Last time we took a look at Cities Skylines in 2018. Today I want to discuss a few mod’s (modifications) I enjoy which serve to make Cities Skylines better and also we will look at some essential upgrades I think Cities Skylines needs “out of the box”.
Let’s first look at making Cities Skylines better with mods. I use a few basic mods but am limited by what my computer can handle. This is also true when downloading assets (buildings, vehicles, trees, etc) that have been created by the modding community found in the Steam workshop. The more assets one downloads for the game the slower your game will run. (my system specs are located at the bottom of this post for your reference)
Mods to enhance your game
Loading Screen Mod – One way to help speed up the loading times for Cities Skylines is by using a great mod called Loading Screen Mod by thale5. Thank you thale5 for this great addition to Cities Skylines.
Find It! – If you are going to be using assets in Cities Skylines, The Find It! mod by SamsamTS is an essential addition to help you quickly locate assets while in-game. Very useful. Thank you SamsamTS for this great addition.
Ambient Sounds Tuner 2.0 by BloodyPenguin – Want to turn off or control individual volumes of sounds in-game? This mod will help you do that. Thank you BloodyPenguin for this fantastic addition to Cities Skylines
Kra’s Realistic Ambience Sound Pack by KraIstGerecht – And better sound pack to remove and change some annoying default sounds from Cities Skylines. (Ambient Sounds Tuner by BloodyPenguin list above is needed to use this pack) Thank you KraIstGerecht for this great addition to Cities Skylines.
Chirpy Exterminator by simssi – Essential mod if you want to remove the Chirpy from Cities Skylines. Thank you simssi for this great mod.
Slow Speed by Scott – Don’t like unrealistic speed of the vehicles AND people in Cities Skylines? Other mods may allow control over the speed of vehicles but this mod slows the speed of the people too! Thank you Scott for this essential mod.
Emergency Light Changer by boformer – Necessary mod if you want control over the color of lights on emergency vehicles from blue only to red and blue (American style). Thank you boformer for this essential addition to Cities Skylines.
American Road Signs 2.2.0 by Judazzz– Want the American green looking signs in your game? This mod does just that. Thank you Judazzz for this amazing mod.
Daylight Classic by BloodyPenguin – Essential mod for removing the default yellow color from default Cities Skylines and giving the game a more realistic sunlight look. Thank BloodyPenguin for this great mod.
Automatic Bulldoze v2 by mexahuk – Makes bulldoze management easier and automatic in Cites Skylines. Thank you mexahuk for this great mod.
Road Options a.k.a Crosswalks Remover / Road Colors Changer ++ by TPB – Essential mod if you want to be able to quickly have control over your road colors and more. Thank you TPB for this great mod.
Advanced Vehicle Options (AVO) by SamsamTS – Essential mod to allow some control over your vehicles in Cities Skylines. Thank you SamsamTS for this great mod.
Improved Public Transport 2 by BloodyPenguin – Great mod for allowing more and easier control over your transit system. Thank you BloodyPenguin for this great mod.
Traffic Manager: President Edition by LinuxFan – Necessary mod if you want control over intersections, roads and more. Thank you LinuxFan for this fantastic addition to Cities Skylines.
Building Themes (Green Cities) by BloodyPenguin, boformer, SamsamTS – Great mod for controlling your district styles in Cities Skylines. Thank you BloodyPenguin, boformer, and SamsamTS for this great mod.
These mods are some of the best mods that simply help Cities Skylines be more accessible to the average user without adding the need for dependencies (except the sound packs) into your game. These mods play nicely with each other too (no conflicts as far as I know) and are easy to install/uninstall through the Steam workshop.
If you are interested, here’s a complete list of mods and assets I have subscribed to in Cities Skylines
A Better Vanilla/default Cities Skylines
It is my opinion Cities Skylines could be an even better game by doing a few simple things.
Seasons. The game needs Seasons by default or at least a Winter/Summer change (snow/no snow).
District Names Overlay On/Off Toggle. The District Styles feature is lacking already in Cities Skylines but it really needs a simple ON/OFF name toggle to allow hiding/unhiding of districts name overlays that appear directly on your city while in-game.
Better default Anti-aliasing and Optimization. This game seems to have memory problems and doesn’t graphically look that clean by default. The edges on buildings, roads and well just about everything are jagged even on high settings without a mod. In my experience any mod (such as Dynamic Resolution to counter the anti-aliasing problem only slows down older computers and seems to make my game look worse).
An American Overhaul. This is more of wish than anything but without mods, Cities Skylines doesn’t look American as SimCity accomplished quite well. Semi Trucks with 3 trailer wheels? Railroads with catenary lines everywhere? Of course the emergency vehicles sirens are not American either and the overall look of buildings and houses don’t look anything like the kind we see in the United States.
Better Road Building Tools. At least one that allows for sharp junctions and more control over where they can be placed. Mod’s fix this but why not the vanilla game?
While Cities Skylines has weaknesses, it is still a great city builder and simulator especially with mods.
Do you play Cities Skylines? What do you enjoy about Cities Skylines? Let me know in the comments!
My System specs
Heres a quick look at my computer system. Yes I told you it was old but surprising Cities Skylines still runs okay (without many assets). Microsoft Windows 10 Pro System Type: 64 bit AMD Phenom(tm) II X4 945 Processor x4 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750 Ti 4gb ram)
Image source from my in-game screenshots