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Best of the ANNO games so far
on November 30, 2011
I've played all of the other Dawn of Discovery games and, in my opinion, of all of them this is the best. The graphics are great, the sounds are spot on and the music complements every situation well. The game doesn't do much new in terms of gameplay. You still gather raw materials and refine them to a finished good. You can then use this finished good to keep your people happy or to build more buildings or ships. The game did add the eco balance to your islands, an indicator of the islands overall health. A positive balance means more food grows, and people are happier. A negative balance gets progressively worse to the point that your crop yield and population happiness is basically zero. Add to this, buildings that will raise or lower your balance depending on their function, and the need to generate taxes to pay for these buildings functions and you have an incredibly complex and well thought out game. Most of the game functions are just copies of earlier games; you still build warehouse, depots, city centers, and houses. However, unlike the other games, there are more than one kind of settler homes you can build on your island, and each one has different need to be happy and successful. The game also adds submarines and underwater islands that you can exploit resources from. The campaign story line is not bad, it serves as an engine to drive the game forward, but it's not great either. The voice acting and character animations are so so, about a 5/10 I'd say. All in all I have enjoyed the game immensely, and would recommend it to anyone who was a fan of the earlier Dawn of Discovery games.