Cities: Skylines taking over city-building genre crown

Cities: Skylines taking over city-building genre crown

SINGAPORE - Reviews online are giving the thumbs-up to Cities: Skylines, a city-building game in the same vein as the SimCity series. In fact, some players are saying that this is what SimCity in 2013 should have been.

PCGamer.com has given the game an 86 over 100 in its review. Gamespot gave it an 8 out of 10. PCWorld.com gave it four stars out of five. Incgamers.com gave the game a 10 out of 10 and proudly proclaimed that "the city builder is back!"

Admittedly, it's not difficult to trump the fiasco that was SimCity 2013 (also known as SimCity 5) - that game was unplayable for many for days when it launched two years ago due to "server issues" and incensed a large number of players - but even players are chiming in to praise Cities: Skylines. There are close to 2,800 positive reviews by users on gaming service Steam, compared to 95 negative ones.

"This is the City Builder of my Dreams!" exclaimed one excited user. "Woke up early, started playing, realised it was way past dinner time. Haven't eaten all day. Should cook something," wrote another.

The game was released on Tuesday (March 10), and publisher Paradox and developer Colossal Order announced on Thursday that the game sold 250,000 copies in its first day.

There's now even a reddit community for the game with 26,701 subscribers as of Friday.

The game is available now on Steam for S$29.

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