Toronto Thumbs writes: "Dubbed as the next generation of city building, Monte Cristo's Cities XL picks up the ball that the SimCity franchise dropped a few years ago. It's a powerful and fun city-building simulator. Unfortunately, I didn't get a chance to take the game online, so I will only be addressing the solo portion. Don't be fooled by that moniker, though. This simulator still has a hefty amount of variety and challenges galore."