Cities Skylines 2 is a fantastic city-building game that lets you craft the metropolis of your dreams. Cities Skylines 2 is all about crafting the city of your dreams, but what if you want to test your PC’s performance or try out a different city without starting from scratch? Thankfully, the Cities Skylines 2 community has you covered with save files designed specifically for performance testing. In this guide, we’ll walk you through the steps to add a save file to test your PC’s performance in Cities Skylines 2 on Steam.
Download a Performance Testing Save File
Recently, GameStar, a German blog shared a save file with 100,000 inhabitants. Through this save file you can just test the performance if it suits you, you can continue if your system cannot support it or you feel like you are playing at 5fps you can simply refund the game. You can download the file from here https://www.gamestar.de/artikel/cities-skylines-2-savegame,3402618.html
How To Use The Save File
Once you’ve found a suitable save file, download it to your computer. The file is often in a compressed format like .zip. After downloading, unzip the file to access the actual save file. Paste it to C:\Users\USERNAME\AppData\LocalLow\Colossal Order\Cities Skylines II\Saves\STEAM_ID. If you can’t find it let me go in detail:
- Open Steam.
- Click on “Steam” in the top-left corner.
- Select “Settings.”
- In the left menu, click on “Downloads.”
- Choose “Steam Library Folders.”
- Copy the folder path for your main game installation location.
Navigate to the save file folder on your computer. Typically, this is located in:
C:\Users[Your Username]\AppData\LocalLow\Colossal Order\Cities Skylines II\Saves\STEAM_ID
Paste the downloaded .csl2 save file into this folder. The “STEAM_ID” part of the path should match your Steam ID.
Launch Cities Skylines 2 and Load the Save File
Now, open Cities Skylines 2 on Steam. From the game’s main menu, select “Load Game.” You should see the downloaded save file in the list of available saves. Click on it to load the city and start testing your PC’s performance.
With the save file loaded, you can now test your PC’s performance under different scenarios. This is a great way to see how well your computer handles large cities, intricate road networks, or other demanding gameplay situations.
I hope this guide was helpful for you. Please note that I didn’t create this save file it was from another blog as I mentioned. People have been complaining about the performance issues too we have made a guide on how to improve performance in Cities Skylines 2 too.