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Anno 1404 (PC)
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- Platform: Windows XP
- PEGI Rating: Ages 3 and Over
- Media: Video Game
- Item Quantity: 1
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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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.
Edit: patch 1.2 also just released!
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Barring a few hiccups (ground textures not rendering - fixed in patch 1.1) installation and running the game went without a hitch on my Dell Xps (AMD phenomx4 + radeon 5670) very stable programme and runs smoothly with consistent frame rates, and is a very pretty game with the best looking water animation i think ive ever seen.
if i had to describe this game i would say if you started out with Sim City, added alot of charm and a gorgeous setting, add in some simple point an click combat mechanics, some more charm and a lot of micromanagement then you would get close to being Anno 1404.
Other than the addition of a single player campaign which is compelling and keeps you engaged, this also serves as a kind of on the fly tutorial for getting started, the game is basically one giant sandbox were you can control almost any aspect of a game imposing various winning conditions, whether pirates harass your trade ships etc. Its clever because its not the norm were you pick a map you like and off you go, it generates new maps using a 5 digit number which can be re-entered to play the same map twice if you like but every time you play it feels different - very nice touch.
This game does require a player with patience, the manual is about 5 pages long and mostly covers installation issues, and this game to a new comer is very complicated. for example, you need Wood Tools and Stone to build stuff initially, wood and stone are pretty straight forward, Lumberjack and stone mason buildings.. easy, but how do you get tools i was thinking ..hmmm took me about 20mins to figure out you first need to harvest coal and iron ore to make iron so that the tool maker can then make tools using the iron i just made. the game did not help me in any way to learn this. but it was fun figuring it out. This is just a level one (peasant level) construction process, later in the game you can have a production plant requiring multiple farmed, mined or manufactured goods which in turn can take multiple resources to create and just keeping track of what wine goes where and who needs this 20tones of glass to build that shiny new church can be a handfull.
i think if you are a fan of building games in general you will enjoy this, its one of those games that theres always one more letter to deliver, one more crate to salvage, always one more thing to do and the hours just fly by, you get a polite little fellow encouraging you to take a brake every 2 hours but it feels more like every 10mins.
to summarise- if only having a 5 page manual is a bonus cause you like figuring stuff out on your own, and if you want to be able to manage your resources/people/cities/trade routes etc exactly how you like them to operate then you are likely to think this game is awesome. i do.
The single player offering is without a doubt the BEST Anno offering so far. The gameplay is sometimes slightly derivative to 1701, but there are enough improvements that going back to it would be difficult.
Beautifully rendered, fantastic animation. Occaisonal fps drops but that might be down my PC or the old drivers I'm running.
A pointless security measure that sounds like a last minute rush job to compensate for the other major negative which would have been a far more reliable copyright security measure.
At the last moment multiplayer was completely removed. For most, including me this reduces the game down in size majorly. Bots can only achieve so much!
Personally I regret buying this title whilst it was £25 considering the multiplayer was removed, but this all comes down to preference. If you're looking for a solid single player experience then the custom games in Anno 1404 are the way to go. If like me you were expecting to LAN this with friends for some good 12 hour games, then prepare to be dissappointed until the expansion/patch comes out to appease the major part of the Anno fan base.
Stay away unless you are happy to just get an expensive rental from Ubisoft, especially as this has done nothing to stop the availability of pirate copies.
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