Beginner's Guide

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How to install mods
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Game Version(s)
Cities XL 2011, Cities XL 2012, Cities XL Platinum, Cities XXL
Installation Pre-requiste(s)
None
Hello and welcome on board!

Make sure you are not running the game!

1) choose your game:
2.1: XL (2012 and Platinum)
2.2: XXL

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2.1: Cities XL (2012 and Platinum):
Disk or Steam?

2.1.1: Disk:
2.1.1.1: If you used the standard path for the installation, then go to C:\Program Files\Focus Home Interactive\Cities XL 2012 (Platinum).

2.1.1.2.1: If you did not use the standard path, but if you have a shortcut for the game on the desktop, then:
  • Right click on the game icon.
  • Right click on "Properties".
  • Right click on "Shortcut".
  • Click on "Open File Location / Find Location".

2.1.1.2.2: Alternatively, you can use the search function of the start menu.

2.1.2: Steam:
Go to C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\SteamApps\common\Cities XL 2012 (Platinum).

3: Go to the Paks folder (I downloaded the game by Steam):
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4: Create a folder called "mods":
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5: IMPORTANT: Install the dependencies:
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Start with the User Interface Mod:
Dependency - XL User Interface Mod
  • Download the ZIP-file onto your Desktop (for example).
  • Open the file and run the wizard.
  • When asked where to install the file, choose:
a) Disk: C:\Program Files\Focus Home Interactive\Cities XL 2012 (or Platinum instead of 2012)
b) Steam: C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\SteamApps\common\Cities XL 2012 (or Platinum instead of 2012)
It is important not to choose your mods folder for User Interface Mod, but this is one of a few exceptions!

- Wait for the installation to finish.

Proceed with the Shader Pack (for players):
Dependency - Shader Pack
  • Choose "Save As" and your mods folder as the location.
  • In case you forgot:
a) Disk: C:\Program Files\Focus Home Interactive\Cities XL 2012\Paks\mods (similar for Platinum)
b) Steam: C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\SteamApps\common\Cities XL 2012\Paks\mods (similar for Platinum)

Proceed with the XL Nation Furniture Dependency Pack:
Dependency - XL Nation Furniture Dependency Pack
- Choose "Save As" and your mods folder as the location.

Next is the Road Shader:
Dependency - Road Shader with Self-Illumination
- Choose "Save As" and your mods folder as the location.

Next is the Tree Bug Fix:
Dependency - Z_Pharmist_TreeBug_Fix_v1.00
- Choose "Save As" and your mods folder as the location.

Now, we have the Tags.cfg for XL:
Dependency - Tags.cfg for XL
- Do NOT install put it into mods Folder, but follow the instructions!


Now we have some optional dependencies:

A mod that is sometimes needed is the Vehicle Pack:

NEXL - Vehicle pack
- Choose "Save As" and your mods folder as the location.

Now, you can use the mods here
:)
Just always make sure to READ the instructions, then you are safe!
Start with the German Pack for example:
Residential - German Residential Pack (small CB version added)


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2.2: Cities XXL:
Disk or Steam?

2.2.1: Disk:
2.2.1.1: If you used the standard path for the installation, then go to C:\Program Files\Focus Home Interactive\Cities XXL 2012.

2.2.1.2.1: If you did not use the standard path, but if you have a shortcut for the game on the desktop, then:
  • Right click on the game icon.
  • Right click on "Properties".
  • Right click on "Shortcut".
  • Click on "Open File Location / Find Location".

2.2.1.2.2: Alternatively, you can use the search function of the start menu.

2.2.2: Steam:
Go to C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\SteamApps\common\Cities XXL .

3: Go to the Paks folder (I downloaded the game by Steam):
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4: Create a folder called "mods":
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5: IMPORTANT: Install the dependencies:
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Start with the Community Mod:
Dependency - Cities XXL Community Patch
  • Click on "Save As" and choose your mods folder as location.
  • In case you forgot:
a) Disk: C:\Program Files\Focus Home Interactive\Cities XXL\Paks\mods
b) Steam: C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\SteamApps\common\Cities XXL\Paks\mods

Proceed with the XL Nation Furniture Dependency Pack:
Dependency - XL Nation Furniture Dependency Pack
- Choose "Save As" and your mods folder as the location.
This mod is actually required for XXL and XL
:)


Now, we have the Tags.cfg for XXL:
Dependency - Tags.cfg for XXL
- Do NOT install put it into mods Folder, but follow the instructions!


Now we have some optional dependencies:

Next is the Fix for XL mods that use old shaders
:
General - Fix for old mods shader crash errors (XXL)
- Choose "Save As" and your mods folder as the location.
This mod will enable you to use most (not all) XL mods in XXL, too.

A mod that is sometimes needed is the Vehicle Pack:
NEXL - Vehicle pack
- Choose "Save As" and your mods folder as the location.

Now, you can use the mods here
:)
Just always make sure to READ the instructions, then you are safe!
Start with the Florence Pack for example:
Residential - Package village of Florence - XXL -XL
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