Cities: Skyline's Parklife screenshot of an amusement park from afar

Instead of giving you a bunch of new buildings and transport systems to toy around with, Cities: Skylines' latest expansion has taken things in a bit of a different direction. As you can probably guess from the name alone, the Parklife DLC gives you the ability to freshen up your city through the addition of amusement parks, nature reserves, city parks, gardens, zoos, and the list goes on. These appear to be relatively minor additions, but from what I've seen so far they really go a long way towards making your city feel a lot more lively.

If you're wondering what all of this looks like in-game, however, wonder no more as the developers have recently posted a brief launch trailer. It's not the most detailed video around, but it'll give you a pretty good idea of what to expect from the new Parklife DLC. Have a gander:

The only problem with the Parklife expansion, as is tradition with the vast majority of Paradox DLCs, is that its a bit pricey at €15. That said, there is a decent amount of content on offer, and all of it seems to be quite enjoyable, so if you're a fan of Cities: Skylines I would say it's well worth checking out. Whether you should get it now or at a sale, I'm afraid that's something I can't exactly help you with.

You can learn more about the Parklife expansion, as well as Cities: Skylines itself, by visiting Steam. And finally, allow me to send you off with the brief list of features. Have fun, and try not to let the animals run amok in your city!

• Parks and recration - Use the new park area tool to create park districts wherever there is empty land, and new city services like Park Maintenance, which boosts happiness and effectiveness and helps level up parks.

• Brick by brick - Customize your city with new buildings and assets, including a new sightseeing bus line, new service buildings, new unique buildings like amusement parks, nature reserves, city parks and zoos, and a regal new monument, the Castle of Lord Chirpwick.

• Freeway for all - For the first time in Cities: Skylines, you can place buildings next to paths in the park districts (not just next to roads). Props can be placed anywhere inside park areas.

• Recesses between buildings - Transform those empty spaces between your buildings into vibrant parks and gardens.

• It's a walk in the park - Customize routes and set ticket prices for new walking and sightseeing tours, among other tourism enhancements.

• Policies, please - Take on three new city policies and eight new park policies to deal with recreational hazards like Animal Ethics and Fireworks.

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