I don't normally write reviews, however this was such a miserable game it compels me to write and make sure others didn't suffer the same.
In a NUTSHELL - Cities XL Is a rip off and a pretty poor gaming experience.
In fact I would go as far as to say that for the money, the extra's for which you have to pay to gain the full misery of the game you and the internet MMO experience (a bad one at that) - IT IS THE WORSE SIM GAME EVER.
Never in a millennium is it worth £30 of your hard earned, credit crunch cash. It has some good points, I can list them on one hand - large playing environs, nice game detail, good graphic and assortment of buildings and, and, and well that's it.
The bad points - I may need a few pages. It is simplistic, lacks variation, thus making game play dull and is devoid of any imagination. The demo had bugs which were to have been fixed in the final release - they haven't been. The planet mode is disappointing and quite frankly nothing more than a spruced up chat room which allows trading - utterly boring.
In summary - Monte Cristo have created a rip-off game in order to line their pocket in the hard times. Although graphically superior to other city sims, it game play is infantile, and to cap it all you have to pay extra for in game builds and an online service which is totally toilet.