The Best City-building Games for Playstation 5

Update : Frostpunk 2 added at rank #14.
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Airborne Kingdom (2020)

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Xbox One Xbox Series X Mac OS PC Windows Playstation 5 Nintendo Switch Playstation 4

Airborne Kingdom is a strategy simulator game that presents a unique concept of relocating a civilization to the skies. The game has a mysterious set up and setting, which intrigues and immerses the player in a vibrant and alive game world with organic world building and lore. Manage your air kingdom as you move to discover new resources, all while making sure your residents are happy, and enjoy the immersive experience of this visually stunning game world.


What we like:
  • Innovative mechanics
  • Beautiful visuals
  • Compelling gameplay
  • Relaxing and meditative
  • Ear-worm soundtrack
What could be improved:
  • Lack of replay value & short gameplay time
  • Limited depth in city development
  • Slow progression
  • High price for amount of content

  • city-building
  • relaxing
  • steampunk
  • resource

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SteamWorld Build (2023)

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Nintendo Switch Xbox Series X Xbox One Playstation 5 Playstation 4 PC Windows

Break ground on a new frontier as the planet dies around you! Dig deep and build wide to excavate long-lost spacefaring technology, while ensuring everyone has the vital water, fuel and creature comforts they need! Do you have what it takes to reach the final frontier?


  • city-building
  • management
  • steampunk
  • robots

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Cities: Skylines II (2023)

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PC Windows Xbox One Playstation 5 (Playstation 5 Xbox Series X/s)

Dive into Cities: Skylines 2, the city-building simulator that redefines urban strategy in gaming. Experience the thrill of crafting your own metropolis, managing trade, and shaping the lives of your citizens. With smart AI, realistic weather cycles, and endless possibilities for city design, you'll find high replayability and countless hours of creative enjoyment.


What we like:
  • Engaging balance between realism and fun
  • Intuitive UI and automatic linking of buildings to utilities
  • Ability to fine-tune services and manage trade
  • High replayability with multiple maps
  • In-depth tutorials and progression mechanism
What could be improved:
  • Performance issues with larger cities
  • Some bugs and graphical issues
  • Limited options for choosing building aesthetics

  • city-building
  • simulation
  • economy
  • management

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Cities: Skylines (2015)

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PC Windows Xbox Series X Playstation 5 stadia Playstation 4 Xbox One Linux Mac OS

Build and maintain your own city with Cities: Skylines, where you must balance essential requirements like education, electricity, and healthcare while navigating your city's real economy system. With extensive traffic, district, and policy simulations, you have a multi-tiered and challenging environment to master. Customize and share your creations with other city builders. Don't miss out on this modern take on the classic city simulation game!


What we like:
  • Realistic city building simulation
  • Fun to plan, execute, and manage a city
  • Plethora of mods available
  • DLC adds interesting gameplay
  • Can enjoy the game without purchasing DLC
What could be improved:
  • Vanilla game is very basic

  • city-building
  • simulation

5

Kingdoms and Castles (2017)

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Linux Xbox Series X Xbox One PC Windows Mac OS Playstation 5 Playstation 4 j

Kingdoms and Castles is a city-building simulation game about growing a kingdom from a tiny hamlet to a sprawling city and imposing castle. Make trade agreements, alliance, and war with neighboring AI controlled kingdoms. Each villager and resource is individually simulated.


  • city-building
  • colony
  • simulation
  • medieval
  • strategy
  • farming
  • management

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Before We Leave (2020)

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PC Windows Xbox One Xbox Series X Playstation 5 Playstation 4 Nintendo Switch Mac OS

Before We Leave is a city-building game set in a post-apocalyptic world where you can grow your own civilization across various islands and planets. The game's atmosphere is calming and relaxed, and the music matches the gameplay perfectly. There are no violent elements, and you can grow your society at your own pace. With a good mix of resource management and logistics, the game is enjoyable for players who want a peaceful way to spend their time.


What we like:
  • Well-paced tutorial
  • Cute and relaxing game style
  • Variety of progression and resources
  • Good logistics challenge
  • Smart Shipping makes trading easier
What could be improved:
  • Limited tech tree depth
  • Population growth doesn't add value
  • Lack of equalization across planets
  • Game-breaking bug in late trading

  • city-building
  • 4x
  • resource
  • resource-management
  • hex

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Bulwark: Falconeer Chronicles (2024)

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PC Windows Playstation 5 Playstation 4 Xbox Series X Xbox One j Xbox Series X/s

Bulwark: Falconeer Chronicles is an open world builder with freedom and expression at its core. You are in command of creating the last great settlement upon the Great Ursee - a vast, fantastical oceanic world filled with lost myths and danger.


  • city-building
  • building
  • open-world
  • resource
  • strategy
  • exploration
  • minimalist
  • controller-support
  • sandbox
  • relaxing
  • base-building

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Endzone - A World Apart (2020)

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PC Windows Xbox One Xbox Series X Playstation 5 Playstation 4

Endzone - A World Apart is a post-apocalyptic city-building game that challenges you to rebuild society in a radioactive wasteland. With an extensive tutorial, you'll navigate challenging environmental effects, manage resources, and make meaningful decisions to ensure the survival of your people. The game will test your survival skills and requires strategic placement of buildings and resource monitoring. While a steep learning curve may hinder some players, the game offers hours of enjoyable content and a great sense of accomplishment when your settlement begins to thrive.


What we like:
  • Extensive tutorial for in-depth guidance
  • Challenging environmental effects add immersive gameplay
  • Visually appealing with a trippy soundtrack
  • Trading system sets an example
  • Game mechanics are solid
What could be improved:
  • Poor AI pathing and priorities
  • Unbalanced raiders quickly disrupt game enjoyment
  • Updates are slow with frequent patches needed
  • Building alerts are not prominent

  • city-building
  • post-apocalyptic
  • survival
  • base-building
  • simulation
  • building
  • management
  • simulated
  • resource

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Gord (2023)

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Xbox One Xbox Series X/s Playstation 5 PC Windows

Gord is a single-player adventure strategy. To survive, you must build, but to prevail, you must conquer the darkness beyond the gates. In this dark fantasy world, you must complete quests while managing a populace whose personal stories and well-being decide the fate of your tribe.


  • real-time
  • city-building
  • strategy
  • survival
  • mythology
  • fantasy
  • colony
  • dark
  • moddable
  • resource-management
  • simulation
  • lore
  • adventure-strategy
  • management
  • magic

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Dice Legacy (2021)

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Nintendo Switch PC Windows Playstation 4 Playstation 5 Xbox One Xbox Series X

Dice Legacy is a dice-based survival city builder set on a mysterious ringworld. Your ship has reached the shore of an uncharted continent. Roll and use your dice to gather resources, expand and defend your settlement, survive the winter and interact with the strange inhabitants of this eerie world.


  • city-building
  • dice
  • rogue-like
  • real-time
  • strategy
  • survival
  • colony
  • resource
  • medieval
  • board-game
  • resource-management

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