G2A Pick of the Week: Cities: Skylines

March 21 2015

Every week, Team Liquid will supply you with their pick for the G2A Game of the Week, which you can buy at an extremely discounted rate thanks to the G2A Weekly Sale. This week, we’ve chosen the incredibly popular Cities: Skylines. You can get it right now at www.g2a.com/weeklysale for $18.93, a whopping 38% off its usual price.

The Review: Cities: Skylines

Cities: Skylines doesn’t need much to trump 2013's SimCity. All it had to do was be a good city builder without EA’s mistakes. That simply means no always-online DRM, an expansive area to build in, an custom content support. Skylines does all this and it just so happens to be fun too.

Once you boot up the game, the act of merely playing is simple. You have a huge open area to work with and you’re free to place any sort of building or road (within your level range of course…Yes, you level up) on the vast landscape. You’re limited by a budget and you can leverage this budget by taking out loans and using that money to profit off taxes to pay back said loans… Only to take out more, much bigger loans. It’s a steady process.

The biggest challenges in City: Skylines involve roads and traffic. Plastering roads on the ground is easy. Actually ensuring they make sense… Not so much. And it's not just traffic congestion you need to worry about, it's logical traffic routes: garbage collection, unattended building fires, and dead body removal are all among the things that need vehicles to solve. Figuring out the best way to build roads and intersections takes time, experimentation, something many players will really enjoy. If you're more interested in building straight paths and long freeways that drive into the sunset, you’re free to do so… But your city might not be as functional.

Once you've got some roads built and have assigned them as either residential, commercial, and industrial, basic buildings will begin appearing. You can add nearby services like police stations and schools, and amenities like parks and plazas to allow buildings to level up. You can also use a brush tool to divide your city into districts.

Districts are a great feature, allowing you to tinker with policies and regulations like recycling, free public transportation, and legal drug use, without having to unleash them citywide. You can tax your districts differently, and even ban industrial traffic in congested areas. You can also create industrial districts to focus on oil and ore mining, logging, farming, or general industry.

All in all, Cities: Skylines is great game, one that will absorb the time from the very fabric of your being. $18 is a little on the high-end for our G2A picks, but Skylines is a new release and it’s very well-received. It’s worth the money if you’re into this kind of stuff.

Writer // Ken Serra
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