Thursday, February 12, 2015

Cities XXL Gameplay Review

I'm playing Cities XXL, a city building simulation by Focus Home Interactive.

A single-player game, Cities XXL does not feature random maps but does have nearly seventy large spaces. The interface provides useful information on what each group of residents require, and highlights areas of concern across each city. The achievement notifications are outrageously annoying, however. The enjoyable free-form construction allows you to make interesting, non-square cities quickly, placing roads, housing, industry, commerce, utilities, services, and parkland. However, all of these features were present in previous version of Cities XL, and the “new” features (improved performance, environmental strucutres, Steam workshop integration) are underwhelming. While not a bad game and certainly the best in the series, Cities XXL is an absolutely unnecessary sequel in the city building series.