Anno 1800 review thread

SuikerBrood

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PC Gamer - 8.4/10
https://www.pcgamer.com/anno-1800-review/
Script carbuncles aside, Anno 1800 is a rich and sumptuous city-builder, easily the grandest and deepest Anno to date. Its early game is a wonderfully relaxing experience, while the later stages will have you scratching your mutton-chops and happily stretching your braces in equal measure.
Twinfinite - 7/10
https://twinfinite.net/2019/04/anno-1800-review/
Certainly not for the casual fan, Anno 1800 is a glorious exploration of a glorious age. It is a technical achievement for strategy gaming that goes unrivaled, and while its complexity may be a roadblock for some, the return on your investment would make even the greediest fat cat smile.
IGN - 8.1
https://www.ign.com/articles/2019/04/18/anno-1800-review
Anno 1800 is a grind at times, but those moments of “eureka” when I’d figure out production rhythms and layouts that kept me operating in the green were delightful. It toes a difficult line of welcoming strategy gaming novices while also providing gameplay that experienced tacticians can maximize, with a well-crafted story-based campaign adding on to an already tried-and-true sandbox formula. It’s a beautiful game to look at as well with only one minor issue that you have to really focus in on to see. Outright newcomers to this type of game will have a tough go at it, as important elements of Anno 1800 aren’t given comprehensive tutorials, but diligent gamers will excitedly watch hours fly by once they get settled in.
PCGamesN - 7/10
Nevertheless, Anno 1800 paints a gorgeous, idealised picture of the industrial age. It saturates you in the glory days of empire from way on high without getting its fingers too dirty, and propels you through the era, eager to showcase its many curiosities and machinery, step-by-inevitable-step.


It’s a triumph of presentation, and the decision to reintroduce rivals to play against breathes character and replayability into a series that had been going stale with its cold, lonesome outings. Anno 1800 is no Industrial Revolution, but it’s certainly on the path to progress.
Gamersnet.nl (Dutch) 9.3/10
https://gamersnet.nl/520924/anno-1800-review/

NWTV(Dutch) 8/10
https://www.nwtv.nl/184883/reviews/anno-1800/

GameStar.de(German) 8.9/10
https://www.gamestar.de/artikel/anno-1800-im-test,3342957.html

Spaziogames.it (Italian) - 8/10
https://www.spaziogames.it/anno-1800-recensione-una-nuova-eta-di-scoperte-e-progresso/

Eurogamer.it (Italian) 8/10
https://www.eurogamer.it/articles/2019-04-15-anno-1800-recensione

TheGamesMachine (Italian) 8.1/10
https://www.thegamesmachine.it/anno-1800/anno-1800-recensione/

Glitched Africa 8.5/10
https://glitched.africa/reviews/anno-1800-review/

GRY-Online.pl (Polish) 8/10
https://www.gry-online.pl/S020.asp?ID=13304

sagamer.co.za 8.5/10
https://sagamer.co.za/review-anno-1800-pc

IGN Benelux (Dutch) - 9/10
https://nl.ign.com/anno-1800-pc/113528/review/anno-1800-review

TechTudo.com.br (Portugese) - 8.8/10
https://www.techtudo.com.br/review/review-anno-1800-construa-seu-imperio-na-segunda-revolucao-industrial.ghtml

GameKult (French) 8/10
https://www.gamekult.com/jeux/anno-1800-3050876509/test.html

PCWorld 7/10
https://www.pcworld.com/article/3387965/anno-1800-review.html
Bigger picture, I’d like to see a more daring setting next time as well. Anno 1800 returns the series to its roots after two games away, which is fine, but it does feel like playing it safe after the creatively daring 2070 and 2205. It’d be great to see another departure soon—say, an Anno starring the Phoenicians or another ancient trade empire.

But Anno 1800 will do for now. It’s nothing we haven’t seen before, and it’s a bit rough around the edges, but Anno’s still the most fun you can have with a glorified spreadsheet. Just be sure to build lots of bakeries.
Cerealkillerz (German) 8.7/10
https://cerealkillerz.org/anno-1800-review-klassischer-staedtebau-glaenzt-mit-neuen-optionen/

Warlegend (French) 9/10
https://www.warlegend.net/test-anno-1800-review/

Actugaming.net (French) 9/10
https://www.actugaming.net/anno-1800-review-216601/

Gamer-info.com (Russian) 8.8/10
https://gamer-info.com/game/anno-1800/review/

JeuxActu.com (French) 8.5/10
https://www.jeuxactu.com/test-anno-1800-le-retour-vers-le-passe-qu-on-attendait-tous-118004.htm
 
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Oct 25, 2017
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Was honestly expecting even higher reviews than the three highlighted ones. Judging from the open beta and if it keeps the same pace throughout the game this is by far the greatest Anno game of all time, and most of them were already very good. I love how they implemented a lot of the new macro level stuff from 2070 and 2205 while simultaneously removing all of the excessive fluff of those games and going back to the pure basics of 1404. It's all of the good stuff with none of the bad. Also Blueprint mode is the best thing ever in a city builder, so good :chefskiss:

If there's one thing I dislike with the game it's the feeling of being a complete classist shitlord exploiting people and colonizing indigenous peoples' land, but it's also to its credit how accurately it portrays it from a historical viewpoint. I also dislike the fact that the prison requests buying Soap... boring toxic masculinity "joke" in 2019. Bleh. Considering these sorts of things are what I'm complaining about speaks volumes about the quality of the game in general.
 
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SuikerBrood

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Was honestly expecting even higher reviews than the three highlighted ones. Judging from the open beta and if it keeps the same pace throughout the game this is by far the greatest Anno game of all time, and most of them were already very good. I love how they implemented a lot of the new macro level stuff from 2070 and 2205 while simultaneously removing all of the excessive fluff of those games and going back to the pure basics of 1404. It's all of the good stuff with none of the bad. Also Blueprint mode is the best thing ever in a city builder, so good :chefskiss:
Blueprint mode is a godsend. Brilliant idea, especially in a game like Anno where I want everything to be straight and orderly.. haha.
 

Kwigo

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Oct 27, 2017
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I've been aware of this games existence for 3 days now and I'm can't wait for tomorrow. Even bought a new laptop for it !
 

Mr.Deadshot

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Oct 27, 2017
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Seems low for what seems like one of the best Anno games ever made. But I am talking out of my German bubble.
 

Ravelle

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Oct 31, 2017
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Gonna have to wait for next paycheck but gonna get this for sure, the future Anno had some nice idea's but was packaged kinda weirdly. This seems like a return to form with a bunch of new additions which I'm totally down for.
 

Kyougar

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Nov 3, 2017
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Those games never review well. Even the one review with praising it's achievements and so on, only gave it a 7

Reviewers never really review the game on what it wants to accomplish in its Genre but how it is represented and how it compares to other games (not in the genre)
They are giving weight too much on presentation, games like the X-Series (beyond the frontier) always reviews badly (in the 60 to 70 range) just because it looks like an excel spreadsheet, even while the audience devours it for hundreds/thousands of hours.
That's why we need User Reviews.
 

murgo

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Oct 25, 2017
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Germany
It's been a while since I last played an Anno game, this looks like the perfect title to get back into the series. Too bad it isn't on Steam :(
 

Soap

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Oct 27, 2017
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It's been a while since I last played an Anno game, this looks like the perfect title to get back into the series. Too bad it isn't on Steam :(
Why not just buy it on uplay? It launches to uplay anyway. Hell, if you are in Europe and have those uplay coins you can get 20% off.
 
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Seems low for what seems like one of the best Anno games ever made. But I am talking out of my German bubble.
Same here. I'm really curious, though, because the future scenario of the last two ones was just not for me. The Gamestar review mentions a lot of problems for a 89, which makes me a little cautious. On the other hand, they say the endgame is brilliant.
 

Brazil

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Oct 24, 2017
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I’ve started playing Anno 2205 literally yesterday. While I’m having fun, I’m pretty sure I’ll enjoy the classical setting way more than the futuristic one. Can’t wait to play this eventually.
 

marzoo

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Jun 1, 2018
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I hope AMD is going to release optimized drivers before launch. Performance is rough right now even on i7 8700k and Vega 64 GPU.
 
Oct 25, 2017
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As a german, I fully trust Gamestar. Their score and review is really good and the only one I care about here. Anno has been one of my favorite PC series, so it's nice seeing a game that can rival past ones. Will get this game, not sure if I'll get it today/tomorrow though or later this month
 

mxbison

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Jan 14, 2019
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Don't care too much about the scores. They all gave RDR2 a flawless 10 and I quit that game halfway through.

Really excited for this one.
 

murgo

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Oct 25, 2017
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It is for another couple of hours.
Ah right, forgot you could still preorder it there. Unfortunately 60€ is a little too much for me, I was hoping to buy it on sale later.

Why not just buy it on uplay? It launches to uplay anyway. Hell, if you are in Europe and have those uplay coins you can get 20% off.
Maybe I'll do that. I should still have a few thousand coins even after April 1st :)
 

SleepSmasher

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Oct 27, 2017
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I’ve been watching some YouTube videos and the graphics seem... lacking? Even searched for max settings videos but definitely not impressed.
 

Robspassion

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Jan 10, 2019
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I also expected higher reviews but from what I played during the beta over the weekend this game is just incredibly addictive. I wondered about the notice that I was already playing for a prolonged time :).
 

Robspassion

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Jan 10, 2019
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OMG I read that you can get into 1st person by clicking Shift + Ctrl + R. That would be awesome if true. Can´t wait to get back into the game.
 

datamage

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Oct 25, 2017
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After playing the open beta, game was pre-ordered. My first Anno and am looking forward to diving in. Haven't sunk time into a game of this type in quite a while.
 

Calaius

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Oct 29, 2017
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I almost skipped the beta due to laziness, what a mistake it would have been. Fortunately I randomly installed it yesterday and I had so much fun, it sparked memories of 1404. Can’t wait for tomorrow. Glad to see the initial reviews are good.
 

Kwigo

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Oct 27, 2017
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I think that is the highest possible compliment (and I have already seen several people on the team talk about your post).Thank you <3
You're very welcome, the game looks absolutely stunning !
I just hope that it'll run well enough on the laptop I bought. Also, I still have to buy the game haha
Stop making such impressive games, I'll be broke soon :o
 

ghostcrew

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Oct 27, 2017
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Seems like the open beta was pretty successful then right? Reading a ton of posts about how it sold them on the game. Chuck me in that category too.
 

Rosur

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Oct 28, 2017
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Seems like the open beta was pretty successful then right? Reading a ton of posts about how it sold them on the game. Chuck me in that category too.
Only played an hour of the beta but yea made me happy with my preorder. Look forward to putting some actual time into it this week.
 

exodus

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Oct 25, 2017
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Game is getting robbed. This is the definitive Anno experience. I really hope this does well. Kudos to the devs for bringing Anno back and finally dethroning 1404.

I wasn’t in a great financial position to get this now, but I had to pick up the Steam copy before it was too late.
 

Poodlestrike

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Oct 25, 2017
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was really bummed I missed up the chance to play the open beta, but it's good to hear this one is good! Looking forward to picking it up a little ways down the road, I really need to upgrade my PC...
 

Lump

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Oct 25, 2017
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I played the beta and thought it was incredible (never played Anno before and now I think I might’ve missed out). It was a little taxing on my hardware at the highest settings but it ran at acceptable framerates all the same. I immediately pre-ordered on GMG while the 15% discount is good for the next half day or so.
 

antispin

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Oct 27, 2017
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I love what I'm seeing but alas, my poor Surface Pro :( Would love to snag it if/when it comes to the consoles. Looks like a fantastic entry, kudos to the team.
 

lsarmiliato

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Jan 12, 2018
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I played the beta yesterday and I loved it so much. I can't afford it right now, but the game looks stunning, and the gameplay is amazing.
 
Oct 25, 2017
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Actual review scores instead of inflated hyped AAA scores
True but that's not how it reads for most consumers, unfortunately. People seeing the scores will just jot it down as "oh the game is average so I'll play something else" which is laughable. Edge is the only publication I consistently trust with review scores, personally.

I played a bit of Anno 1404 today again and there's honestly no comparison. 1800 just feels better in every possible way. The requirement to not simply phase out earlier citizen classes and also requiring people to actually live on the islands they produce goods on makes the game much deeper and more challenging in a natural manner. When does the game unlock btw?

Hoping there's a Denuvo crack soon after launch as well... my 2500K feels really limiting in a game like this nowadays and I bet I'd get 10-20% better performance without the DRM garbage.
 

Scerick

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Oct 29, 2017
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I am so excited for this game. I've been looking for a city builder or 4x or whatever game for months now. I had never looked at Anno before and immediately fell in love with the beta.
 

Einbroch

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Oct 25, 2017
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Can anyone tell me how the multiplayer works?

My friend and I are looking for a co-op-y game and we really enjoyed our time with games like Civilization, where we work together in a broad sense but still do our own thing. Would this kind of scratch the same itch?
 

Scerick

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Oct 29, 2017
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True but that's not how it reads for most consumers, unfortunately. People seeing the scores will just jot it down as "oh the game is average so I'll play something else" which is laughable. Edge is the only publication I consistently trust with review scores, personally.

I played a bit of Anno 1404 today again and there's honestly no comparison. 1800 just feels better in every possible way. The requirement to not simply phase out earlier citizen classes and also requiring people to actually live on the islands they produce goods on makes the game much deeper and more challenging in a natural manner. When does the game unlock btw?

Hoping there's a Denuvo crack soon after launch as well... my 2500K feels really limiting in a game like this nowadays and I bet I'd get 10-20% better performance without the DRM garbage.
I wouldn't worry about a crack, the game hits my Ryzen 7 at like 20% on one core.
 
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SuikerBrood

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Can anyone tell me how the multiplayer works?

My friend and I are looking for a co-op-y game and we really enjoyed our time with games like Civilization, where we work together in a broad sense but still do our own thing. Would this kind of scratch the same itch?
Don't know how it will work in 1800, but in previous Anno games you could play against each other, or co op against AI's. You both have your own island and do your own thing.

Do feel the absence of ground combat could limit the multiplayer aspect of it a little bit. But it was never a strong point (the contrary) of the games.