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. Rise of Venice does have a steep learning curve with some of the game play mechanics, such as automatic trade routes, and can stall at times if you do not have enough wealth or power to reach the next level.
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, Genoa.
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. The addon would be good value for money and get a heartily made recommendation at half the price and a nod of approval at $15.
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. Unlike the previous title mentioned earlier, Rise of Venice offers a solid and satisfying tutorial, which thoroughly explains the most important aspects of the game.
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). These sea merchant / pirate games aren’t really my specialty — the last one I played was the original Port Royale (in 2003), and apparently I thought so little of it that it caused me to stay away from the genre for the last ten years.
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.
Excerpt: What? A six-word review isn't sufficient? I could probably get it down to two if you wanted: "Mediterranean Patrician". I probably can't shorten it any further. Oh, it's supposed to be longer? Well, that'll be a bit tougher.
Pros: Pleasant Sailing Sim, New Politics System is OK
Cons: Reskin of The Patrician IV, Buggy, Lacklustre Sea Combat