Summary: It's been awhile since I have played a good city builder. I'll admit that it can be a hard genre to sell, and we don't see a whole lot of them today. Thankfully, Cities XL 2012 is out, and it's a great expansion to Cities XL 2011. If you already own 2011 , you can pick up 2012 for just $14.99. This makes it more like an expansion for some, and if you are a newcomer to the series, it's still worth $39.99.
City-building sim is well organized, with good tutorials.
Common Sense Media
25 December 2011
Summary: Parents need to know that Cities XL 2012 is the newest version of the City Builder franchise, where players build sprawling 3D cities by balancing the residential, commercial, and industrial interests of its citizens. There is some mild slapstick-style violence in the cutscenes, where characters get into fights-fights with each other, but it's designed to be humorous.
Summary: Cities XL 2012 is mediocre if anything. There is plenty to do in the game, but it’s also frustrating. If you love building stuff in games then you may want to check it out, provided you can get it at a reduced price.
Excerpt: Playing a virtual mayor may be a lot more enjoyable than doing it in the real world. Cities XL 2012 simplifies the messy rigmarole that comes with running a municipality; you eliminate things like labor problems, uptight councillors, and calls from angry residents about raccoons getting into garbage cans in favor of focusing on urban planning.
Pros: Streamlined take on city building focusing on zoning, not individual buildings, Wide-open sandbox missions set in varied terrain, Adds a fair number of new buildings and maps to Cities XL 2011
Cons: Virtually the same game as Cities XL 2011, Annoying issues with resources and trading, Performance problems with larger cities
Conclusion: My answer for those who played the previous games is no - unless you’re absolutely hurting for a city simulation and management title. If you’ve never played either of the two previous Cities XL titles this is a much better value proposition and more worth your time – as long as you understand this is a solid – but flawed – title.
Excerpt: So, for those who don't know, Cities XL is a city building based game. There have been two releases until now: Cities XL and Cities XL 2011 . Now, a third sequel is on the way - Cities XL 2012 .
Conclusion: So after 6-7 hours of play, you’re left with a stark choice. Either abandon the city you’ve invested to much time in to go and create another city and start all over again, or find a map type that facilitates *all* of the various essentials that make up modern life and give it another go. Both choices leave pretty bad tastes in my mouth; you shouldn’t be expected to abandon your city, in order to create another city, to support the original city you started.
Excerpt: В последние годы все попытки предпринять покорение градостроительного жанра заканчивались весьма необычно, пусть и без громких провалов. Сапоги без сапожника, SimCity: Societies оказался чудаком с маскарада, которому все облики к лицу – и идиллический провинциальный городок, и индустриальный кошмар с тоталитарным строем, и уносящийся ввысь мегаполис, сверкающий надраенными небоскрёбами, и многое другое.