Dawn of Discovery - PC

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  • Explore the beautifully detailed world and discover new places to create your civilization
  • Set up trade posts in the spice mines of the Orient and explore new trade routes to keep your nation growing
  • Learn from other nearby cultures to expand your horizons and master the challenges of establishing a society
  • Seamless user interface delivers multiple game play modes and faster player rewards for both long or short play sessions
  • Exclusive multiplayer modes across platforms

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Platform: PC | Edition: Standard

Ubi Soft's Dawn of Discovery takes place in the year 1404, when King George's land is suffering from droughts and famine. The king calls on his two sons, William and Edward, to acquire new territories in order to produce enough goods to satisfy the needs of his empire's inhabitants. Whereas Edward suggests aggressive means to collect the badly needed resources, while his William suggests a peaceful solution, to explore new and unsettled lands in the south of the kingdom. With the blessing of his father, William heads south to the Orient and returns with valuable new technologies such as the water pump that allows dry lands to be cultivated in order to produce food for the people. Although there are still unsettled needs within the kingdom, and you are given the task fulfilling those needs while expanding and sustaining the vast society. Accessible for everyone from beginners to pros Intelligent help system offers contextual hints for any situation In-game encyclopedia includes illustrated tutorial filled with tips and strategies for building your civilization

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Platform:PC  |  Edition:Standard
ASIN B001VJBYZY
Release date June 23, 2009
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2.8 out of 5 stars 64 customer reviews

2.8 out of 5 stars
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Product Dimensions 7.5 x 5.3 x 0.5 inches
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By M. Hamann on June 29, 2009
Platform for Display: PCEdition: Standard
I bought this game because I really enjoyed AD 1701 (aka Anno 1701). Outside of North America, this game is known as AD 1404 or Anno 1404 which makes it obvious that it is another entry in that series. Coming from AD 1701, I was not disappointed at all. This review is more for people who enjoyed AD 1701 and want to know what's new. People who don't know the Anno series should know that it is a city builder/resource management game. You build cities--like in SimCity--but in a fictional/historical context. And you need to use mines, farms, and ships to create and move those resources.

The game mechanics are very similar to AD 1701. The artwork, music, and voice work is similar. Now for the differences--which, fortunately, are mostly improvements.

In this game, you get two sets of populations, the Orient and Occident, with different needs but with some resource needs going across the populations--e.g. the Orient needs wood and tools from the Occident and the Occident needs spice, indigo, and quartz from the Orient. The person you play is from the Occident--you can't choose to play as a Occidental player yourself. As you play, you need to gain prestige with the computer player from the Orient to unlock building types for your cities in the Orient.

The higher socio-economic classes now have their basic needs fulfilled by multiple items, so there is less rioting because you fail to meet a need for a single item. That makes the population more stable. I had a few riots, but they were short lived and not too damaging. There are also ascension rights that create fixed ratios of the socio-economic classes. This fixes the problem of AD 1701 where ended up with snobby aristocrats and nobody else to be snobby to. Beggars are also added.
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Platform for Display: PCEdition: Standard
Before I begin, I would just like to say that the ridiculous DRM copy protection has been REMOVED with patch 1.1. Thats right, its gone!!! So I think that everyone that rated the game down should change their review or something, because now people are going to look at this game and see 2/5 stars and assume the game is horrible.

Anyway, I just discovered 1701 A.D. a few months ago, and after playing that and getting hooked on it, I discovered Anno 1404 (known as Dawn of Discovery in America), and it is AMAZING.

The graphics are top notch. Every little detail is shown...it is so relaxing to just watch the hustle and bustle of the city as the citizens go about their activities. But that doesn't mean this game isn't easy...in fact, it might just be one of the hardest games I've ever played. It requires actual resource management, trading strategy, combat, EVERYTHING. I love the depth. But it never feels overwhelming, thanks to an excellent control scheme.

Really, I don't think words can do this game justice, so I advocate that you download the demo for the game, mostly to see if you enjoy the game, but also to see if your computer can run it (it should be able to...I can run it on medium and my computer is average).

Please check this game out! I can guarantee that if you like Age of Empires or SimCity, you will LOVE this game. I can't stop playing!
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Platform for Display: PCEdition: Standard
This is a great game as far as gameplay goes. The graphics are great, the game itself is extremely complex and open ended. The main reason for the low review score is that there used to be a 3 install limit which has been removed. In fact, once I got the latest patch, I didn't even need to keep the DVD in the machine to play. I gave the overall rating only 4 stars because, while the game itself is incredible, official support in English is virtually non-existent. Without the help of user run forums, I'd have been lost.
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I have read the reviews online and have experienced the install and registration issues with DRM games. I try to buy all of the good games I play on my PC and occasionally I will Pirate (Arrrrr!) a copy from the vast sea that is the internet to try the game before I purchase it. Main reason for this is that you can't seem to get any real reviews online anymore other that on Amazon bc these game websites are basically being paid to write good reviews by the big software companies.

Now as far as the game goes it is a predictable city builder with trade and exploration. My type of game and it looks amazing. I do recommend it if you like SimCity or Age of Empires or any of those. While not quite the same as those you do get the same feel while playing. Overall this is a very good game.

TO: ALL OF THE SOFTWARE COMPAINES READING THIS.

I FOUND THIS GAME ONLINE AND DOWNLOADED IT FOR FREE AND IT WORKS WAY BETTER FOR ME THAN MOST OF THE PEOPLE REVIEWING THIS GAME ON AMAZON WHO BOUGHT IT. I WOULD BUY YOUR GAME IF IT WAS ACTUALLY MINE AFTER I BOUGHT IT, BUT WITH DRM YOU ARE REALLY JUST LEASEING IT TO ME AND I WILL NOT DO STAND FOR THAT.

P.S. NO MATTER WHAT YOU DO SOFTWARE EXEC SOME GEEK OUT THERE WILL CRACK YOUR GAME AND PUT IT ONLINE FOR FREE. SO STOP ALL OF THIS CRAP AND JUST SELL ME THE GAME!!!!!

FROM:

THE HONEST PIRATE ;)
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Platform for Display: PCEdition: Standard
All versions of Dawn of Discovery / Anno 1404 - including D2D and Steam - include the horrible TAGES copy protection system, with a 3-install limit and no deauthorization tool. Installed it once, then changed some piece of hardware? Used an install. Installed it on a laptop for a trip? Used an install. Reinstall it for the inevitable expansions? Used an install. Hard drive crash? Used an install. Changed your OS? Used an install. Brought the disc with you to a relatives' house for the holidays? Used an install. Said relative doesn't have Internet access? Sucks to be you; no install without Internet for a game with no Multiplayer!

In short, you're paying $50 to rent the game. DO NOT SUPPORT THIS TACTIC - don't buy this game!
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