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Anno 1404 (PC)

Platform : Windows XP
2.8 out of 5 stars 78 customer reviews

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  • Platform:   Windows XP
  • PEGI Rating: Ages 3 and Over
  • Media: Video Game
  • Item Quantity: 1

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  • ASIN: B001ULCDHQ
  • Release Date: 26 Jun. 2009
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 19,176 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

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A unique and award-winning combination of construction, economy, discovery, diplomacy and combat. Anno 1404 is the building strategy game which features a deep economy, wide game world and dynamic gameplay which continuously challenge the players' strategic management skills. The discovery of the ancient oriental nation inspires your creative vision for your own grandiose metropolis, as you carefully raise monumental cities and develop an idealised historical empire.

 

  • Meet the orient!
  • Build your own oriental settlement
  • Get to know the culture and technologies of the orient
  • Make the desert bloom
  • Meet the Sultan and earn his respect
  • Rise huge metropolises!Build a unique seaside with the harbour system
  • Construct impressing monuments to crown your creation
  • Shape the character of your city with alleyways, city walls and castles
  • Enrich your settlement with dozens of embellishing objects
  • Personalise the way you play!
  • Configure the interface to fit your own personal needs
  • Create your own adventures in the Anno world with powerful tools and share them with the community
  • A strategy game for beginners and pros!
  • An intuitive interface for beginners with many options for advanced players
  • A thrilling campaign that carries beginners into the world of Anno
  • A motivating sandbox mode that can be modified by players to any degree
  • Special titles, talents, medals and other rewards that are collected in the captains log


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I bought this February 2010. Ubisoft may have listened to the critics. The version shipped to me loaded and ran without needing Tages DRM, but had reverted to conventional loading from disk (disk then needed in drive to run).

On first installation had a bit of delay while waiting for automatic download of a couple of fairly substantial patches from Ubisoft but the game has so far proved absolutely stable and bug free. I am running it under Windows 7 with Nvidia Gforce 6800.

The game is typical of the Ubisoft range. Fans of other Anno and Settlers games will love it. Compared to some games it needs a good deal of micro managment but that's a matter of taste as some gamers prefer that degree of control and some prefer automanagement of minor issues. Very impressive graphics. Rather useless manual, but beginners should not worry too much as the easiest levels pretty much walk you through all the basic concepts, controls, etc. If you are looking for action or violence look elsewhere, and the simple bulding and trading can become a bit dull but the elements of diplomacy and some combat add breadth so overall well worth it.
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For everyone, who was concerned about the drm protection. Ubisoft has removed the need for online activation with the 1.1 update. You only have to install the update, before starting the game for the first time. So there is no more limit to 3 activations.
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I've bought every Anno, 1602, 1503 and 1701. While the lack of multiplayer in 1503 was a disappointment, the rest of the game was excellent. Now, not only has multiplayer apparently gone missing again, but you are only allowed to activate it 3 times. This is NOT ACCEPTABLE. I will not pay for software that has such a disgusting attitude to me. There isn't even a revoke tool, although even if there was it would still be utterly unacceptable. What happens in 2 years if I want to play it? The activations will be used up due to hardware upgrades. Contact them and get more? Unacceptable hassle. What if they've gone under? They always say they'll release a DRM-free version but do you think a company about to go bust is going to spend time and money updating an old title? No chance, they'll either be rushing their current project or all updating their CVs.

I will not support a publisher who treats me in this way. Many, many others feel the same way and many more will as the impact of such disgusting practises continue to gain notoriety.

Please, vote with your wallet. Don't pay good money to be treated as a criminal.
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I had already pre-ordered the game and had to cancel. I will not let a publisher determine how often and on what machines I may install and play the game that I bought with my own money or call a costly hotline to beg for another set of licences.
Don't get me wrong, I played every Anno so far and they were all great and i really trust the guys at Related Design, I'm sure they made the best Anno yet, but this is just a no-go.

I can understand the need for the publisher to do something about all these illegal cracks, leaks and torrents out there, but alienating the few customers they have left? Gods damn it, a cracked and ready-to-play version is already out there on the internet, with no install limit, and I as a customer have to wait another day and am restricted by a copy protection that might as well fry my system. No thanks Ubisoft! These copy protections don't work (as you can see that there are already leaked versions out there), they only punish those who are trying to do fair business.
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By Tech 2.0 TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 12 Feb. 2010
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If you buy the retail edition of this game, install it and then install the game patch 1.1 before running it, it removes the drm. Also, friends have indicated that their game autopatched and as a result no more drm issues and the game can be played without the disc etc once patched

Edit: patch 1.2 also just released!

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Again another nice game crippled by copy protection. It has the Tagès copy protection and has only 3 activations. You can only reactivate over a charged hotline. Since i got hit with the first of my games not install able any more because of a missing activation server this will be a no-no.
You can though download and play the demo with is quite nice.

If you take the gamble that you might not be able to install it any more in two or three years.. go for it the game itself is nice.
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Ok, a few words about the DRM before I say something about the game. You have to activate it via the internet and it has a 3 install limit, so you can install it on up to 3 different pc's. Changing your pc's components will use an install. As I'm a laptop user this isn't a big deal for me, but it will be if you're in the habit of frequently changing your pc configuration. There is no install revoke tool at present but I imagine one will appear somewhere down the line once the game is older.

If you run out of installs you can contact support for more. Not ideal, and I'd really rather not see DRM in the game, but on the plus side you don't need the disc in the drive to play or have to be connected to the internet. Anyway, make your mind up about whether the DRM is a deal breaker or not.

As far as the actual game is concerned, it's a superb example of the city building/economic strategy genre. There is a single player mission based campaign, highly configurable sandbox mode with AI opponents, as well as a few scenarios. Graphics are lovely and the game is smooth and responsive even on my fairly average gaming laptop.

The resource and supply chain is complex, with loads of different types of resources to produce and convert into lots of other types of goods and lots of different types of buildings to construct. Truly, if you're a fan of city building/economic games then I can't recommend it highly enough, and will simply say that I played it for 5 hours straight last weekend.

Still, too bad about the DRM.
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