Cities XL is good, but has too many interface issues. Trying to place roads beside a residential area, while the game INSISTS in locking your mouse near the edge of the map is priceless!! Made me uninstall the game in rage! :p
but they are not really city simulators, more like city builders.
No matter how you call them they are still great and fun games. And still better to have good "city building game" than broken "City simulator" (so far only alternative in Simcity or Cities XL)
Simcity devs should be ashamed :-/
You are preaching to the choir, friend. I think those games are fun, and they are well built, and they look great. And I agree that Maxis should be ashamed of what they created, though it saddens me to say it.
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