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
Summary: Whether I'm lining up on Black Friday or I'm scrounging through the stalls at a flea market, I have no problem putting in the hard work needed to get a good deal. But Rise of Venice pushed me a little farther than I would have liked.
Pros: Hunting for good deals syncs up with the bargain shopper gene in all of us, Busy cities and authentic rolling seas present a pleasant Mediterranean backdrop, Intriguing intrigue with your Venetian rivals, Atmospheric sound effects and a lonely yet majestic soundtrack
Cons: Initial learning curve is pretty steep when setting up automated trade routes, Chaotic manual combat is a whole lot like herding cats
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: 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