Cities: Skylines Review and more

GameInfo: 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 maintaining the 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!

Review: Truly a spiritual successor to the Simcity franchise. Developed by Colossal Order and published by Paradox Interactive, this game has revived what was thought of as a lost genre after the huge failure of EA’s Simcity 2013. With full mod support via the Steam Workshop, game play will never get old. In fact, just 2 days after the initial release, fans have already created a first person mod, which allows you to “walk” around your city and view it as if you were a citizen. Last time I checked there were over 11,000 mods available! Installing mods is as simple as checking a box on the game start screen. Paradox has been clear it plans to release many updates, with new features, over the coming months. Their approach to game design is to start with a really great core game, and then build upon it making better via free updates. For $30 you are getting A LOT of content, with much more to come, and an entire community of support. Let this be a lesson to EA on how to make a great game!

Verdict: 87/100

System Requirements

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
Hard Drive: 4 GB available space

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
Hard Drive: 4 GB available space

Genre: Simulation, Strategy
Developer: Colossal Order Ltd.
Publisher: Paradox Interactive
Release Date: 10 Mar, 2015

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