Cities Skylines is one of the most successful city simulators to date. The game pretty much has it all and when it was original released on the PC, it came at a time where the main competition was being highly scrutinized for how it was released with so many issues and problems. Cities Skylines stood above the competition and is even more impressive month by month with continued support from updates, and add-ons. Now, the game is available on consoles but the question is – how well does a city simulation game play on a video game console? The short answer – extremely impressive. I had some small doubts on how the game would control but my worries were quickly put aside. Cities Skylines PS4 Edition is the real deal and is probably one of if not the best city simulation game available on the PlayStation 4.
The number one thing you will notice when playing Cities Skylines is without question – the graphics. I mean, this game looks pretty INSANELY pretty. Sure it doesn’t look as impressive as a high end PC machine running at maximum settings, but Cities Skylines PS4 Edition does a fantastic job with visuals. My PlayStation 4’s system fan ran majority of the time when playing this game and you can tell that the PS4 is doing work while processing these graphics. The game looks very beautiful and you will find yourself staring at the city that you have built gazing at the streets, traffic, and skylines.
The concept of the game simple. Create zones for commercial, industrial, and residential. As you progress through the game, you will hit goals and unlock more exciting aspects such as transportation, the opportunity to buy more land and make your city larger, opportunities for tourism, monuments, and much, much more. The possibilities are truly endless.
The game can be quite challenging but not impossible. While playing, I found myself in an early budget problem because my city seemed to be growing at a rate faster than I could keep up with. I ran into major budgeting problems and I didn’t know what to do. Until I came up with a brilliant idea which is something that I’m sure would be extremely unpopular – raise the taxes (yes I won’t be running for mayor of your town anytime soon). Once I did that, my city became more lucrative and I was able to take control of my assets and plan a budget more efficiently. It was easy, but not too easy as I had to be careful not to raise the taxes too high or the citizens would complain.
As I previously mentioned, my number one concern with the game was the controls on the PS4 edition. It is pretty easy to move around a city with a mouse in the palm of your hand while playing on a PC but how would this translate to the PlayStation 4 Dualshock 4 controller? Well, I am happy to report that the transition is very smooth and the controls are amazingly intuitive. Users are able to zoom in and out of their cities simply by using the R2 and L2 triggers. Menus can be accessed by using the directional pad and selecting actions are as simple as pressing ‘X’ on that selected option. Moving around the map plane is as simple as moving the analog stick in the desired direction. Once I realized how intuitively simple the controls were for the game, my natural instincts kicked right in and I was building up my community in no time. The developers truly did a fantastic job transitioning the controls from PC to console and I must say I am very impressed.
The sounds are what you’d expect from a city simulation game. Loud. Which is very welcoming. You’ll hear birds chirping in parks, car horns blaring in traffic along with police sirens, fire trucks, and ambulances. Or the grim solitude of a bell ringing around the cemetery. Its exactly what you’d expect if you were in a big city. The music while good can get a bit loud at times though and can be somewhat repetitive after awhile. I enjoyed it for the most part but would have liked to see a larger variety added to the soundtrack of the game for the PS4 edition. Nevertheless, it isn’t a deal breaker by any stretch of the imagination.
Cities Skylines PS4 Edition is THE definitive city simulation game on current gen consoles today. If you have any inclination or desire of playing a simulation game on a console, but are worried about how the game would look or control, you can put your fears to rest with this game. The team did a phenomenal job with the PS4 edition of this game and with all of the add-ons and support that are releasing to PC on a regular basis, one can only imagine that they will make their way to the PS4 as well which means support for this game will continue to be top notch. If you have an urge to build, this is the game for you. For more on Cities Skylines PS4 edition, make sure you keep it locked to MammothGamers.com!