Cities: Skylines is a city-building game developed by Colossal Order and published by Paradox Interactive. The game is a single-player open-ended city-building simulation. Players engage in urban planning by controlling zoning, road placement, taxation, public services, and public transportation of an area. Players work to maintain various elements of the city, including its budget, health, employment, and pollution levels. Players are also able to maintain a city in a sandbox mode, which provides more creative freedom for the player.
Cities: Skylines is a progression of development from Colossal Order’s previous Cities in Motion titles, which focused on designing effective transportation systems. While the developers felt they had the technical expertise to expand to a full city simulation game, their publisher Paradox held off on the idea, fearing the market dominance of SimCity. After the critical failure of the 2013 SimCity game, however, Paradox greenlit the title. The developer’s goal was to create a game engine capable of simulating the daily routines of nearly a million unique citizens, while presenting this to the player in a simple way, allowing the player to easily understand various problems in their city’s design. This includes realistic traffic congestion, and the effects of congestion on city services and districts. Since the game’s release, various expansions and other DLC has been released for the game. The game also has built-in support for user-generated content.
The game was first released for the Windows, macOS, and Linux operating systems in March 2015, with ports to the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 game consoles being released in 2017 and for the Nintendo Switch in September 2018 developed by Tantalus Media. The game received favourable reviews from critics, and was a commercial success, with more than six million copies sold on all platforms as of March 2019.
Cities: Skylines Rating
Metascore: 85 / 100
User Score: 8.8 / 10
Cities: Skylines Reviews
One of the most ugly city-builder out there. It doesn’t look and feel at all realistic and even it’s standard functions are only very basic! If U are lucky it may get only playable with countless hours spent on installing and trying out mods till the hole thing becomes eventually not playable at all!! The basic game does not even inclued the most simple public transportation systems!
In my eyes the could become only this successful becouse “sim city 4” and a few others left a big gap that no one else was able or willing to close. This studio made it themselves very easy to actually handle over the responability for a good looking and good working game completely onto the modder comunity! It’s sad to see what horrible prices people are willing to pay even for some add-ons, of whom most should just be free updates! They play almost the same game with us customers as the developers of “cities XXXXXXXXXXXXXXL” did once!
Conclusion: I will never try to make the game run again and wouldn’t spend again time trying to make it feel an look at least a little bit realistic by installing thousands of mods and assets. And for sure I would’t spend an other dime for that greedy developer team! If I could go back in time I woudn’t even fall into the promoted hype and never even buy it: In my mind I degraded it meanwhile to a simple children’s game. There has been no other game since, beeing more disappointing to me! ;(
For thouse of U itrerested in a better, though not at all perfect alternative; have a look at “Transport Fever 2”.
This game is amazing…. if you download mods to help with making it run well! I began playing the vanilla version of the game only but I quickly realized that mods such as the traffic president and realistic population mod just further enhance this games potential. I have spent countless hours playing this game with boatloads of fun! I cannot reccomend this game enough. Definitely download multiple mods created by bloodypenguin as these mods enhance the game greatly!
The biggest time waster known to man. The feeling of progression is like nothing else. Sort of difficult, and still figuring things out, I had to start over a couple of times. If you search up how to do things you get stuck on, it will get you through some things. If you are trying to decide if you should buy it, do it, you won’t regret it at all whatsoever.
Cities Skylines has been the go to game for city building for several years. I myself was rather late to the party, only having played Sim City previously. What I discovered when I finally opened this game was a clean slate for almost unlimited creativity. The base game includes far enough to keep you entertained for hours with most of the Downloadable Content well worth the money it costs if you get hooked. It also comes with a Steam Workshop cram packed with additional maps, vehicles, buildings and mods. In summary, this is the perfect game to keep installed to boot up once again on a rainy day or late night, to create a metropolis over months or a town in day. Well worth its price.
Say this game is really addicted when i first play this on pc from a few years back. now i have a gaming pc and this game last a few month s until now. i enjoyed this game but sometimes it piss me off, the game crash sometimes while loading and in game if its a mod or assets. i had enough with the crashing and i uninstalled it, dont wast your time buying this game. if you want to play a citie game? play cities skylines on console or buy Transport fever 2 on pc via steam.
As someone who has spent a career studying how cities work, the fact that this game is so popular kind of horrifies me. It takes some of the worst assumptions of the SimCity franchise and magnifies them. I also find the water mechanics excruciating and indecipherable. Definitely would not recommend, and I have to admit I’m baffled as to why so many people love this game so much.
Love this game, its so peaceful watching your little townspeople building, shopping, going to work etc and the building varieties are great. I bit the bullet buying this game, I’m not really into a lot of games, but after watching people play this online it looked great and the perfect balance of challenge/peacefulness. Highly recommend this to people who enjoy building games in general. Only issue is traffic management gets challenging when you grow into a massive city, but it’s kind of to be expected.
Very detailed city builder and simulator, with impressive graphics and lots of features. In fact, one of the most detailed I’ve seen so far, if not the most one. Will make you immerse in the city and try to accomplish even greater challenges to make it grow and prosper. One little annoyance is that hint pop-ups are too frequent, but that can be easily disabled in the settings.
I wish Steam had a “mixed” recommendation option, but in doubt thumbs down.
Cities Skylines seems like a great game when you start playing it: It looks good, plays smoothly, early cities grow fast and are satisfying, and it seems like sky’s the limit.
However, this game is deeply flawed. Building a city past 80,000 population is an exercise in masochism, since the game slows down significantly at that point, stalling growth to a point of ultimate frustration. Because of this, building a realistic high-population metropolis is pretty much impossible. The game’s simulation engine (every pop exists in the game as pedestrians or vehicles and are active as they go to work etc) is cool but ruins the game as even a good PC struggles to keep up.
Other frustrations with this game:
1 . Paradox’s greedy DLC policy sells you absurdly overpriced content (ducking SNOW?)
2 . Can’t control building levels, which means that no matter what you do your city will be 100% high luxury homes and condos after a certain period of time, which is painfully unrealistic (plus it looks ugly imo)
3 . 97% of the game’s challenge is dealing with traffic. You’ll be pulling your hair out when you realize how broken and frustrating the public transportation system is in this game.
4 . Zoning demand is extremely unclear, contrary to older or more obscure city builders (like New City) where demand is broken up by density or other subtypes.
Shoutout to the modding community in this game though, they make the game much better.
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This is the ultimate city builder. If I want to relax, it allows me to relax. If I want to be challenged, there are many ways it can challenge me. Developers did a very good job here., it is a genuine masterpiece! I spent a lot of time here and I didn’t regret a second. Possibilities are limitless especially with mods and workshop. This game can teach you, it can entertain you. And so on and so on, you got it :)
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Generally okay but has some big issues.
1 . The developers only release bad DLC that is next to useless
2 . Too easy. Even without natural resources I can get easily a positive bank balance and never really worry about it again.
3 . With natural resources after a couple of hours I had $15m
4 . As long as buildings are covered by services there’s not much else to worry about.
5 . Traffic management is usually the biggest part of the game, ensuring that key buildings e.g Train cargo stations can service the 10,000 trucks that visit daily
6 . Traffic is also pretty bad, on a 4-6 lane 1 way all of the trucks will stay to the first lane 75% of the time (mods can somewhat fix this though)
7 . Solve traffic problems by building only metros (high passenger count, dont need to bulldoze)
8 . Too easy to please citizens - they’re never unhappy
9 . Buildings like airports are fairly useless, so is tourism
So in short, if you’re looking for a scenic city builder with not much challenge then go here.
I have some fun with it every now and then but after a few hours I usually have enough.
it hard to recommend a game this unapproachable, that indead of engaging tutorials has massive textboxes to explain things. the UI and feedback loops are dodgy, its riddled with bugs and glitches and you basically have to install a bunch of mods for traffic management and quality of life improvements.
unless you’re a massive fan of city builders and have lots of intrinsic motivation to grow your cities, this is probably not gonna be a very enjoyable experience.
Nah. Tutorial doesn’t tell you how to play and I see no reason in wanting to do learn how to do so. Build electricity plans and sewage plants and connected residential buildings to each, but the problem never went away.
Though it is inticrate compared to its competitor, it was able show the greatest potential by taking the formula out of SimCity 4, and adding more sophisticated features with the help of DLCs and Mod Support.
It has everything that SimCity 2013 should’ve been and with a price almost 1/3 of its counterpart, I’d say that Cities: Skylines is worth dwelling into hours of gameplay with to create your ultimate city.
What can I say? I own most of the DLCs for this game and I play it regularly. I find it beautiful and calming and hella fun to play and design with. Its challenging but not overly so. Once you work out the patterns of budget you can create a truly magnificent city. I have over 400 hours in this game - my ONLY criticism well 2 of them.
First - there is an upper limit to the amount of units on a map - such as trees - or fire trucks, cremation hearses etc… You all at Paradox need to fix that - increase it - or at least give the option to increase with the understanding that it could affect resources on your PC (more units means more RAM, GPU etc). The 2nd would be multiplayer - OR linking to another built city. Lets make that happen!!!!
Way too much DLC for it to be worth it, Paradox has cornered the city building market and are milking it for as much as they can. Traffic simulation still doesn’t work well years after release, still have lines of cars waiting to make one turn in simple situations. Wait another year or so for the complete collection to actually be complete and realistically priced.
This game is what I always wanted to do in every version of Simcity. There is plenty that could still be done to improve the game but the modding community is impressive and future versions of the game can only build on the success of this solid city builder.
Absolute best city builder I have played, and I have many many hours (477.2 hours) into this game. I have recently tried to find a newer city builder game that may be better, as I have played this game for years, however no luck. I am actually back in this store page to buy some upgrades, DLCs. Well I suggest you get Cities and have some serious fun!
It can be tricky getting used to the interface at first, but I promise its worth it. After you get aquainted with the controls in this game, you’ll find out why I like it so much, vs other city builder games. The camera angles and how you are able to move around the maps is just more natural feeling than pretty much every other city builder I’ve played!
Honestly One of the best City building games I’ve played in a long time. Sure as many have probably already said performance and optimization isn’t really the best even on modern hardware but the other aspects of the game more than make up for it. The mod support alone is one of the big things that I love about the game as well as all the useful and fun DLCs that are available (Obviously not everyone will agree especially about the radio and content creator packs). The only bad thing I can think of about this game is price (For the base game plus DLC) and as stated earlier performance. It’s tough when you have a ton of mods/assets on modern PC hardware and you’re barely cracking 30FPS average even on medium settings on populations of 80,000 or more. Even in Vanilla (No mods, just base game and DLC) once you reach a high enough population the game really starts chugging albeit takes longer to get there than with mods. Granted though I’m sure Colossal Order never expected their game to become so big especially with other giants in the industry like the SIMS and the other Tycoon games. My only hope is that going forward Colossal Order can really improve their game performance and we will likely have one of the best city building games on Steam on our hands.
P.S. Don’t often write reviews especially long ones but I felt this game deserved it.
Sumisu the Night Owl
Back in the early 2000’s, I got a brief glimpse of someone playing SimCity 3000. SimCity4 came out and it became an instant favorite of mine. Though it isn’t tracked, I poured in several thousand hours into it with as many mods. The letdown of Simcity 2013 left me in doubt of a spiritual successor and the Cities franchise never appealed enough to make the leap. After all, variety and pseudo-realism was the biggest draw for me in SC4. I waited until the community caught up to fleshing out the scene with some great mods for Skylines and jumped. Haven’t been disappointed since.
There is no lack of fun and enjoyment with the intense flavor of Steam’s workshop or just sipping the classic taste of vanilla Skylines. The DLC aren’t necessary, but add a nice garnish to the palette. 99% of crashes have been due to my ignorance and rare impatience meaning the game is pretty darn stable on it’s own. If you choose to install mods, be cognizant of dependencies and the stability of the mod and you’ll be fine. Watch the awesome and wise different youtube gameplay channels to learn the finer ways of the game. 5/5 would recommend to anyone.