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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.
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.
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.
Edit: patch 1.2 also just released!
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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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Only mildly addictive. I played the Wii version and bought this for my laptop. I'm only giving it four stars due to the fact that the controls are not very stable - when I try to... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Elysian42
Awesome game comparable to settlers and simcity. A medieval twist which was a fun change reccomend for simcity and settlers lovers,Published 23 months ago by John Jay Cornwell
Great game. So much to learn though and so many different processes going on! You could lose days of your life playing this one!Published on 7 April 2012 by Nic
First of, the DRM that has given the game so many 1 star reviews here has been removed with an update from Ubisoft. Now there is no limit to the amount of copies you can activate. Read morePublished on 25 Jun. 2011 by C. Q.
The game is fun and looks amazing. The look o0f this game is vastly different from any rts i have played giving its own unique style.Published on 21 Jun. 2011 by Mr. C. Smith
Bought for my daughter. I have been playing Anno 1404 & the Venice extention since they came out. I like city building & trading but am not interested in more than minimal... Read morePublished on 15 April 2011 by RoseJane
As of April 2011, you get a copy sent from Canada. So to patch it to ver 1.2, go to the Canadian Ubisoft site and search for Dawn of Discovery. Read morePublished on 12 April 2011 by D. Mills
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