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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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...
Summary: "Cities XL 2012 ist eine recht gelungene Fortsetzung der berühmten Aufbausimulation. Die Neuerungen sind jedoch marginal und jeder Spieler sollte selbst entscheiden, ob er für eine einfache "Erweiterung" nochmals den Vollpreis bezahlen möchte.