Sunday Video: How Realistic Is Cities Skylines?


In this video, Dave Amos of City Beautiful speaks to a software designer about Cities: Skylines and its attempt to simulate real cities.

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  1. I love this game.

    That said, I find it’s a lot easier than the Sim City games, which were balanced so that you had to be a lot more careful with your money or your city will go bankrupt. Or if traffic got too bad, and people wouldn’t be able to get to work.

    I rarely have to make difficult decisions and tradeoffs in skylines. Subways are not that expensive to build to alleviate traffic, so I don’t really need the other transportation options. I can usually run the whole city on wind power, so I don’t need to carefully plan out my power options.

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