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  • Summary: (Known as "Anno 1701" in the UK/EU) 1701 A.D. is a unique empire building simulation set in the 17th century. In this third episode of the incredibly successful series, players are immersed in the golden age of exploration and trade, where they set out to discover and inhabit new islands –(Known as "Anno 1701" in the UK/EU) 1701 A.D. is a unique empire building simulation set in the 17th century. In this third episode of the incredibly successful series, players are immersed in the golden age of exploration and trade, where they set out to discover and inhabit new islands – islands that will soon be home to huge cities. Players are tasked with establishing, expanding and maintaining a flourishing medieval metropolis while interacting with other players through trade, diplomacy or military conflicts. 1701 A.D. presents players with a 3D gaming world bursting with life from the vibrant citizens, to the incredibly varied flora and fauna to detailed animated animals. [Aspyr] Expand
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  1. Positive: 24 out of 30
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  1. Great game at a great price. Easy to pick up for inexperienced gamers and complicated enough to please the hardcore RTS fan.
  2. 1701 offers a nicely presented and deep strategy for gamers looking to sculpt a Caribbean styled empire, with fantastic artwork and interesting gameplay I would highly recommend this for players in the gaming mood to build, rather than destroy.
  3. Compared to Anno 1503, the pathfinding has been improved substantially.
  4. 80
    Daisy-chaining raw resources to refined goods to end products hasn't been this gratifying in years.
  5. It's a shame there isn't much in the way of non-military resolutions to disputes, as the game's combat system stands out as its key weakness. Even with that proviso, 1701 AD is a game fans of both the series -- and the genre -- will enjoy.
  6. Just when we thought "fun" in an RTS meant a term paper's worth of learning tech trees and tackling tough-graded assignments, 1701 A.D. comes along and reminds us to Keep It Simple, Stupid. Even without some overblown storyline drama, it's impossible to put this one's single-player campaign down.
  7. As is typical of city builders, combat is mainly a hands-off resource sink. An RTS this ain't. [Feb. 2007, p.62]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 11
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  1. SamW.
    Aug 20, 2009
    10
    I've played the original (1602 A.D.) on and off for years. It hit me recently that this game might have a sequel. Well it has a few I've played the original (1602 A.D.) on and off for years. It hit me recently that this game might have a sequel. Well it has a few sequels. I skipped past the 1503 game or whatever it is and bought 1701 A.D. on Steam. This game is amazing. I thought they would screw it up bad, I loved the old 2D, 16-Bit looking graphics one and I figured after all these years, there is no way they could make the game as good. Boy was I wrong, it is actually better! Nothing was taken out from the original, features were only added! I play the game on max settings 1920x1080, and the graphics aren't terrific, but they are far from ugly and fit the game well. This is how all sequels should be, improve the game from the original. Add stuff, don't take stuff out. The best economy game (1602 A.D.) got even better (1701 A.D.). Expand
  2. Rob
    Nov 9, 2006
    10
    Very nice game, very fun in multiplayer mode! I love playing it with my brother!
  3. AdamA
    Sep 16, 2008
    10
    As a hardcore 1602 fan, this game was not a disappointment. Although part of me would rather dig up my old copy of 1602, there isn't anyAs a hardcore 1602 fan, this game was not a disappointment. Although part of me would rather dig up my old copy of 1602, there isn't any reason I wouldn't still give this one a perfect ten. The economy in the game is one of the most unique and superb of any game. Expand
  4. JeremyT.
    Mar 31, 2007
    9
    This may actually be a ten but I'm a tough grader. Great graphics, lots of thinking and options. Definitely goes beyond AoE in strategy. This may actually be a ten but I'm a tough grader. Great graphics, lots of thinking and options. Definitely goes beyond AoE in strategy. Lots of fun. Expand
  5. AmberH
    Jun 7, 2009
    9
    Wonderful. One of the most complex strategy games I've played in a long time, with tons of replayability. I wasn't expecting much Wonderful. One of the most complex strategy games I've played in a long time, with tons of replayability. I wasn't expecting much because this came from a small German software developer, but I got more than my money's worth. Expand
  6. RalphM
    Oct 23, 2008
    9
    A fantastic game! The only thing keeping this from a 10 is the military system, a side of the game that could use some more work.
  7. MacS.
    Nov 15, 2006
    7
    Real improvment in terms of graphics and game play, the basic principle of the serie remains unchanged, if you were a fan of 1503 and 1602, Real improvment in terms of graphics and game play, the basic principle of the serie remains unchanged, if you were a fan of 1503 and 1602, you will not be dissapointed. Personnaly, I found it a little bit boring after playing 2-3 times and the game is bugged, shutting down my computer each 20 minutes (even with everything fully updated). Expand

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