The Anno series of games has been a staple of PC gaming for quite a while now, a quirky and fun set of civilisation/city/trade and diplomacy style games. The last offering, Anno 1404 was well received by fans and critics alike, spawning a Venice add-on that enhanced the game and added more replay value than ever before, not to mention a pretty fun multiplayer mode as well.
Now itís the turn of Anno 2070, the latest in the series and a swift departure from the historical style that has been the steadfast direction Anno has sailed in for a long time. Anno 2070 drops the sails and Renaissance backdrop for something near-future and doesnít suffer at all for it.Story
Itís 2070 and the world is on the brink of disaster unless something can be done about greedy corporations and our dwindling resources. This is where you, the player, come in. Working either with the Tycoons (Global Trust Corporation) or the Ecos (Eden Imitative) you must ensure some kind of future for mankind, either by managing our dwindling resources and waging war on your corporationís enemies. Or with Eden, find new alternative ways to help the planet. Gameplay
Anno 2070 is still slightly tricky to get into, since it lacks a full blown tutorial, but with the help of your Arcís AI, you can get an idea of what works and what doesnít. If you have played an Anno game before, then most of this is going to be childís play since the majority of the setups and production trees work as previously in the other games. Itís not too hard to make a functional small settlement from the beginning, the trick is making that settlement grow and have a positive impact on your environment.
New in 2070 are several features that you need to be aware of, one is the environmental impact that making a settlement/city/megacity/metropolis brings to the table. No longer can you just throw down building after building; no longer can you just hurl structures onto the map like theyíre candy. Nope, you have to watch for the impact that they have on your resources as well, since putting too many particular structures down will negatively impact the environment and cause problems with your fertilities and so on.
It is possible to create technology that can clean the air, water and restore the environmental balance. Itís also possible to research technology and upgrades that allow you to make a safer/cleaner environment from the get go.
Then you have the meta-game thatís layered alongside the main game, where you can vote in two councils and those votes carry weight through the whole Anno 2070 community, changing what support may be available from certain factions and what special upgrades can be purchased and so on. In essence these features make for a dynamic and evolving world as you play every game. Anno 2070 lets you play your way...from the expansive continuous game with random generated islands, where you can activate a number of options to your taste, to the structured campaign and special missions that change over time.
Anno 2070 also has expanded mission types, new smuggling options and an exploration of the ocean floor. A place where you can get new resources once you have gained the right tech, taking advantage of sea based transportation tubes and submarines.
War is possible as well; with a limited system for controlling your units and a simple enough unit roster that is expanded upon as research is undertaken. Itís not the focus of the game though and is but one of the ways you can approach Anno 2070ís play style. You may need a small military to defend for example, rather than take resources/islands by force.
The controls are fairly intuitive and itís not too complex to get to grips with.