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Anno 1800 - A masterpiece of a game! (so far)

Dec 11, 2017
242
India
#1
Uplay username: spieltimes

My childhood memories are all filled with hour-long sessions of Age of Empires, Empire Earth, Lord of the Rings and Simcity. Somehow, out of all the genres in video games, simulation and city-building seem to fascinate me the most. While I never played any Anno game before, Anno 1800 surely changed my perspective of the series, all at once.

Prior to playing the Closed Beta, I thought the Anno seris would be just like some other so-so franchise with a few dedicated fans. So, I was skeptical about Anno 1800 and whether I should spend 22GB of my not-unlimited data on it. But the moment the loading screen appeared, I was glued to the screen.

It wasn't even the actual gameplay, but the loading screens that were so intriguing that developed a kind of eagerness to consume the game as soon as possible.

The gameplay is so diverse, bulidings and structures so well designed, environmental elements perfectly modelled and the sound effects are just ear-blowing. I've played the game for over 5 hours during the Closed Beta, and I'm so pumped up for April's Open Beta. Can't wait!
 
Oct 25, 2017
1,539
#3
Anno 1800 is like... fuck, how do you make a game so much better than all the great games that came before? This is what happens when people who know what they're doing keep honing their craft. These guys are the kung fu masters of city building games.

And to think... Anno isn't even their best series. Settlers is. AND WE'RE GETTING ONE OF THOSE TOO!!!! IM SO HYPE

I hope it stays this good, because, like, hot damn. I need more.
 
Oct 25, 2017
84
#7
This beta blew my expectations out of the water. I was expecting a really complicated city builder that I couldn't wrap my head around. What I got was a highly accessible, yet deep city builder that allowed me to play and trade with my friends. Absolutely loved it.
 
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Pingal Pratyush
Dec 11, 2017
242
India
#9
This beta blew my expectations out of the water. I was expecting a really complicated city builder that I couldn't wrap my head around. What I got was a highly accessible, yet deep city builder that allowed me to play and trade with my friends. Absolutely loved it.
Same here. I was thinking some Civilization kinda stuff. But it was more real-time and dynamic.
 
Oct 25, 2017
1,494
Munich
#10
It's a shame games like these don't get any attention on resetera. It is what it is, I guess.
Not supporting consoles severely limits you audience. But I guess these kinds of games just require mouse and keyboard.
I always loved Anno games, ever since 1602, but I haven't owned a PC in almost 10 years, so I am pretty out of the loop when it comes to Anno.
 
Jan 21, 2018
8,913
#11
Not supporting consoles severely limits you audience. But I guess these kinds of games just require mouse and keyboard.
I always loved Anno games, ever since 1602, but I haven't owned a PC in almost 10 years, so I am pretty out of the loop when it comes to Anno.
Well, it limits your audience on resetera, mostly. This is a very console centered website.
 
Oct 30, 2017
406
#12
While Anno 2070 and Anno 2205 are nice games, I welcome the return to the past. I just works better for this series in my opinion and I can finally make out what building does what again and just looks more "friendly". I'm a huge fan since the first one and I loved the beta and earlier tests, it's shaping up to be a great game. I'm so looking forward to the 4th and 5th stage of development with Electricity, Oil, Trains, etc.

Sadly it's more a German genre and series, and it tends to get clear, if you reat some US magazine previews and reviews, if they write about it at all ;)

Settlers though, I really hope they return to the basics (which it seems like), sometimes it looks like that Settlers is more internationally known then Anno. Also Settlers and Anno are different teams / studies. While they both belong to Ubisoft Blue Byte by now. Also great to see, that the original creator is back with the team for the new Settlers.
 
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Pingal Pratyush
Dec 11, 2017
242
India
#13
While Anno 2070 and Anno 2205 are nice games, I welcome the return to the past. I just works better for this series in my opinion and I can finally make out what building does what again and just looks more "friendly". I'm a huge fan since the first one and I loved the beta and earlier tests, it's shaping up to be a great game. I'm so looking forward to the 4th and 5th stage of development with Electricity, Oil, Trains, etc.

Sadly it's more a German genre and series, and it tends to get clear, if you reat some US magazine previews and reviews, if they write about it at all ;)

Settlers though, I really hope they return to the basics (which it seems like), sometimes it looks like that Settlers is more internationally known then Anno. Also Settlers and Anno are different teams / studies. While they both belong to Ubisoft Blue Byte by now. Also great to see, that the original creator is back with the team for the new Settlers.
Haven't played Settlers but am definitely interested in it now that many have mentioned it. So, what's so great about it?
 
Jan 2, 2018
2,352
#14
I played the Closed Beta of 1800 and I have to say that this new Anno is the first that really grabbed me since 1602! I'm excited for the full-release!
 
Nov 11, 2017
962
#15
Will I enjoy it if the last game in the series I played was Anno 1602 (entitled 1602 A.D. in North America and Australia)?
 

Valdega

Banned
Member
Sep 7, 2018
1,609
#16
Not supporting consoles severely limits you audience. But I guess these kinds of games just require mouse and keyboard.
I don't think these kinds of games have much of an audience on consoles regardless of inputs. 2K tried putting Civilization on consoles and it never really caught on. Same applies to all strategy games, really.
 
Oct 29, 2017
1,922
Germany
#23
I'm not sure if I like the new mechanic of taking over islands. I'm also not entirely sure about the setting for city building, but that could just be me sticking to nostalgia of Anno 1602 and 1503. Apart from that, I'm highly interested in that new one, because I completely ignored all the Future-Anno games and I'm ready for a new one (although it'll be hard to beat 1404, which I do play these days and is the best of all).

It's a shame games like these don't get any attention on resetera. It is what it is, I guess.
The great F1 2018 didn't get any love and attention here, either :( No OT thread.
 
Oct 25, 2017
1,787
#24
Anyone play it on a crappy laptop? I had a chance to play for just a few minutes on my desktop, but if I'm going to get into the real game, it will have to be on my non-gaming laptop with only a MX-150 gpu, which I didn't get a chance to try on. I also failed to find any required specs.
 
Nov 2, 2017
3,092
Norway
#25
Anyone know when the linux version releases? I can't really find anything online about it.
This is right up my alley otherwise.
 
Oct 26, 2017
1,979
#26
Well, this sounds less about the current game being super great, and more you not knowing this series and just supposing it was some average thing.
The ones I tried, Anno 1404 and Anno 1602 were already very good games.
 
Oct 27, 2017
1,262
#30
Why do shadows in Anno games always rotate along with camera? I've never seen this quirk in any other game. Is this engine limitation or design choice?



 
Oct 29, 2017
5,026
#31
Why do shadows in Anno games always rotate along with camera? I've never seen this quirk in any other game. Is this engine limitation or design choice?



This isn't a bug, it's an option. You should see "fix sun position" in the options somehwere and if you toggle it on the position of the shadows will stay the same, at least in past Anno games it did.
 
Oct 27, 2017
1,262
#32
This isn't a bug, it's an option. You should see "fix sun position" in the options somehwere and if you toggle it on the position of the shadows will stay the same, at least in past Anno games it did.
Ah interesting. It's been a while since I played Anno game, but last one I played I don't remember that option. I'll definitely look out for this option in the new game.
 

Com_Raven

Brand Manager
Verified
Oct 27, 2017
538
Europa
#33
Yes, the sun being fixed to the camera is an option you can toggle on and off. Some players prefer to always be on the sunny side of Anno, so to speak :p
 
Nov 4, 2017
276
#34
Just bought Anno 1404 and the Settlers 4. If you also want to get your Anno fix before April, Anno 1404 Gold is just 4€ right now.
 
Oct 26, 2017
1,854
#35
Anno 1800 is like... fuck, how do you make a game so much better than all the great games that came before? This is what happens when people who know what they're doing keep honing their craft. These guys are the kung fu masters of city building games.

And to think... Anno isn't even their best series. Settlers is. AND WE'RE GETTING ONE OF THOSE TOO!!!! IM SO HYPE

I hope it stays this good, because, like, hot damn. I need more.
Worth noting: Anno comes from Related Designs, Settlers is a Blue Byte game, different developers but both obviously coming from Ubi.

EDIT: Welp, just rechecked and I completely forgot that Blue Byte absorbed Related Designs some time ago. Disregard all that, then^^

What I saw of Settlers during Gamescom was amazing and I am really, really looking forward to it. What I played of Anno 1800 during the Beta was equally amazing (although the performance left a bit to be desired, but there's more than enough time to optimise the game until release). It's a good time for the genre.
 
Apr 18, 2018
173
#37
I agree, the beta was amazing even though I couldn't spend as much time with it as I wanted.
But what is this talk about a new Settlers game (Settlers 8?) I missed any news on this, Settlers was always my go to game series, loved 2 and the remake of 2 the most.
 
Oct 26, 2017
357
Estonia
#38
I did not get to spend too much time withe the beta, but the overall impression was stellar. The game looks gorgeous and ran surprisingly well on my 4K setup with everything cranked to eleven.

Will most likely get it at launch.
 
Oct 25, 2017
2,105
#39
Is 1800 better than other Anno games or is this thread more about people discovering the series for the first time? If it’s better than the other games, I’d love to hear some reasons why!
 
Oct 30, 2017
406
#40
I agree, the beta was amazing even though I couldn't spend as much time with it as I wanted.
But what is this talk about a new Settlers game (Settlers 8?) I missed any news on this, Settlers was always my go to game series, loved 2 and the remake of 2 the most.
New Settlers game (announced alongside the History Collection and 25th Anniversary of the series):

Some more gameplay material (though the voice over / interview is in German only, with the old/new creator of "The Settlers"):

Very early footage, if you need some translations, just tell me ;)
 
Oct 30, 2017
406
#41
Haven't played Settlers but am definitely interested in it now that many have mentioned it. So, what's so great about it?
Well, I linked the first Trailer and Gameplay above. I just like the series, as it has been around and big for me since my Amiga days, where you could actually connect two mouses to your computer and play in split-screen.

I Germany we call it the "Wuselfaktor", because of the tiny people and how cute they walk around and do their stuff ;)

It's more about building up one lovely city and some ground wars after/during that, rather than huge cities. Usually it takes time to build a house or wood cutter and you can and should watch that process. It's also about building city walls, siege other cities and stuff like that.
 
Oct 27, 2017
49
#43
Haven't played Settlers but am definitely interested in it now that many have mentioned it. So, what's so great about it?
Settlers is basically WYSIWYG gone mad. It also has Anno's Production Chain management but visualises everything a lot more. You can always see how many Goods of each type you have, just by observing the Game World. Also it is much more 50/50 in the economy/military focus, whereas Anno is basically 90% economy. Bascially, Anno is closer to city builders while Settlers is closer to RTS games.
 

EloKa

GSP
Verified
Oct 25, 2017
257
#44
It feels like the Anno series is usually a hit or miss for me.
Loved 1602, disliked 1503, loved 1701, somehow didn't play 1404, didn't like 2070 and 2250. Guess futuristic Anno games aren't my thing for various reasons.

But the end of the 1800 beta made me instantly buy 1404 (which turns out to be as amazing as ppl say) and 1800 will definately be day1. There were few design details in the beta that I didn't like but the overall feeling is that 1800 will be one of the biggest games this year.

Edit: as Anno 19xx seems unlikely (quick maths!) could we get something like 0702 as the next iteration instead of something starting with a 2 please?
 
Dec 10, 2017
1,115
#45
Been very excited about Anno 1800 for a while now, definitely will look into it.

And to think... Anno isn't even their best series. Settlers is. AND WE'RE GETTING ONE OF THOSE TOO!!!! IM SO HYPE
Anno is made by Blue Byte? I didn't know that. Interest level multiplied!
 

Com_Raven

Brand Manager
Verified
Oct 27, 2017
538
Europa
#46
Been very excited about Anno 1800 for a while now, definitely will look into it.

Anno is made by Blue Byte? I didn't know that. Interest level multiplied!
Depending on how you want to count, there are 2-3 Blue Byte studios!

Düsseldorf - original Blue Byte, working on Settlers (as well as co-development on RS Siege, For Honor and Avatar)

Mainz - formerly Related Designs, working on Anno (and co-development on RS Siege and Beyond Good and Evil 2)

Ubisoft Berlin - co-development on the Far Cry franchise
 
Apr 18, 2018
173
#47
New Settlers game (announced alongside the History Collection and 25th Anniversary of the series):

Some more gameplay material (though the voice over / interview is in German only, with the old/new creator of "The Settlers"):

Very early footage, if you need some translations, just tell me ;)
Thanks, I understand German so it's no problem. :)
Looks good, looking forward to it. Didn't quite catch whether road building is in or if it's like in 3 and 4 for example. Only thing that annoys me is that they are calling it just Settlers from the looks of things, that will be a mess again later. :/
 

Nibel

Enfant terrible
Administrator
Oct 24, 2017
1,437
#48
Yup, still addicting as hell, too. Wanted to try out the CB for like an hour or two and played like 6 hours until way past midnight

Hope they will fix the multiplayer/desync issues, but other than that: it's a fantastic sequel
 

Windu

Banned
Member
Oct 25, 2017
5,039
#49
I loved 1404. Can't wait for 1800. Although I don't have a desktop pc atm, only a laptop which probably won't play it.