Cities XL 2012 trailer shows stunning natural beauty replaced with dense urban planning

Rob Zacny

Cities XL 12 - River city

Cities XL 2012's launch trailer for today's release offers some beautiful vistas and gorgeous skylines. I'm not even sure I need it to be much of a game, provided I can just play around with building my perfect megalopolis.

Still, am I the only one slightly disconcerted by all these lovely river valleys, meadows, and mountains being paved over with highways and high-rises? When I look at gorgeous natural landscapes, I never think, "This would look better with more commercial zoning and highways."

Perhaps that will be how I challenge myself now that Cities XL 2012 is out : building cities that complement their environment. I will be the Frank Lloyd Wright of urban zoning.

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