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Anno 2070 (PC DVD)
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- Platform: Windows Vista / XP / 7
- BBFC Rating: 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: DVD-ROM
- Item Quantity: 1
Platform: PC | Edition: Standard
Requires an internet connection during installation and to access multiplayer features.
2070. Our world has changed. The seas' rising level has harmed the coastal cities and climate change has made large stretches of land inhospitable.
The latest in the award-winning strategy series, Anno 2070 offers a new world full of challenges, where you will need to master resources, diplomacy and trade in the most comprehensive economic management system seen yet in the Anno series.
Build your society of the future, colonize islands and create sprawling megacities with multitudes of buildings, vehicles and resources to manage. Engineer new production chains such as Robot Factories, Oil Refineries and Diamond Mines and trade with a variety of goods and commodities.
- A New Era: Staying true to the roots of the Anno series, the near-future setting will bring numerous new gameplay mechanics, architectural breakthroughs, and all new challenges. Additionally, players will be able to build massive cities, the scope of which has never been seen in prior Anno games.
- Become an architect of the future: Face the current world challenges to positively shape the world of tomorrow. Choose either an industrial and efficient course by joining the Tycoons or a more sustainable and environmentally-friendly direction by siding with the Ecos.
- An evolving, dynamic world: Your decisions will have a direct impact on the environment, the climate, the architectural look of the world, and the needs of populations. Make your choices wisely.
- Hidden depths and new resources: The depths of the sea are waiting to be explored, with new resources waiting to be discovered. Algae farms, tidal turbines and oil exploration are just a few of the exciting opportunities that discoveries will bring.
- Multiple Game modes: Single player campaign: a story-driven single player mode with a deep variety of challenges. Single player “continuous mode”: the renowned endless game mode where the objective is to build the biggest civilization possible without time constraints. Multiplayer and Online features: Anno 2070 will include innovative online modes offering players brand new possibilities to get in touch with gamers all around the world.
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So you've just bought you Anno 2070 game. You unwrap and put it in your computer. Normal install screen comes up, takes a bit to unpack everything but eventually you get there and it's on your computer.
Now I come to one of the biggest points the nay Sayers have. You will spend a good 5-10 minutes with a patcher updating and patching the game, but so what? This is good, it shows this game, since released has constantly been updating, changing and improving. So grit you teeth, gather you patience and move on.
Now the game, from my experience, doesn't create a shortcut automatically. But if you go to your start button in windows it should be highlighted, if not go to all programs and games and hey presto it's there.
You've clicked on the game and you open a Ubisoft launcher, now you create a Uplay account if you don't have one, if you do just put in your details. Double click the game once your in and activate it. Done deal.
The game itself is challenging and fun, but you will have to play, sometimes fail and persevere to really get going on it. The graphics are pretty freaking good but can accommodate lower spec graphics cards. The ideas are good, the build is strong and consistent and the daily challenges of running your mini civilization are enthralling. Once you have got to grips with the econmoics of the game it is very fun.
There is no tutorial but frankly the starting levels, and the sometimes annoying but useful voice of the computer E.V.E, will guide you along your way and you should pick things up pretty quickly. If not I suggest replaying a level you have problems with. Take your time and make sure above all else that you are creating a self-sufficient economy that isn't going to collapse on itself or anything.
The annoying things like the constant talking and the updating of information by E.V.E aren't major.
I suggest buying this game.
I also suggest watching some videos on Youtube about how to play, Anno Beginner guides etc... they can be useful to skim through when you first start.
In Anno 2070 (the first Anno title to be based in the future rather than the far past), the scenario is that spiraling global temperatures have resulted in mass floodings of the entire earth. For some reason, two corporations thus decided to set up huge floating research stations called "Arks" and set up colonies on now-fertile highlands that have been rendered into islands. At the start of each game, you have the choice between starting with either the Eco faction which has an emphasis on maintaining a positive "ecobalance" (which leads to higher fertility and population happiness" at the expense of growth rate, or the Tycoon faction which has an emphasis on profit and growth, with the side effect of having negative ecobalance effects resulting in lower fertility and a higher rate of disaster. Both factions have almost completely unique production chains. On paper, this might sound like the factions are completely different but unfortunately, the differences are mainly superficial. The idea of ecobalance is brilliant, but the execution isn't quite as great: it's very easily corrected using mid-late game atmospheric modifying stations so it's actually fairly easy for tycoon settlements to maintain a positive ecobalance. However, I'd still say the factions are well balanced.
As with all Anno titles, there are several NPCs, both hostile and neutral, for you to trade and interact with. There are also several AIs which you can play against in continuous mode although they do feel a little imbalanced: the easy AIs are too easy and the hard AIs too hard. However, that's not a huge issue since the emphasis in Anno is not combat but management. Whilst it does have combat elements (and this is probably one of the main areas of improvement over Anno 1404 where combat was poor), it's far from imperative.
Anno 1404 had stunning graphics and Anno 2070's graphics are even more beautiful. The oceans are dynamic and look photorealistic, buildings are beautifully textured, trees sway in the wind and clouds float in the heavens. The level of detail is also amazing. Zooming in on your cities you can watch your cities going around with their day to day business, meeting up at the town centres, ambulance and fire planes rushing to deal with emergencies, etc. You can also occasionally see dolphins, whales and sharks in the water. Anno 2070 also takes part underwater, allowing you to set up deep-sea bases to mine gems and algae, and in the case of tycoons, oil. The ocean floor is also beautifully rendered and is populated with lots of marine life such as manta rays and glowing jellyfish. It's a really pretty game and it really brings your creations to life. The graphics engine of Anno is brilliant so you don't even need a high end gaming machine to play it, although you won't be maxing it out on a stock Dell.
Anno 2070 is a very complicated game, and although the campaign does a decent job of teaching you the bases, it's not fully comprehensive because there's just so much. The Anno 2070 wiki is excellent for new and old player alike, especially the production chains overview which has details of the optimum production chain layout - a very big deal in the game: efficiency is one of the big themes. Anno 2070 also brings in some metagame features with a "player parliament" where players can vote for policies that effect certain in game properties, such as taxes and storage capacities. However, since the voting statistics are available in real time, practically everyone strategically votes so it's pointless really.
For a new player to the Anno series who's looking for a calm management RTS with outstanding replay value and in terms of the game itself, it's definitely worth 5 stars and worth the money. However, there are two peripheral concerns that don't affect the game but affect player experience that have forced me to knock off a star.
Firstly, Ubisoft's DRM. I should firstly say that the masses of 1 star reviews for this game are incredibly unfair because DRM is imposed by Ubisoft, not the game developers themselves. Nevertheless, for the few select people who do change their system often (and it really is select: most people will not be affected by it), it will count as "product activations" and upon 3 changes the game will block your access. However, I have heard of some people resetting it through contacting Ubisoft. Regardless, it's just irritating having to go through Ubi's bloatware UPlay panel upon starting the game. However, this does NOT destroy the game and unless you really do change your hardware very frequently, this won't affect you.
My second problem with the game is that Anno 2070 has stayed a bit too true to the Anno formula. As much as it pains me to say this as it really is a great game, Anno 2070 is pretty much Anno 1404 in a new skin. Yes, there are several improvements that make gameplay a bit more fun but apart from the new textures and models, there isn't actually that much that separates this from Anno 1404. In addition, I personally found the atmospheric old buildings of 1404 a lot more attractive than the modern facades of 2070 and as a result Anno 2070 feels more like an expansion to 1404 than a new game. This won't affect new players but for seasoned Anno fans I think it might be a little disappointing.
In conclusion, Anno 2070 is a brilliant standalone game, and is a must-buy for new players interested in a calm RTS. The DRM issue is annoying but it doesn't justify the 1 star ratings other people have given it. The main concern for me personally is that it feels like more of a remake of Anno 1404 than a whole new game and as a result, I feel obliged to knock of a star.
You build buildings that makes stuff that you need to build other buildings and units and on and on......
Lots of options
Graphics and sound is amazing.
I would have given 5 stars if not for the 10 minute headache I had getting logged on at first.
I had to find an email that I used to register Assasins Creed years ago, to find my username and then reset my password. Even then I kept getting a error message (game could not connect to server) and offline mode is not really offline mode because even then you have to log on! But for some reason it would let me log on from there, then now lets me log on from the first log on. What a ridiculus palava to play a game you have just paid good money for, especially since I waited until the game had been released for a couple of months before I purchased.
Also I hate having to provide my personal information, and creating online accounts. Why do so many pc game makers feel the need to harvest your personal information these days? Surely there is a better way to stop the pirates?
Game works perfectly now though and I have easily had my money's worth already. I feel sorry for the people who paid for this game and then could not play it.
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