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Virus
2nd July 09, 11:33 AM
Dawn of Discovery aka Anno 1404. (PC)

I just completed the campaign on DOD. For those who don't know, the Anno series are historical city building games with a large focus on managing trade and goods. The citizens of your settlement are divided into classes that each require certain needs to be met before higher classes can move in. Higher classes bring in more taxes and unlock new building options. For peasants, a market, some cider, a chapel and some fish will keep them happy. Higher classes require these things plus additional items such as books, spice, beer, ect.

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All of these things require raw materials to produce and no island is capable of producing everything. Each island supports three types of crop and a couple of raw materials so eventually you will have to settle other islands, or buy them from one of the AI players. Once you settle a new island you'll have to build ships to transport goods and resources back to the mother settlement. You can also set up trade routes and sell surplus materials and good to other AI players.

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The main addition to DOD over its predecessors is the Arabic setting. The game is set during the golden age of the Islamic empire and is divided into the occident and the oriental buildings. Eventually your occident citizens will require goods that only come from the orient such as spice and quartz.

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The campaign is there to introduce the elements of the sandbox mode in a gradual fashion as there is an very large variety of buildings available. Warfare also plays a role and you can build battleships, defensive buildings and troops.



It would take a long time to go into detail about all the different things you can build and how they all interrelate to each other so I'll summarize the main points which make this a great game:

It's all about finetuning and balance. You always have to think several steps ahead to avoid messing up your carefully controlled infrastructure.

The game is rendered beautifully.

There's always something to do.


The main drawback of the game is the lack of multiplayer. There is a feature where you can upload screenshots to other players but seriously, who's going to do that?

Rating: 8.5/10

Shawarma
5th July 09, 05:37 AM
Very nice review, Virus. I'll try playing this if my computer can run it.

Although I was somehow expecting this sentence "The game is set during the golden age of the Islamic empire" to end in "and it is therefore ILLOGICAL and SUCKS!"

In other news: Tropico 3, a game about being a hilariously corrupt Castro-like president of a Carribean island, is out soon, like Sim City with more human rights violations and bribe-taking. As Tropico 1 and 2 were both great games, maybe this is one to look into as well. http://www.tropico3.com/en/

Virus
10th July 09, 02:44 AM
I've never heard of Tropico but I'll keep my eyes peeled.