overall:
Mixed (75 reviews)
Review Type


Purchase Type


Language


Display As:


(what is this?)
42 reviews match the filters above ( Mixed)
Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
10 of 13 people (77%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 8
A really interesting game. It puts a unique twist on city builders by having what they call "subcultures". They're arranged in a hexagon, with the higher up ones being richer than the ones below. Those touching eachother on the hexagon are friendly, and those opposite are enemies. For example, the blue collars hate the yuppies and vice versa, the elites hate the blue collars, and most of the rich classes hate the poorest class.

The key is that a fully fucntioning city needs people of every class. Someone has to be the janitors and grounds keepers. Artsy Fartsy people need doctors and firemen, and Executives need waiters at their restaraunts. People will not commute to the other side of the city for a job, so you need to manage where housing gets placed for each subculture.

It's definetly worth looking at if you want a unique twist on a city builder.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
4 of 29 people (14%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 4
bad game and graphice
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
72 of 83 people (87%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Recommended
15.0 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: September 24, 2014
This is really a tough review to write, because I really like a lot of what is going on here. But ultimately I just never found it engaging on the level of, say, SimCity. This has an awesome street view version that lets you walk around and actually FEEL like part of the city, and if you like that sort of thing then this game is definitely one you can have some fun with in that fashion.

In terms of the choices on how to build the city, it all feels a lot more abstract than SimCity, because of the way that there are these social groups and so on.

If you're looking for an entry into the city simulation genre, then probably SimCity 4 (despite its awkward controls by modern standards) is the way to go. If you're into citybuilders as a genre and are looking for another good one after having exhausted others, I can definitely tell you that I had fun with this one despite my gripes. But it's not one that held my attention for dozens of hours.

I was really on the fence as to whether to give this a positive or negative review. Ultimately I felt like I had fun and got my money's worth, though, so that's the main criteria that I guess I should use. The developer should be able to do better, and I hope they get a chance. I'd like to see this evolve in future sequels, but so far it was already fun for what it is.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
43 of 49 people (88%) found this review helpful
Recommended
24.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 12, 2013
This game was fun for awhile, but ultimatly it got boring. Theres always people complaining when you upgrade your city, but if you downgrade it, there's no way to get the population up. Factions that get close to each other fight, and they end up burning down a portion of the city, they make crime go up, or they destroy the economy. Essentially you can work up to a certain point, and the entire city will fail before you can expand further.

Another point to make, is that the business's in the game don't have any bonus's added to them, so the best way to run a city is to find the smallest building, and pack them together, because doing that will give absolutely no negative effects.

I'd definitly reccommend this if you want a simplistic city simulator, but I greatly prefer Tropico 4 over this. The only fault with tropico is that the road system is absolutely terrible, and the only way to fix traffic is to redesign your city to situate the traffic better.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
10 of 13 people (77%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 29, 2015
This game for its pricing and age is absolutely amazing truthfully! There is a little lag in between games which is expected on Windows 8.1 running a game that was from 2008. Once you get understanding on the business to housing down and benefit the needs of all of your people, it works out great! I would suggest just reading over the tutorial that is there and testing out things slowly, adding a house here, then a business there and watching your money as you do so before diving head first into adding lots of houses and businesses.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
24 of 41 people (59%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 28, 2013
Much like Cities XL, this too is another Sim City knock off. However, with the current SimCity game sucking balls, I recommend trying this game out as well. It is a little more detailed than Cities XL.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 27, 2015
2 hours and done. im ok with that but its just not enough facing all the other similar games. i know i will never play it again because (1) you know exactly how all the City sim games are going to play (2) the nuances of this game is akin to taking a sports game and forcing you to deeply manage the vendor supply chain - you just dont want to go there when the city build aspects for me are the draw... no regrets to purchasing but wont ever go back.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 20, 2015
Awesome, game where racism plays a huge problem, especially if you're attempting a diverse neighborhood
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
5 of 9 people (56%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 25
Grabbed this while on sale as an alternative to Cities Skylines and simcity4. Waste of money. This game is worse than cities XL series. Stay away.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
7 of 13 people (54%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 21, 2015
When I first read about it, the concept sounded really interesting - new layers to city building that were different than Sim City, which I will lose myself in for hours. But when it actually came to playing it, the system was broken and the game itself was so glitchy and sticky that I just gave up on it. Juggling faction territory was a pain, balancing upgrades with population mood was a pain, and basically trying to do anything was a huge pain. There is such thing as challenging and fun, but this was just challenging. I wouldn't recommend it. Try Banished instead.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
Recently Posted
emorris6201
4.8 hrs
Posted: August 25
its good for its price
Helpful? Yes No Funny
Stealth_Scorpion
11.0 hrs
Posted: July 4
Great game to kill a couple hours. similar to other simulations for building a city. Does get boring after you reach the peak of a city. no new context to change up.
Helpful? Yes No Funny
RD_littlechi
7.9 hrs
Posted: May 21
nice game forvever:D
Helpful? Yes No Funny
oldeguy
2.0 hrs
Posted: February 16
Bought it on Steam sale, gave it two hours, no rhyme or reason to the AI or actual needs of anything. If you havem't already, just buy Cities; Skylines and enjoy real city building. This is just Citties xxxlxxxlxxxxl in a cheaper suit.
Helpful? Yes No Funny
[SLO]Sub_Zero
4.1 hrs
Posted: December 24, 2015
7/10
Helpful? Yes No Funny
Bohandas
2.8 hrs
Posted: December 21, 2015
There does not appear to be a random map generator, and you're limited to a tiny corner of the map at the start of each game.

These factors alone are sufficient to make it inferior to the first three SimCity games (Though it is likely still not as bad as SimCity 4 or SimCity 5).

Also the camera controls are extremely wonky.

Other than that it's pretty clever and good.

In summary, by todays standards it's absolutely great (much better than CIties: Skylines or SimCity 5) but today's standards are VERY VERY low.
Helpful? Yes No Funny
URMOMSUCKZ
6.5 hrs
Posted: November 29, 2015
shattyest game ever bad graphics you are better off buying cities skylines way better graphics more detail and just more stuff to do in skylines besides city life 2008 has no fun in it DO NOT BUY DO NOT BUY DO NOT BUY DO NOT BUY DO NOT BUY DO NOT BUY DO NOT BUY DO NOT BUY DO NOT BUY DO NOT BUY DO NOT BUY DO NOT BUY DO NOT BUY DO NOT BUY DO NOT BUY DO NOT BUY DO NOT BUY DO NOT BUY DO NOT BUY DO NOT BUY DO NOT BUY DO NOT BUY DO NOT!!!!!!!!!
Helpful? Yes No Funny