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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September 1

Art Deco Content Creator Pack RELEASED!



We're thrilled to finally bring you our very first Content Creator pack, Art Deco!
Made in cooperation with the talented asset creator Matt "Shroomblaze" Crux, we're excited to let you Jazz up your Cities in a true 20's fashion!

You can get it right here

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August 18

Cities: Skylines - Natural Disasters Announcement Trailer



All new Cities: Skylines - Natural Disasters Expansion ANNOUNCED!
Mother Nature's back, and she is pissed!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v9IHTlOMW-w

Natural Disasters will add a series of city-destroying emergencies to Cities: Skylines, which can occur unexpectedly during the game – or be manually triggered by mayors seeking a challenge or some sort of gruesome, vindictive pleasure. Buildings and infrastructure will be destroyed, fire can spread across locations, and countless lives may be lost unless players implement the right emergency plans and responses and keep an ear on the new radio alert system. Fans of Cities: Skylines will have the chance to overcome everything from massive fires to meteor strikes, and allow their friends to do the same with a new Scenario Mode, where custom challenges can be designed and shared through Steam Workshop.

Natural Disasters will include:

  • Deep, Impactful Gameplay: Keep your city going through the devastation of several possible doomsday scenarios, from towering infernos to the day the sky exploded

  • With Great Power Comes Great Response Abilities: Plan for, and respond to, disasters using early warning systems, countermeasures, and new disaster responses such as helicopters and evacuations – finally, a Paradox game where “Comet Sighted” actually means something

  • Radio Saved the Video Game: Citizens can go Radio Ga-Ga with a new broadcast network, helping to rapidly spread evacuation warnings and emergency alerts – or simply relax to new in-game music stations

  • An Objectively Good Feature: Scenario Mode allows players to design custom game objectives, including custom starting cities, win conditions, time limits, and more – and share scenarios to Steam Workshop
    Chirpocalypse Now: Heck yeah, new hats for Chirper
Natural Disasters will be available for Cities: Skylines players on Windows, Mac, and Linux PCs this winter.

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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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SHUMMT
101.6 hrs
Posted: September 25
The game best city simulation game out there on the market.
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TrueTeddy
38.2 hrs
Posted: September 25
Best city building game I have ever played
End of Story.
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TrollToad64
1.5 hrs
Posted: September 25
best simcity game 2016 420/69 metacritic
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l.moscoso.morales
35.8 hrs
Posted: September 25
It is amazing the reason that I recommend this game is because it is super realistic has real banking type of stuff it is so much fun plz make more add-ons but make some of them free.
By have a great time.
Juan VINES
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TheCrainTrain
6.1 hrs
Posted: September 25
This game is amazing I love the detail not just into the game but the buildings in it. I may not have a good PC but I can run it very well with good graphics. The game plays well and I would recomend it. Next time a Steam sale comes around you should look and buy it for check it out on ♥♥♥. Although the game can be hard to play without cheating once you look up some video you'll be fine and dandy.
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SkunkMunkey3000
78.0 hrs
Posted: September 25
Exactly what SimCity should have been!
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xXKillerViperXx
1.5 hrs
Posted: September 25
Great game but you will need a GOOD graphics card!
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dinkaV #EDLK
27.2 hrs
Posted: September 25
Is gud
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Chicken Bear
97.0 hrs
Posted: September 25
If you liked SimCity, you'll love Cities: Skylines! This game is like SimCity rising from the ashes of EA hell.
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turbo
257.1 hrs
Posted: September 25
It may be a bit pricey, but even at full price it's far worth the price. Cities Skylines is a beautifully made game, and along with huge modding support is a wonderful city builder that will quickly make up for the price many times over. Too many mods or a bad computer can cause problems, but still amazing. 9.5/10
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135 of 157 people (86%) found this review helpful
182 people found this review funny
Recommended
12.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 1
I Bought this game 2 days before it went on sale for 75%. Other then an overwhelming sense of poor timing, I like this game.
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43 of 46 people (93%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
Recommended
109.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 1
Beautiful Game

Cities skylines,it is the best city builder game now i think.I think ıf you look how many hours ı have played this game you will understand this game is awesome.

On Cities:Skylines you choose a map to build your city then you create your own city.You can build the city in your dreams.You can build a canals city,mountain city,European City,Mediterrenian City,Tropical City,Asian City,American City,Soviet City...And ı think the game is better with mods.for example with mods you can just allow construction of baroque buildings or classic American houses,Soviet houses... but you need to download that district styles.You can download thousands of mods but if you download too much mods you need to wait more at downloading screen.for example ı have near 900 mods and ı wait near 5 minutes at first then ı wait near 10-15 minutes when ı'm loading my city.And you can download lots of famous landmarks,buildings...you can download lots of useful buildings,props,shops,bars,train and metro stations,cars,city halls,statues,Mosques,Churcs,Synagouges,parks,roads,tree,hotels...

My advices for new update,DLC or next Cities game:
-It would be great if peoples will be satsified when there is lots of trees at their neigborhood.
-It would be great if peoples need a place to pray to the God.like Mosques,Churcs,Synagougs.(You can download that buildings but they're like landmark.)
-Bicycle roads would be great.
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68 of 90 people (76%) found this review helpful
10 people found this review funny
Recommended
44.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 26
Great game, better then SimCity.
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29 of 31 people (94%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
19.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 1
Cities: Skylines feels like a proper successor to the classic SimCity games. If you grew up on classics like SimCity, SimCity 2000, and SimCity 4, you'll probably feel at home here.

For those not familiar, in this genre you build a city by zoning out commecial, residential, and industrial areas as well as the necessary infrastructure (roads, water, power) and an increasing number of other public goods such as police protection, fire protection, education, etc. You set tax rates which impact the economy, and try to stay in the black and allow your city to continue to grow. It's an addictive experience of constant expansion, with another thing you want to build or problem you want to fix always on the horizon and keeping the real-time game version of "one more turn" on your lips.

As with most of these games, one of the things you'll spend the most time on besides simply laying out more roads and then laying down zones and support buildings is traffic management, and at this Skylines shines. The road construction system offers you a wide variety of to configure your roads with different sizes, one-way-vs-two-way, overpasses, etc, and the traffic flow responds to what you build in sensible and complicated ways. It's a compelling component of the game that can consume hours of your life. Additional options such as foot paths, bus routes, trains, and subways can also lighten the car traffic in your city.

Skylines also features an intersting "neighborhood" system where you can subdivide your city into different sections and set different city ordinances or economic focuses for each one. While I don't feel that the mechanics of this have as much impact as I might like, just being able to district your city into distinct neighborhoods with their own names helps bring your city into focus and give it more character and specificity.
(the Nightlife expansion also adds to this system, but most of my playtime was done before that came out so I'm not reviewing the expansion content, here)

Things I don't lke about the game?

Primarily, it feels too easy. Even from the start I virtually never drifted into the red, although I would occasionally stall out and need to make some tweaks to keep growing. This seems like it'd be something that is mod-able, but better difficulty options for veterans of the genre who want a challenge would be nice.

Additionally, as your city develops it seems that older industrial neighborhoods will occassionally suffer mass unemployment for no apparent reason. The economic specializations you can assign to neighborhoods, in particular, suffer from this doubly and feel like a very short road to a dead end.

The industrial collapse itself is a good thing- an interesting challenge to tackle in a game that generally lets you just keep expanding with ease- but the feedback as to why it happens is poor. For example, faced with the situation I'd frequently click on the buildings and see that they had no workers. Thinking that I'd simply educated my populace out of wanting those jobs, I'd try building a school-free slum neighborhood nearby to see if that brought the businesses back, but the businesses remained without workers for no apparent reason.

Also, the in-game twitter-alike is inane and way too chatty, but this is a minor quibble.

Other than these complaints, I could list a score of minor to moderate UI annoyances- the inevitable consequence of playing a bunch of a game- but the only one that really sits heavily in my mind is the dread I'd feel whenever I made significant changes to my subway system. It's not always clear what happens to existing routes when you make changes and getting a big-picture view of what all of your current routes look like in aggregate can be difficult; a cleaner and color-coded subway route map view would be nice.

All in all, I'd heartily recommend Cities: Skylines as an enjoyable sandbox that can easily consume dozens of hours of your life.
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26 of 27 people (96%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
25.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 10
Whenever im depressed or sad or any kinds of negativity in my head, I play this game, and it makes me smile again :-)
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15 of 15 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
36.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 4
I was always interested in city building games, even if only on the level of mapping the streets and zoning.

After the infamous flop of SimCity 2013, Cities Skylines just appeared out of the blue to take over most of the internet, as one of the most comprehensive and high quality modern city simulators around.

Thanks to the After Dark update, the game looks positively gorgeous. Sure, the models and textures are quite poor up close, but the game wasn't designed to be viewed from a pedestrian's perspective, despite the (admittedly awesome) first person mods. But simply looking towards the horizon, above your city, it's magical.

The music is cheerful - repetitive a bit, but cheerful and fits the bustling city atmosphere. Chirper starts off as a nice way to learn from your citizens how your city's faring, then becomes grating with the same tweets being given off about cats rescued by fire detectors, or how nice a place the city is. The rest of the sounds nail the busy metropolis theme.

Gameplay is stellar, and very, very strategic. You lay down roads of various widths, then zone out areas for either residential, commercial or industrial buildings. Put down a coal plant, or several wind turbines, and deliver power to the masses. Set up the water pumping station and the sewage dumps - but be careful not to leave sewage upstream of the pumping station. Lay down services, such as medical clinics, fire stations, police stations, landfills and so on, and make sure they get as much coverage as possible. Create leisure zones, parks and other attractions, reduce noise and pollution, and allow for decent public services, to improve land value and level up buildings. Expand as your city does.

The degree of simulation is such that you can follow individual "cims" walking out of their house, to their car, driving through junctions (and maybe getting caught in the infamous jams), reach their workplace or education facility, spend some time there, then return home. Every single citizen has a little schedule to follow. The water, which you can channel through a dam to power your city, is fully simulated, and badly placed dams and waterfront protection can cause flooding, which is not exactly good for your city. Traffic is the player's biggest threat - if you don't plan way, way ahead what you're doing, you are going to grind your city to a halt.

The modding community is fantastic, providing addons ranging from highway interchanges and junction types, to new buildings, to enhanced AI logic, simulation, traffic actions and so on.

It is a huge rush wildly flailing in panic at the sight of multiple problems occuring across the city, almost entirely due to poor traffic flow, and so is the relief that comes after successfully dealing with said situation.

I really like this game. You ought to play it.
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11 of 11 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
20.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 24
Cities: Skylines is a city building simulator. Build a city from the grounds up, managing the budget and city services for a population that is increasingly demanding as it grows. This review takes into account the After Dark DLC (will update review as I acquire and play with further DLCs).

Pros: First thing I need to get out of the way is that the game looks great! Building models are intricate with architecture and design, some hidden details can only be seen at some specific zoomed camera angles. The tutorial is built seamlessly into any game you play, as mechanics and services are gradually introduced, but it makes perfect sense with the gameplay: a 1000-citizen town doesn't need a university or a metro line, so you don't get city approval to build these until it grows enough to actually do need them. City budgeting is simple, selecting any building from your build menu shows you the current city needs for that type of building, and the existing area of effect. The user interface and control work smoothly for the most part, you have sufficient flexibility and variety to prevent the game from getting stale. Money is inflated just well enough: either there's something wrong with your city and you're loosing a lot of money, or you fixed what's wrong and you're making a lot of money, so you don't spend an eternity waiting for your money to go up a few dollars (unlike some other city builder I know), nor do you ever feel the need to fast-forward the game speed.

Cons: Although I understand why the game requires you to gradually unlock the ability to purchase more land, all it does is block you from picking much better places on the map to build your city. Considering you can unlock most expansions before ever growing beyond the starting one, and that the price for purchasing extra land when it does unlock is pretty low, it feels like a cheap way to force you into starting at a particular location. There are some weird oversights in the graphics, such as large ships that literally pass through bridges, or trees that grew under water (leaves and all). Building long roads or pipes in a straight line is also sketchy: I regularly had roads built in parallel still have the space between them shrink over distance, or have the hardest time in the world getting both directions of a highway aligned in curves. I mean, I'm all for it when it comes to not being locked into an isometric grid, but it should allow you to built straight when you want to. Ironically, buildings and land tiles, which you may want to customize, actually ARE locked in a grid along the road.

Verdict: ★★★★★ - Play this. Now.

The Cons may appear as lengthy as the Pros, but it's only because these were minor gripes that required explanation to understand that they even are gripes. Cities: Skylines is the best city builder out there, bringing everything that was fun about SimCity 4 – Deluxe Edition, equaling or surpassing the few innovations SimCity "5" brought, and adding so much of its own. If you like city simulators at all, this one is a must have. With the After Dark DLC that adds awesome night graphics, tourism and day/night-time budget mechanics, I can't wait to experience the Snowfall DLC's new weather conditions and city services, as well as the upcoming Natural Disasters DLC that'll give it the only things left SimFans can still brag about.

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This was just my opinion.

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26 of 42 people (62%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
48.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 2
Actually the game is perfect. Graphics, gameplay, idea, building meachanism etc. are great.

But there is one gamebraker:
Traffic.

Want to spend hours building a nice city?
Better prepare for hundred of hours testing how to build a proper traffic-town.

Simple mechanics for traffic as used in real life are missing.
Also the AI is very very limited on the road.
Means: Building a 6-lane-road with 3 turn-lanes-right and still ALL cars will only use ONE Turn-Lane which causes huge traffic problems while a lot of lanes are empty...
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15 of 23 people (65%) found this review helpful
28 people found this review funny
Recommended
8.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 1
Great game, shame I bought full price when it went 75% off 5 hours later. Still worth it though.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
6.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 17
If you want a city builder that you can chill to, this is it. Complicated mechanics packed neatly in a easy-to-use interface. You can play this at your own pace without stress while bobbing your head with the incredible ost. Spent above 50 hours playing a bootleg version before I bought this on sale but this is definitely worth its full price. You are free to d**k around without long term consequences and the workshop contents are top notch.

Pros-
*Relaxation simulator
*Amazing soundtrack
*Gorgeous graphics
*Workshop contents are 10/10
*Simple mechanics that puts more emphasis on planning than active management
*Extreme level of control over your city's economy

Cons-
*You can lose track of time
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