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
Summary: In Rise of Venice you play as a young man trying to live his fathers dream of breaking into the merchants way of life in Venice. Armed with a single ship and the guidance of your uncle you set off with high aspirations.
Excerpt: For a number of years now, some very clever developers over at German studio Gaming Minds have been churning out solid titles centered on prudent trading and fierce tactical battles at sea.
Pros: Gorgeous Renaissance atmosphere, lovingly recreated down to the last detail., Addictive gameplay., Gentle learning curve despite overall complexity and depth., Engaging single-player campaign that hands you a variety of missions., Charming and vibrant visual presentation.
Cons: Trading can feel repetitive at times, or formulaic., Can take a while to ascend to the next level in Venetian society., Some mission objectives can be confusing., Naval battles can be overly difficult and result in tremendous lost resources.