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  • Summary: Choosing from 7 different European factions, take charge of a European power aiming to conquer the New World. Found new colonies and manage their resources, production, military, and much more as they develop into a full blown empire. Choose to command ships in RTS fashion or take direct control as your fleet engages ships of an enemy nation or blood thirsty pirates at a highly detailed tactical level. Expand
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  1. Positive: 6 out of 16
  2. Negative: 1 out of 16
  1. This is a must have for both fans and newcomers a like, but don't expect the second coming. This is a solid and improved version of East India Company, nothing more.
  2. Nitro Games relied on the well received concept of the predecessor while going to work on all the points of criticism the actual game had to take. This resulted in a game, that is not only looking and feeling good but also has something to offer to both beginners and pros.
  3. If you've played the unofficial prequel East India Company, you will also like Commander: Conquest of the Americas. All three core aspects of the game (economy, diplomacy, war) fit perfectly together, motivate you, and convince you to continue to play. Strategy game enthusiasts also should consider buying Commander: Conquest of the Americas.
  4. The lack of an idiots' guide tutorial is not a great selling point, but plough through this confusing opening (on free campaign) and you will gradually learn and lose a surprising amount of time to what is a relatively unique and intellectually-solid title.
  5. Instead of wrestling with rival nations, you'll tussle with unruly advisors in this naval trading sim.
  6. Peculiar challenges and a good managerial dimension have to compare with a poorly detailed graphics and an excessive selling price.
  7. The world needs to push back; the missions need to get more serious more quickly and there needs to be greater stakes than whether you make 150,000 bucks this year or 200,000. I think Nitro has that game in them. Alas, this is not it.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 3 out of 4
  1. Oct 16, 2013
    This game is enjoyable. Currently playing with both DLC packs and presumably after some bug fixes. It is a very high-level, macro view overall. Fleet battles can be fought on an individual or more RTS level and can be quite enjoyable. Movement through the quite tedious and slow periods is easily mitigated with the battle speed control, adjustable from 1x to 10x.

    Trade is a bit flawed as was mentioned in some previous reviews. It is greatly simplified with trade possible between your own colonies (although not profitable) and your home port. It seems that the AI nations can offer up one-time trade shipments to you, but not vice versa. The diplomatic screens are pretty limited. Also a gripe, when diplomatic offerings are sent to you, there is no counter-offer capability, you either accept or decline, and when trade shipments are offered to you, there isn't any good way to tell whether you're getting a good or bad deal.

    The graphics are nice and the ambient sounds are good as well, without much variation though.

    Overall, while trading is how you make your money in the game (taxation gets you nowhere except having pissed off colonists), trade is not very involved or deep. Basically anything you buy from your colonies makes you money selling back to home port. The quest objectives are a nice way of keeping things a bit more interesting. The Pirate pack is a cool idea and really adds to the most interesting element of the game, being the ship battles. Capturing pirate ships and then getting their ships and treasure maps is pretty cool. Being able to automate trade routes is a huge gain for the game, otherwise it would be completely mundane to play. The interface has some quirkiness to it and it seems that some controls could be better implemented, particularly in the management windows. Many times, too many clicks are necessary to do something.

    Add a bit more capability and detail to the trading and diplomacy and streamline the interface some and this would be a great game. Considering this, the game is still fun to play, just not *great* to play.
  2. Oct 22, 2013
    This game may be enjoyable to those who will want to invest a large amount of time in to something that tends to crawl at a very slow pace. Trade mechanics are solid and the naval battles are ok but after a while it gets quite repetitive and feels like you have nothing to do.

    A real lack of a basic guide will mean you will miss things which are required in some cases.
  3. Feb 23, 2011
    Game has potential , when they want to finish it; As it now , even with both DLC s Trade and battle are serious flawed; You cannot trade with others except your home town in Europe, Battle speed various between 2 and 3 knots even though ships description it can do more , fleeing speed , the same; A real shame they dont seem to be able to fix that even after 2 DLC s; Expand
  4. Jun 29, 2012
    this is one of worst games i played in this genre...its so boring i uninstalled it after 1 hour of playtime...really wasted money . dont buy this please Expand