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[–] johnmars3 0 points 14 points (+14|-0) ago 

Big Banished fan here.

First off, Banished feels like an uncompleted game initially if you have ever played rts games. You keep on looking for the buildings and tech to start construction of military units. Or wonder when are the enemy going to attack. In this game's case... never.

The game starts of with a small farming community which you must grow by expanding the farms and building basic industries. And that's it.

Just survive winter, famine, cholera and an unforseen demographic crisis where all your women are too old to have children and Bob's your uncle.

Great Game. Enjoy!

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[–] zackk [S] 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

I might check it out, it is cheaper than cities

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[–] arrjayjee 0 points 1 point (+1|-0) ago 

Plus one for Banished from me. It's Cities if CIties was made by the Dark Souls people. That's the best way to describe it. Bleak, inhospitable, hard, and totally worth it.

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[–] SgtSama 0 points 1 point (+1|-0) ago 

I loved Banished for a while, but it didn't seem to have much to it. Especially considering I haven't seen any new content in ages. Still, I might go back and play it again in the near future.

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[–] Monkeyguy5000 ago 

Yeah, I have to agree. I've started playing it in the past couple days. It's been fun, but with nothing really to aim for after awhile, I'm finding myself just intervening every now and then to add a mine or a quarry. My town is fully sustainable with a strong ale industry for exports, but there's nothing really for me to do now. Just sitting around for that 200 year achievement.

I really hope they update the game or expand on the idea in a future sequel. Lot's of potential, that's for sure.

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[–] Orthum ago 

That would be cool... "Ohhh no fucking barbarians!" or, "Ohhh shit, syphalis, and brothels, and civil unrest!"

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[–] Harro 0 points 12 points (+12|-0) ago 

I have Cities:Skylines and I personally find it pretty fun. People say it is what Simcity was supposed to be. To me, it's a nice slow paced relaxing game that has this charm to it. The hardest part of the game is most likely traffic. I also love the mod base.

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[–] ReverendJ1 0 points 6 points (+6|-0) ago 

I too love Traffic Simulator 2015. It's a great game, just make sure you understand traffic before you start building your city. It's a PITA to fix it later.

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[–] TheBuddha 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

Traffic Simulator? I must investigate.

My company, I no longer own it, modeled vehicular traffic and provided analytics and consulted on various projects. We then moved into pedestrian traffic as well. By pedestrian, think more along the lines of malls and shopping centers as opposed to street-level traffic though we did have a few projects of that nature but most were in Europe. The reason my company was of note was, well, it was my thesis and it was done on a computer a very long time ago. I am old. We were, as far as I know, the first to model traffic on a computer and the company still owns a great deal of intellectual property in that area though they are now under a different parent company which is an almost-household name. A hint might be that the parent company owns many others and almost all of them deal with government contracts almost exclusively. They do a variety of things from provide food to modified vehicles and even some security stuff.

Anyhow, the company has been sold for about eight years now. Traffic is what we did. I am kind of amazed at the number of games that incorporate it. I wonder how many of them "borrow" something that could be IP owned by another company but, frankly, I'd never actually care even if I was still involved. I'd consider it free advertising as it may get more people interested and make them decide to become traffic engineers. (I'm an applied maths geek, not an engineer.) The more traffic engineers then the better we'd be. There are not very many of them though the money is fantastic and the work is interesting.

I could certainly understand it from a game perspective, as I mentioned. I liked a game called A-Train back on the original PlayStation. I always wanted to find a decent traffic sim but never heard of any. I guess, in part, you could say that I've already played the greatest traffic sim on the planet, however. I bet you would find that quite interesting if you had the chance to try it. It is probably a lot more complex but it is also able to be refined to reflect reality (which needs to be done before you can model changes accurately). My sim ran on a bunch of clustered blade servers at the end and had terabytes of RAM powering it with as much as a half petabyte of data to crunch. It did have a GUI to interact with it but nothing even remotely like game play - it would have been way too compute intensive though I suspect we could do it more easily now with 3D modeling as easy as it has become. We could probably buy the Google maps data by now. Hell, they probably do. I would have no idea what they do internally now but they are still chugging along and doing well in the financial department. It is quite lucrative, honestly.

Actually... Scraping maps and data from Google is not a bad idea... Heh... I am covered by a non-compete (and NDA so even if they did I could not tell you) so I am not able to act on that idea. I may call one of them up and suggest that they look into it now that you make me think of it.

Anyhow, do you know if Traffic Simulator 2015 plays in Wine? I really prefer Linux but, if it is good, I will make due with Windows.

Sorry for the novella but you seem interested in the game so I figured I would share my experiences with you. Who knows? Maybe you will make an excellent traffic engineer some day. If you do and do not go municipal then contact me and I can, almost certainly, get you a very well paying job with very good benefits. ;) We're talking four times municipal wages with a benefit package that is as nice. nods Really, though, there aren't enough people in the field so they can make a very good income - I know, I paid them. Well, technically you probably paid them but I passed out the money.

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[–] Foul_Knave 0 points 1 point (+1|-0) ago 

To be fair, traffic was also a huge issue in all Sim City games too(as it should be).

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[–] Rummel 0 points 6 points (+6|-0) ago 

Cities Skylines, hands down.

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[–] Secus 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Dwarf Fortress

https://voat.co/v/dwarffortress

Theres also a larger board on reddit, as well as the official forums

http://www.bay12forums.com/smf/

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[–] SgtSama 0 points 1 point (+1|-0) ago 

Just a warning for those who are interested; Dwarf Fortress is a massively in-depth game, with endless things to learn. You will lose... a lot. like... a whole lot, but that's the fun of it.

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[–] JohnQCitizen 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

Caesar 3 was nice.

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[–] Karys 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

Banished was fantastic! Highly recommend.

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[–] BeautifulInside ago 

SimCity 4: Rush Hour or Cities: Skylines. Cities: Skylines is way too easy on the budget side of things though, but it looks nice and has a very in-depth transportation model. Stay away from later SimCity games and Cities XL at all costs.

Seeing a lot of people mention it, Banished is a really nice game and not too easy also. I don't really consider it a city builder though.

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[–] Namrok ago 

I'm always going to be a huge fan of SimCity 2000. Other entries in the series might have done different aspects better, but there was just something magical about that first sequel. Like they were finally able to make the game they originally wanted to make, and weren't making changes just to sell another iteration.

Also a huge fan of Caesar 3. But once again, it feels like an iteration before the true awesomeness that is Zeus: Master of Olympus. Both games use the much maligned walker system, where all your utilities literally just dump a guy on the street that randomly mills about. But Zeus actually let you put up road blocks to those walkers, confining them to neighborhoods and keeping them from wondering uselessly on the road out of town. Zeus also did a lot of interesting things with the campaign that I really enjoy over Caesar 3.

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