Summary: NOT PLAYABLE ON WINDOWS 7, files NECESSARY to play NOT INCLUDED on CD, in order to play you must download alternate uncorrupted files (WHICH ARE NO LONGER AVAILABLE) and edit them to make the game playable. DO NOT BUY as it will NOT work on anything Windows 7 or later. Ubisoft has completely abandoned this series with NO SUPPORT for it anymore. THIS IS THE GAME I WILL EVER PURCHASE FROM UBISOFT.
Summary: I got this game and it would not even complete the download because there was some type of error with the disk itself. I was able to get a full refund quickly, but ended up having to buy the game from another source to be able to insure a download that would actually work.
Defective Install -- Cannot Install on Two Different PCs
Sebastian H. Sohn "chaosbreaker", Amazon
15 September 2013
Summary: As noted by other users, there are CRC errors during installation. Some say you can fix it by replacing the corrupt file after installation, replacing the corrupt file with the good file from the demo game. However I notice that the file in the demo was about half the size of the full game and I read on the forums that not all the building are present when you patch it with the demo files.
Summary: I tried loading this game on 2 different computers. both times I got a "CRC Error" "The file c:\(x86)\ubisoft\related designes\ anno 1404 -gold edition\ maindata\data 2.rdd dosent match the fine in the setup's cab file.
Summary: I should know better by now than to buy ANY european game as they think for some reason that everyone is a developer and needs zero instruction on controls and game mechanics. There is no documentation with this and no tutorial. I suppose if you are some sort of gaming masochist you could eventually enjoy this after you spent 100 hours punching every button, face palming and slamming your head into the wall in frustration trying like hell to figure out what everything...