Everything’s in tatters. There’s crime everywhere because I can’t afford a police station. My dedication to green energy is causing city-wide blackouts. And, of course, I’m heavily in debt.
Within an hour of loading up Cities: Skylines, I was already overwhelmed and screwing everything up. But I was also having an absolute whale of a time playing it.
It’s held back by some unfortunate performance issues, but if you’re willing to put up with its errors, there’s a fun and, at times, calming experience to be had here.
The skyline’s the limit
It wasn’t always like this. Cities: Skylines does at least try to ease you in, with a fairly simple tutorial to teach you the absolute basics before it sends you off into the big bad world.