Conclusion: It's a shame that Ubisoft have burdened The Settler's 7 with such an unreliable anti-piracy measure, as it is likely to put a lot of people off purchasing what is a pleasurable, complex and involving strategy game. If you've got a solid Internet connection and some spare cash you might want to consider braving the DRM, or you can hope that Ubisoft will stop being so bloody stubborn, realise the error of their ways and scale down the DRM so that everybody can enjoy the...
Conclusion: All in all, Railworks 2: Train Simulator is a solid game. It is also worth mentioning that anyone who purchases Railworks 2 will receive a free upgrade to the next version of the game, Train Simulator 2012 , due out at the end of this month. Personally, this reviewer is excited to see what the developer has added and upgraded.
Excerpt: If all-conquering internet phenomenon FarmVille is the natural evolution of anything, it is Settlers. Settlers, as any PC gamer with a penchant for chopping down virtual trees and sheering digital sheep knows, kicked off our love-affair with computerised harvesting. The pedestrian village sim, which began life aeons ago in 1993, proved a refreshing tonic to the murder and chaos found in most other games.
Excerpt: You know, I consider myself fairly knowledgeable about the video games industry – but I’ll admit I’ve never even heard of The Settlers series. Apparently I’m missing a ton though as its one of the best-selling strategy franchises of all time, with sales numbers surpassing 7 million units worldwide. So when I finally did get my hands on the game, I was understandably excited to see what the big deal is.
Excerpt: Let's get the obvious out of the way and address the elephant in the room. Settlers 7 is an Ubisoft title featuring the much-maligned DRM system that requires you to be connected to their server to play their games. It's every bit as dreadful as you've heard. More than half of the times I've launched the game I've been greeted by an error message telling me the server isn't available.
Pros: Return to form, Nice art style, Nostalgiarific
Cons: A little slow for some, Questionable stability, Horrible DRM
Summary: A few flaws hold it back, but the latest Settlers game is the series' most charming to date.
Pros: Well-balanced maps make it fun to establish supply chains, Charming visuals and soundtrack, Clever social networking features and other minor delights, Victory point system leads to some tense matches
Cons: Broken online copy protection might keep you from playing, Scattered interface irritations, Off-putting blur effects
Conclusion: If you are anything like me, then you will know the instant you lay your eyes on this game that you are going to love it. I went with my instincts (and trust in the retro platformer) and was so glad that I did. VVVVVV has become one of those games that I love to play over and over again, mainly down to how casual and addictive it is whilst at the same time still offering a challenge. Overall it is a perfectly made game as you would expect due to its simplicity.
Pros: Addictive, challenging, simple, clever, humourous, fresh and a whole lot of fun.
Cons: Not for everyone and requires a degree of patience to play.
Conclusion: If you're a fan of games like Sim City, Tropico, Caesar or even the earlier Settlers games, this game probably isn't one you want to miss. The changes from the earlier games and from other games in its genre are almost all for the better, and it's just generally a well put-together piece of entertainment - whether you prefer to build sand castles or kick them over.