Cities: Skylines, a video game review

A video game review written by: Lee Sonogan

(2015) Simulation

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Cities: Skylines is a single player video game that is one of the best city-building simulations I have ever played. Developed by Colossal Order, it was published by Paradox Interactive. Much like the classic SimCity video games, this game realistically simulates nearly a million citizens while presenting city issues in a simple way. Since the release of this video game, there have been various expansions and downloadable content to be added to the game.

This video game is available to play across all platforms. You start off small with a plot of land connected to an outside highway. Then you start of making roads off the highway to the ideal space with water. There you can set up basic services, such as power, water and sewage. From there you can start building residential, industrial and commercial zones and connect them to your services. Keep these zones away from each other because noise and pollution are factors you have to consider while designing your city.

As your population grows, managing your city gets more difficult. You will consistently need to bend to your citizens will by providing to all their needs. This means upgrading services to residential zones, building public buildings, adjusting roads depending on traffic flows, make sure everyone is employed, create districts and regulations, create transport routes for people to get around and so much more to list in just one paragraph.

This is a video game with plenty of replay value. It may take some time to get used to but, when you get going, it is very fun to play. With the Steam Workshop, there is now so much more mods to makes it even better. Playing it on steam for over ten hours now, writing this makes me want to play it again. I recommend this video game to anyone who has played a city simulation game or is interested in the simulation of a city.


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