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Cities XL (PC)

alaTest has collected and analyzed 71 reviews of Cities XL (PC). The average rating for this product is 3.1/5, compared to an average rating of 3.8/5 for other PC Games for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the reliability and graphics. The price and design also get good comments. Comments about the single player gameplay and multi player mode are different, and some have doubts about the gameplay.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other PC Games the Cities XL (PC) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 86/100 = Very good quality.

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Expert review by : KingWilly (

Cities XL


Just like Google Earth

The interface is well laid out and very intuitive. The ground view is a great inclusion

Although it was a nice idea, the multiplayer just doesn't seem to work all that well

After completing the tutorial, I wanted to get straight to business of creating my own little metropolis. And the first thing I wanted to try out was the curvable roads. The curvy roads are certainly fun to create and add some flair to the city design,...

Dec, 2009

Expert review by : Liana K (



There are many of us that wept at the void left in city building sims when Maxis shifted their focus from SimCity to The Sims. But the hope that Cities XL will fill that void is a vain hope. Despite an odd addictiveness, Cities XL is both generic and...

Genre that really deserves to live again; looks pretty; good concept

Numerous functionality issues; many bugs; nothing works as well as it should

It's been a while since I've played a city building game, and I wanted to make sure that the epic fail wasn't just my ineptitude, since it's been a while since SimCity 4. Sadly, no: even when I got the hang of things, there was still too much wrong. ...

Dec, 2009

Expert review by : Troy S. Goodfellow (

Cities XL Review


Building blocks without the block party.

Online component is new, variable zone sizes, easy

Online component feels shallow, too easy, reported stability issues

New content including some game changing modules are promised for future release, but at this point Cities XL is more an intriguing concept than a revolutionary title. The solo game is inferior to many other city builder options in recent years...

Dec, 2009

Expert review by : Scott Sharkey (

Cities XL Review


The houses are all made of ticky tacky and they all look just the same.

Nov, 2009

Expert review by : Tom Bitterman (

Cities XL


This is a solid city builder in the SimCity line with a clean interface and good underlying mechanics. The online parts, which the developer hopes to use to set it apart, require more work and thought.

Nov, 2009

Expert review by : James Pinnell (

Cities XL


There's always been something alluring and ambitious about city building games. From the first time Sim City graced my SNES, I was in love with the?intricacies?of zoning, water grids, and controlling air pollution. Insane, maybe, but there's nothing...

Cities XL suffers from too many preventable faults to be considered a success. It's a shame, since under the surface hides a powerful and creative beast.

Oct, 2009

Expert review by : Steven Marsh (

Cities XL


"Cities XL" could have been the "SimCity" killer, but a few major shortcomings make this game one of the most disappointing city builders out there.

Solid single player experience ; Potentially endless city building gameplay ; Simple enough to stink in new gamers

Horribly executed multiplayer component ; The fact that any monthly fees exist to play the game online is extremely screwy ; Visual quality could be greatly upgraded to take full advantage of modern hardware ; Roads can be annoying to build, especially...

If you want to play a fresh single player city building game, this is definitely the way to go. If you were hoping for an awesome MMO experience, simply forget about the game and wait for some massive updates.

Oct, 2009

Expert review by : Richard Walker (

Cities XL


Bright Lights, Big Cities.

With the last proper Sim City title having seen the light of day more than six years ago, there’s been something of a gap in the market for a full-fat city building game for some time. And with 2007's Sim City Societies being largely derided as a lazy,...

Apr, 2009

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Cities XL


Cities XL is both a single and a multiplayer city building experience. Whilst that might seem like a big thing however, the multiplayer experience isn't as impressive as you might think. Developed by Monte Cristo, creators of the City Life games,...

Those who want to get their hands on a city building game will certainly enjoy what Cities XL has to offer in the game's single-player mode. The developers deserve praise for incorporating a multiplayer game here too but presently it doesn't seem to be...

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Cities XL


If you build it, they will come.It's been a good few years since a Sim City game last graced the release schedules. In the meantime, Monte Cristo, probably best known for their strategy games,