1. Sudden Strike 4 Review
  2. Stellaris Review
  3. Europa Universalis IV Review
  4. Jurassic World Evolution Review
  5. Football Manager 2019 Review
  6. Red Dead Redemption 2 Review
  7. Scrivener for Writers
  8. YouTube arrives on Switch!
  9. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Review
  10. SNIPER ELITE 4 REVIEW
  11. LEGO DIMENSIONS REVIEW
  12. SEA OF THIEVES REVIEW
  13. Gray Dawn First Look
  14. Frostpunk First Look
  15. Harvest Life First Look
  16. Red Faction Guerrilla Re-Mars-tered First Look
  17. Oregon Expansion Video Released for American Truck Simulator
  18. Dream Alone First Look
  19. New DLC Coming to Planet Coaster is the Vintage Pack
  20. Holdfast: Nations At War ‘Early Access’ FIRST LOOK
  21. Worth Upgrading Logitech DFGT To G920/G29 Racing Wheel?
  22. Fernbus Update 1.18 Beta Announced
  23. Just Cause 3 Review
  24. Dishonored 2 Review
  25. Project Highrise Review
  26. Motorsport Manager Review
  27. Space Colony Review
  28. Atari Vault Review
  29. Rocket League Review
  30. Death By Gameshow Review
  31. Gryphon Knight Epic Review
  32. Cities: Skylines Review
  33. Euro Truck Simulator 2 – Scandinavia DLC Review
  34. Marble Skies First Look
  35. Join in with American Truck Simulator “Operation Big Slur” Event
  36. TRACKS – THE TRAIN SET GAME First Look
  37. Dead First Look
  38. Get PC Version of “For Honor Starter Edition” FREE on Uplay 1 Week Only!
  39. Disneyland Adventures First Look
  40. The Division 2 Announced and Beta Sign-Ups Available
  41. Forza Horizon 4 Revealed and It Looks Amazing!
  42. Fallout 4 Included in Xbox Games Pass
  43. American Truck Simulator Review
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  45. CLOSED: Just Cause 3 PC Giveaway
  46. CLOSED: Galactic Civilizations II: Ultimate Edition Giveaway
  47. Reigns Review
  48. Clustertruck Review
  49. Hard West Review
  50. iRacing Review
  51. Injustice: Gods Among Us Review
  52. Euro Truck Simulator 2 Review
  53. Call Of Duty: Ghosts Review
  54. Tomb Raider Review
  55. Fable 3 Review
  56. Need For Speed: SHIFT 2 Unleashed Review
  57. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Review
  58. Logitech Driving Force GT Review
  59. Sleeping Dogs Review
  60. DiRT Showdown Review
  61. Total War: Shogun 2 Review
  62. Watch_Dogs Review
  63. Door Kickers Review
  64. State of Decay 2 First Look
  65. CLOSED: Empire: Total War Collection Giveaway
  66. Farming Simulator 17 – Premium Edition Xbox One Sale!
  67. Heavily Discounted ‘Flight Sim World’ Shuts Down In Days
  68. Battlefield 5 WW2 Setting Confirmed
  69. Train Sim World: West Somerset Railway Imminent Release Announced
  70. Train Sim World Dominates Dovetail Games Weekly Sale
  71. The Elder Scrolls Online – Summerset Releasing Soon
  72. Age of Wonders: Planetfall Announced
  73. Spintires: MudRunner announces a new free DLC: The Ridge!
  74. Train Simulator: Liverpool-Manchester Route Add-On First Look
  75. Destiny 2 Revealed As June’s Humble Monthly Featured Game
  76. GALACTIC CIVILIZATIONS II: ULTIMATE EDITION FREE While Stocks Last
  77. COD: Black Ops 4 Releasing Exclusively on Battle.net for PC Players
  78. Farm Manager 2018 First Look
  79. ATS and ETS2 Update 1.31 Out Now!
  80. Train Sim World: CSX GP40-2 Loco Add-On
  81. Train Sim World: Rapid Transit
  82. Train Sim World: Great Western Express
  83. Hulu Surges Past 20 Million U.S. Subscribers
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  86. Burnout Paradise Review
  87. ABZU Review
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  90. Victor Vran Review
  91. Sim City Review
Thursday, December 12, 2019
  1. Sudden Strike 4 Review
  2. Stellaris Review
  3. Europa Universalis IV Review
  4. Jurassic World Evolution Review
  5. Football Manager 2019 Review
  6. Red Dead Redemption 2 Review
  7. Scrivener for Writers
  8. YouTube arrives on Switch!
  9. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Review
  10. SNIPER ELITE 4 REVIEW
  11. LEGO DIMENSIONS REVIEW
  12. SEA OF THIEVES REVIEW
  13. Gray Dawn First Look
  14. Frostpunk First Look
  15. Harvest Life First Look
  16. Red Faction Guerrilla Re-Mars-tered First Look
  17. Oregon Expansion Video Released for American Truck Simulator
  18. Dream Alone First Look
  19. New DLC Coming to Planet Coaster is the Vintage Pack
  20. Holdfast: Nations At War ‘Early Access’ FIRST LOOK
  21. Worth Upgrading Logitech DFGT To G920/G29 Racing Wheel?
  22. Fernbus Update 1.18 Beta Announced
  23. Just Cause 3 Review
  24. Dishonored 2 Review
  25. Project Highrise Review
  26. Motorsport Manager Review
  27. Space Colony Review
  28. Atari Vault Review
  29. Rocket League Review
  30. Death By Gameshow Review
  31. Gryphon Knight Epic Review
  32. Cities: Skylines Review
  33. Euro Truck Simulator 2 – Scandinavia DLC Review
  34. Marble Skies First Look
  35. Join in with American Truck Simulator “Operation Big Slur” Event
  36. TRACKS – THE TRAIN SET GAME First Look
  37. Dead First Look
  38. Get PC Version of “For Honor Starter Edition” FREE on Uplay 1 Week Only!
  39. Disneyland Adventures First Look
  40. The Division 2 Announced and Beta Sign-Ups Available
  41. Forza Horizon 4 Revealed and It Looks Amazing!
  42. Fallout 4 Included in Xbox Games Pass
  43. American Truck Simulator Review
  44. Damsel (Early Access) First Look
  45. CLOSED: Just Cause 3 PC Giveaway
  46. CLOSED: Galactic Civilizations II: Ultimate Edition Giveaway
  47. Reigns Review
  48. Clustertruck Review
  49. Hard West Review
  50. iRacing Review
  51. Injustice: Gods Among Us Review
  52. Euro Truck Simulator 2 Review
  53. Call Of Duty: Ghosts Review
  54. Tomb Raider Review
  55. Fable 3 Review
  56. Need For Speed: SHIFT 2 Unleashed Review
  57. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Review
  58. Logitech Driving Force GT Review
  59. Sleeping Dogs Review
  60. DiRT Showdown Review
  61. Total War: Shogun 2 Review
  62. Watch_Dogs Review
  63. Door Kickers Review
  64. State of Decay 2 First Look
  65. CLOSED: Empire: Total War Collection Giveaway
  66. Farming Simulator 17 – Premium Edition Xbox One Sale!
  67. Heavily Discounted ‘Flight Sim World’ Shuts Down In Days
  68. Battlefield 5 WW2 Setting Confirmed
  69. Train Sim World: West Somerset Railway Imminent Release Announced
  70. Train Sim World Dominates Dovetail Games Weekly Sale
  71. The Elder Scrolls Online – Summerset Releasing Soon
  72. Age of Wonders: Planetfall Announced
  73. Spintires: MudRunner announces a new free DLC: The Ridge!
  74. Train Simulator: Liverpool-Manchester Route Add-On First Look
  75. Destiny 2 Revealed As June’s Humble Monthly Featured Game
  76. GALACTIC CIVILIZATIONS II: ULTIMATE EDITION FREE While Stocks Last
  77. COD: Black Ops 4 Releasing Exclusively on Battle.net for PC Players
  78. Farm Manager 2018 First Look
  79. ATS and ETS2 Update 1.31 Out Now!
  80. Train Sim World: CSX GP40-2 Loco Add-On
  81. Train Sim World: Rapid Transit
  82. Train Sim World: Great Western Express
  83. Hulu Surges Past 20 Million U.S. Subscribers
  84. Low Spec Game Capture System
  85. A Total War Saga: Thrones Of Britannia Out Now
  86. Burnout Paradise Review
  87. ABZU Review
  88. PC Indie Hit “Owlboy” Releasing on PS4 & Switch July 2018
  89. SEGA Mega Drive/Genesis Classic Available to Pre-Order on PSN and XBOX
  90. Victor Vran Review
  91. Sim City Review

Upon first launching Cities: Skylines you’d be forgiven for thinking you’re playing the latest Sim City game after all they are both city builder management games and contain similar development options. Though this is where the similarities end!

Even after an hours play time the superiority of this title already starts to show. Whilst providing the typical and expected zoning options (housing, commercial and industrial) Cities Skyline also allows for areas to be marked out into districts which can have their own custom edicts such as different tax rates, water consumption limitations, in-home smoke detectors provided free from the state which you the mayor would have to pay for etc. to name a few.

The traffic problems in Sim City have not been evident upon my play through of this game which is a huge relief and although at the start of Cities: Skylines you are allocated land the same size of Sim City’s plot allocation this can be expanded hugely in stages as you reach milestones. A huge relief then as this is shaping up to be the game I always wanted Sim City to be.

Reaching population milestones award you with the option to buy extra land adjacent to the plot you already own. Players are provided with multiple plots to choose from. New services, building types, edicts and financial options become available each time a milestone is met. In essence the more your city thrives and the population increases the more development options you will have. So the city is always improving.

It’s a truly addictive experience. Sim City annoyed me no-end due to its limitations and game breaking traffic system but Cities: Skylines is made by Colossal Order the developers of Cities in Motion a traffic sandbox building game. So they know a thing or two about creating well-structured transport systems in a game. The road options are varied with tunnels and bridges providing the user with the choice to avoid too many junctions when needing to traverse over a placed road. Thus allowing traffic to move freely without the need to pile up with traffic jams. One way systems can also be incorporated in to the road structure. Bus routes can be planned out and assigned. Rail, boat and planes are also unlockable as your city progresses.

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Although the game starts with the option to zone land adjacent to roads with the default options of housing, industrial and commercial the zones can be removed and replaced when required. The progression system in this game allows for more complicated zones such as specific commercial buildings i.e offices and for housing, high density housing. Industrial types can be assigned via the district view. One example is placing industrial properties in a woodland area and then assigning them as a forestry district will provide the ideal industry to thrive in that area.

Building placement is particularly important in Cities: Skylines. The water intake pumping facility which provides fresh clean water to the city needs to be placed upstream on a river and the waste pump needs to displace the waste downstream away from the clean water pump otherwise the city will be drinking water from excrement and that would not go down well with residents. For the city to flourish water pipes must cover all the land currently in development along with electricity cables and roads.

Unlike Sim City there are no natural disaster options though my first city building in cities skyline didn’t end as I hoped. Everything was going well. The city was gradually thriving. I expanded the plot of land and built a suspension bridge to connect to my new area across the river. Bank loans were needed to help with the development costs. By the end of this session I learnt what NOT to do. Don’t expand too fast and make sure there’s enough services to appease the growing population. My downfall in the end was not enough health services. I had a medical clinic and a hospital but they weren’t coping with the growing demand. When placing the buildings the coverage area is shown in green. In hindsight I should’ve grown the city slowly to make sure the weekly profit can cope with the extra expenses of running extra services and then provide those services to the citizens. I had just one cemetery so the dying were left unattended. The whole city was in a health pandemic. The hospital was completely full and I didn’t have the funds to build another. Weekly profit was now severely in the red with the population also rapidly in decline. My once thriving city was now bankrupt. This made me love this game that much more. It’s not a simple build, build and build game. To get the most from this your city will need to be well thought out and don’t be afraid to upgrade the transport system.

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Cities: Skylines is fully integrated with Steam Workshop to provide the community with game mods created by other players. This opens the game up to so many possibilities. Building types etc. can be changed. Note though that mods will disable achievements from that cities session. There is an asset editor for you to create your own content. The game does also provide users with god mode like options such as play with infinity money but again Steam Achievements will be disabled. So the option is there but it comes at a price.

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Cities: Skylines is the complete city builder and the best by a long shot. The possibilities are endless and with a thriving modding community the game will never be void of content. This is a game that will only get better and better. A must buy for any city builder, management gamer. Avoid Sim City and buy Cities: Skylines!

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