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The Settlers: Rise Of An Empire (PC DVD)

by Ubisoft
Windows XP
 Ages 12 and Over
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
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  • Female settlers appear for the first time in the series: men and women fall in love with each other and marry
  • The lively, detailed game world is rich in animal and plant life
  • The settlers' busy lives are presented in lovingly rendered animations that show what is going on in a transparent way
  • The world is divided into four climatic zones with changes of season and weather which influence expansion and resource gathering
  • The best Settlers game of all time, featuring the best from previous games and lots of gameplay innovations!
  • The game's instant accessibility and gentle learning curve ensure long-lasting fun
  • even in advanced game missions, new features are introduced
  • All interventions by the player are reflected in the behaviour of his subjects and made transparent through the animations in the game world
  • Starting with a small settlement, the player builds up flourishing towns, maintains trade relations, and claims land and villages. This requires diplomatic skills
  • Mining, gathering resources, and food production result from wise planning and the various occupations of the settlers
  • Goods transport is optimised through skilful road planning
  • Upgrading buildings step-by-step improves the effectiveness of the economy and towns
  • By hiring traveling entertainers and organizing fairs, the player acts as a matchmaker by enabling male and female settlers to get to know each other
  • The player can build walls to protect his towns from enemy attacks. In military actions, the player must prove that he has built up his empire in such a way that it can defend itself effectively
  • Missions featuring noble knights with various skills accompany the player through the epic storyline penned by Jeff Grubb
  • Included in the game: dynamic single player campaign, freeplay mode with a multitude of maps, numerous multiplayer options via LAN and Internet, and a map editor
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Game Information

  • Platform:   Windows XP
  • PEGI Rating: Ages 12 and Over Suitable for 12 years and over. Not for sale to persons under age 12. By placing an order for this product, you declare that you are 12 years of age or over.
  • Media: Video Game

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  • ASIN: B000S8JO42
  • Release Date: 28 Sept. 2007
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,328 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

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In The Settlers VI: Rise Of An Empire, the player builds lively, bustling towns in a medieval world. Everything is visible, lovingly animated and realistic. Each settler has his or her own daily routine, with a range of different actions and behaviours that can be observed by the player at all times. This enables him to get the best out of his Settlers, build up a flourishing economy, tend to his settlers` needs, and protect his empire against danger from the outside. By expanding his empire, the player can aspire to becoming a legendary king or queen.

The most popular features of the predecessors in the series have been retained, and many of the fans desires and wishes were incorporated into the new game to create a very special Settlers atmosphere. The result is a realistic medieval world, captured in intricate detail. The game features an immersive, yet transparent economic system based on the resources, wares and goods produced by the settlers in their various trades and occupations.

  • The game`s instant accessibility and gentle learning curve ensure long-lasting fun - even in advanced game missions, new features are introduced.
  • All interventions by the player are reflected in the behaviour of his subjects and made transparent through the animations in the game world.
  • Starting with a small settlement, the player builds up flourishing towns, maintains trade relations, and claims land and villages. This requires diplomatic skills.
    Mining, gathering resources, and food production result from wise planning and the various occupations of the settlers.
  • Goods transport is optimized through skilful road planning.
  • Upgrading buildings step-by-step improves the effectiveness of the economy and towns.
  • By hiring travelling entertainers and organizing fairs, the player acts as a matchmaker by enabling male and female settlers to get to know each other.<

Manufacturer's Description

In The Settlers - Rise Of An Empire, players build lively, bustling towns in a medieval world. Everything is visible, lovingly animated and realistic. Each settler has his or her own daily routine, with a range of different actions and behaviours that can be observed by the player at all times. This enables him to get the best out of his Settlers, build up a flourishing economy, tend to his settlers' needs, and protect his empire against danger from the outside. By expanding his empire, the player can aspire to becoming a legendary king or queen.

The most popular features of the predecessors in the series have been retained, and many of the fans’ desires and wishes were incorporated into the new game to create a very special Settlers atmosphere. The result is a realistic medieval world, captured in intricate detail. The game features an immersive, yet transparent, economic system based on the resources, wares and goods produced by the settlers in their various trades and occupations.


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45 of 46 people found the following review helpful
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
Plus points:

1. one of the best Intro's to a game I've seen - the detail and rendering are amazing. Also several cut scenes through-out the game are very well done.
2. Extremely detailed world. Developers have obviously taken a lot of care to produce a stunning and detailed world - fish in the lakes, crabs walking about, etc. Really makes it fun to play.
3. Something very satisfying about building up your settlement and watch your settlers go about their business. I guess like building a train set or flying a flight simulator - just building a nice settlement with content settlers is strangely addictive.
4. User Interface well laid out and very intuitive. Most people should be able to get going with the tutorial intro mission and common sense.

Minus points:

1. Way too easy. No difficulty adjustment that I can find. Simply build up your settlement and you have content citizens and loads of cash. Even maps with less resources (e.g. desert maps) just means that it takes longer to build up your settlement. There's no awkwards decisions here with limited cash and not enough food to go around. I never had a problem feeding or providing everything the settlers need on any map. Apparently they go on strike if they're not happy, but I never saw this once. Sim City this ain't.
2. Combat is a bit of an afterthought. Attacks from enemies are few and far between and really means there's little point in building walls around your city. With a decent number of soldiers you'll have no problem with fending off any enemy attack. Also, taking over a territory is simply a case of attacking the outpost there. This is a tiny building with enough space for 6 soldiers and the outpost seems to offer the soldiers inside no protection.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun, Simple and Addictive 21 Jan. 2008
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
A lot of people have said that this game is too easy, which at times it can be. It isn't a game for your hard core military strategists, but it is easy to pick up and fun to play.

Settlers Rise of an Empire requires you to build a thriving settlement, with everything your settlers could possibly need. These things range from butchers to sheep farms. You have to find resources to convert into goods that can be used by your citizens to enable your town to grow further and open up more opportunities to build new buildings. The campaign is based around you building an empire and completing quests in different settings. These different settings cover four different climates such as the snowy north or hot south. These different climates offer different challenges and actually affect the way you have to manage your settlement.

The thing that I really enjoy about this game is watching your town grow and watching the settlers go about their everyday lives. The military side is limited, with only two soldier units and three siege units available. But this isn't the point of the game, founding a busy, bustling town is.

The graphics are very good indeed and building your perfect town will keep you occupied for hours. Be warned however, this game is highly addictive and will stop you having a life for quite a while!
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49 of 52 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok 12 Oct. 2007
Fun: 3.0 out of 5 stars   
This is a basic resource management game with a bit of exploration thrown in. combat is very limited and building walls to protect your city is awkward to get right and also pretty pointless.

It looks good and is strangely compelling to play, but it takes a long time to finish each map while at the same time being very easy (I am on about mission 12 of the single player campaign and have not had the slightest difficulty so far).

The only difficulty in this game comes from some maps having very limited resources /fertile ground available the odd mission with a (very generous) time limit and you having to get your hero to run round all the time to buy things from allied villages.

The vast majority of time spent on each game is slowly building up your settlement from nothing, promoting your knight and releasing the next set of new buildings. After about the 10th time it gets dull. A deep irritation is no matter how well you do in the preceding mission it has absolutly no effect on the next one, with you having to start from scratch each time.

Combat it simply a matter of building as many swordsmen and archers as you can (not many it turns out - I have always been limited to less than 10 units so far) and then overwhelming any opposition. There does not appear much point in defending anything as it will cause your already tiny army to be split up. There is siege equipment but it's equally limited.

The Much heralded Female settlers is simply the ability to call a fair at your town centre watch the couples dance about and then your buildings become slightly more efficient. Nothing to it really!

It may be better as a multiplayer game but I've yet to try it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Keith_Joseph HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
If you are into games like Rollercoaster Tycoon 3, Zoo tycoon 2, Supreme Commander, HomeWorld 2, Black & White 2, Jurasic Park: Operation Genesis, Age of [Empires] Mythology and Genesis Rising, as my son (11) certainly is, perhaps this game will appeal. He hasn't played any earlier 'Settlers' games, but really liked this one - he says the the towns are cheap to build and he mastered the game controls very easily (and even the training level was good). You build what looks like a 12th century Bavarian settlement, lots of trees and lakes amongst the attractive timber/stone buildings. You don't get many attacks by other groups, but my son builds 'castles' near the neighbours territories just in case, as he wants to keep his settlement looking nice. The game looks great as well with his highish spec AMD dual core/NVidia 7950 graphics card XP PC. On loading, the game took an age to update itself, and its run OK so far. My son insisted I review the game for him. He says: "It's really good, the controls are easy, and it's very easy to build things (which is most important). You can make custom games, and make the time go quicker. I like it when it snows, you can walk over frozen lakes, and if you keep your castle alive your person never dies". Some of the chat gets annoying, e.g. "a farmer has no cows" you are informed repeatedly when doing something else. There's more building than fighting (probably a more realistic scenario) than say 'Rome Total War', although both are rated 12+. As it's easy to play I'm also attracted to this game, but I prefer first person looters, like Thief III really. So if you like The Sims type games, with a bit of a historical slant and not that hard to play, give this game a go.
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I found this version somewhat disappointing. The pace is slow and the graphics poor. I hope it will pick up as the game develops, if I can be patient for long enough, but in the... Read more
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The game play itself is good so far; it's a bit interesting if you haven't got a good graphics card, but very pleased with it so far.
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