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: Mostly Positive (29 reviews)
Release Date: Jul 18, 2008
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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
Helpful customer reviews
39 of 43 people (91%) found this review helpful
15.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 24
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.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 27
3/5
i am an avid simcity fan, but i am having trouble with this game, can't get the ratios (homes to businesses) right
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25 of 28 people (89%) found this review helpful
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.
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8 of 13 people (62%) found this review helpful
6.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 1
Great city building game that is different from Sim City and better than the bug filled CitiesXL franchise made by the same
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11 of 20 people (55%) found this review helpful
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.
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9 of 18 people (50%) found this review helpful
240.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 18
Such a great game, check out my videos if you would like to know how to play it.
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2 of 6 people (33%) found this review helpful
6.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 23, 2012
Played it, and Liked it! Great alternative to SimCity4.
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0 of 2 people (0%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 24
This game is terrible. Not only is it terrible, but it does not even respond. Your cursor icon is stuck so you have to guess where your cursor really is. Its a pain in the donkey. Plus the game has one of the worst engines I've ever seen. Not worth my money. I dont recommend this game to anyone.
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5 of 15 people (33%) found this review helpful
13.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 14, 2013
An expansive tool to add to any city management gamer's aresenal.
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1 of 7 people (14%) found this review helpful
6.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 13
Dont even bother, I bought it for 2.49 on a steam sale and for the most part it was fun but the game is not worth 9.99 besides that Simcity and many other games just like this are much better. stay away unless its %75 off.
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8 of 35 people (23%) found this review helpful
6.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 1
Build the city your wanting to have! and control what happens in the big wide city! city builders, get your hats on! 10/10
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1 of 24 people (4%) found this review helpful
Posted: February 4, 2012
2008 is so... 5 or 6 years ago.
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6 of 43 people (14%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 28
Great game, highly recommended!
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3 of 37 people (8%) found this review helpful
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 21
This Game is Cool You can Create your own City and have alot of fun
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4.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 30
Being a big city building games fan i wasnt satisfied with this game. I played it for just 3 hrs and got bored of it.
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