Excerpt: While Rise of Venice considers itself a strategy game, it's more of a 3D trading simulator. The single-player campaign has a story mode that will show you the ropes and is required to unlock the multiplayer component. Sadly there is nobody online to play against.
Pros: Beautiful graphics; non-linear gameplay; variety in missions and natural disasters
Cons: Nobody online to play against; high learning curve
Conclusion: Rise of Venice is a strong game about political intrigue and mercantilism during the Italian Renaissance. Kalypso Media does a good job in bringing this world to life with a very pleasing aesthetic and danger at every port.
Excerpt: Such is the case with Rise of Venice, a historical trading simulation set in the Renaissance era, that pits players against other noble families based in Venice, at the center of the internal struggle for wealth and influence, both within the city limits and overseas, against Venice's main rival,...
Pros: + detailed graphics, + political layer, + building
Cons: - shallow and limited, - monotonous, - difficult interface, - nothing new
Conclusion: All of the changes that the addon brings really do improve the game but I have to question the 20 dollar price point. Compared to the base game, which sells for $40, the addon simply does not bring enough to justify its price.
Excerpt: The game takes players to Venice at the time of Renaissance and puts their trading skills to test. You are given the opportunity to progress through the ranks of the ruthless Venetian society and become the most powerful and wealthy family.
Pros: - Gorgeous graphics, - Addition of political layer (Council) and family tree, - Good enough tutorial greatly shortens learning curve
Cons: - Shallow Council gameplay mechanics, - Some music doesn't match Renaissance theme, - Few gameplay bugs, - City missions could be more varied
Excerpt: Rise of Venice is the latest seafaring simulation from Gaming Minds Studio, which in recent years has also released Patrician IV: Rise of a Dynasty (in 2010) and Port Royale 3: Pirates and Merchants (in 2012).
Excerpt: Kalypso Media continues to impress Family Friendly Gaming Nation with their well thought out simulation games. Rise of Venice is no exception. In fact this game impresses me on multiple levels. This Personal Computer game can be a great educational tool in terms of economics.
Conclusion: So Rise of Venice then. It’s definitely a step in the right direction for the series as a whole, but I can’t help but feel Gaming Minds have held out on us a little bit. . It’s a shame really as this game was supposed to take the best bits of Port Royale 3 and Patrician IV and clearly raise the bar.