Cities: Skyline Natural Disasters brings ’70s melodrama to the Mac

Published On August 18, 2016 | By Kirk Hiner | Macintosh

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If there was one great thing about growing up in the 1970s (and actually, there were many), it’s the number of disaster movies we got to enjoy. Floods, earthquakes, fires, bombs, bees…if it could destroy or be destroyed, it was filled with a massive cast of aging B- to C-list actors and let loose.

In a way, Paradox Interactive and Colossal Order are bringing that melodrama to the Mac—sans Rober Wagner and Faye Dunaway, sadly—with the Cities: Skyline Natural Disasters expansion pack. The collection of city-destroying emergencies can occur unexpectedly or—in a wonderfully appropriate ’70s twist—can be triggered manually by particularly evil mayors. That’s your fault for electing Bruce Dern.

The expansion features a catalog of catastrophes to challenge mayor-players everywhere, including planning with early warning systems and emergency routes, devastating and destructive disaster effects, and caring for the populace as they struggle to rebuild. Natural Disasters will also update Cities: Skylines with a new scenario editor and gameplay mode, allowing players to finally win – or lose – the game on their own terms.

More specifically, the natural disasters will lead to building and infrastructure destruction and the loss of countless lives if you don’t have the right emergency plans and responses in place. But then, how exactly does one plan for giant meteor strikes?

Natural Disasters will require gamers to:

  • Keep your city going through the devastation of several possible doomsday scenarios, from towering infernos to the day the sky exploded
  • Plan for, and respond to, disasters using early warning systems, countermeasures, and new disaster responses such as helicopters and evacuations (finally, a Paradox game where “Comet Sighted” actually means something)
  • Go Radio Ga-Ga (Paradox’s Queen reference, not mine, but I certainly do appreciate it) with a new broadcast network, helping to rapidly spread evacuation warnings and emergency alerts – or simply relax to new in-game music stations
  • Design custom game objectives in Scenario Mode, including custom starting cities, win conditions, time limits, and more – and share scenarios to Steam Workshop

Natural Disasters will be available for Cities: Skylines for Windows, Mac, and Linux PCs this winter. For more information, visit www.citiesskylines.com.

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