The last couple of entries in the Anno series from Ubisoft have been set in the near or semi-distant future. With Anno 1800 the series returns to the past, specifically with the dawn of the industrial era in a setting that involves island hopping, trade routes, naval combat, and making soap from raising livestock, rendered fat, and processing that at a factory.
Although complicated and full of the micro-management and small detail that the series is known for, Anno 1800 is also best entries we've seen in years. And a great city builder.
Getting into the weeds and understanding worker hierarchy and production chains and what leads to what is a key part of Anno. The new trade system that blends seamlessly with the light real-time combat feels effortless once understood. All of this comes together best in the non-story sandbox mode where player creativity can shine, and planning will no doubt lead to some truly wondrous island locales. From the animation to the visual effects, this is the best-looking Anno game to date.
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