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Paradox Interactive and Colossal Order are celebrating Cities: Skylines, as it's coming up for the five year mark since it took the city-building world by storm.

What a storm it was too, not much can really come close to just how fun Cities: Skylines actually is. Frankly, it's become the definitive city-builder on any platform, I can't imagine how anything can knock it off the top spot. It looks good, it's cross-platform and highly accessible and most importantly it's fun. There's a huge modding community around it too that's given us over forty thousand maps, tens of thousands of buildings, entire saved games of huge cities and more. That's on top of all the free updates and expansions it's had since release.

Cities: Skylines is a deceptive game too, it lulls you in with how easy it is to build spiralling roads and cities that reach for the sky until you realise it's suddenly 5am and you've not gone to sleep.

Not a perfect game though, it does suffer from some performance issues with ridiculous sizes cities but there's a huge amount of simulation going on. All games have a downside somewhere. Even so, it's great overall and exactly what I want in a traditional city-builder.

Colossal and Paradox actually allowed us to livestream it on our Twitch Channel before release too, something that back five years ago was quite new to us so it holds a special place in my heart for that too. Sadly, Twitch doesn't store videos for long and we totally forgot to keep it backed up (lessons learned) but it was awesome to be a part of it.

Since it's having a bit of a celebration Cities: Skylines, the expansions and so on are on a big sale right now across Humble Store (that link should show all of it) and the Paradox Store. It's not (yet?) on sale on Steam.

Play Cities: Skylines? Share your awesome cities in the comments, let's see what you got or perhaps you have a mod suggestion you think everyone needs to try? Let us know about that too!

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beko Mar 6, 2020
Cities Skylines is a very special game. I sunk way too many hours into this and still enjoy it on occasion.

There’s a nifty plugin that allows to overlay a png image with transparency so one could hobble together a map with imported heights data from e.g. NASA and overlay it with streets, rivers and train tracks from e.g. Google Maps.

This results in recreation of real cities within the engine bringing the hardware to it’s limits.

There are also hundreds of downloadable assets in the workshop.

Last edited by beko on 6 March 2020 at 6:27 pm UTC
DerpFox Mar 7, 2020
I love Cities Skyline but it have a lot of stability problems (on most platforms) it is well know within it community that save game can get corrupted at any moment and that the game cam sometime be very heavy on the system, on linux on my computer it often canibalize all the 32gig of ram and I don't know why.

But I still love that game an play it way too much for my own good.
TheRiddick Mar 8, 2020
I would love to get into this game but when I see those 100 DLC's each at $10... I get REALLY put off.
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