Tech 2.0TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 6 Mar. 2010
I'm glad Ubisoft haven't just done a hit and run and continue to release patches and expansions for what is an excellent game! Patch 1.2 now available and as mentioned in my Anno 1404 review patch 1.1 removed the drm and need for disc in drive. Though the expansion re-adds the drm.
There's added scenarios;
There are new buildings, the Bailiwick is well useful, it's an "accounting/command" building which cuts maintenence costs & brings the control of all buildings in a settlement under one roof, courtesy of the reeves book, which is kind of a ledger, it's actually a really bloody useful building. build it as soon as possible.
The large tradesmans cog is worth it's weight in gold. it has six holds & 2 "buffing" sockets, is as fast as the large oriental cargo ship, and packs one hell of a punch in it's own right, it's almost as powerful as the large oriental warship.
The new palace looks awesome, there are other new building like cemetaries etc. there are also gameplay tweaks like removing the need for weapons when building settlement defences etc.
One amazing new change is the ability to infilitrate other economies using spies and exert your influence. You can also gain economic control of another player through expanding your control of their council.
Features of the expansion (as the product listing is somewhat sparse!):
Anno 1404 Venice combines the signature gameplay mechanics of Anno 1404 and the richness of the Venetian culture. In addition, gamers are now able to play Anno 1404 with their friends thanks to the new online multiplayer mode.Read more ›
I bought this for a friend in UK - we both love playing the game... no it's not a shoot'em up, and it doesn't last 10 min. This is for people that can think and work out problems.... its called strategy... for those of you that like to do things on your own time and have a LONG game, this is for you. Great Graphics and game play! Oh yeah - delivery and packaging of the item(s) was great. You will need anon 1404 and anon 1404 Venice to play multi-player... intercontinental fun.
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Hi All, Well I bought this because I like all the Anno series, it's installed on my computer but I haven't played the expansion by itself, but I like Anno 1404 and expect the expansion to be very good, I liked the idea of Venice. Sorry I couldn't be more helpful, but I've been working on my computer, new case and reinstalling Win 7.