Excerpt: It’s been a while since the first Settlers game saw the light. It was an immediate hit and sequels quickly spawned. After four years the series went down the drain a bit, mostly due to some changes to the concept and the graphics becoming more serious.
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.
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.
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.
Pros: Return to form, Nice art style, Nostalgiarific
Cons: A little slow for some, Questionable stability, Horrible DRM
Summary: The little workers that follow your orders in The Settlers 7 are a tireless lot. They mine for coal, shear sheep, chop wood, and smelt iron yet ask for so little in return. In fact, if you don't have anything for them to do, they might cry out for a little work to ease the burden of their own...
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
Excerpt: Lurking deep below the surface is a game unyielding in its ability to penalise the player for any minor discretion. The Settlers have certainly come of age, and despite various flaws, it's probably the most comprehensive release of the series so far.
Pros: Incredible attention to detail. Wonderful cinematics, good voice acting, a decent campaign length and appropriate multiplayer options. No install limit.
Cons: Resource management is unforgiving. Building placement likewise. AI pathing is somewhat dubious on occasion. Military action should require more human input. The requirement to be online at all times (even in single player) is about as welcome as a fork to the larynx.