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  • Summary: Developed by Colossal Order, Cities: Skylines offers sprawling landscapes and maps with endless sandbox gameplay and new ways to expand your city. Key to progression is the ability to influence your city’s policy by incorporating taxation into districts. All this including the ability to modDeveloped by Colossal Order, Cities: Skylines offers sprawling landscapes and maps with endless sandbox gameplay and new ways to expand your city. Key to progression is the ability to influence your city’s policy by incorporating taxation into districts. All this including the ability to mod the game to suit your play style makes this the definitive city building simulation. Expand

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 30
  2. Negative: 0 out of 30
  1. May 1, 2017
    100
    Cities: Skylines – Xbox One Edition is an important release. Not just because it's a great game. And it is. But also because it shows that strategy games really do have a place on consoles. The game has amazing depth, probably more than any other game I've seen on the console, and is almost a match for the PC version without any control issues to speak of. It also looks amazing on a large TV screen, suck it up master race! Cities: Skylines – Xbox One Edition is the sort of game you can get lost in for hours, creating your own stories and worlds to admire. It may take you a few attempts to get the city of your dreams, but once you get the hang of things you're in for a treat.
  2. Aug 1, 2017
    91
    Make no mistake: Cities: Skylines is still pretty fun. It's deep enough so that people who thrive on depth and complexity will find more than enough to sink their teeth into, while the more shallow among us (i.e. people like me) who just want to build huge megalopolises without putting too much though into it can do that too.
  3. Apr 23, 2017
    88
    An awesome sim game, definitely the best one on consoles with great controls and gameplay depth. It suffers a bit on the technical side and we would have liked more contents from PC DLCs, but it's surely a must buy.
  4. Apr 21, 2017
    80
    Complex and demanding, Cities: Skylines is a solid and engaging city-builder ported quite well to Xbox One.
  5. May 3, 2017
    80
    Cities Skyline is a welcome addition to the Xbox One, and consoles in general. It’s a competently made city building game, one that hasn’t been dumbed down for those that prefer a console to PC. It may take a while for the game to open up and kick into gear, but when it does, there is no limit to what you can build.
  6. Apr 26, 2017
    80
    Despite some technical issues brought about by Cities: Skylines’ transition to Xbox One, it remains an enthralling city builder, and one which has virtually no competition on console. The most keenly felt loss is the ability to fast-forward through time, but for those who succumb to its more relaxed pace, Cities: Skylines is liable to remain the best home console city builder for some time.
  7. Apr 21, 2017
    50
    The lack of content, options and a solid frame-rate make this version of Cities Skylines just a minor product in comparison with the PC original title. Despite a good use of the joypad and user interface, the sluggish pace is basically a design mistake and it’s tough to stay entertained for long.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. Apr 21, 2017
    10
    The amount of effort put in the controls to make this work on console is great it all feels natural and the framerate and performance isThe amount of effort put in the controls to make this work on console is great it all feels natural and the framerate and performance is solid. This is the best simulation game ever to arrive on console(s) and deserves your full support :) Expand
  2. Jun 5, 2017
    9
    Amazing game. Plays very well on console. Game speed is also now adjustable on Xbox One. If they added multiplayer I would give the game a 10.Amazing game. Plays very well on console. Game speed is also now adjustable on Xbox One. If they added multiplayer I would give the game a 10. Other than that, the game has been flawless after 50+ hours of gameplay. Expand
  3. Sep 28, 2018
    8
    This Xbox One version is a pretty damn good port of the original PC sim. Controls actually work really good considering keyboard and mouse isThis Xbox One version is a pretty damn good port of the original PC sim. Controls actually work really good considering keyboard and mouse is now out of the equation. The only real con I have so far is the graphics can get a little "fuzzy" and there is the occasional framerate stutter. It's too bad none of the DLC is included and I hope it becomes available soon. Consoles definitely lack Expand
  4. Apr 24, 2017
    8
    Cities: Skylines is simply put one of the greatest city building sims ever created and also one of the most additive games I have ever played.Cities: Skylines is simply put one of the greatest city building sims ever created and also one of the most additive games I have ever played.
    The game is simple in its premise. You are the owner of a plot of land and you must turn it into a city that people want to live and work in. Sounds simple and maybe even boring to some but it really is one of the best games in its genre.
    You start the game with a large sum of money and a single motorway heading towards your land. First thing you must do is build a power plant and water towers, then start building some houses with a good road system to boot. Then slowly add some commercial and finally some Industry. As the game goes on you unlock new buildings like schools, hospitals, fire stations and so on.
    The game is pretty much the spiritual successor to the Sim City series. However, while the EA owned Sims City games have gradually gotten worse and dumbed down, this game is not.
    Graphically the game is okay but not outstanding which I can only guess is to help the game run smoothly as possible when the map gets full.
    The sound is pretty good with some excellent music.
    One thing I am not a big fan of is the locked content. For example, you need to have 500 people in your town before you can build a school. Some items require you to have at least 75,000 people in your city to unlock them. That being said, it never ruins the game and some things like hospitals can’t really be built at the start anyway because of your small budget.
    So, to sum it up. If you have played a Sim City game in the past then this game is perfect for you. I highly recommend this game.

    Gameplay:-15/20
    Graphics:-14/20
    Sound:-17/20
    Value for Money:-19/20
    Replay Value:-20/20
    (85/100) A hidden gem.
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  5. Dec 27, 2019
    7
    This game is truly fantastic for those who like this genre of game, but it's a shame that it's much worse than the PC variant, which allowsThis game is truly fantastic for those who like this genre of game, but it's a shame that it's much worse than the PC variant, which allows mod support. That version of the game is incredible. Expand
  6. Jan 2, 2018
    6
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  7. Oct 21, 2020
    6
    In hindsight, I probably should have bought the PC version since playing with an Xbox controller is somewhat cumbersome. Oh well.

    Overall,
    In hindsight, I probably should have bought the PC version since playing with an Xbox controller is somewhat cumbersome. Oh well.

    Overall, I'm impressed with a lot of the detail CS has. But with time, certain patterns emerge and you realize what's missing.

    Laying plumbing and electricity feels tedious and redundant after the first hour of playing time. So do some of the challenges for unique buildings. Not sure why I need to fill 7 cemeteries or whatever to win a new type of theater. That feels random and poorly designed from a gamification standpoint.

    Maybe I'm playing the wrong game but I do wish there was a political aspect. Citizen happiness is way too easy to achieve (I almost never think about it) and tax revenue, after the city reaches a couple thousand people, is also too easy. So once the city reaches a certain size, I'm really just managing traffic & garbage collection issues.

    When I think about all the problems pervasive in today's cities: housing prices, homelessness, violence, climate change, CS is simply too easy. The game feels more like a creative tool for you to (slowly) build a fantasy city, not face any sort of semi-realistic challenge of running a city.

    Lastly, I only have the basic version but the expansion packs feel awfully pricey. My rating for the game would likely be much higher if those were included by default.
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