Cities: Skylines 2 Reviews

Cities: Skylines 2 is ranked in the 60th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.
7 / 10.0
Dec 6, 2023

Cities: Skylines II has an extensive system that lets you control every aspect of a city's growth. Unfortunately some aspects could use more explanation and the graphic requirements are high, making it tough to get started.

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Dec 5, 2023

While I absolutely enjoy Cities: Skylines and have seen the features that really make Cities: Skylines II a more enhanced version in terms of game mechanics, it is severely let down in my opinion with its graphics. I found myself getting frustrated that I could not have a smooth experience if I had the graphics even on medium. Against the previous game, graphically Cities: Skylines wins. I started to question why this second iteration was needed. Could they have not just upgraded the game mechanics in the first one and carried on building on what they had? I guess maybe it was not possible and perhaps the changes were too much for any existing cities to handle. It’s a shame as my experience has not been a massively positive one and despite having some better features and ways of doing things, it feels like a backward step in user experience at the moment. Let’s hope for some serious optimization to happen! For now, I would hold off from buying and maybe play it through the Xbox game pass library if you want to have a dabble.

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7.5 / 10.0
Nov 30, 2023

Cities Skylines 2 brings its share of new features, including even more in-depth management of your city. The financial aspect is more difficult and may come as a surprise to some, but after a few attempts you'll get the hang of it. However, the heavy tutorial for older players and the numerous technical problems spoil the experience for many.

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70 / 100
Nov 6, 2023

Cities: Skylines II is a modest improvement on its predecessor, integrating a good amount of features and content to feel like a worthwhile sequel. The underlying design remains great and should eventually reach its full potential, but a lack of structure and poor technical performance mean that it's not yet time to make the switch.

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Chris Wray
Top Critic
8 / 10.0
Nov 5, 2023

Cities: Skylines 2 is a very good city builder with a few marked improvements over its predecessor and is huge in scale. It is, however, let down in (arguably unfair) comparison with the original due to the countless free content (and paid DLC) that went into that, making this feel comparatively light.

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Recommended
Nov 2, 2023

Cities: Skylines II is a surface-level upgrade to a city-building sim leader that needs a little time in the community before it's truly a game to call home. But what's on offer is well worth the cost of moving in.

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8.5 / 10.0
Oct 27, 2023

Cities Skylines 2 makes for a truly enjoyable city builder experience. The merit of its visual beauty and the excellent building and planning tools offered make it unique. It definitely needs to find some improvements in the technical aspect.

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78 / 100
Oct 27, 2023

Maybe it isn’t fair to compare Cities: Skylines II to its predecessor, which has had years of updates and addons. Setting aside some technical issues, Cities: Skylines II has some interesting new systems, some welcome mechanical improvements, and lots of potential. But it’s missing some content that long time players have probably come to expect, and it’s in need of optimization, bug fixes, and the sense of life and fun that characterized the first game.

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Yes
Oct 27, 2023

Collossal Order returns with Cities: Skylines 2, the sequel to the acclaimed simulator that became a reference of the genre, which, although it does not redefine the experience, seeks to give it a new approach. A game whose additions are extremely solid, so much so as to satisfy a very detailed public that enjoys being in each and every one of the most intimate details of their creations.

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3.5 / 5.0
Oct 25, 2023

Cities: Skylines 2 is a sequel with notable improvements over its predecessor, but it falls short in terms of content and stability.

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4 / 10
Oct 25, 2023

In its current state, it is impossible to recommend Cities Skylines 2, as the game proves to be unplayable, even on a very powerful machine. The game has enormous potential and could score much higher after the necessary corrections. It is important to note that this is not an early access version, but a "final" version that is being sold for 49.99 euros. Players have the right to expect a smooth and complete gaming experience for this price, and unfortunately, Cities Skylines 2 does not meet these expectations in its current state.

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8 / 10.0
Oct 25, 2023

Cities: Skyline II expands, refines, simplifies and complicates where necessary the legacy of the first chapter, but right now it is above all a vision. It is the vision of what could be after the dev patches for technical problems and the community mods to increase the content, the two premises on which the foundations of a fortune rest that, hopefully, will accompany the days and nights for a long time of a large group of city builder fans.

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8 / 10
Oct 24, 2023

Cities: Skylines 2 has a bright future ahead of it. The core city building is solid, a well-rounded new take on the city building genre that already covers a lot of bases, but has plenty of room for expansion and further ideas to come through to it. Sure, you might miss the creature comforts of old DLC and mods, but given time Cities: Skylines 2 will be a bigger and better city builder.

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6.5 / 10.0
Oct 23, 2023

Cities: Skylines 2 is an ambitious sequel that manages to both implement amazing simulations systems while at the same time do little with them. It fails to recapture the magic of the original and the performance issues are a huge letdown. Maybe it will become the “ultimate city builder”, but that day is still far away.

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Unscored
Oct 23, 2023

Suffice it to say I’m excited for this game, and so much of me wants to recommend every bit of it. Right now, the performance issues make that very, very hard. I’m not sure why Colossal and Paradox didn’t delay all of it until 2024 instead of just consoles, but here we are. Much like other games that launched in a rough state, I’m certain that Cities: Skylines II will eventually be something to behold. For now, however, there’s a bit of buyer beware.

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75 / 100
Oct 21, 2023

City Skylines 2 is a great city management and creation game, with a bright future ahead thanks to updates, mods and user-created content, which already has a range of interesting options, although the whole is weighed down by poor optimization that still has a little way to go to unfold its full potential.

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6 / 10
Oct 20, 2023

Cities: Skylines II offers a wide range of options for building your city on a foundation that isn't yet very stable. It doesn't provide all the features and expansions that its predecessor has received over the years, but it has at least set the stage for developers to continue working on the game. Cities Skylines 2 will keep you entertained for hours already. It's more accessible, creative, and fun, as you can feel the enormous work the developers have done on the build features. On the management and city governance side, it's unfortunately worse. You must also forgive the relatively poor technical state, which spoils the impression of a reasonably successful sequel.

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7.5 / 10.0
Oct 19, 2023

Cities: Skylines 2 doesn't rebuild the genre nor its identity, instead choosing to go bigger and deeper without losing sight of what made its predecessor work. With no better alternatives on sight, this will do.

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8 / 10.0
Oct 19, 2023

Cities Skylines 2 is a game dense with content, structured-as is traditionally the case-with an abundance of detail and almost manic care, at least in terms of the series' strengths (i.e., the management of neighborhoods, transportation, and utilities). It continues not to shine from the purely economic point of view, which should be the real gameplay challenge.

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7.5 / 10.0
Oct 19, 2023

Cities: Skylines II, like its predecessor, provides one of the most enjoyable and robust city management experiences today, especially if they address performance issues and if you're not a political fanatic like the person writing this particular review. So, if all you're looking for is an escapist amusement to test your disastrous skills as an amateur civil engineer, you'll undoubtedly find this game very entertaining and comprehensive.

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