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Sunday, March 22, 2015

Cities: Skylines - The City Simulation You Wanted Two Years Ago

Here's a new game taking the world by storm. It's Cities: Skylines by Colossal Order and published by Paradox Interactive. This game got the green-light when SimCity: 2013  2014... whatever... pulled the bone-headed stunt of making it online only play. It didn't help that there were significant bugs in the simulation that could kill your city through no fault of your own, but this isn't a post about SimCity. This is a post about the game we all wanted instead of SimCity: 2013 2014... whatever. It'll go through setup options and give an introduction to the game play. Written as a text only post, that could get a bit dry, and you'd not really get an appreciation for what the game is actually like.

So here's how I'm going to do this. I started a city and took lots and lots of screen captures. I'm going to give this to you in a gallery with my comments on that particular game aspect in the screen cap's description. You can flip through and read each one, or you can choose an interesting picture and read just its comments. That should hopefully keep you from becoming too bored.

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Regardless of whether you flipped through every one or picked and chose which ones you wanted to read, I highly recommend this game for anyone into city simulations. With its open modding support, I see a great deal of fun in my future playing this one. And with the recent demise of Maxis for all intents and purposes, I personally feel we have its successor on hand. You can purchase Cities: Skylines directly from Paradox Interactive's web site, or you can get it through Steam for $29.99. That isn't cheap, and I doubt it'll be on sale any time soon, but if you are a city simulation aficionado I think I can guarantee you'll find Cities: Skylines worth every cent you pay for it.


  1. I have been mesmerized by this game on twitch. Glad it's not just me thinking this is what a city simulation should be today.

    $30 is not bad, and if I recall cheaper than that crap EA tried to peddle as SimCity.

  2. Much cheaper than the last SimCity. In an unwise moment I paid $79.99 for the digital deluxe version of SimCity nearly two years ago. I've yet to feel like I've gotten my moneys worth. EA now sells it as the "Complete Edition" for $39.99, which is still more than Cities: Skylines. Even with that sort of price tag, EA can't make a profit and has gutted Maxis. What a waste.

  3. My belated condolences on your aforementioned digital deluxe purchase.


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