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Release Date: Sep 24, 2015

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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.


Leisure specialization:
Commercial areas can specialize in leisure activities. Leisure areas are especially active during the night, but work like regular commercial areas during the day.

Tourist specialization:
Commercial areas such as bars and restaurants, small marina and fishing tours on the shoreline can specialize in beach activities.


Expanded City Services:
  • Criminals will now be taken to Prison from Police buildings.
  • Taxi service will help citizens and tourists travel around the city.
  • Cargo hubs are harbors that accept cargo trains straight to the terminal.
  • International airport is a huge airport, allowing much more traffic than the previous airport and has a metro station attached to it.
  • Bus terminal allows citizens to transfer to other bus lines in the terminal building.

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 9.0
    • Storage: 1 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
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: OS X 10.9 (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)
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: OS X 10.10 (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)
    • Storage: 1 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)
    • Storage: 1 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)
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
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Overall:
Very Positive (417 reviews)
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nihal
Posted: August 8
when nght comes the city light up
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Shiokazeξ
Posted: July 25
Well, It is worth the price and the DLC is actually better than the mods
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nicholasjmulkey
Posted: July 23
great
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Blue Is The Colour
Posted: July 16
While not worth the asking price, After Dark is a good addition to Skylines on a sale.

It adds stuff like a taxi service (plant a depot and cab stands and you have a new mode of transport), a bus terminal (which allows you to have several bus lines go to it for easy transfer (Thank God for that, my bus lines were a disaster), and a trade hub, which is a rail and sea trade depot in one. You also get cycling, which is also a new mode of transport, complete with bike paths if you want to be inclusive (I don't. Hurray for no exercise!). Now for the main meat as far as I'm concerned, which makes up most of my enjoyment.

Tourism and Leisure specializations.

Tourism creates hotels in commercial zones for gullible tourists to stay at your non-existant tourist trap. The zone would also have several bars and attractions in the area. But you can also add unique buildings like a zoo, fishing docks and other vacationey plots (Never really cared for tourism to be honest). You also get an International Airport, which takes in more tourists than the average airport.

Leisure basically adds buildings for, well, leisure. Arcades, gyms, salons, diners, nightclubs, comedy clubs (which probably are as funny as my toilet-humour themed districts), the like.

Although there IS one complaint I have: Where are my strip clubs? Thankfully there are mods to fix this. But I really think a red light district would be pretty cool as a feature. Like an increase in crime in exchange for a bit more income for example.

But anyway, the game when this was released also gave the day-night cycle in a free update, which with After Dark allows you to maximise the effects of nighttime, with an increase in traffic in Leisure Zones. (CORRECTION: The day-night thing is purely cosmetic. People go to work at 3am sometimes, but you can fix this by downloading the Rush Hour mod) It's also worth noting that Leisure Zones produce noise pollution, so unless you don't care about it like me, you may have to watch out for that.

But this isn't worth $15. Nope. I recommend getting it on sale. Though I would recommend not buying from third parties, as CO deserve your money for sure.

So to summarise, additions are good, especially traffic wise, and the new zones are fun to plan, but it's NOT worth $15. If you find it for less than $8 or less pick it up immediately.
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Rivalbro
Posted: July 8
I like this sim so much that I had to buy it twice, once before on hard media and now on Steam as I broke my disc. Addictive, fun, and challenging even on unlimited cash mod.
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GamingKidz08
Posted: July 6
Love this expansion.
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Ditto
Posted: July 5
What more can I say then that this game is awsome, 10/10
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SuperCarrot555
Posted: July 3
Great DLC, But I'd wait for it to go on sale. It's not worth $16
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CaptJack16
Posted: June 30
Not worth $14. But a nice add on.
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General Mat
Posted: June 30
Like Sim city but actually good
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
2,134 of 2,205 people (97%) found this review helpful
88 people found this review funny
Recommended
Posted: September 24, 2015
This expansion does NOT add the day&night cycle, Day&Night cycle is a FREE update for the base game Cities Skylines.

https://youtu.be/lLLHHQgpiF0 My review of Cities Skylines


Many features were implemented to the base game free of charge. By purchasing this expansion, you get access to new buildings, bike lanes, bigger bus stations, international airport and more.

Also the crime system of the game gets more in-depth in this expansion. Normally a criminal is moved to a police station and released some time later, still as a criminal. Prison, one of the additions of this paid expansion, works as rehabilitation center. So the criminal gets moved to the police station only to be moved to the prison and when he is relased he is no longer a criminal.

If you like Cities it is a must-own. If you are looking to buy this, and you are not sure if it is worth the asking price, check out some popular streamers/youtubers to see what the expansion entails.

Edit #1: As a result of this review getting quite a lot of attention and high helpful rating I'll add more information as I play through the game.

So far I am just a bit over 3 hours in the expansion. It release 4 hours ago as of writing this edit. Night is amazing, but maybe too dark for some people as you can't build too much. Also there may be a lot of light.


About the Day&Night cycle (please understand it is hard for me to see what is free update and what the expansion so I'll asses it as a whole):

Night is the new addition. And oh boy. It makes the game prettier than ever before. One thing Cities always lacked for me were the times when I can just stop and look at my city as it grows with all its lights. Not I can and it is beatiful. The cycle does not take that much time, I'd guess the night is around 5 minutes and the day few minutes longer. It does not outstay its welcome.

In the Budget panel you can set different budget for Day/Night. Setting police higher during the night in bigger cities is reccomended.

Changes to traffic:

Traffic changes during the night. Obviously there is a bit less cars, but from what I can tell bit more trucks. So don't expect easy time. There are now variations to the four and six lane roads with one of the lanes for each direction being devoted to bus/taxi. Unfortuanetly it is not avaible for one ways, but it helps the traffic in cities with a lot of buses.(Taxi is the new addition, it is like buses you just don't set your own lines. Mainly used by tourists.)

Another changes: Coastal areas now have higher land value, so alongside the beach you won't see cheap houses anymore.

There is a bunch of new policies, but to see the effect of some of them I'd need way more time to play. (Sleep is for weak by the way)
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1,882 of 1,976 people (95%) found this review helpful
46 people found this review funny
Recommended
Posted: September 26, 2015
Brilliant.
But lets be HONEST here. Three points.
1. What you get in the FREE PATCH to CS is pretty much everything.
2. What you get in this PAID DLC is rather underwhelming, to be honest.
3. But its sort of a good thing.

Lets be clear, the only reason i bought this DLC and recommend it, is because i feel the devs are doing the "right thing" by releasing the major feature as a free patch, namely the night cycle and all accompanying changes. One might argue that buying the DLC is not worth it due to how relatively little new it adds, compared to the free patch.
On the contrary though, i think buying the DLC is something one does, in this rare case, not just to get whatever "stuff" is behind the paywall, but actually to show support to the devs for NOT locking the major feature behind said paywall.

It's a funny thing. I bought the DLC because they DIDNT include the major feature in it. I bought it because they did the right thing and put most major stuff in the free patch, and i want to support that kind of attitude from devs.
I view my purchase of the DLC more as a donation for their continued good consumer practices, and less as "buying content".

Because i will be totally honest, the actual content on offer in the DLC is rather lacklusting. They could have easily added a bit more meaty stuff to validate the price, such as more complete building styles (how about including an Asian building theme or something?) or more unique buildings.

But as i said, since they put the major new feature in the free update, thats precicely why i am recommending the DLC, as a show of good support towards good consumer friendly practices from the devs. They deserve it.
This is my DONATION as thanks for a meaty free patch that they could easily and legitimately have locked behind the DLC paywall.
But they didnt. Keep it up.
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624 of 659 people (95%) found this review helpful
583 people found this review funny
Recommended
Posted: September 25, 2015
"Ah sweet! After Dark is out!"
- First night cycle starts
- Whole city loses power
"Oh crap! What happened!"
- Desperately look for problem
- Check all the power lines for a break in the line
- Day cycle starts
- Whole city has power again
"The hell happen.... ♥♥♥♥ING SOLAR POWER!"

This presents a challenge for me because I always start straight away with solar power and stick with it the rest of game so already this update has me looking at new ways to run my city.
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515 of 540 people (95%) found this review helpful
65 people found this review funny
Recommended
Posted: December 8, 2015
To be brutally honest, the killer feature of After Dark - nighttime, aka "darkness" - is already in the base game. After Dark's main gameplay draws, the leisure districts and buildings, are alright but don't seem to make a radical difference to the game's essential play. Buying After Dark should be considered more a $15 fist bump to the developers, who have delivered us from the tyranny of EA and ushered in a new golden age in the city builder genre.
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283 of 300 people (94%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
Recommended
Posted: September 30, 2015
Note: The actual day/night cycle is a FREE update to the base game.

The paid DLC adds bus roads, bicycles, taxis, leisure and tourism, and improved crime system. For me it's a bit hit and miss...

WIN: Bicycles and associated roads/paths are awesome win! I'm strangely addicted to building scenic bike routes througout my city now :) The improved crime system with prisons is a nice touch, although I'm not sure it really affects gameplay that much. The new waterfront buildings are great, although somewhat fiddly to place. I'm certainly glad to see shorelines being utilised!

MEH: The remainder of the features would be great... if it weren't for the lack of tourists. Once the agent limit is reached you can't get any more tourists as the city grows, and that means everything from airports to passenger docks to tourist commerce becomes somewhat nerfed. Hopefully CO will be able to fix this and help these new feature really make the impact they were supposed to have (you can get a taste of their true potential on smaller cities where the agent limit hasn't yet been reached = plenty of tourists). Also, it would be nice if leisure/tourist were new zone types rather than specialisation of existing zones, and ideally with their own demand chart.

Overall I still think it's worth having, it's clear that CO have a long-term plan for C:S and this DLC is a piece of the jigsaw.
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194 of 224 people (87%) found this review helpful
39 people found this review funny
Recommended
Posted: September 24, 2015
Expansion overview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z36Y0LenjXw

(I have 3h of prerelease play time)
I've seen people say this is too expensive considering how much you get. Well, my friends, this expansion gives you more control over your city and it gives you a ton of options with which you can utilize the night time.

This is what an expansion should be though, an addition to the game to make it more enjoyable, which it exactly is! Once you spend 2 hours playing with the night time but without the expansion you will realize that something is missing.
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826 of 1,131 people (73%) found this review helpful
31 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
Posted: September 25, 2015
I love the game, the devs are awesome, I'm happy to support them and more content only makes the game better, but this "expansion" is almost insultingly gimmicky.

The whole expansion revolves around the day/night cycle and the only thing that actually interacts with it in a tangible way is the leisure buildings (which I didn't realize until my first city was like 50k pop that they don't match at all in European maps) and maybe the crime system (largely irrelevant still). But hey, I can save a few bucks in electricity at night by moving a slider. AWESOME!

School at midnight? Traffic remains the same during the night (and it's AI is still brain dead), even around the office areas and you can see a lot more people going to work than you should. Same amount of people at the parks. I even thought that maybe I could polarize the garbage budget so I'd have more trucks during the night, but unless you add an absurd amount of landfills, your city collapses.

I appreciate the effort put into this, but I was expecting my city to actually feel and behave different during the night, and it doesn't, so I can't say I'm not disappointed. I feel like I payed a premium for some very overpriced assets (pretty as they are).

I'm happy to pay for professionally made assets that add more life to my cities, but either sell them as that (and not for 15 bucks) or make the gameplay actually meaningful. Like I said, After Dark feels very gimmicky to me.

My 2 cents.
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125 of 148 people (84%) found this review helpful
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Recommended
Posted: April 19
It has bicycles, and that's all that matters.


- A Dutchman
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81 of 90 people (90%) found this review helpful
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Recommended
Posted: October 29, 2015
Great Expansion

+ Night/ Day Cycle is fun (Part of the free update that was released on the same day)
+ Leisure/ tourism specialization makes commerial zoning deeper
+ Bicycling changes the way you have to design your city but creates alot less traffic
+ Taxi's are fun but they do not get used much :(
+ New roads to incorporate bus lanes and bicycles
+ Alot more buildings including parks, a prison and more!
+ Great bang for your buck, low price for what you get

- Wierd glow around pollution which makes you not want to build industry
- Night/ day income flucuates wildly ($10,000 Day - 100,000 Night for one of my cities)*
- Night is very dark (dah!) and you cant build very easy during the night

*This may or may not have been caused by a bug
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152 of 204 people (75%) found this review helpful
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Recommended
Posted: September 24, 2015
Well, i guess it's time to spend another 100 hours in this game.

Note that day&night cycle is free

- Taxi service is nice.
- Bicycles and bicycle paths.
- Night time looks great. http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=524000673
- Tourism works much better now with actual hotels.
- Big airport and cargohub.
- Adjust budgets for both day and night.
- Much better crime system with prisons.
- Commercial leisure.
- New decoration tab with leisure and tourist attractions.

Maybe a bit expensive, then again EA would probably charge 3 times as much.
If you like the game you should definitely get this.
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