I’ve never played a game that had a season pass before, and I’ve never considered getting one – until now. I spent most of the weekend playing Anno 1800 getting my town to the artisan rank. According to uplay I’m 28% of the way through the campaign, and I’ve got just over 10h played. Of course a lot of that is me AFK or rebuilding things I didn’t like, but overall I’m still enjoying things a great amount, and I’m seriously considering grabbing the season pass.
I’ve never played the previous Anno games, but playing Anno 1800 makes me wish that I had. If you’re a fan of games like Civilization, Banished, and Tropico, then you might like this game, too.
The graphics are amazing. I started on a pretty easy setting so I could get a feel for the gameplay and I’m playing a single player campaign mode but I did also try out multiplayer with my husband. It ran smooth and again the graphics were just absolutely stunning.
The voice acting is particularly well done and does a great job of getting me into the story. I won’t post spoilers here, but needless to say you’re not just building a town for the heck of it, there are reasons behind your actions, and whichever path you choose has consequences.
There’s also some ‘where’s waldo-esc’ quests in the game which may or may not be your cup of tea. Personally, I love trying to find the hidden people on my map (or someone else’ map as the case was one time). It’s a little quirk that stands out.
My town isn’t too far along yet, not everything is 100% intuitive (for me at least) and I’ve had to stumble my way around some UI elements, but needless to say, despite the price tag ($80 CAD on steam) this game makes me smile the entire time I play – and lets not even get started on the mind blowing soundtrack.
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