This Tuesday: Cities: Skylines by Humble
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My personal take
It’s time for a new Paradox DLC Bundle! If you have followed my previous posts, you are probably already expecting a rather juicy catch. Is this the case again, though?
I’ll go straight the point: the Skylines Bundle doesn’t look as bursting with content, as the previous Europa Universalis IV or Crusader Kings II bundles. This partly hinges on the differences between those games and Skylines, though: the latter simply doesn’t have as much DLC.
So that doesn’t mean it’s bad, either. Could be great or perhaps ore of a mixed bag, but that depends a lot what your library looks like, now.
Buck tier is a definite buy for the fence sitter that hasn’t caved in yet, and bought Skylines already. It’s definitely on the light side, featuring just one, unexciting, music DLC, but you can’t argue with a buck minimum.
BTA only comes with Natural Disasters (a throw-back to good ole Simcity); the other pieces are Concerts, a “mini-expansion” that lets the player set up music events in their town, Snowfall, which doesn’t add weather, and it’s largely regarded as a cosmetic DLC, and a Content Creator Pack, High-tech Buildings.
Top tier finally delivers the bulk of the important DLC: Mass Transit, Green Cities and Industries. Campus and a couple Content Creator Packs, Art Deco and European Suburbia round up the offer.
The inescapable, ever looming question is, for these bundles: does any of this make any economic sense?
Unless you’re an inveterate deal hunter, the answer might still be a resounding “yes!”: Mass Transit and Industries alone cost almost as much as the whole bundle on Steam or Humble, and most other first-tier, third-party shops - and that’d be the sale price!
WinGameStore, on the other hand, has had killer sales on all of the DLC presented here, and the meaty content of top adds up to roughly about 9 Euros, with Campus adding another 4 and change.
Similar considerations apply to BTA, the markedly lower price casting it in a better light, at the same time this is offset by the more optional nature of the DLC.
Circling back to my opening, how well this computes also depends on how much you have already bought: most of the DLC is, at this point, years old, so the chance one might already own part, or even all, is far from inconsiderable.
If you bought this bundle, what would you be missing? The most recent DLC Sunset Harbor, After Dark, a few Content Creator Packs, and music DLC (which, honestly, I am not even sure is good enough to be worth paying for). Oh and the useless Deluxe Upgrade.
All in all, I wish Paradox would have gone the extra mile and included more of the lightweight DLC. After Dark, too. But I cannot find too much to complain for the prospective buyer.
Also not a bad news, Steam does have a flexible bundle which allows to complete the collection without having to pay twice.
Humble Cities: Skylines - until 09/06/2020
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- PWYW, €1 minimum:
- Cities: Skylines
- Cities: Skylines - Deep Focus Radio
- BTA, €6.09, currently:
- Cities: Skylines - Concerts
- Cities: Skylines - Content Creator Pack: High-Tech Buildings
- Cities: Skylines - Snowfall
- Cities: Skylines - Natural Disasters
- Pay €16.50+:
- Cities: Skylines - Mass Transit
- Cities: Skylines - Green Cities
- Cities: Skylines - Industries
- Cities: Skylines - Campus
- Cities: Skylines - Content Creator Pack: Art Deco
- Cities: Skylines - Content Creator Pack: European Suburbia