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  1. Cities: Skylines patch 1.2.2-f2 released, limits raised!

    I have a $ 800 PC (monitor included) bought 2 years ago and C:S runs properly too, 30-40 stable FPS with 1920x1020 and about 600+ mods and assets. A quad core CPU, 8 GB RAM an SSD and a good GPU (I have a very normal and quite outdated nVidia 670 GTX) is what you need to play this game. And damn if it's worth playing!
  2. The City of Rockhill

    Your CJ is lovely, I really like the ongoing growth feature. A question: how the hell you manage to place props on tarmac (i.e. over other objects)?
  3. Aurora - The Bright City

    Time for the second entry of the Aurora CJ focused on downtown. I do not know yet how long this series will be, but you can expect at least two more episodes. But the most important thing though is that you seem to like 'em! FEEDBACK CORNER WALKING IN DOWNTOWN #2: TRAVELODGE HOTEL - JOLIET SQUARE Well, after the previous walk and a night of sleep this is the view from the Travelodge Hotel (featured in the Red Light District entry) North Tower: inviting, isn't it? After a filling breakfast in one of the numerous Oldshore district cafes it's time to take another walk to downtown! The city administration has placed many information boards which helps tourists and residents not to get lost, with public transport routes, nearby points of interest, parkings and much more. And just around the right corner you realize tha the primary destination is not far at all! After less than a hundred meters... here you are! Looking left you can see something familiar... it is worth to take a closer look! It's the famous the famous Aurora sign that can be seen in many postcards! Time to cross the street and proceed to downtown! The scrapers prominence here is quite sickening! As if to underline it, here there's even an outdoor cafe! It really is very busy! Just a block west there is another very popular square: the Casey Plaza! Here are the statues of a famous Spanish sculptor... Time for a nose-up again! It's damn hot today! And we're still early in the morning! The scrapers density here is quite impressive... Holding the nose up often it's easy to get lost... this road does not seem very popular with tourists... Luckily there's another infromation board few meters ahead! Well, Joliet Square is just past this pedestrian way! Here we are, the destination of our morning walk! Oh yeah the Aurora Skydome! Want to get up there! Here is also the renowned Victory Column! Gosh! The queue for the Skydome tickets is very long! Why I did miss to book online? Got the ticket! Time to take the superfast elevator to the top! What an amazing sight! If you suffer dizziness do not do this! It's worth the price! Almost forgot there's also the beatiful Opera House right here! Let's move to the eastern part of the square, there's much more to see! This is the hockey stadium Emile Arena, he home of Aurora Thunders! In front of it there is a really strange sculpture that look like a lightning rod. Maybe it wants to resemble a thunder! There's also another wonderful monumental column. This one is dedicated to the XIX century caledonian revolution. A metro station, it's time to take advantage of it! Still have to visit all the southeastern part of downtown, it will take some time! Keep followin' and you'll be surprised!
  4. Aurora

  5. Chapter XVI: Walking in Downtown #2

    Time for the second entry of the Aurora CJ focused on downtown. I do not know yet how long this series will be, but you can expect at least two more episodes. But the most important thing though is that you seem to like 'em! FEEDBACK CORNER WALKING IN DOWNTOWN #2: TRAVELODGE HOTEL - JOLIET SQUARE Well, after the previous walk and a night of sleep this is the view from the Travelodge Hotel (featured in the Red Light District entry) North Tower: inviting, isn't it? After a filling breakfast in one of the numerous Oldshore district cafes it's time to take another walk to downtown! The city administration has placed many information boards which helps tourists and residents not to get lost, with public transport routes, nearby points of interest, parkings and much more. And just around the right corner you realize tha the primary destination is not far at all! After less than a hundred meters... here you are! Looking left you can see something familiar... it is worth to take a closer look! It's the famous the famous Aurora sign that can be seen in many postcards! Time to cross the street and proceed to downtown! The scrapers prominence here is quite sickening! As if to underline it, here there's even an outdoor cafe! It really is very busy! Just a block west there is another very popular square: the Casey Plaza! Here are the statues of a famous Spanish sculptor... Time for a nose-up again! It's damn hot today! And we're still early in the morning! The scrapers density here is quite impressive... Holding the nose up often it's easy to get lost... this road does not seem very popular with tourists... Luckily there's another infromation board few meters ahead! Well, Joliet Square is just past this pedestrian way! Here we are, the destination of our morning walk! Oh yeah the Aurora Skydome! Want to get up there! Here is also the renowned Victory Column! Gosh! The queue for the Skydome tickets is very long! Why I did miss to book online? Got the ticket! Time to take the superfast elevator to the top! What an amazing sight! If you suffer dizziness do not do this! It's worth the price! Almost forgot there's also the beatiful Opera House right here! Let's move to the eastern part of the square, there's much more to see! This is the hockey stadium Emile Arena, he home of Aurora Thunders! In front of it there is a really strange sculpture that look like a lightning rod. Maybe it wants to resemble a thunder! There's also another wonderful monumental column. This one is dedicated to the XIX century caledonian revolution. A metro station, it's time to take advantage of it! Still have to visit all the southeastern part of downtown, it will take some time! Keep followin' and you'll be surprised!
  6. Aurora - The Bright City

    Welcome back, this is the first of what will be a series of chapter dedicated to Downtown Aurora, with images taken at street level to show what you see walking in the city center. FEEDBACK CORNER WALKING IN DOWNTOWN #1: CENTRAL STATION - APPLE STOREWith the last entry we left at the Central Station exit facing downtown, and now it's time to start a sightseeing tour to visit it as tourists. Let's start with the idea that, arriving at the station in the evening, before heading to the hotel you want a ride driven by passion for scrapers and the emotion of visiting a new city! What you come into going out of the Central Station is Union Plaza, the meeting point of four of the major artieries of the city center and the Downtown starting point. The square is characterized by a small park with a monument to peace in its center, nicknamed "The Hug" from the residents. Crossing the road then you reach the beginning of Madison Avenue. As you can see we're still in front of the Central Station.And then you cannot stop looking up!Turning the eyes south you have the glance of Madison Avenue and it's time to enter Downtown!After few steps, arrived at the first corner we turn left into Hearst street.A hundred meters further a magnificent view opens on many Art Deco scrapers: Andrews Square!This square is very famous for the ice rink open all year!And then it's time to look up again! The buildings overlooking this square are historical and considered the most beautiful in the entire city.Just next to the ice rink there is a small grill kiosk very popular among tourists.Although sandwiches here are not cheap at all it's time for a brief stop!In the south part of the square there is a small plaza with tress and benches very frequented by lovers.What a beast! This is the Caledonian Oil Company Building, also known as the COC! At this point the eyes begins to be attracted by huge billboards...And just around the corner you find that there are still more!Going by some tens of meters on the left there is another square where there is the monument that celebrates the city's founder.One of these billboard looks familiar There appears something unexpected: a park that seems endless!Viewing it seems it will take a whole day to visit! Where to go now? East or West?The hotel is just in front of the bay so let's go west!Wwwhat? A huge phone?Yes it is!Have to go to the hotel now, soon will be dinner time. Taaaaxi!Keep followin' and you'll be surprised!
  7. Chapter XV: Wallking in Downtown #1

    Welcome back, this is the first of what will be a series of chapter dedicated to Downtown Aurora, with images taken at street level to show what you see walking in the city center. FEEDBACK CORNER WALKING IN DOWNTOWN #1: CENTRAL STATION - APPLE STOREWith the last entry we left at the Central Station exit facing downtown, and now it's time to start a sightseeing tour to visit it as tourists. Let's start with the idea that, arriving at the station in the evening, before heading to the hotel you want a ride driven by passion for scrapers and the emotion of visiting a new city!What you come into going out of the Central Station is Union Plaza, the meeting point of four of the major artieries of the city center and the Downtown starting point. The square is characterized by a small park with a monument to peace in its center, nicknamed "The Hug" from the residents. Crossing the road then you reach the beginning of Madison Avenue. As you can see we're still in front of the Central Station.And then you cannot stop looking up!Turning the eyes south you have the glance of Madison Avenue and it's time to enter Downtown!After few steps, arrived at the first corner we turn left into Hearst street.A hundred meters further a magnificent view opens on many Art Deco scrapers: Andrews Square!This square is very famous for the ice rink open all year!And then it's time to look up again! The buildings overlooking this square are historical and considered the most beautiful in the entire city.Just next to the ice rink there is a small grill kiosk very popular among tourists.Although sandwiches here are not cheap at all it's time for a brief stop!In the south part of the square there is a small plaza with tress and benches very frequented by lovers.What a beast! This is the Caledonian Oil Company Building, also known as the COC! At this point the eyes begins to be attracted by huge billboards...And just around the corner you find that there are still more!Going by some tens of meters on the left there is another square where there is the monument that celebrates the city's founder.One of these billboard looks familiar There appears something unexpected: a park that seems endless!Viewing it seems it will take a whole day to visit! Where to go now? East or West?The hotel is just in front of the bay so let's go west!Wwwhat? A huge phone?Yes it is!Have to go to the hotel now, soon will be dinner time. Taaaaxi!Keep followin' and you'll be surprised!
  8. Aurora - The Bright City

    Hello fellows, here is a new entry for the Bright City CJ! I resume from where we left with the last one but, as always, let'sstart with your comments. FEEDBACK CORNER HAWTHORNE JUNCTION The last element shown you in the previous entry was the Hawthorne junction, and to share the exact same spot I show you it again this time looking south, ie directly towards the Aurora Central Station and facing downtown. Immediately downstream to this ovrepass system, with four main tracks that directs to the west, the east and two to the north and that together constitute the main railway junction of the entire city with that of Stonehaven, there is an equally important for the highway known among residents as "The Octopus" which is the first of the three intersections that rides through the city center. AURORA CENTRAL Thinking I've illustrated you this complex in details enough, so let's proceed to the next stop: the central station! It is a structure built in art deco style, with ten tracks covered on five arches that can withstand a flow of over forty thousands passengers per day both through metropolitan and regional lines. But what matters most is the fact that Aurora Central is at the heart of a transit system that includes: a bus lines terminal almost great as the railway station (I'm using it to just one-third of its capacity right now) supported by a depot in the immediate vicinity. Furthermore, just in front of the station exit there is a large metro station that is the connexion point between the two underground lines that links all the Maya Bay neighborhoods. Last but not least is the large taxi rank. Essentially, from here, at the cost of a ticket people can reach any spot in the city except for some heights, like the Echelon Peak you well know already. The last key piece of the hub is the multistory parking capable of holding more than a thousand vehicles, widely used by locals and tourists to leave their cars and go for the public transport. But perhaps the most important thing is the glance that anyone has just exiting the station, and in this it can be said that the City of Aurora offers a rather succulent spectacle. The financial district scrapers are just a step away, and the impression of being small before such magnificence is quite palpable! The last picture of this entry it's for the New Caledonia Regional Council building, located right on the northwest of Aurora Central. Although not among the highest it is certainly one of the most impressive and important of the city skyscrapers. The building you see on the right the one open to the public as it houses the Regional Congress and the offices of the regional advisers. And it's everything for this episode: I advise you not to miss the next ones as the guide will go through the streets of downtown, and I assure you that there will be dizziness! Uoops a bonus pic Keep followin' and you'll be surprised!
  9. Chapter XIV: Central Station

    Hello fellows, here is a new entry for the Bright City CJ! I resume from where we left with the last one but, as always, let'sstart with your comments. FEEDBACK CORNER HAWTHORNE JUNCTION The last element shown you in the previous entry was the Hawthorne junction, and to share the exact same spot I show you it again this time looking south, ie directly towards the Aurora Central Station and facing downtown. Immediately downstream to this ovrepass system, with four main tracks that directs to the west, the east and two to the north and that together constitute the main railway junction of the entire city with that of Stonehaven, there is an equally important for the highway known among residents as "The Octopus" which is the first of the three intersections that rides through the city center. AURORA CENTRAL Thinking I've illustrated you this complex in details enough, so let's proceed to the next stop: the central station! It is a structure built in art deco style, with ten tracks covered on five arches that can withstand a flow of over forty thousands passengers per day both through metropolitan and regional lines. But what matters most is the fact that Aurora Central is at the heart of a transit system that includes: a bus lines terminal almost great as the railway station (I'm using it to just one-third of its capacity right now) supported by a depot in the immediate vicinity. Furthermore, just in front of the station exit there is a large metro station that is the connexion point between the two underground lines that links all the Maya Bay neighborhoods. Last but not least is the large taxi rank. Essentially, from here, at the cost of a ticket people can reach any spot in the city except for some heights, like the Echelon Peak you well know already. The last key piece of the hub is the multistory parking capable of holding more than a thousand vehicles, widely used by locals and tourists to leave their cars and go for the public transport. But perhaps the most important thing is the glance that anyone has just exiting the station, and in this it can be said that the City of Aurora offers a rather succulent spectacle. The financial district scrapers are just a step away, and the impression of being small before such magnificence is quite palpable! The last picture of this entry it's for the New Caledonia Regional Council building, located right on the northwest of Aurora Central. Although not among the highest it is certainly one of the most impressive and important of the city skyscrapers. The building you see on the right the one open to the public as it houses the Regional Congress and the offices of the regional advisers. And it's everything for this episode: I advise you not to miss the next ones as the guide will go through the streets of downtown, and I assure you that there will be dizziness! Uoops a bonus pic Keep followin' and you'll be surprised!
  10. Aurora - The Bright City

    Time for a new chapter for the CJ of the Bright City, the last one featuring the northern part of Maya Bay. But as usual let's start with your comments, that this time were quite numerous! FEEDBACK CORNER Before showing you the two new districts I want to share an aerial comprehensive view of what has been shown of Maya Bay till now. As already told it's just the northern part of the whole thing! SIGNAL HILL If you want to buy a family house and live in the immediate vicinity of the city center there aren't many choices. One of these is definitely the neighborhood known as Signal Hill, that despite being very close to all major arteries of the heart of Aurora still manages to be a quiet and peaceful place for its residents. The district takes its name from the high telecommunications tower serving the entire bay and dominates the hill. To buy a house here is not for everyone: even if this is not one of the most expensive districts of the cit, certainly is a lot less cheap than the popular neighborhoods that surround it. In the district shops and leisure are virtually absent, there are two bus lines that connect the district with the rest of the city, although residents can certainly afford one or more vehicles per household! The most fascinating feature of the neighborhood, as well as having the Red Lights Districts easily reachable even by foot (with all that implies in terms of drinking and saving the taxi fare), surely is the amazing view of downtown skyline you can enjoy even while sitting in the pool or during a picnic in the garden with your friends. But if in the evening you don't want to sit at home, taking the car is just a matter of a minute to get into the city! HAWTHORNE If you are then asking yourself where the residents of Signal Hill go for shopping, the spontaneous answer can only be in the neighboring district of Hawthorne, that in its streets offers an enviable array of commercial activities. It's also necessary to cross Hawthorne to get to one of the most important railway and highway junction on the whole city. If you do not know well the city it's pretty easy to get lost here! And past this maze, to the east the district ends with one of the most unique train stations of the whole region: Keep followin' and you'll be surprised!
  11. Chapter XIII: Hawthorne & Signal Hill

    Time for a new chapter for the CJ of the Bright City, the last one featuring the northern part of Maya Bay. But as usual let's start with your comments, that this time were quite numerous! FEEDBACK CORNER Before showing you the two new districts I want to share an aerial comprehensive view of what has been shown of Maya Bay till now. As already told it's just the northern part of the whole thing! SIGNAL HILL If you want to buy a family house and live in the immediate vicinity of the city center there aren't many choices. One of these is definitely the neighborhood known as Signal Hill, that despite being very close to all major arteries of the heart of Aurora still manages to be a quiet and peaceful place for its residents. The district takes its name from the high telecommunications tower that serves the entire bay dominating the hill. To buy a house here is not for everyone: even if this is not one of the most expensive districts of the city, certainly is a lot less cheap than the popular neighborhoods that surround it. In the district shops and leisure facilities are virtually absent but there are two bus lines that connect it with the rest of the city, although residents can certainly afford one or more vehicles per household! The most fascinating feature of the neighborhood, as well as having the Red Lights Districts easily reachable even by foot (with all that implies in terms of drinking and saving the taxi fare!), surely is the amazing view of downtown skyline enjoyable even while sitting in the pool or during a picnic in the garden with friends. But if in the evening you don't want to sit at home, taking the car is just a matter of a minute to get into the city! HAWTHORNE If you are then asking yourself where the residents of Signal Hill go for shopping, the spontaneous answer can only be in the neighboring district of Hawthorne, that in its streets offers an enviable array of commercial activities. It's also necessary to cross Hawthorne to get to one of the most important railway and highway junction in the whole city. If you do not know well the road network it's pretty easy to get lost here! And past this maze, to the east the district ends with one of the most unique train stations of the whole region: Keep followin' and you'll be surprised!
  12. Aurora - The Bright City

    Hi and welcome back to a "classic" entry for the Bright City CJ after three episodes focused on the release of the new C:S expansion. But this certainly is another After Dark installment! FEEDBACK CORNER RED LIGHTS DISTRICT Every city needs a place over the top to attract droves of tourists, and in Aurora this certainly is represented from what faces the beach of Oldshore and neighboring streets, so that the neighborhood itself rarely is called with its own name but it is more well-known with the name of Red Lights District. Those looking for entertainment, nightlife and a healthy dose of excess is here that have to go. The Oldshore strip is in fact well known for its restaurants and bars open all night, his nightclubs, casinos and of course the beach parties, without forgetting its famous drive-in theater and the small but very popular amusement park located in its north end, just bordering Miramar. Right above the funfair there is a small hill from which you have a wonderful view of Maya bay with many clubs including the most exclusive of the city, The Celsius. Access is not easy for mere mortals, but for who can there is the concrete possibility to meet sports stars and VIPs! Those cannot enter the Celsius can always fall back in the big disco Indie Lizard, definitely larger and affordable of everyone. Moving south nightclubs give way to bars, restaurants and various hotels as well as fast foods, souvenir shops and a huge arcade: it is virtually impossible to be disappointed by the variety offered along the main boulevard. There is also the famous Hard Rock Café, where tourists never fail to visit to buy a magnet or a t-shirt. Continuing south, past the twin towers of the Travelodge Hotel, one of the city's biggest venue for conferences and attended by businessmen, you get to the end part of the district that borders downtown. Here is the most famous restaurant in the city, that the at third floor has a spectacular terrace eating from which you have a breathtaking view on the big guys. The Red Lights Districrt ends at the level of California Square, which overlooks a small park and the headquarters of a company of the new economy that I think you well know. Meanwhile the morning has come already and it is time to get back to duty! Keep followin' and you'll be surprised!
  13. Chapter XII: Red Lights District

    Hi and welcome back to a "classic" entry of the Brighr City CJ after three episodes focused on the release of the new C:S expansion. But this certainly is another After Dark installment! FEEDBACK CORNER RED LIGHTS DISTRICT Every city needs a place over the top to attract droves of tourists, and in Aurora this certainly is represented from what faces the beach of Oldshore and neighboring streets, so that the neighborhood itself rarely is called with its own name but it is more well-known with the name of Red Lights District. Those looking for entertainment, nightlife and a healthy dose of excess is here that have to go. The Oldshore strip is in fact well known for its restaurants and bars open all night, his nightclubs, casinos and of course the beach parties, without forgetting its famous drive-in theater and the small but very popular amusement park located in its north end, just bordering Miramar. Right above the funfair there is a small hill from which you have a wonderful view of Maya bay with many clubs including the most exclusive of the city, The Celsius. Access is not easy for mere mortals, but for who can there is the concrete possibility to meet sports stars and VIPs! Those cannot enter the Celsius can always fall back in the big disco Indie Lizard, definitely larger and affordable of everyone. Moving south nightclubs give way to bars, restaurants and various hotels as well as fast foods, souvenir shops and a huge arcade: it is virtually impossible to be disappointed by the variety offered along the main boulevard. There is also the famous Hard Rock Café, where tourists never fail to visit to buy a magnet or a t-shirt. Continuing south, past the twin towers of the Travelodge Hotel, one of the city's biggest venue for conferences and attended by businessmen, you get to the end part of the district that borders downtown. Here is the most famous restaurant in the city, that the at third floor has a spectacular terrace eating from which you have a breathtaking view on the big guys. The Red Lights Districrt ends at the level of California Square, which overlooks a small park and the headquarters of a company of the new economy that I think you well know. Meanwhile the morning has come already and it is time to get back to duty! Keep followin' and you'll be surprised!
  14. After Dark Premiere

    It has taken a while to came back for this last entry dedicated to the new After Dark expansion for Cities: Skylines before returning to the usual city guide because what I wanted was to have time to fully test all the new features, and to do that I waited to be able to use the city as I had left it before its release. Mission accomplished, but as always let's start from your feedbacks. FEEDBACK CORNER BACK TO BUSINESS I anticipated that the last journal entry for the release of After Dark would have been dedicated to an overall judgment to the work done by Paradox. First of all let's admit that we could also expect more disasters due to expansion such as bugs, corrupted saves, incompatibilities of various kinds and such but instead, apart the inevitable confusion of the early hours, it has spun smoothly, especially thanks to the extraordinary community of modders that through Steam support and incredibly expand this gorgeous title. Modders are in fact giving great efforts in quickly updating all the mods and custom assets to exploit all the new possibilities offered by the expansion and we can now say that a couple of days have been enough to make our cities back to business at full capacity, moreover without missing juicy news! I also must say that the extraordinary community is the main point against After Dark. I mean that, ultimately, the additions done by official developers are extremely limited compared to infinity of content on the Steam Workshop. The most important thing is of course the implementation of the night and of night lighting, which it is free for all the owners of the game, definitely making the purchase of tje DLC entirely optional, which does nothing but confirm the great Paradox style that so much has contributed to make this softco estimated by players. I've probably already bored you with my talk so let's do the pictures speak. In the previous images you've seen the Gateway skyline with some innovations, the Irvine and baseball stadium lit (partially) and the Victoria Harbor Bridge, while above you can see the WTC in a clear morning with the addition of the fourth tower (the highest one wasn't there before). You certainly have shown particular appreciation for Echelon Peak so here are a couple more pics of this complex taken at dawn (as all the images in this entry), the second with Conal Valley and Maya Bay in the background. Below instead you can see an almost still completely dark Lyon Hill while Hellfire Bay is bathed in sunshine. Another part of the city you already know is Miramar, a district that also has been enriched with the facilities arrived with After Dark: And for the grand finale, something that you have not seen, since it is now well under way and I feel ready to let you glimpse! As told, by the next entry will return the city guide that will present the city district by district: for the moment is everything, let me know what you think! Keep followin' and you'll be surprised!
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