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Nov 10, 2015

An ideal gateway into the city management sim, but with too little room for forward-planning.

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T.J. Hafer

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7 / 10.0
Nov 4, 2015

Anno 2205 is an engaging and strategic city builder with a forgettable story and too little motivation beyond profit.

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6 / 10
Nov 11, 2015

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.

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5 / 10
Nov 23, 2015

Anno 2205 wears a distant future sci-fi aesthetic, but does nothing of substance or import with the premise.

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Nov 3, 2015

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.

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7 / 10.0
Nov 15, 2015

Anno 2205 offers plenty of enjoyment, but may not appeal to the hardcore strategist.

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8 / 10.0
Nov 5, 2015

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.

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85 / 100
Nov 3, 2015

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.

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60 / 100
Nov 18, 2015

There's definitely a market for this game, but I completely understand why so many long-time fans are so upset.

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7.8 / 10.0
Nov 12, 2015

Anno 2205 is a fun and fulfilling game, it's excellent to watch your colonies grow, but after your first one or two playthroughs it's going to become a little too much of doing the same thing. It's in dire need for extra maps and areas with a little more competition thrown in from either the AI or multiplayer competition.

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9.5 / 10.0
Nov 2, 2015

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.

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ACG

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Nov 2, 2015
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Nov 5, 2015

Anno 2205 is a gorgeous looking economy builder with an impressive scale and scope. A few poor gameplay decisions tarnish the overall experience, but it will no doubt still have city-building devotees glued to their computer screens.

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Nov 2, 2015

Anno 2205 certainly offers enough to keep your time consumed. If you are looking for quick battles, you might want to pass on this. There is a ton of growth and micromanaging in the game as upgrading units, factories, and trading is only half of the game. There are no quick combats to jump into, as the combats are incorporated with the progression of your colonies. The game is slow paced as building a sustainable economy is the key to spreading out to other colonies and doing the exact same thing again, just with different environments and resources involved. The more structures that become available to build, you will need resources from different areas for these to thrive. People will also leave your areas and abandon their homes if you cannot please them. This game offers a bit of everything from the real time strategy universe. If you have the time on your hands, Anno 2205 is worth the investment if you are a strategy fan.

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8 / 10.0
Nov 2, 2015

Anno 2205 is a solid city-building and economic management game, one that provides an addictive experience. As the end game draws on however, some players may experience fatigue and move on. Fans however, will find a sim that will eat up dozens of hours of their time, especially if they are out to establish a perfectly balanced economy.

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6 / 10
Dec 9, 2015

It's fairly enjoyable, but wait for a sale

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6 / 10.0
Nov 10, 2015

Anno 2205 seems like it had promise but was subsequently scaled back on release. It's a decent diversion with some more than decent visuals but you'll crave so much more, especially after Cities: Skylines.

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7 / 10.0
Nov 12, 2015

Even if some of it feels a little extraneous, like trying to keep investors and executives happy with god knows how many future toys and bits of entertainment, Anno 2205 is still absorbing. Plus it looks fantastic to boot, with animation and visuals that are some of the best ever seen in this type of game.

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3 / 5.0
Nov 9, 2015

Anno 2205 succeeds where many in the genre have failed in creating an interesting looking world that the player can care about. Experienced players of the city sim and strategy genres won't find anything new here, though, instead finding one of the most rudimentary offerings in terms of mechanics on the market today.

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7.5 / 10.0
Nov 2, 2015

Anno 2205 can be relaxing and rewarding.

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