Let’s talk about Cities: Skylines DLC. Skylines is a Paradox game to the core, and a really decent city-building game to boot. The vanilla package alone is perfectly playable, but most of the creative freedom and meaningful options are locked behind expansions; if you want to place bus lines, build a university, or construct a single park with a few trees, the vanilla title is perfectly capable. But if you want to design your own Central Park, or build a full transport hub complete with taxis, metros, trains, and even blimps and cable cars, you will need to fork out money.
As the full package can easily surpass a hundred pounds outside Steam sales, the inevitable question of “which expansion should I get?” raises its ugly head. With a varying degree of quality and the inherent personal interest in each separate package, it can be hard to identify which expansions to spend your hard-earned money on.
That’s where we come in. We looked at every single DLC out there, so you wouldn’t have to. We’ve started this guide just covering the major expansions that add new mechanics. There are a lot more DLCs that are essentially just cosmetics.