Cities: Skylines - After Dark (PC) Review

By David Lovato 26.09.2015

Review for Cities: Skylines - After Dark on PC

Colossal Order and Paradox Interactive launched Cities: Skylines earlier this year, and for many it quickly became the go-to alternative to the (previously) online-only SimCity. Driven by developer support and a strong modding community, the game has thrived since launch. Now the team has released a DLC expansion called After Dark, which brings, among other things, a day and night cycle to the table.

Upon launch, it's not immediately clear what's different about After Dark. Pretty much all of the new features take time to realise; most are new buildings that won't be unlocked at a city's onset (unless certain options are enabled). When they are, players will find things like harbours, hotels, airports, bike lanes; a few different means of travel infrastructure or specialisations and different visual props for them, primarily. Long before unlocking those, however, night-time should kick in. The sun goes down, traffic slows, lights come on, the visuals change drastically and behaviour changes very slightly.

Screenshot for Cities: Skylines - After Dark on PC

"Slight" is perhaps the name of the game here, although some might prefer "subtle." Cities: Skylines - After Dark doesn't change much about how things are played, it just makes tweaks and changes throughout. Besides placing new buildings and watching the downright gorgeous transitions between night and day (or the city lights in general at night), new gameplay consists almost entirely of a series of sliders under the "budget" menu; different budgets can be assigned for night over day, meaning wannabe-mayors can crank down the power and water budgets at night for when their city sleeps, for example. It's a new layer of complexity, but it's not a very engaging one; after getting a city off of the ground, it isn't something that's likely to come to mind frequently, but it does fit proceedings naturally.

Screenshot for Cities: Skylines - After Dark on PC

Cubed3 Rating

6/10
Rated 6 out of 10

Good

Cities: Skylines - After Dark is a welcome expansion that doesn't change too much, yet fits right into existing save files and adds a new layer of complexity fans will appreciate. Long, stretching shadows and drastic glows are beautiful, sometimes breathtaking, but actual new content is a little more...sparse. The price might seem high for how subtle or cosmetic these additions are, but many will likely find enough value in the overall strong developer support and thriving modding community to justify the cost, if the new layers of depth aren't enough for them.

Developer

Colossal Order

Publisher

Paradox Interactive

Genre

Simulation

Players

1

C3 Score

Rated $score out of 10  6/10

Reader Score

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