When I pay for something I want it all (online or offline).
T. Carey, Amazon
31 December 2013
Summary: Pros: The graphics are better than the effort required to get started playing. Cons: You're not getting the whole game!!! You don't get what you paid for unless you play with internet connection. Online login makes for occasional frustration and many hurdles to jump through to play the game. Not all expansions are available offline which make the game less involved. This simulation plays like a tutorial.
Summary: Well, I read some ratings before i purchased this game. I watched video on youtube, and figured I could figure out how to play. Well, I could not. And as the other reviews state...there are no instructions inclueded.
Summary: I finally broke down and bought this game. I have played all of the other titles in the Anno series so I was reasonably confident I would like this installment. I did, but... First off: no CD-KEY printed on the manual cover (a .pdf file to boot). I spent the next 3 days exchanging emails with Ubisoft to get one. This entailed screen caps of receipts, manual covers and proof of a real CD (they were very helpful). Ok, Now I can play... NOT!
Summary: Well, this is in awesome city-builder for fans of games that require you to juggle tons of resources, like Caesar III and the like. Unfortunately, the game is unusable without internet and is very limited in the number of activations you get. Having a frequently upgraded gaming PC and a laptop results in lots of changes. Having to call up support is annoying, and is a stop-gap solution to a problem that shouldn't exist in the first place.
Summary: For such a great series and a beautiful looking game, I have to recommend not to purchase this game unless Ubisoft fixes problems. I purchased two days ago and unable to play any saved games or progress in the campaign mode due to their server problems. Sad that a non-MMO has to rely on servers to play a single player campaign.
Conclusion: Almost brilliant, but falls massively short! To make credits you need to build more houses but the more houses you build, the more it costs to run your island! :/ I've played games like this for years and this came close to being brilliant. I just wish they'd thought it through before releasing it!