Jan 30, 2013From the very first time you load the game youll get so caught up in the story and in the graphics, this game is just beautiful. Iv never played this game or any of the others in the series before and was entangled in the game play, i loved the way the ships looked, the way the building looked and how the ppl ran free through your island. I started on the very basic and worked my way up and was enjoying it in till my last game. I started on an easy map with hard opponents i wanted a challenge and have played on medium i thought it wouldn't be super hard. IT only took an hour before i was being attacked by other civilations who were already many tech trees above me and i was unable to build any defenses against them, this game was great till i had to waite to build basic defenses and with them attacking there was no way to stop it. so there are many pros to this game however watching your settlement get destroyed cause you only have a certain amount of ppl destroys this game. it was fun while it lasted.… Expand
Feb 21, 2013This game looks great, and there is plenty of different missions for you to do, as well as the multiplayer function. The building of a city becomes a little repetitive after a while... I tried playing with some friends, and we had to set up a VPN to get it going! That was highly frustrating. It really gave me a bad impression of the game. I am not sure it is worth full price, but maybe on a sale, give it a go.… Expand
Mar 21, 2013I recently bought this game while it was on sale on Steam and so far I do like it. So some thoughts:
The Good: Its pretty. The graphics are very nice indeed. I am only on the second chapter of the campaign and it has been fun to play. I haven't played many city builder type games and am having fun so far. Really that's key to me, you know? Is it fun? Graphics can suck but still be a good fun game. They can be beautiful and have lousy gameplay.. Simcity anyone?
The Moderate: Voice acting is really sub-par. There have been moments when I just click ok to make an avatar stop talking. It can be that bad. As a new player to the genre I found getting started to be somewhat difficult in that not many things are explained well or at all. For example almost every building type needs to be directly connected to a road, so you can't build houses in rows of more than 2 otherwise the inside row will go unhappy and people will leave even though you can see people wandering off-road. Limiting and silly. The tutorialfirst mission I think could be a lot better. It seems to expect you to know what you are doing already. It was frustrating at first but I found a decent lets play on youtube which helped tremendously.
The Bad (with caveats): DLC spam seems to be rampant in this one with something like 13 separate DLC packs ranging from $0.99 to $29.99. That's part of why I waited for a sale to purchase. I got all the DLC in one pack for an extra six bucks. Most of it is pretty useless, adding things like hedgerows and other minor things to build that add aesthetically but don't enhance gameplay at all. DRM... We all despise DRM especially of late with the Simcity fiasco. When this game came out if you bought it on Steam you were dealing with three! layers of DRM. First Steam, then Uplay, then the hidden solidshield Ubi built in. Also there is apparently a three activation limit. If you are avoiding this game due to these things let me explain what I found in researching this before I bought it, because I don't like DRM either and wouldn't buy it if it were an issue to me. Steam is DRM but it is useful and doesn't get in my way. If I can still play it offline then I am ok with it. Uplay... I don't like it much but It hasn't gotten in the way yet. I lost my net connection for a few hours while playing it and it didn't kick me or anything like that. Some persistent world things associated with your "Ark" aren't available and you can't vote on things, but aside from that you can keep playing and really aren't missing anything. I had a bit of an issue when first activating the game and had to log in three times before I could actually play the game. First logged into Uplay, then started the game and had to log in with my Uplay ID again. Refused my ID so closed the game and restarted and then it logged in successfully. Third time is a charm I guess? No issues since then. Solidshield has been removed from this game. So as of this review the only DRM you will have to mess with is Steam and Uplay, or just Uplay if you get it direct there. The activation limit is still there BUT there seems to be some misunderstanding with this. You get three initial activations. You get one activation returned to you every month. So as long as you aren't reinstalling this thing more than three times a month you won't have anything to worry about. Given that I like Steams convenience, Uplay hasn't gotten in the way, and Ubi listened enough to remove solidshield I personally had no problems with my purchase due to DRM concerns. Hopefully the above info is of use to someone and clears up what seems to be some confusion.
Overall I recommend this game particularly if you can get it on sale with all the DLC in one go.… Expand
Mar 25, 2013I'm quite new to Anno but I have discovered Anno 1404 2 years ago and loved the game, Anno 2070 does not dissapoint either. The depth of the game is incredible and the online features is also a plus rather than a minus. Anno 2070 has a very nice single player campaign and will keep you busy and intrigued for hours. A must buy for any Anno fan!
Apr 2, 2013I feel very let down by this game. I expected high-end economic simulation, with some military elements here and there. What I got was simplistic game, with economic elements dumbed down and dialogs and missions on the mental level of a 12 years old kid.
The campaign is pain to go through, mainly because of childish plot and annoying dialogues. The free play, supposedly a most important mode of the game, is only a bit better. The most important problem is, that there is no mechanic that would make you want develop your city. Your citizens always seem to be happy with the level of goods you provide them and only by your initiative you might want to push them forward. There is no needs chain like in old Caesar games, where satisfying one requirement creates another. On top of that, your citizens serve absolutely no purpose (apart from maybe production of money that you don't seem to need that much). The factories/farms/etc don't seem to require any kind of workforce, which dumbs it down even more. On top of that, UI takes time to get used to, and tutorial doesn't seem to cover it well. There is also no way to check the rate at which your resources are used/produced so organizing of your industry takes a lot of boring observation and counting.
It might seem that economic elements have been simplified in order to make room for more of a military game, but the amount (4?) and usability of battle units doesn't seem to support that at all.
The MMO aspect of this game is not as fun as it might seem occasional vote over certain matters only seem to provide small bonuses in the game, or lack of them. Interesting idea, but it doesn't really have any real impact on the game.
As a merit I should probably mention beautiful graphics and seemingly large amount of elements. The game might be entertaining for the first game, and seeing through possible buildings for construction might be fun, just for exploration of possibilities. It is not a bad game in general, it just doesn't seem to have any strategic thought in it other than "how should I put my building around in order them to fit in on my island(s). If you're a big genre fan sure, give it a try, if its on sale. If not look for other game, it's not worth your money or time.… Expand
May 1, 2013Anno 2070, a decent recourse based strategy game and seemingly a direct clone of 1702AD. Though Anno is a good game in its own rights it is also anything other than innovative. Essentially you begin with what seems like some kind of “Mother ship” that looks like it just landed at some random island and now you need to colonize it with either hippie or corporate inhabitants and thrive. F. Fun for a while.
So basically the story is that global warming has melted the icecaps and has made most of the planet, aside from the highest mountain peaks, completely uninhabitable. Where have I heard this one before? And wouldn’t the highest mountains be uninhabitable too. This game shows these areas as beautiful and the very view of inhabitable. Really, you would still be at the same height as it always was and the people would die from the cold. But I digress.
There are two main factions; the Eden Initiative, the good guys I guess, and the Global Trust, or the bad guys. Each has its own high and low points like the Initiative are never short on recourses, but they expand slowly. And the Trust will quickly run out of recourses but will expand faster. Aside from those two things and the look of the buildings, there really is no difference between the two, in my opinion.
The combat in the game is much like the combat in 1702AD, clunky and slow. Now I love strategy games. Sometimes I’ll get so hooked on Civilization that I lose track on the month that go by, but this system is just so bad. In fact, it’s downright boring. Though the graphics in the game are great and you can see every blade of grass as it gets ripped up and scarred by the rage of war there really isn’t much to the combat. They shoot and the one with greater numbers wins.
There are several campaigns that add almost nothing to the game, actually most tend to just play the sandbox mode and get the experience of the scenarios in a single play-through instead of restarting every time. And there is almost no story or immersion to speak of. You know you’re playing a game entire time. There is no connection to the characters, no main character that I noticed, and poor endings.
The only saving grace in this game is that it is a feast for the eyes and has an equally beautiful soundtrack.
To be honest, this game should get a score of about 4, but due to the beautiful music models and textures in the game and that it does have a good amount of replay-ability, I have to give it a 5. It is an average game with an average experience. Don’t go tripping over the strategy fan-boys to get this one, but it is worth getting if not for early gameplay.… Expand
Oct 23, 2013My Opinion *
Anno is definitely one of the best RTS genre games I have ever set my hands on. The graphics are absolutely stunning, the game size itself is fantastic and the way the game works such as the politics and the ecology is smart as hell. People who think they can pick up this game and instantly build a city of huge size will however be in for a rather large disappointment, this is NOT like other RTS games and you really need to put time, mind and effort into this to actually get somewhere. However, when you get there it definitely pays off.
The only downside to this game is that I would like to have seen more in the game for what it is. Sure there is a DLC but I'd probably like even larger maps, larger islands, bigger building selections etc. Other than this, absolutely fantastic.… Expand
Oct 19, 2013If you are buying on steam, beware! It won't actually be using steam to launch the game and keep it updated. Instead, it will install its on launcher steam-esque program on your computer (called uPlay). The amount of time to get from installed to actually playing was so long (included creating a uplay account, logging into some service, updating the game again through uplay even though it was just downloaded. But, I was a trooper, and pushed through. Unfortunately, the bland, uninteresting game that followed was a huge let down. The menu system was slick, and looked promising, but the gameplay was bland and uninspired. When coupled with the unwanted stuff it came with, not really using the steam system (the game is tied to your uplay account after you run it, not your steam account), this is a definite do not buy. I feel like Tropico 4 scratches the same itch in a MUCH better package and in a much less annoying way.… Expand
Nov 24, 2013This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I am new to the Anno series and this is an awesome game. I have played another city building game simcity and this is much better than that. These games are in essence simulations of reality and a game derives its richness of content by incorporating its complexity and that is one of the foremost reason this game is better than simcity. Simcity is far lacking in detail and has been essentially dumbed down. Anno offers a richer and detailed city building game. Another factor is Anno has advanced strategy element which goes beyond the limited city planning and logistics. One has to at the same time handle economic and military affairs arising due to interaction with cities belonging to other factions. Another factor is the game is graphically mesmerizing, they are truly a treat for the eyes. To conclude I would say this; I have played a lot of city building games and this is quite easily the best one.… Expand