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  • It's time for another Cities Skylines expansion pack! This is the fifth one and

  • it arrives for $12.99 here in the US. And is titled Green Cities.

  • ...yay?

  • Gotta admit as far as concepts for packs for Cities Skylines goes, this was very low on my

  • personal list of things that I really wanted in the game. But I'm still curious,

  • you're curious, we're all curious, so let's get serious about diving into this

  • thing which includes over 300 and something new assets: eco-friendly

  • buildings, services, specializations policies, scenarios, and maps. And it also

  • introduces some gameplay tweaks, specifically things like road

  • pollution. In particular, noise pollution from roads has been redone entirely to

  • be affected by the type of vehicles using it, not just the size or capacity

  • of the road. So in other words now you have electric cars, biofuel buses, and

  • combustion engine bans that you can put into place to both lower air and noise

  • pollution from roads. It's a thing that's increasingly happening in real life so

  • of course adding it to the game makes some sense, I guess. As for a more game-y

  • thing here, roads can also be thoroughly customized through the built-in modding

  • tools. A very welcome addition, I do say. And it's also been included in the

  • latest free patch so mod way with those roads, make cool stuff because I'm too

  • lazy to do it. And also in the Green Cities pack you get some new

  • specializations for office, commercial, and residential zones. Districts

  • containing offices lets you specialize them as an IT Cluster now, which provides

  • you some awesome-looking buildings and some very high production from their

  • production. Commercial zones can receive the Organic and Local Produce

  • specialization resulting in hippies --er-- businesses catering to everything from

  • organic coffee, to fresh markets for food, to herbal dispensaries, to electric

  • vehicle charging hotspots and all that kind of stuff. And residential can be

  • classed as Self-Sufficient now, a step beyond the existing High-Tech Housing

  • policy. Homes go largely off the grid here, requiring

  • very little power or water from your main cities. However, while the high-rises

  • look pretty futuristic and kind of fun to look at with their earthy exteriors,

  • low-density just looks gray and drab and kind of samey. The models themselves are

  • nicely detailed and they seem more realistically proportioned. And they

  • don't have that ridiculous color scheme going on, which I appreciate. But they all

  • just sort of blend together. I don't know, it's a personal preference, but I still

  • think that there could have been a little more color and variety. There's

  • also a notable lack of grass in the yards of these lots. And before you say

  • "it's not eco-friendly to have grass in your yard," well that may be true in some

  • climates, sure. Drier places it makes sense to not have grass. But I build my

  • city in a place where it rains almost every single day. Grass is everywhere by

  • default, but as soon as they place down their gray samey-looking buildings the

  • grass goes away, I don't really get it. For a "green" cities pack I guess I

  • expected a little more green. But hey, at least we got more trees that they've

  • added here as well. I probably still prefer some of the custom-made ones that

  • I've seen but these are nice to have in there officially. But anyway, the other

  • main additions to this are the other new buildings, both alternatives to existing

  • buildings or as new options unique to this pack. Almost all of them are more

  • expensive, because that's the price to pay for "going green" here. But the benefit

  • is that they take up less power and water, output less pollution, or give you

  • a new way to deal with old concerns. There are new leisure buildings, many of

  • which also come in the latest patch. You get various, gardens, parks, and havens of

  • all sorts of sizes and shapes. Including a ziggurat, a yoga garden, a place to

  • learn about the birds and the bees, and several buildings that float on water.

  • Mm! Aesthetically pleasing but functionally

  • the same. There are also alternatives to elementary school, high school, and

  • universities. And respectively these come in the forms of a community school, an

  • institute of creative arts, and the Modern Technology Institute or MIT -- er

  • MTI. Yeah I see what they did. There's also new resource buildings for water,

  • power, and garbage. Including a solar updraft tower that looks pretty rad, some

  • geo and ocean thermal energy converters, cleaner options for sewage outlets and

  • treatment, and recycling and garbage collection centers, the latter of which

  • deals with water pollution by also floating out in the water like those

  • restaurants and parks and other things. Oh yes, Georgie, they all float!

  • And there's also a new monument: the Ultimate Recycling Center, because Ultimate

  • MK was already taken and I guess recycling normally is passe. Anyway, that's pretty

  • much the Cities Green Stuff Pack or whatever it's called. Overall I like it!

  • But as usual it's unnecessary to the core game and doesn't really do much

  • more than throw a few light wrinkles into your city building fabric for you

  • to leisurely iron out. I wish it added a bit more challenge or fixed up existing

  • problems rather than just giving players a slightly different urban planning

  • strategy. For some people that's enough, they don't expect this to do anything

  • more! And that's probably the best way to look at it because we're probably just

  • gonna have to wait around for Cities Skylines 2 to get that stuff, because at

  • this rate it seems like they're happy just giving little piecemeal, slight

  • additions and updates every so often. But anyway that's getting a little bit

  • off-topic; that was the Cities Skylines Green Cities pack! And if you enjoyed

  • this look at this thing then perhaps you'd like to see some of the other LGR

  • episodes that I've put together. And there are new ones every Monday and

  • Friday on a variety of topics, because I have interests that I can't keep aligned

  • and I jump all over the place and that's just what I do.

  • But if you like that then awesome, thank you for watching!

It's time for another Cities Skylines expansion pack! This is the fifth one and

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LGR - Cities: Skylines Green Cities Review

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    林宜悉 posted on 2020/03/06
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