The Cities: Skylines Snowfall expansion is perfect for this time of year. It takes the magic of winter and Christmas and ups the difficulty while you try to keep your ungrateful citizens from freezing to death. If you want to add a little more challenge, Snowfall is the reason for the season.
Playable on the permanent winter maps, Snowfall plunges your town into an icy wonderland. A thermometer on the lower right part of the screen changes, and the temperatures drop quite a bit at night.
The overall changes from Snowfall are more subtle than a complete reworking of the mechanics from the main game. You will start with a winter map and begin to shape your town into an ideal little burg as normal.
As you grow, your polar paradise begins to experience more problems such as slippery roads, snow that needs removing, and waves of bigger electricity usage to prevent human crystallization.
Each new challenge can be fought as more items become unlocked. Build a snow dump to put plows to work cleaning the streets. Use new heating pipes to warm your citizens along with giving them water and removing their waste.
The same careful balancing act from the vanilla version of Cities applies to Snowfall. Whether I choose a geothermal heating plant or boiler station to keep everyone toasty, I have tradeoffs in cost, output, and pollution to carefully weigh. I can also choose to try to stay with conventional electricity and increase my power budget to better compensate for the drain.
Snowfall does not have one perfect solution to all the problems it will throw at you. Everything will cost you time, money, or even citizens leaving your town. Even small choices can lead to big problems. Your growth and setup can make a big difference as well. Snowfall will not always help you succeed, but it allows you to experiment with sometimes daunting, open-ended gameplay.
The new weather effects are very nice. You can see your streets become covered and cars seem to have a little less grip. The snow starts to fall and covers the screen without keeping you from seeing your town. It almost looks like you are inside a snow globe.
That snow can also be used in one of the new leisure activities, and there is something for everyone. You can create a snowman park or sledding hill for the kids. A ski lodge and skating rink will give everyone a chance to gather and enjoy the colder weather. An ice sculpture park will bring art to your town.
Overall, the DLC is a little lighter on gameplay changes than I would have liked, but it will allow you to create your own winter wonderland. For fans of Cities: Skylines, Snowfall is a worthwhile investment for the added challenge and expanded opportunities. For those who are still struggling to keep a power grid working, you may want to keep moving to stay warm.
Cities: Skylines Snowfall Expansion PS4 Review
Cities: Skylines Snowfall expansion turns up the heat by dropping the temperature. The challenge to keep your citizens toasty while balancing out their other needs, and your budget, can be tough.
Ultimately, the new weather effects, new parks, and extra dimension to creating a great city is sure to challenge even the most diehard Cities: Skylines player, and it is nice to see more updates come to one of the most open strategy games on the PS4.
If you own Cities and love it, check out Snowfall.
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Reviewed using base PS4.
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