“ Publisher: Sunflowers / Genre: Strategy / ESRB Rating: E - (Everyone) / ESRB Descriptor: Violence / ESRB Descriptor: Mild Language / ESRB Descriptor: Alcohol Reference / ESRB Descriptor: Use of Tobacco / Platform: Windows / Online: Online Gaming Support / Control Elements: Mouse / Control Elements: Keyboard / Distribution Media: DVD-ROM „
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This game is a vast improvement on the previous games of the series. The game now features full 3d graphics, allowing you to zoom in among your city and see it from the peoples point of view.
The game still retains the in-depth economical gameplay, as well as the millitaristic part of the game, allowing you to wage war against other competitors and take over their islands and claim their resources, or peacefully trade with them to keep your colonists happy.
The game is fairly simple and easy at the start of the game, however the game will gradually become more difficult as your competitors become stronger and your colonists will demand more from you. Not to mention by that time you should have more than one island under your control, this will require you to micro-manage efficiently.
The game does feature missions however i rarely played them, i found it far more enjoyable to play the random map and multiplayer modes.
The AI is fairly good at the game, and they are available to play in the multiplayer mode of the game. They will probably present a problem to you later on in the game. Usually all the civilizations will work together for the first part of the game, helping each other get the required resources in order to grow.
Pirates feature in the game, the difficulty of them is selectable at the start of the game, they can be very challenging when you first start up your island, often bombarding your shores with passing warships, you'll need a couple of your own fairly early on to deal with them, and any daring AI that might attack you.
Disasters will randomly happen as the game progress, certain mountains may infact be volcanoes that will become active after a long period of time, wreaking havoc by causing fires on the island. Hurricanes and earthquakes also play a part in the game. Diseases are also a new feature in the Anno series, capable of killing thousands of people at a time.
The game does however seem to suffer from problems in the network mode. Even on an LAN, the game will sometimes go out of sync or disconnect. I haven't tried the game online, but i imagine the problems are worse.
If your thinking of buying the new Anno 1404 game my advice is dont... buy this game Anno 1701 instead. The new game Anno 1404 does not have multiplayer and has a software piracy protection 3-install limit and no deauthorization tool, its a joke and customers will be voting with their feet.
Anno 1701 does have multiplayer and is so much better than other building games such as sim city. It is an emersive and addictive game this, I have seen myself play for 12 hours straight, day after day. It revolves around both real time strategy and city building elements, and around building and maintaining an 18th century colony in the "New World". Like previous Anno games, it is based mainly on the economics of the settlement created by the player. The more skilled and efficient a player is at maintaining a balanced economy the more successful his/her settlement will be.
As with previous Anno games, the player starts with just one exploration ship with which to colonize land, fight off pirates and expand his/her resorces to conquer the game world. While the player expands, other computer controlled rivals are expanding and strengthening and these will need to be defeated. There are many ways to do this either through sea battles, land battles, alliances or lodge activities etc...
The graphics are beautiful and the attention to detail is awsome, in-game sounds are also amazing. The background music is relaxing but can get a bit repetitive but thats the only thing I can think of thats wrong with this game.
Well worth buying.
Anno 1701 is a real time strategy game, the third in the series.
The game is set in the 1800's and you have to build and maintain a colony in the New World., where you have to trade, defend and use diplomacy to survive and prosper in this New World.
You start of in the New World and you have to explore and colonise the world, finding the best areas to locate your colony. You have to expand your land whilst trading and defending them against the computer controlled opposition.
You have to farm, mine your raw materials and manufacture them to better products that you can sell to make a profit and expand your colony. You have to keep your citizens happy as well and try to bring in the tax to pay for your improvements, a lot of the game is building up your military to protect your colony.
Learning the basics of the game is pretty easy and the tutorial is pretty good so it is fairly to play although it is quite hard to complete as the AI is pretty good, a game you can play again once you have completed it.
The graphics are pretty good for the game type and the camera angle are set up pretty well so you can zoom in and out with ease. The controls are set up for ease of use as well so you will not have too much problems controlling the games, although the short cut keys can be hard to remember at times.
Value for Money
The game itself is pretty good although there is better games that are similar on the market, the game play offered is quite large so can keep you entertained for hours, if you have a few hours to kill and can get it cheap it be well worth buying, a game that you can keep going back to.