Cities Skylines ll

25/11/2023

I have played Cities Skylines ll now for a few hours and the graphics are a big problem for many game users. You have probably seen my computer on the Home page or System Setup page and will see straight away it’s not a cheap computer. It’s an expensive high-end computer and Cities Skylines ll performed badly in the high graphics settings. I could not believe what was happening to the game. The textures started going crazy like snow was on the vehicles and the trees had square leaves. I thought what is going on it’s not a flight simulator that requires a lot of graphics memory. I had a 325 population and not much on the map and it was like what is going on? So I had a look at the graphics setting and experimented with different settings on the advanced mode and it did nothing only made things worse. In the end, I set the graphics to medium and that solved the problem. Then it started again. I rebooted my computer and started the game and that helped. I think Paradox should have spent more time tweaking the game for performance. It’s also missing a few functions like undo on the land editing feature so when you make a mistake you cannot undo it and that can be a pain in the neck. It is missing the main editing feature but they will arrive later this or next month. There is no Workshop because they have abandoned that and will use their platform which will be much better. The game itself is enjoyable and challenging if you do not have unlimited money or unlock all milestones switched on. It’s best to have those on if you are a beginner or experimenting and learning all the functions of the game then when you feel happy enough you can start a new map with them switched off. Would I recommend the game to anyone?  I will say yes with caution because if you have a very low-end computer you might have a lot of problems with the graphics.  I will give the game three stars for now and in a few months I will update this review. 

Cities: Skylines II Update Patch Notes 1.1.0f1 Mar 25

25/03/2024

I thought I would try out Cities: Skylines II now that the game has had a big update to see if the game is any better. I have the Beach Properties as part of the update and the new Mod Installer and Map Editor. They are both still in the beta stage and need a lot of work done because there are a lot of icons missing in the editor and you can only see the text so it can be hard to tell what items you are adding to the map.  The water is still a problem and needs to be better because it is so confusing to use. You cannot create a waterfall like you could with Cities: Skylines 1. I am hoping this will be added in future updates by  Paradox as well as the restore and undo buttons when editing the map or adding water. Because you cannot undo anything and it is a pain. The performance is still an issue.

My high-end computer costs me £5400 and runs flight simulators very well on the highest settings, but not if I do a live stream using Open Broadcast Software (OBS) because the processor and graphics card will have to process more data. You can see my computer on the system setup page. The game still needs a lot of work doing to it by Paradox developers to improve the graphics and get the frame rates higher to around 60 FPS or more. After the big update, I still cannot recommend the game and can only give it one star. Two stars would be pushing it. I will do another review when the next big update is released and see if there are any improvements.

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