Anno’s core strength is the cities that it allows you to create. Sometimes it does feel more like a puzzle game than a simulator, as you desperately try to figure out how to give your most demanding residents access to everything they crave. However, the satisfaction of doing it well is almost incomparable for the genre. I am a firm believer that simulation games, at their best, teach you about real-world jobs, processes, and social/cultural/environmental dynamics, whether that be flying a plane, driving a train, running a hotel or building a city. Anno does that, and it presents players with a vision for cities that will, hopefully, be the future of urban planning.
All in all, Anno 1800 is one of the best building games on the market, even on the console. Of course, the port in its current form is not very interesting for those switching from the PC. There is simply too much content missing and the change in handling can't be ignored. But as a pure console player, you can look forward to a top-class building game that will excite you for countless hours.
Only have about 15 hours so far, but really enjoying the game. I'm still learning all of the games many management functions and tricks for success, as it becomes pretty difficult fairly into a new run to keep up with if you make mistakes. I do wish some of the paid DLC skin packs were included into the base game, I'm not upset that there's cosmetic DLC to purchase but the vanilla game should have come with more options for buildings still. The music is simply beautiful and the graphics are amazing for a city builder sim game. Control wise it can be a little quirky as the game was obviously designed for mouse and keyboard, but they did a good job making it work well enough on console. I can't comment on how fun the multiplayer is because I've sat in matchmaking for over 5 minutes several times and gave up, but it's a pretty niche game for console players so I expected that. Overall the game is probably an "8" for me so far, but giving it a "10" because anyone giving the game a "0" just because they apparently had to use an email to play the free demo is simply a ridiculous thing to trash a game over in 2023. It's a really great game if you like this genre.
Anno 1800 is one of the most addictive city builders that I’ve played on console, full of gameplay intricacies that create an intoxicating experience. With so many moving parts, it suffers a bit from the typical PC-to-console control issues that plague the genre, but I doubt that will stop you from spending hours building an empire.
Anno 1800 Console Edition is an excellent translation of a deep, satisfying PC strategy experience to console. With engaging mechanics and an insane amount of replay value (not to mention multiplayer), anyone looking for a more arcade-kind of management sim will find a happy home here.
ANNO 1800 succeeds in making itself playable and enjoyable on home consoles. It's rather beautiful, and the gameplay with the controller is successful, although it will take a little time to get used to it. On the other hand, if the game is nice to the eye, it has a few technical glitches that will make the less patient players complain. Some of the game's loading times are quite long, textures sometimes have trouble displaying when zooming in and the framerate seems to be slowed down quite often. It's also a shame that the game is not as well supplied as its PC version. It lacks quite a bit of content. And even though you'll already have enough to play for many hours, you can't help but be disappointed. Anyway, it's hard to sulk your pleasure, ANNO 1800 on consoles is successful and will satisfy fans of the genre.
With the new Console Edition of "Anno 1800", Ubisoft managed to take a huge step towards a perfect implementation of a strategy game on the home console. The controls and graphics are simply great and make every second fun. The storyline and sound are also a joy to play and make it hard to put the controller down. The different modes are fun and constantly push newcomers and veterans alike to new challenges. Unfortunately, there would be more to use in the insertion of the PS5 controller's features. Nevertheless, you get a really great strategy game for the console with the new Console Edition of "Anno 1800".
Its one of the best city building/strategy games I have ever played. It checks all boxes. Except, the UI and controls are terrible in different ways. Buttons can have different menus mapped to it, yet one has to press the red button each time to exit one menu, then enter one other instead of just switching directly. This would be much of a problem, if the controls were not so damn unresponsive. Often you end up in some submenu, completely not where you want to be. To make matters worse, often, in different menus it keeps scrolling no matter what you do, so you cannot select anything anymore. Even reloading doesn't help. Only a complete restart of the game. Later on in the game it happens every 15 min. This is a bad bug. If it werent for the bad UI and controls, it woukd be a 10
The game is not bad but it is dull and limited without having DLCs which are not planned to be released on the console. Overall it does not deserve its pricey tag. Dividing cosmetics packs into many different packages and pricing them expensively is also a shame. If it was released as a full package including DLCs, it would be really a good game, what a miss. Controls are OK, neither good nor bad.
This game is definitely going to be popular with a certain demographic of gamers, but for me the whole thing is far far too slow.
As you enter a new technology phase you often have to re-juggle all of your resources, re-balancing as you go isn't a challenge but it's just dreadfully time consuming. I reached a point where my resources were stable and the end was in sight but then I realized I would have to spend countless hours waiting to build up an armada. A half dozen instantly built harbour turrets can annihilate a 15 strong fleet. I figured I could guess the outcome and stop wasting my time. I much preferred the previous titles where resource management wasn't a full time faff.
Anno 1800, subpar edition. the 9, day one cosmetic DLC's was my first clue, that this game was a rip-off (glad it had free trial). I started the game and it took longer than it should have to figure out how to blow up the fish. When i got my city started, i could only fulfill 2 of the 3 requirements and the game offered no tutorial or help as to how to advance. I was not impressed by then anyway and quit and uninstalled. Ubi has got so bad, it seems like obiden is working for them .
SummaryWelcome to the 19th century, a time of industrialization, diplomacy, and discovery.
Rich with technological innovations, conspiracies, and changing allegiances, this era presents the perfect setting for classic Anno gameplay. Anno 1800 provides players ample opportunity to prove their skills as a ruler as they create huge metropolises, ...