Top Critic Average
Anno 2205 is an engaging and strategic city builder with a forgettable story and too little motivation beyond profit.
An ideal gateway into the city management sim, but with too little room for forward-planning.
A minor entry in the venerable city building series, which has some interesting ideas and visuals but too little in the way of gameplay depth.
Anno 2205 wears a distant future sci-fi aesthetic, but does nothing of substance or import with the premise.
Anno 2205 is a satisfying city builder for those who may think that Cities: Skylines can be a bit complex. It looks great, building your cities is a breeze, and managing resources is easy. Unfortunately, once you've finished the campaign, there's not much left but more optimization and expansion. No mods or DLC make this a rather finite game.
Anno 2205 offers plenty of enjoyment, but may not appeal to the hardcore strategist.
If you're a long-time fan of the series though, you'll probably be a bit put off by some of the changes and a very real drop in difficulty. It likely won't be enough to knock your favourite version of the series off of your hard drive, but at least it could sit comfortably beside it.
If you are at all on the fence on finding a game which can deliver a rich experience and dozens of hours of gameplay with a great mix of resource management, city building and RTS combat, this just might fit the bill.
Anno 2205 earns a high recommendation for city-building and economy-management enthusiasts. The game builds upon previous series installments by refining the gameplay to further improve its best elements. In particular, the addition of the Arctic and Moon environments provide the series' best-yet sandboxes for building cities. City-building fans can rejoice: Anno 2205 is the next game they need to pick up.
There's definitely a market for this game, but I completely understand why so many long-time fans are so upset.