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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on March 22, 2012
This is my first review and it will be in two parts:

Utilizing the Amazon download for this game was an exercise in futility and frustration. After six downloads and subsequent failed installation with each and everyone being corrupted, my only recourse was to download a Torrent, install and use the key provided by Amazon. It should be noted that I have downloaded over 1 terabyte in games with 500+ gb currently on my PC, never have I experienced this level of poor download service.

As for the game itself I am thoroughly enjoying Anno 2070, this coming from someone who does not typically purchase this form of game. There is a deep level of complexity to Anno 2070 that is not given to you but only found or researched online. Initially, many tasks are extremely difficult as you must navigate through multiple levels of society to achieve required goals. The difficulty lies not with the task, but in finding out the required society level. After only three days of game play, ashamedly achieving over 20 hours in-game, I have yet to see beyond a tier 3 society.

City building within Anno 2070 is amazing, managing the economy is part art and part science.

If you enjoy City Building games that don't hand you everything then you'll thoroughly enjoy Anno 2070.
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful
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.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on October 26, 2012
So, I bought the game and installed it fine. I go to play the game and the patch sits there for about three hours. After coming back to my computer and seeing that the patch has stayed at the exact same spot I then began to contact customer service. I did everything from uninstall the game to downloading the patch from a third source and inputing it manually. Needless to say the customer service was horrible and I was never able to play the game.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on June 24, 2012
Very confusing and almost unplayable. Much of the help and instructions are in foreign language. I find this game impossible to use. Sorry Amazon but I don't think I will download games again if they are available in box form.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on November 2, 2012
I purchased this game from Ubisoft right after its release. Had trouble with the install. Got moderately good assistance from support. I never was able to get the game to launch and, after going around with support several times, I was told it was my hardware and I need upgrades. (It was a brand new gaming machine with state of the art, top of the line components and far exceeded the minimum requirements listed on the site which I read with great care before the purchase.)

The final blow was when the newly released installation upgrade kept crashing my machine. I uninstalled the game and asked for a refund (which I never got). I later discovered while running a routine malware scan that the installation file for ANNO 2070 contained a malicious trojan virus. I sent Ubisoft a copy of the report. Never got a reply. That speaks volumes to me about this company. It took me several months of work to get my machine clean and running smoothly once again.

This was not by any means my first Ubisoft purchase but this experience means it will be my last. I thought perhaps my experience might have been an isolated one. After reading all the reviews here, I see I am not alone. So that should be enough to tell anyone considering buying this game...DON'T! Save your money and protect the bigger investment (your expensive gaming computer). Not worth the trouble and headaches.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 10, 2013
With the DRM issues aside, that many have complained about, this game overall is a good game in the Anno series of games.

- I bought this because I did enjoy playing Dawn of Discovery and was looking for something new and different in the series. Dawn of Discovery was getting old. After I first bought this game and played for about 4 hours I quit playing because I had a hard time learning the game. I will tell you now it has a steep learning curve to pick up on how the game plays, but once you get there it is so easy from there.

- The game is fresh from Dawn of Discovery. The graphics are pretty nice and the ability to build underwater as well as on land is a lot of fun.

- I did come back to the game, figured out how to play and have logged a few hours having fun playing this game.

I think that you should consider this game if you liked Dawn of Discovery and don't mind the DRM. Personally it doesn't bother me. I have bought it through steam and upgraded and reloaded my PC quit a few times and have had no issues installing and playing this game. Unlike the newly released SimCity you can also play if your internet connection is down. I give it 4.5 stars out of 5.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 27, 2012
I saw the reviews and decided to take a chance - stupid move on my part. The game will not start because it insists on doing an update, and the update fails every single time. Ubisoft is no better as the Anno2070 website and their support has almost zero information. A quick Google search finds multiple people with the same exact problem, resorting to making manual registry edits in order to try and workaround - sadly, those same edits did not resolve the problem for me, and I'm stuck with a useless application that is more promise than substance.

I would gladly change my score if I could actually PLAY the game and offer an opinion on it - unfortunately, it doesn't seem as though that will be the case. Save your money - buy something that actually WORKS...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 25, 2012
I played this for a few days and got quite far in the game but it was a lot harder than I like. I like to relax in games. I thought this was going to be more of a SimCity 4 Deluxe Edition [Download] type game with a little bit of Warcraft thrown in. It's mostly a Warcraft III Battle Chest, or StarCraft, type game. It's a lot harder than either of those games though.

I like casual games, nothing that gets the blood pumping. I was barking up the wrong tree. Even then, I still played but found it a bit difficult to play. The other teams seem to be far more advanced than I was. Maybe I should have played on "easy"?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 5, 2012
However, if you're looking for combat/warfare, look elsewhere, there is almost no combat/warfare aspect to this particular game. If you're okay with just building cities and focusing on balancing your economy then you will love this game. If you want to destroy stuff and build armies at the end you will be disappointed.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on January 9, 2012
It's been a while since I've played an Anno game, I saw this advertised and was immediately intrigued by the concept of Earth being affected by ecological disasters. You are the Commander of an Ark, a futuristic mobile platform that helps settle islands. You are tasked with populating islands you discover, and in order to progress you need to meet the needs of your society. You need to manage food production, industry, electricity, money and eco balance. You can command various ships and do combat, as well as complete many side quests. Balancing costs, materials, pollution, trade and energy will consume most of your playtime. The actual building is very straight-forward and workers do not need to be micro-managed like in other building sims like Tropico. It's an engrossing game that can be both relaxing and stressful at the same time.

The Collector's Edition is quite awesome, the soundtrack for this game is really good, probably my favorite soundtrack of 2011. The Amazon price can't be beat either, it's cheaper than any other on-line retailer and Amazon's download service is fast and easy to use.

As with all Ubisoft games, Anno 2070 has DRM, it has a 3 machine activation limit and you're required to log on to play the full game. I wouldn't be bothered by this is if Ubisoft's servers actually had decent up-time. They've been down for 2 out 7 days this week so far which is disappointing. You can still play the game, but I believe some features and obviously the multi-player games require that you connect to the Ubisoft servers.

If you're a fan of city building and resource management this game will not disappoint, it is graphically pleasing even though it's nothing really spectacular. The buildings, especially the Eco ones are aesthetically pleasing and creating beautiful and efficient islands is a lot of fun. However, the combat is completely unsatisfying so don't expect much from it. It's basically click your ship and right click the enemy and wait for the kill. This is pretty common for these kinds of games but it's worth mentioning nonetheless.

All in all, this is one of the most addicting games of this year for me, I highly recommend you give it a go. There's a free demo available at the Ubisoft website you can try out before buying it.
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