Summary: While I do have rose tinted specs regarding Patrician 2 and 3 this is probably better than both of those. It's as good as if not better than Port Royale and better IMO than PR2 and 3. The plot/politics side is greatly enhanced from the previous games and trading has been smoothed (but not nerfed) The need to keep a pen and paper handy just to see if a route is profitable or not is no longer required. That was always annoying.
Summary: Rise of Venice is a very standard ship trading simulator, which has copied everything from previous games in the sub-genre. It does this well... I experienced only one bug, though it was a critical bug which ruined my campaign play (there was a mission where the goal spawn never spawned). Otherwise, it's well-polished. With RoV, the sub-genre's been given a fresh coat of paint (though...
Summary: Fun game with just a few flaws when it comes to the UI, Steward options and the ship battles. Regarding the UI the most obvious problem is that a lot of the information about your company is scattered throughout different screens. Problem with the stewards is that you can't tell him to buy from a specific ware a certain amount if the price is below x. You can just tell him to buy all wares that are below price tag x. You can't even limit the amount of wares he buys.
Summary: Been playing this game almost nonstop since launch and I have to say, it is an excellent trading sim that will suck away hours of your life. First off I have to say this...the game is not broken. The low review score by IncGamers is based on reviewing the pre-release version of the game, not the "actual" game released to the general public on the 27th.
Summary: The game is good in many ways if you have played the patrician port royale games before some things are done nice but in my opinion its the same repeating that the whole series was about... trade up to get some cash buy few production buildings and produce the rarest stuff and sell it for big profit unending stream of cash I yet again made the mistake of playing this game and finding it dull/boring/repetitive after 3/4 hours this will be the last patrician/port...
Summary: It's a good solid game in the Patrician & Port Royale tradition sort of a cross of both. I'm keener on the trading side of things and not the "pirate battle" stuff which I get sick of pretty quick. I find the map a little hard to see; supposedly there are things marked on it (pieces of treasure maps) but I'm having a hard time seeing them. Overall it's a solid trading game.
Summary: This game does what it is meant to do, simulate trade during a period, perfectly. If you are expecting something else, than you will be disappointed, but if you are looking for a deep simulation and are a history nerd in general, there is really no alternative.
Summary: I am a fan of strategy games and have also played the prequel Patrician IV. Whilst I was a little overwhelmed by the massive feature set and a very marginal tutorial in Patrician, Rise of Venice does everything right for a fan of complex strategy simulations like myself. Loads of features, a really smart AI and a great tutorial with a lot of helps. Also the new engine looks great and the mood of the Renaissance times in Venice is transported very well and atmospheric.
Summary: This game is a real gem. I have played Port Royale 3 and Patrician IV but this one is better in many ways. Sure, the core gameplay is still the same but there are many new additions and gameplay tweaks. RoV seems to be more balanced and with less bugs than the other games from Gaming Minds. Its still a pretty hard game to get into and needs alot of time to figure out how things work but once you get the hang of it it is fantastic.