Reviews for Anno 2070: Deluxe Edition

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Great fun

Xehlwan | March 26, 2012 | See all Xehlwan's reviews »

Do you like building cities, planning resource-chains, exploring the seas and managing trade? Would you like all these things packaged in beautiful graphics and amazingly simple mechanics? if so, Anno 2070 is the game for you.

If you have played the previous iterations of the Anno series, you know what to expect. The basic formula is reminiscent of the Settlers, but with a flair that is truly unique. You will build cities and manage resources and productions to sustain them. You will explore the seas for new islands to settle, build a fleet of ships to transport your goods and possibly battle other players - all the while completing tasks and quests for talkative AI personae in return for useful rewards.

Adding to the previous games, Anno 2070 adds new layers of strategy with separate factions, underwater islands and the importance of climate factors.

Unlike similar games, the Anno series are remarkably simple to learn. Mechanics are presented in a way that you never get overwhelmed, yet offer great strategic depth to keep you playing. Most games of this genre throws increasing challenges at you which can spiral out of control. Anno never does this, instead the challenge is always to move forward, not keeping what you already have.

The multiplayer is solid, with military only being one of many paths to victory. There are all kinds of settings for matches, so you can play just the way you like. Strangely, the AI in this game is not as good as in previous Anno games. Not because it is less intelligent, but because no AI plays by rules even similar to human players. Because of this, skrimish falls a bit flat.

There is also a mixed blessing in the online features. The good part is persistent player bonuses, world events, daily quests and other goodies that add to the fun. The bad part is the requirement of permanent internet connection via Ubisoft's DRM-platform. The servers have proven unreliable at times, and the restriction is not fully warranted by the game mechanics.

The bottom line is that Anno 2070 is a worthy successor to its series. Practically the entire game is improved upon, except some missteps where AI players are concerned.