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Building A Self-Sufficient City In Cities: Skylines – Part Two

By Duncan Geere on April 23rd, 2015.

Welcome to the second instalment of my attempt to recreate an arcology in Cities: Skylines. As those of you who read the first part will know, I’m not talking about the bubble-topped utopia palaces of SimCity 2000 – I’m talking about a real arcology in the real world. Like Masdar City.

Masdar City is a sustainable, self-contained settlement under construction in the desert south-west of Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates. It was originally supposed to have been completed by 2014, but the global financial crisis has meant that right now it just consists of a handful of office blocks. I’ve recreated the detailed plans for the city in Cities: Skylines, and I’m about to see if anyone actually wants to live in the paradise that I’ve created.

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Building A Self-Sufficient City In Cities: Skylines – Part One

By Duncan Geere on April 22nd, 2015.

Cities: Skylines [official site] is our RPS Game Of The Month for April. As part of our month of coverage, we asked Duncan Geere to build an arcology in the game. This is his attempt.

Arcologies are pretty awesome, as town planning concepts go. The towering, fishbowl-topped edifices that seasoned gamers will recognise from SimCity 2000 were one of that game’s most beloved features, but they bear only a passing resemblance to the real thing. In reality (and I use that word loosely because no-one’s ever successfully finished one) an arcology is merely a sustainable, self-contained settlement that can supply most of the needs of a large population that dwells within.

Cities: Skylines doesn’t include the arcologies of SimCity 2000, and at the time of writing there’s only one in the Steam workshop. So I thought it might be a fun experiment to try and build one myself – one a little closer to the true meaning of the term. I wanted to build a city that relies as little as possible on the outside world, with minimal impact on natural resources. As many planners in the real world have discovered, that is far harder than it appears.

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Towering – Cities: Skylines Has Sold Over 1 Million Copies

By Alice O'Connor on April 14th, 2015.

I know what I said about big numbers. “Please be careful with numbers, chums,” I said. “Many folks sadly seem to deploy statistics as weapons in territorial arguments,” I said. Let’s not do that. Numbers can be celebratory too, numbers can make you feel included, let you know that there are plenty of others like you out there.

If you bought Cities: Skylines, hey, you might like to know that you’re not alone. Over one million copies of the city-building sim (our Game of the Month) have been sold, publishers Paradox announced today. Perhaps you all might like to meet up for drinks, a meal, and see where the night takes you? Finding a bar with space might be tricky though.

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CityCopter Mod Aims To Be SimCopter For Cities: Skylines

By Graham Smith on April 7th, 2015.

Every day I look at the Steam Workshop and subreddit for Cities Skylines [official site] and every day there is something I want to show to people. Look at this pretty braided highway! Look at this fancy circular city! And the mods. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a mod community explode like this for a game that didn’t already have an existing community.

Today’s thing I need to share: a video of CityCopter, a helicopter mod in the vein of Maxis’ old SimCopter.

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Mods, Maxis And Forward Motion: Cities Skylines Interview

By Adam Smith on April 3rd, 2015.

In an attempt to learn everything there is to know about our Game of the Month, Cities: Skylines [official site], I spoke to Colossal Order’s CEO Mariina Hallikainen until we both ran out of words. We talked about the game’s extraordinary success and what it means for the future of the 13-person company, the importance of mods, the fate of Cities in Motion, and the influence of dear departed Maxis. Along the way, there are discussions about simulations as educational tools, Colossal Order’s next project, and the importance of a good working environment and the avoidance of crunch.

Most important of all? The origin story of Chirper.

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The RPS Verdict – Cities: Skylines

By RPS on April 1st, 2015.

A floating speech bubble appears over Videogame City, signalling that the citizens are demanding something. Clicking on it reveals the source of problem: “Not enough good city builders.” It seems all that have been built so far are poorly connected to the (road) network, too small to cater to the growing population, and otherwise stocked too poorly with what people want.

Best construct Cities: Skylines [official site]. It has huge cities, mod support and works offline, but is it doing more than simply filling a hole created by its peers? John, Alec, Adam, Pip and Graham gathered to discuss why it’s the RPS’ Game of the Month for April.

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Game Of The Month: April – Cities: Skylines

By RPS on April 1st, 2015.

Did you know? Seven million games were released yesterday. Such a constant deluge can make it difficult to keep up with what’s happening right now in the world of PC games, and while RPS exists to tell you the four million games you must be playing on any given day, it’s possible you have even less time. What if you need to pick just one game to play?

That’s what Game Of The Month is for. On the first of each month, we’ll pick one released game to highlight for the rest of that month. It’s us saying: if you should be paying attention to one thing right now, this is it. We’ll then write about that game more throughout the rest of the month, explaining why we love it in a group verdict, interviewing the developers for insight about its creation and future, writing fun diaries that show you what it’s like to play, and more.

First up, Cities: Skylines [official site].

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Cities: Skylines Modder Is Adding First-Person Multiplayer

By Graham Smith on March 31st, 2015.

There’s already been a Cities: Skylines [official site] mod that lets you wander your streets from a low, ‘first-person’ style camera, but what about doing it with a friend? Reddit user ‘Fr0sZ’ posted a video today of his work-in-progress Cities Skylines multiplayer mod, in which each player is represented in the world as a pedestrian avatar and able to walk around. See below.

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Mega-City One: Skylines Breaks Paradox Sale Records

By Adam Smith on March 13th, 2015.

Cities: Skylines [official site] has sold 250,000 copies in the 24 hours since launch, including preorders as day one sales. That’s more than any other Paradox game in the same period – Europa Universalis IV surpassed 300,000 sales around six months after release – and around a quarter of SimCity 2013’s first fortnight of sales.

Paradox are understandably pleased by the reception but they’re already looking to the future of the game. When I played it before release, Colossal Order CEO Mariina Hallikainen told me that the team already had free content lined up – features that weren’t quite ready for release, including tunnels. Support should continue for years though, as with Paradox’s grand strategy mainstays, and will come in the form of paid expansions and free patch updates.

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Wot I Think: Cities: Skylines

By Alec Meer on March 10th, 2015.

Cities: Skylines [official site] feels like the response to a question. That question is “what, exactly, do people want?” By contrast, 2013’s SimCity felt like the response to an order: “make them do this.” I don’t wish to get caught up in criticising the controversial EA city-builder, especially in light of the all-but-closure of its longstanding developer Maxis this week, but the ethos of these two games is so very different, even though they’re both in theory offering the same scenario: design a city from the ground up, keep it running, make it richer, make it grander.
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Cities: Skylines Final Dev Diary Details Features

By Ben Barrett on March 7th, 2015.

PHWOAR, BUILDINGS

Buildings, yeah? Like large, emotionally neutral tanks. Cities: Skylines [official site] is the hot kid on the block currently, with release just a few days away on March 10th. Thus devs Colossal Order/publishers Paradox have released the final dev diary, showing off some of the more original systems the game has. It also features the most adorable bit of music I’ve ever heard. You have been warned.

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Making Things To Build – Cities: Skylines Mod Trailer

By Alice O'Connor on February 26th, 2015.

I suppose we do post about Cities: Skylines [official site] a fair bit, but that’s partly because it’s a big chunk of (current) future hopes for a whole genre. Me, I’m well catered-for as I mostly play games in thriving genres like ‘shooting men’s faces’ and ‘dreamy wandering around surreal landscapes’. But with Cities XXL a wash, a minor update spun off into a so-called sequel, what else is coming soon for people who dream of building grand cities? So here, have a trailer going over Skylines’ mod support, which’ll let you make things to build.

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Hands On: Cities – Skylines

By Adam Smith on February 17th, 2015.

With release less than a month away, Cities: Skylines [official site] could well be creaking under the weight of expectations. 2013’s SimCity left citybuilding fans hungry. Cities XXL didn’t satisfy the pangs, leaving Skylines in the unenviable position of having a ravenous audience in waiting, the majority of whom have already sent a couple of lackluster meals back to the kitchen.

It could be worse, of course. Everyone could have eaten the first dish that was set in front of them and headed for home. Skylines has a captive audience and at the ParadoxCon last week, I had my first chance to take a close look at what it’ll be serving up for them. I played for over an hour, long enough to purchase two extra plots of land and fill them with great looping roads, beachfront residential properties and a couple of graveyards. The signs are very good indeed.

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