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This game was released by Ubisoft in 2009. A successor to Anno 1701 and predecessor of Anno 2070. A great Real Time strategy and a challenging change for people who use to play Age of empires as its main focus is economy building and not conquering the enemy. I don't consider it a RTS rather an overtime strategy. In this amazing game you start as a Lord of an island given to you with objective to grow it from scratch to a great major city of the empire by meeting the demands of your subjects and helping them to grow from poor peasants to noblemen.
The game has a nice campaign but not so nice as expected from RTS games as IT ONLY CONTAINS 8 LEVELS. Yes! only 8 levels. A major problem with an otherwise good game and it also contains a number of scenarios which are really good and focus on many aspects of game with their objectives which ranges from setting up alliances with other players to defeating them, gaining a certain city level and making wonders(monuments).
This game has a vast number of resources till now i am not able to count how many are their like stone,wood,food to even gold which are then needed for secondary items like beer, weapons,etc. which are necessary in order to satisfy your subjects to gain more tax money and to gain civilization level. You might question what is civilization level it is the minimum number of inhabitants in your territory which are needed to gain access to new buildings and resources which are necessary to develop your city.
NOW GET READY FOR THE BIGGEST FAULT IN THIS GAME NO MULTIPLAYER. YES "NO MULTIPLAYER". Well an RTS without multiplayer makes it a bit boring playing same games against a set of opponents which are ofcourse as dumb as as always. Now if you want multiplayer you need to get its addon Venice which will cost you some more money. A nice way to gain money I suppose.
NOW A BIT OF GAMEPLAY
A typical Anno campaign level lasts for about 3-4 hours on easy well it took me this much time to complete the first level and more of the same is for scenarios and continuous game goes on until you complete all the objectives which can take more time.
Now you start a general game with a settlement some peasant houses a warehouse a market building and your flagship and you then go on to develop your settlement as you gain additional building and gain gain control of a civilization called Orient by completing a discovery and gaining the rights to do so. This civilization consists of nomadic people whose needs are totally different from the Occidental or your people. For an example your people eat fish with cider and these guys eat dates and milk well cider and milk are drinks who knows they make icecreams or not and there are other such differences which makes it a challenge as you have to use a nice strategy to make a Cosmopolitian city.
Another change is that the army control is not same as AOE as you need to move your troops supply them with ration and set up their camp and attack from that place in a radius of attack and a shocking thing is that the trebuchet can be killed by a castle. The ship combat is mostly same which include right clicking on the opponent to start the attack.
You can trade from your allies, specifically from the guys who signed a trade treaty with you and you can buy some special upgrades by exchanging a resource called honour. So this is the small note on gameplay.
If you want to know more buy the game. YES BUY IT!
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