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Cities: Skylines is free to try on Steam for a limited time

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Addictive city builder Cities: Skylines (opens in new tab) is currently free to try on Steam (opens in new tab), meaning you too could build a town where blimps blot out the sun (opens in new tab). The free offer ends at 1 p.m. Pacific on Sunday, February 11. If you dip your toes in and decide it's worth a dive, you can also buy the game or any of its DLC for cheap through 10 a.m. Pacific Monday, February 12. 

The base game is just under $8 at 75 percent off (opens in new tab), and the deluxe edition package is $10 at 75 percent off. If you already own the game and want the deluxe edition content (a handful of new buildings, the soundtrack and a digital art book), you can get the deluxe upgrade pack for under $3 at 75 percent off.

There are also two big ol' bundles. The $56 Cities: Skylines collection (opens in new tab) comes with all major and minor DLCs, including Natural Disasters, Green Cities and Mass Transit, as well as several content creator packs made with help from modders. Then there's the $19 new player bundle (opens in new tab), which comes with the Natural Disasters and Snowfall DLCs. 

Austin Wood
Austin Wood

Austin freelanced for PC Gamer, Eurogamer, IGN, Sports Illustrated, and more while finishing his journalism degree, and has been a full-time writer at PC Gamer's sister publication GamesRadar+ since 2019. They've yet to realize that his position as a staff writer is just a cover-up for his career-spanning Destiny column, and he's kept the ruse going with a focus on news, the occasional feature, and as much Genshin Impact as he can get away with.