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What are the system requirements of Cities XL.

I have:

Motherboard: Intel DG35EC
Processor: 2.0ghz Dual Core
RAM: 1GB DDR2 Graphics: Onboard 384MB

I can play splinter cell chaos theory, City life with very good performance and graphics.

Can I play Cities XL with good graphics?

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Taken from the game's own site, the recommended requirements, which would allow for nicer graphics, are:

For a desktop

  • CPU : Intel Core 2 or higher
  • RAM : 1.5 GB (XP), 2 GB (Vista)
  • Video Card : nVidia GeForce 8800 / ATI Radeon HD 3850 or better. 512 MB VRAM or better.

For a laptop

  • Platform : Intel Centrino 2 w/ nVidia or ATI GPU w/ 512 MB VRAM
  • RAM: 1.5 GB (XP), 2.5 GB (Vista)

However, your rig seems much closer to the minimum requirements (available through the link), so you may not get good graphics out of the game. Of specific concern is your graphics card, since I find it difficult to compare onboard cards (which in my experience are notoriously weak) to dedicated graphics cards which are commonly listed in system requirements.

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Onboard GPU sucks. Preparing to buy Nvidia 9500GT 1GB –  LifeH2O Jul 20 '10 at 9:30

The requirements, as cited by Steam:

OS: Windows XP SP3 or Windows Vista SP1
Processor: Intel Pentium IV 2.5Ghz or AMD equivalent or better, Laptop : Centrino 2 or better
Memory: 1GB (XP), 1.5GB (Vista), Laptop: 1.5GB (XP), 2.5GB (Vista)
Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 6600 GT/ ATI Radeon X1600 or better, 256 MB RAM, Laptop: Intel Graphics Accelerator or better
DirectX®: DirectX 9.0c
Hard Drive: 8 GB
Other Requirements: Requires Internet connection to activate

Your RAM might be a bit lacking, and since you seem to have an on-board GPU I can't judge based on that, but it might run it. I don't think you'll support very good graphics though, you're close to the minimum requirements.

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Be careful, though!

The original Cities XL game had some serious technical bugs, specially a memory leak that makes the game unplayable after a while. (see forum post)

The new Cities XL 2011, however, is the exact same Cities XL game, but with a bunch of bugs fixed (plus, they've added a metro system). Some people complained that old bugs are still present, and some even complain about the memory leak (but I don't know if that's fixed or not). See first impressions and list of bugs.

What's more, it seems that Cities XL 2011 game still don't run on multiple cores. However, people have a workaround, and someone has even written a tool to fix that.

Note: I don't own either game. I'm just posting because I searched the forums and decided to not buy them, so maybe this info might help you decide better.

Considering all info that I read, probably the game will run slow whatever CPU you have, as it seems the bottleneck is the CPU. (of course, that's only true if you have a decent GPU) However, maybe with enough tuning and thirdy-party tools, you might make the game run at an acceptable speed.

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