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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PeterAS17 (My Little Kraken)
( 153.9 hrs on record )
Posted: July 23
Better than Simcity. This game's incredible, and has tons of better features Simcity does not have! Did not regret at all when bought this!
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Rex Fenris
( 67.0 hrs on record )
Posted: July 23
The best city-builder I've ever played. Fantastic game. Highly recommended.
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Ruskidoge
( 40.0 hrs on record )
Posted: July 23
What can I say? This game is pure magic!
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UEF COMMANDER
( 491.0 hrs on record )
Posted: July 23
All I can say for this game is, wow. This game came from a small company, and they managed to outsell Simcity, a hugely successful game in the past. In the days when it was first released, I was awstruck with how open the world was. It was not as beautiful as simcity then, sad to say. As a year went by, many things were added, like playing on 81 tiles, through a mod, tunnels, day and night, weather. It became quite beautiful and full of potencial. It is the most creative city builder I have ever played. The vanilla game itself is a little sparse though, such as with tall buildings. It almost becomes a requirement for the player to go to the steam workshop to add assets and what not to the game.

But, the downside of this game is that to be able to utilize all of the possibilites of mods and assets to the full extent, you need a medium to top notch computer. Not to say you need one to play. You can play it fine with a few add ons. Paradox, please do not lose the values that you incorparated into this game franshise, like the modding community and creative freedom. If you learn from the mistakes of others, such as the failure of always online in simcity, you can make a hugely successful game that out competes everyone else. You made a great game here, and I hope you support it for years to come, and maintain the modding community like sim city 4 did. I hope you stick to the same values as you did here for your next city builder game.

I give this game a 15/10. I absolutely love this game.
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XhsX Hardcord XhsX
( 48.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 23
I love This game!! its hard and fun.
but i've got a problem now. everytime I make a new game. the game says that there is an error! :((
something with the left and the right lanes. I dont know what to do. PLEASE help me!!

I've played this game for about 50hr and that error has never been there before now.
I love almost everything about this game so dont make this being the last time i'm ever playing this game.
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dys3lexi3
( 24.0 hrs on record )
Posted: July 23
I do like it. Its easy to understand, most of the time, and it makes fun to dive into this sim and build your own city with all the possible problems one might have as a city planer. It has rich details and plays smoothly.
Sometimes there could be a better help for some parts but its also fun to discover things and have the "Oh damn yes" moments.
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shit east kyoto servers
( 12.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 23
When your city's economy crumbles, so will your heart.
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Festive
( 10.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 23
SO MUCH POOP WATER!!!
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Blazingstar75
( 2.9 hrs on record )
Posted: July 23
it needs a totorial....
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103 of 133 people (77%) found this review helpful
132 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 29
>built a few roads
>built a power plant
>people immediatly complain about pollution yet theres 0 population
>builds water plant
>cant figure out how to make sewer plant
>builds some houses and stores
>immediatly goes into debt
>debt rises to over 100k in 15 minutes
>can't get rid of debt and takes loans from China
>debt rises still and everyone complains

9/10 would become America again
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51 of 63 people (81%) found this review helpful
107 people found this review funny
Recommended
72.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 24
Entire city choked on its own sewage and died.

At least no more traffic jams.
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35 of 43 people (81%) found this review helpful
15 people found this review funny
Recommended
43.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 3
So I say to myself, why write a review, when I can fake quotes from other people?

"Game is credit to team!" ~ TF2 Heavy

"This is our land!" ~ CS:GO T

"I did not have relations with that dev" ~ Clinton

... yeah, maybe not.

By now you've probably seen other reviews saying that Cities: Skylines beats the pants of the comparitive SimCity and the Cities XL / XXL. So I won't rehash that.

What I like about Cities: Skylines
  1. It's relaxed
  2. There are a huge number of community content additions to the game
  3. Roads, zoning, sevices etc are all easy to apply (there is a learning curve)
  4. Since I've owned the game, there have still been official updates & content additions
  5. June 2016 saw a small free DLC pack
  6. Expansion of territory is simple
  7. Apart from the stock unlimited money mod, you can get a first person one too, allowing you to wander about
  8. You can rename anything. Everything has default names, but you can rename people, dogs, areas, housing etc

What I don't like about Cities: Skylines
I have tried to think of counter points to the above, something negative, but I can't really name any. There are a few missteps I made in my first few games - such as planning / designing areas in a tightly aranged format, preventing easy upgrades to roads. But that's part of the learning curve I mentioned above. There's really been nothing bad about the game at all. There has been one oddity / amusing gaff: a road twisting when elevated, cornering too tightly, and positioned too close to last point - but that's the only thing.

One thing I would like to suggest to the devs, is to make the single-instance trees to have more of an effect (an effect?) on noise pollution.

Gameplay Note: You may be tempted to build all up on your high way access. Don't. You will rue the day you did that. Think space. You don't need to cram things in.
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35 of 43 people (81%) found this review helpful
27 people found this review funny
Recommended
13.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 30
I hate this game because when I start playing I cannot stop.
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23 of 26 people (88%) found this review helpful
55 people found this review funny
Recommended
70.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 1
Feeling Different.

-Unlock ElectroDam
-Destroy entire city with 50,000+
-Build 2 Dams within 100ft of each other in river
-Let water disipate
-Build prosperous city in canyon
-1,000 people move in
-People mad over nothing
-Can't figure out why
-Can't make people happy
-Destroy both dams and only road out
-*Quick breathe through nose*
-City is flooded
-Population has no change
-People are walking under water
-Happiness goes up over 90%
-Massive fire takes out the city under water
-People died
-By fire

10/10 will flood city, just to watch it burn again
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20 of 24 people (83%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Recommended
32.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 27
You better have a beastly PC if you want your city to look proper. Once it starts getting big the loading times will screw you in the ♥♥♥.
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16 of 19 people (84%) found this review helpful
Recommended
226.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 30
Go for it, good builder, both very distracting, relaxing & interesting.

- budget management is not really hard
- road network design significantly impact traffic
- transport network design significantly impact traffic
- basic In built editor for intersections, park, building, decoration, map etc.
- the district specialization system is nice
- tons of cool stuff in the steam workshop

DLC

After Dark:
You must ,'')

Snowfall:
Not necessarly for the snow and winter map, but others stuff available on non-winter map as well.
- The temperature mechanics is nice.
- Regarding trams, citizen seem to prefer bus when you use both in parallel.
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13 of 15 people (87%) found this review helpful
Recommended
111.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 12
As of 7/12/16 and with 103 hours of playtime, I think I can make a solid review about this game. Long story short, I bought this because the new Sim City was trash, but I was not ready for this game to exceed my expectations.

Now for a short review: (SKIP TOWARDS "I'M TOO LAZY" IF YOU ARE TOO LAZY TO READ THE FULL REVIEW)

Cities: Skylines is a phenomenal city building game, perhaps even better than any of the Sim City games. It is a sandbox game that has an unlimited replay value and will devour hours of your days. Its laid-back graphic style, realistic audio effects, and relaxing music provide a calm and entertaining game time. The game unrestrically allows you to build at your own pace while providing a fun challenging experience.

While the game is a little tough on beginners (it has very few basic tutorials) it still seems easy to get a hang of. With time, and the Steam community guides, you will become a master of this game and having done so without much frustration, a simple learning curve.

Between all of the user created mods, bountiful amount of vanilla game content, and developers amazing DLC, you will undoubtedly enjoy every game session and you will never find the game repetitive.

I, without any hesitation, fully recommend Cities: Skylines to anyone interested in purchasing this. Even if you are new to the city building genre, you will appreciate every cent you paid for this game because of what it has to offer.



I'M TOO LAZY
Pros:
- Limitless replayability
- Abundant game content (including free mods and game DLC)
- Steam workshop support
- Challenging but fun

Cons:
- Larger cities can reduce framerates, even on beefy computers
- Difficult for new players (lacks necessary tutorials)
- No natural disasters or multiplayer (unlike Sim City)



I'm sure I will have missed some things (both good and bad) worth mentioning so feel free to comment on this review or ask questions in the discussions. The Cities: Skylines community is welcoming and we all help each other.

Also, if this review influenced you to buy the game, please comment. I would like to see how many people I helped.

Sincerely,
BOT Harvey
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8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
31.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 4
I've never played a city simulation game before, but this one is apparently considered one of the best, and I had fun playing it.

You can be anally involved in the tiniest details of traffic organization, or spend the entire game in god-view 1000ft above the city. At first you will mess up and make rookie mistakes in city planning, but helpful tutorials and obnoxious pop-up messages will have you learning quickly. There is a downside to being successful though. For the end game buildings (Monuments), you must build a variety of Unique Buildings, half of them only being awarded to you for being bad at the game. For example; high unemployment, massive trash buildup, high crime, poor health, and many abandoned buildings. You must deliberately ruin your city to get these last buildings, which sucks. The rest of the buildings however, are simply unlocked from population checkpoints.

When you're not worrying about handicapping your city, you'll be scratching your head on how to solve the various problems that crop up, two examples being trash and pollution. See, citizens need trash services, but these buildings only cover a very small area, and create pollution. Thus, you have trash burning facilities inside the neighborhood- which cause people to get sick from the pollution. No matter how many Health services you have near the area, people still get sick and die, and there's nothing to fix it other than by creating gaps where nobody lives. Now mind you, mods can fix these inconsistences, but the devs punish you for using any mods by locking you out from earning achievements entirely.

In conclusion, Cities:Skylines is a competent and fun city sim. It has some problems, many of which can be fixed by mods, but in doing so you are not allowed to earn achievements. The progression in end-game is flawed, but the rest of the game is steady and engaging.

Also, apparently the Deluxe Edition doesn't come with ANY of the DLC.
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
Recommended
25.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 25
Cities: Skylines is currently the best city building simulator. It sure isn't difficult but extremely fun. The game has so much content to offer so just let your imagination do the rest and build your own dream city. Besides, if you want to add even more variety you're always free to download mods and assets from the steam workshop. Things like unique buildings, props, vehicles and other additions will enhance your gaming experience by a huge amount. In my opinion, I'd say that the game isn't perfect but you can make it near-perfect by using different mods to fill the gaps. For example, the traffic management is so tricky and poor that sometimes you feel like playing traffic simulator but with the help of mods you can solve this problem much easier.

The maps are enormous and can be increased in size even more via mods. It may take dozens or more hours to finish the city, especially, if you're making it look pretty and pay attention to small details and not just the population. Speaking of details, the game looks polished in high-up view and even while you're zoomed in all the way (or using first person camera mod).

I've been nagging about mods the whole review, meaning, that the incorporation of workshop was the best approach to make this game by far the best city building simulator that you can currently get.

10/10
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