Cities: Skylines is a modern take on the classic city simulation. The game introduces new game play elements to realize the thrill and hardships of creating and maintaining a real city whilst expanding on some well-established tropes of the city building experience.
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Release Date: Mar 10, 2015

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March 10

Cities: Skylines Celebrates One Year with Video Tribute!


STOCKHOLM – Mar. 10, 2016 — Paradox Interactive, a publisher of games that’s run an effective residential campaign, today announced that Cities: Skylines, the award-winning city-building game by Colossal Order, has now sold over two million copies worldwide. Released to critical acclaim one year ago on March 10, 2015, Cities: Skylines has rapidly built a community of over two million players across Windows, Mac, and Linux PCs, setting records at Paradox Interactive for the publisher’s fastest-selling title in company history. To celebrate the game’s one-year anniversary and outstanding success, Paradox will release a free content update for Cities: Skylines later this month, adding new features to the game for all current and future players.

See how the community has built up Cities: Skylines in this anniversary video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gjyaaMHe09s&feature=youtu.be


“Our team is floored by the response players have had to Cities: Skylines and by the level of success the game has achieved in such a short time,” said Mariina Hallikainen, CEO of Colossal Order. “We knew that trying to create a city-building game with such a small team was an ambitious project, but we’d been working towards that goal ever since the first Cities in Motion title, and we knew, if given the chance, that we could make it happen. A year ago, we achieved that goal, and the results have been nothing short of incredible. We’ve got so much more in store for all two million of our players, and I want to thank each and every one of them.”

“The remarkable thing about our fans for Cities: Skylines isn’t just their number, but how active they are in keeping the game growing and changing,” said Fredrik Wester, CEO of Paradox Interactive. “Giving the modding community the keys to our cities has resulted in so much passion and creativity. As of this month there are over 76,000 pieces of mod content on Steam Workshop for Cities: Skylines, from custom buildings to new road designs and beyond. Together with Colossal Order we intend to keep supporting this game and our players with more updates and content of our own for a long time.”

Later this month, Cities: Skylines will receive a free content update which will add new features and options for ambitious player-mayors. Players should be formally informed that they can perform mild terraforming on their cities’ formations, to reform former landforms into malformed formats. Canals and quays will also be available for construction, so that Paradox can officially say they have handed over the quays to the city.

In addition, Colossal Order will celebrate the game’s anniversary with a party in their own scenic city of Tampere, Finland, the proud home of Chirpy. One lucky player will be invited to join the festivities, winning a trip to Finland, a tour of the Colossal Order office, attendance to the anniversary party, and more. Fans can enter at http://colossalorder.fi/ChirpyContest/ by submitting their best Chirper-related art, poetry, song, game mod, or anything else they are inspired to create. Full details and rules of the contest are available at the above link.

For more information on Cities: Skylines, visit http://www.citiesskylines.com/.

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Digital Deluxe Edition

The Deluxe Edition:
Included in the Deluxe Edition are 5 In-game historical monuments from around the world, the games original soundtrack as well as a digital art book.

  • Five in-game items include:
  • Statue of Liberty
  • Eiffel Tower
  • Brandenburg Gate
  • Arc de Triomphe
  • Grand central terminal



Original Soundtrack:
This Original Soundtrack includes 14 unique tracks mixed from the ambient music of the game, allowing you to enjoy the wonderful music whenever you want.

Digital Art book:
See the concepts behind the buildings! The book features almost a 32 hand drawn concepts of the game various buildings and the story behind each.

About This Game

Cities: Skylines is a modern take on the classic city simulation. The game introduces new game play elements to realize the thrill and hardships of creating and maintaining a real city whilst expanding on some well-established tropes of the city building experience.
 
From the makers of the Cities in Motion franchise, the game boasts a fully realized transport system. It also includes the ability to mod the game to suit your play style as a fine counter balance to the layered and challenging simulation. You’re only limited by your imagination, so take control and reach for the sky!


Main features:

Multi-tiered and challenging simulation: Constructing your city from the ground up is easy to learn, but hard to master. Playing as the mayor of your city you’ll be faced with balancing essential requirements such as education, water electricity, police, fire fighting, healthcare and much more along with your citys real economy system. Citizens within your city react fluidly, with gravitas and with an air of authenticity to a multitude of game play scenarios.


Extensive local traffic simulation: Colossal Orders extensive experience developing the Cities in Motion series is fully utilized in a fully fleshed out and well-crafted


Districts and Policies: Be more than just an administrator from city hall. Designating parts of your city as a district results in the application of policies which results in you rising to the status of Mayor for your own city.


Utilize the Day and Night Cycle:
The city changes during the hours of the day and affects citizen schedules. Traffic is visibly slower at night and some zoned areas do not work with full efficiency. This expansion will put you in control of managing the different aspects of the day and night cycles.

Extensive modding support: Build or improve on existing maps and structures. You can then import them into the game, share them as well as download the creations of other city builders on the Steam workshop.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Microsoft Windows XP/Vista/7/8/8.1 (64-bit)
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo, 3.0GHz or AMD Athlon 64 X2 6400+, 3.2GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: nVIDIA GeForce GTX 260, 512 MB or ATI Radeon HD 5670, 512 MB (Does not support Intel Integrated Graphics Cards)
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 4 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Microsoft Windows 7/8 (64-bit)
    • Processor: Intel Core i5-3470, 3.20GHz or AMD FX-6300, 3.5Ghz
    • Memory: 6 GB RAM
    • Graphics: nVIDIA GeForce GTX 660, 2 GB or AMD Radeon HD 7870, 2 GB (Does not support Intel Integrated Graphics Cards)
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 4 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: OS X 10.9 (64-bit)
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo, 3.0GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: nVIDIA GeForce GTX 260, 512 MB or ATI Radeon HD 5670, 512 MB (Does not support Intel Integrated Graphics Cards)
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 4 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: OS X 10.10 (64-bit)
    • Processor: Intel Core i5-3470, 3.20GHz
    • Memory: 6 GB RAM
    • Graphics: nVIDIA GeForce GTX 660, 2 GB or AMD Radeon HD 7870, 2 GB (Does not support Intel Integrated Graphics Cards)
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 4 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04 (64-bit)
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo, 3.0GHz or AMD Athlon 64 X2 6400+, 3.2GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: nVIDIA GeForce GTX 260, 512 MB or ATI Radeon HD 5670, 512 MB (Does not support Intel Integrated Graphics Cards)
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 4 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Ubuntu 14.10 (64-bit)
    • Processor: Intel Core i5-3470, 3.20GHz or AMD FX-6300, 3.5Ghz
    • Memory: 6 GB RAM
    • Graphics: nVIDIA GeForce GTX 660, 2 GB or AMD Radeon HD 7870, 2 GB (Does not support Intel Integrated Graphics Cards)
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 4 GB available space
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DutchBoy
( 12.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
Got the base game only at this stage. A great step up from Simcity4 - which until now has been my goto favourite. Looks great and runs great - just watch the traffic, it's a killer.
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yoshi157954 | CSGORumble.com
( 0.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
Great game... if you can run it. 9/10
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Killersheep
( 11.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
it is lots of fun 10/10 would try again
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Exylem
( 15.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
This isn't a bad game. But it isn't worth it's full price.

When you launch it, you will like it. It is fun, and it has many options that SimCity didn't have.

However, the fun burns down VERY quickly. There is no challenge (sure, you can increase the difficulty, but it feels artificial). When you have a big city, all you can do is speed up the game so you have enough money to buy monuments. And that's it.

The lack of secretaries (like SimCity 4) also makes the game a bit too artificial.

But, it is still very fun, and i don't think my money was wasted because it was on sale. And, if it is on sale, and you want a new experience with a city simulator, Cities Skylines is not a bad option. But don't get fooled: It isn't the game everyone says it is. It is a fun simulator that gets boring too quickly, and that's it.

I wasn't sure if i would upvote the game or not, but, for the sake of honesty, i recommend it, if you buy it on sale. I will probably play it every now and then, but, after the initial hype, i doubt i will spend hours and hours building another city.
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boonamoosh
( 12.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
Amazing Game over all! If you love city builders I strongly reccomend!
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Nexus
( 83.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
I like building stuff :))))
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DragonM
( 0.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
Sorry Paradox but any game that doesnt support Intel, doesnt have my support, If you use an Intel computer, dont bother with this game. I refunded after my 6th gen I5 was unable to run this game.
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JaJaBoomBoom
( 8.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
its great. it can be hard to earn oney in the begining
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fergie2k10
( 72.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
grate game must buy
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139 of 154 people (90%) found this review helpful
66 people found this review funny
Recommended
54.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 27
I had an ice factory catch on fire. 69/10.

No, but seriously. I have played a lot of city sims in my day (Simcity, Tropico, CitiesXL, etc) and I can say this is the best I have played. While the game may be hard to wrap your head around at first (the game does a poor job introducing you, and there doesn't seem to be any real tutorial) once you start learning how to create your districts, city blocks, highway systems, services, mass transit, etc. the game really starts to take off in sheer size and scope. The maps are huge and could easily take you weeks to fill out with a single city. It's a far cry from the tiny 'districts' from the latest Simcity. The mechanics, such as placing buildings and infrastructure, are intuitive and easy to use for the most part (the transit lines could use a bit of work), and rarely did I have to wonder "why can't I place this here" or "why isn't this working?". The amount of in-game content for your city is also quite robust, and the ability to download additional content via the workshop lets you add even more.

This is a rock solid city builder that any fan of city sims or simulation games in general needs to own.
9/10
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60 of 65 people (92%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
Recommended
187.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 2
Whats good -
HUGE Playable area versus Simcity 2013
Workshop = Endless modability
Even without buying the DLC, you still get some stuff every DLC release

What's not so good -
Resource hog ; you need a NASA computer to run this on all high
No disasters or random events
Traffic is at rush hour all day everyday without mods
The last DLC (Snowfall) includes some good stuff, but the main crux is merely vanity and only useable in new games (again, without mods)

If you loved SimCity 4 and are yearning for a modern remake that's not SimCity 2013, this is a good attempt to revive the series. Beware that you'll *need* a few of the mods/workshop to really make the game shine.
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58 of 66 people (88%) found this review helpful
78 people found this review funny
Recommended
25.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 13
> Built a water pump in a nearby river to get clean water.
> Built a sewage down the river, so my water remains clean.
> Built another water pump and sewage.
> Citizend are happy.
> I'm the best mayor.
> Unlock electricity dams.
> Citizens want more energy.
> Builds a dam on said river.
> Citizend are happy.
> Dam create a lake.
> Sewage starts flowing IN the water pumps.
> 85% of city get's sick and people are dying.
> Don't have money to buy hospitals.
> Realise too late that dam was the problem.
> Citizens are sad.
> I'm not the best mayor anymore.

Dams are evil.
10/10
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105 of 139 people (76%) found this review helpful
146 people found this review funny
Recommended
22.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 27
10/10. Built Rome in a day.

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76 of 101 people (75%) found this review helpful
116 people found this review funny
Recommended
129.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 2
bought this game the day before steam sale

10/10
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26 of 29 people (90%) found this review helpful
Recommended
79.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 2
Incredibly fun, easy to learn and definitely one of those games you might be playing for years to come. Cities: Skylines is that one city-sim you were waiting for.

The modding community is very active and offers a range of improvements, additions and changes to make your cities even better!

Some of the pro's and con's:

+ Looks very nice, both in high-up view and zoomed all the way down to the pedestrians.
+ Public transport works pretty good and will adapt to your radical changes to roads.
+ Decent depth without getting too precise; no nagging citizens unless they really need something.
+ Gigantic maps to make your dream cities

- Garbage can get a little annoying; get some mods to fix this.
- Roads will become congested. Perfect planning will be inevitable or your city will come to a breaking halt.
- Certain aspects like organically flowing roads will take a toll on your available lots; you have lots of room though so spread out!

All in all it's the best city-sim I've played. Definitely worth the money!
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24 of 29 people (83%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
Recommended
29.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 2
It's the Sim City we never got from EA. Plus Mods.

Only problem I bring up is the traffic engine is a bit on the crazy side. Not "conga like of firetrucks" crazy, just a small bit infuriating.
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17 of 20 people (85%) found this review helpful
35 people found this review funny
Recommended
10.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 5
I love finding random people and following them around, then when they ♥♥♥♥ me off I can destroy their lives. That's right Joe Harrison, I bulldozed your house because your car was in the way.
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12 of 13 people (92%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
Recommended
7.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 5
City Skylines is a 4/5.
It's to what most sim games should strive.
I'd play it for days,
watch my citizens play,
if only I could keep them alive.

The systems are efficent and clear,
Though there may be nothing new here.
Zoning and crime,
I do it all the time,
and it's not hard at first, either.

But it gets more complex as the game progresses.
And with it comes many stresses.
Traffic, dead bodies, and trash,
fires can happen in a flash,
and then your citizen die by the masses.

The infrastructure is often a bother.
It's hard to manage the clutter.
Need more power, my man?
Go build a dam!
But, oops, your city's underwater!

But that's just how it goes,
it'd be boring without all of those!
Who wants a town building sim,
without some margin,
of error, or disaster imposed?

So like I said at the beginning,
this game is really worth getting.
It can be hard at times,
managing waste and the crime,
but I love it for all its forthcomings.
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13 of 15 people (87%) found this review helpful
12 people found this review funny
Recommended
168.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 4
If you are looking for a city builder with terrible graphics, unrealistic simulation and mediocre gameplay, you're looking at the wrong place.

Cities: Skylines is the ultimate city builder! New roads, buildings, utilities and transportation systems. Check your traffic congestion and pollution. Build oil wells and mining facilities. Amazing graphics. A game that is finally better than SimCity 4. :D

The DLC isn't a must buy, but you will be missing out on the night cycle and the changing of seasons :P. Just click that add to cart button XD.
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