Review: Cities: Skylines – Snowfall (DLC)

Review: Cities: Skylines - Snowfall (DLC)

Platforms:

  • PlayStation 4
  • Xbox One
  • PC, Mac, Linux

Platform/Hardware Used:

  • PSN Download
  • PS4 Pro
  • HDTV

Extras:

  • DualShock 4 Required (1)
  • Move None
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Title: Cities: Skylines – Snowfall
Format: Blu-ray Disc / PSN (1.8 GB)
Release Date: November 21, 2017
Publisher: Paradox Interactive
Developer: Colossal Order
Original MSRP: $12.99 (US), €12.99 (EU), £9.99 (UK)
ESRB Rating: E
PEGI: 3
A copy of this game was provided by the publisher for review purposes.
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Review of the Original Game:

All I’ve wanted for Cities: Skylines is some DLC and it would seem I’m not going to be disappointed this holiday season as the first expansion, Cities: Skylines – Snowfall is already here.

Gameplay:
If you have read my Cities: Skylines review then I won’t bore you (again) by going over the same stuff as this expansion plays the same apart from a few slight differences. In this new addition, you can now choose a couple of classic maps that are covered in snow.

This add-on also includes road maintenance and streetcars as well as a new temperature gauge in the bottom left of the on-screen menu since cold weather increases the demand for electricity. A few new heating supply buildings can offset these changes. Although, it only seems to affect the new snow-covered maps.

Being confined to a couple of wintery maps is a pain. It’s like the White Witch is ruling over the land as the snow never melts and winter never fades. So Cities: Skylines – Snowfall isn’t what I hoped it would be. My huge cities that I have spent countless hours on aren’t going to get covered in snow.

A few new buildings, including the road maintenance service, can be used on any map along with the new tramlines that can be added to any road simply by upgrading the desired route. This adds another way for your busy people to get around and it looks quite good too.

Visuals:
As you would expect Cities: Skylines – Snowfall features the cold stuff everywhere and there are even some flurries every now and again. Sadly, it’s restricted to the wintery maps while the normal ones just get the new rain and fog effects.

The rain looks nice but it doesn’t alter anything in the city. The same could have been done for a small snow flurry, but then I guess people would have moaned that it didn’t settle. As soon as I loaded up a wintery map I noticed large expanses of yellow snow. It wasn’t what you might be thinking, the fertile land perfect for farming adds a tinge of color to the powdery stuff.

Audio:
The music has changed to a jolly seasonal tune much more fitting for the cold weather but just like the never-ending winter, it does not change, therefore it can become annoying after a long session.

Online/Multiplayer:
This game is one player only with no online component.

Conclusion:
Cities: Skylines – Snowfall is a nice addition to the main game and it may be worth grabbing for fans who crave some new content. Unfortunately, like waking up to the first snow but then realizing you still have work or school, the snow-covered themed maps quickly lose their appeal.

I was hoping for proper seasons or at the very least random snowfalls, but considering the demands that would put on game’s engine, it did seem unlikely. I like the new streetcars and believe they are the best part of this new content, but the other additions could have been patched into the main game.

So it boils down to a couple of nice things for quite a high price. It doesn’t feel like a full expansion and might not be worth it for some people. Maybe wait for a price drop or consider the Season Pass, which also includes some more expansions like Natural Disasters and Mass Transit, and a few packs like the Content Creator and Radio Stations.

Score:
6.5

* All screenshots used in this review were taken directly from the game using the Share functionality on the PlayStation 4.

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Written by Chazz Harrington

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