Cities: Skylines box art
Name: Cities: Skylines
Release date: March 10, 2015
Platforms: PC, XBOX ONE, PS4
Genre: Tycoon

Description

Cities: Skyline is a city-builder game developed by Paradox Interactive. The game has no story or setting, and is instead a sandbox-type game focused on building large, modern cities, maintaining them and the happiness of their inhabitants. 

Gameplay is fairly simple at first, but gets increasingly much more complex. You start building roads and houses on various maps and see them grow into a sprawling metropolis by the time you've finished. This can pose many challenges - traffic congestion, crime, pollution from factories and many others. When you overcome these obstacles and get your city to grow, you unlock more buildings and infrastracture possibilities - which again, brings its very own problems you will need to solve.

Recommendation

Cities: Skylines is probably the number 1 game when it comes to city building simulations, and for many a great spiritual successor of Sim City - with its solid foundations, years of updates and DLC and a vast community of modders that can change up your game even more, you are looking at potentially hundreds of hours of peaceful city building. If you are looking for action or story though, this is probably not the game for you - instead it is for the person who loves to spend hours slowly building beautiful cities and then marvelling at what they created.

Metacritics Rating: 85 (PC)
Our visitor's rating: N/A
Average playtime: Varied

Our recommendation

We recommend it to anyone who want to play a great city builder.

Description

Cities: Skyline is a city-builder game developed by Paradox Interactive. The game has no story or setting, and is instead a sandbox-type game focused on building large, modern cities, maintaining them and the happiness of their inhabitants. 

Gameplay is fairly simple at first, but gets increasingly much more complex. You start building roads and houses on various maps and see them grow into a sprawling metropolis by the time you've finished. This can pose many challenges - traffic congestion, crime, pollution from factories and many others. When you overcome these obstacles and get your city to grow, you unlock more buildings and infrastracture possibilities - which again, brings its very own problems you will need to solve.

Recommendation

Cities: Skylines is probably the number 1 game when it comes to city building simulations, and for many a great spiritual successor of Sim City - with its solid foundations, years of updates and DLC and a vast community of modders that can change up your game even more, you are looking at potentially hundreds of hours of peaceful city building. If you are looking for action or story though, this is probably not the game for you - instead it is for the person who loves to spend hours slowly building beautiful cities and then marvelling at what they created.

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Note: We are only showing paid DLC at this time. Free DLCs will be added at a later date.

Large Content DLC

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What does it add?

Adds expanded options for tourism and entertainment in your cities - districts can become focused on leisure or tourism. Also adds much expanded day/night cycle - people go to bars and clubs after dark, enlivening the city further. Adds bars and restaurants, commercial areas specializing in leisure activities, and things like fishing tours to make the city more active.

Buy this if:

  • You want nightlife and tourism to play roles in your cities
  • You want the base game and you want to spice up your next city

Key store price: 5.57 $
Traditional store price: 14.99 $
Metacritics Rating: 79
Release date: Sep 24, 2015
Trailer: YouTube
More info: Link

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What does it add?

Snowfall adds snow and rain to your cities and other effects, as well as some mechanism tied to these weather events, like snow plows. Also adds trams as a public transit option, improvements to roads, and other. Is generally thought of as being of poor value and easily replaceable with mods.

Buy this if:

  • You like snowy environments and snowy look for your cities
  • You like trams as a public transport

Key store price: 4.59 $
Traditional store price: 12.99 $
Metacritics Rating: 72
Release date: Feb 18, 2016
Trailer: YouTube
More info: Link

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What does it add?

It adds as the name suggests, natural disasters to play with, ranging from tornadoes through electrical storms to tsunamis. Also adds a mission editor that allows players to choose their own end goals, effectively allowing them to win or lose a game on their own terms.

Buy this if:

  • You want unpredictable events to happen in your cities, forcing you to improvise
  • You like natural crisis movies and want to see them happen to your poor inhabitants

Key store price: 5.59 $
Traditional store price: 14.99 $
Metacritics Rating: 80
Release date: Nov 29, 2016
Trailer: YouTube
More info: Link

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What does it add?

It adds many additional traffic options to use in your cities, like ferries, monorails, blimps or cablecars. Also adds big mass transit buildings that allow citizens to use more than one kind of traffic in one go. New challenges are also in this DLC, connected to transit scenarios that challenge the player to solve traffic problems for them. Was well recieved for the traffic options and redesigned traffic interface.

Buy this if:

  • You want more options of traversal in your cities, allowing to take your cities in interesting directions
  • You like ferries and cable cars

Key store price: 4.94 $
Traditional store price: 12.99 $
Metacritics Rating: 78
Release date: May 18, 2017
Trailer: YouTube
More info: Link

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What does it add?

It adds many additional things themed around eco-friendliness and green lifestyle, like eco-friendly buildings, vegan restaurants, electronic cars, and more. All city zones now have specializations that have levels. The new buildings are considered to be fun, but many feel you can add much of the same with mods.

Buy this if:

  • You want more buildings focused on modern, eco-friendly infrastructure and lifestyle

Key store price: 5.10 $
Traditional store price: 12.99 $
Release date: Oct 19, 2017
Trailer: YouTube
More info: Link

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What does it add?

The main feature of the Parklife DLC is parks of all kind - amusement parks, nature reserves, zoos, city parks, and gardens. It also adds new assets such as bus line, city parks, and zoos. Also, now you can put buildings next to paths in the park and can transform the gaps between your buildings into nice park gardens.
 

Buy this if:

  • You like the idea of building amusement parks, zoos
  • You want your cities to have more vibrancy and life

Key store price: 9.00 $
Traditional store price: 14.99 $
Release date: May 24, 2018
Trailer: YouTube

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What does it add?

The big thing that this DLC brings to the table is resource chains, industrial districts, and specialized buildings within those districts. You can now create, for example, farming areas, that have their own interconnected world with a hub, storages, and production facilities, and those can gain levels and allow to build unique factories to produce expensive goods for your city, such as furniture.

Buy this if:

  • You feel the industry system is a little lacking in vanilla Cities
  • You want to create industrial-themed cities
  • You want deeper production chain mechanics

Key store price: 9.89 $
Traditional store price: 12.77 $
Release date: Oct 23, 2018
Trailer: YouTube
More info: Link

Smaller, thematic content DLC

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What does it add?

It adds the ability to organize concerts in your city, as well as to buld a concert hall. It also features many music tracks that you can play at your concerts, featuring several music choices, from rock to pop. It was praised for being fun and enlivening your cities, while criticized for being hard to implement and not bringing much for the price.

Buy this if:

  • You want to create concerts in your city
  • You don't mind the higher price for the content

Key store price: 2.88 $
Traditional store price: 6.99 $
Release date: Aug 17, 2017
Trailer: YouTube
More info: Link

Music & Cosmetic Packs

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What does it add?

These include Relaxation Station and Rock City Radio. Each of them adds about 16-20 tracks of music composed specifically for the game.

Buy this if:

  • You've listened to the songs and want them playing in your cities
  • You like rock or relaxing, easy music

Usual price: 3.99 $

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What does it add?

These include Art Deco, Stadiums, High-Tech Buildings and European Suburbia, as well as some free ones. Many of them are created by modders and added into game as official DLCs. These add many varied buildings and skins, from football stadiums to different architectures of classic housing.

Buy this if:

  • You like the style the one specific flavor pack brings
  • You like to support modders and their work

Usual price: 4.99 $
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Platforms: Classic store price: Key store price:
Standard Edition PC, XONE, PS4 29.99 $ 4.59 $
Deluxe Edition PC, XONE, PS4 39.99 $ 5.89 $

Edition Chart

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