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Published on Jan 1, 2011
Released on March 23, 2010, Settlers 7: Paths to a Kingdom is a game for your PC. It can be played on Microsoft Windows or Mac OS X systems. It is a game played in real time where you build cities. This game has similarities to the previous six Settlers installments.
There are four games to play. You choose from a Campaign game, a Skirmish game, a ranked game or a multiple player game. With the Military, Science and Trade paths, you develop your way to victory in the game. Obviously in the Military mode you build your army and conquer your enemies. In the Science mode you research technology and in the Trade mode you build up your economy and trade routes. In each mode you collect victory points to help you win the game.
The Al, your enemy, are back and are said to be much improved. As you play the game you start with the Campaign mode. Here you encounter Princess Zoe. This serves as a way to get acclimated with the game. In the multiple player mode you play with and against other players online. You can share knowledge if you want to and there is a mentor aspect as well.
As part of the Online Services Platform, you have to authenticate your game in the beginning and remain online to play. Initially it was hard to connect to the Ubisoft servers provided, but that has since been rectified. I find with all online games that there is always a glitch when it comes to the servers. Most video games, no matter what system you use, seem to experience problems from time to time. I think this is partly due to the competitiveness of the market and the rush to get the games out.
I love a good quest, strategy game. I enjoy a game that tasks my brain. I am not the most patient person, and this game really requires it. Therefore, for me, the game poses a challenge. Visually, the game is stunning. The Medieval world your are building has amazing graphics. The new 3-D engine really improves upon the technology used in the past six Settlers games. Playing the game is like immersing yourself in a fairytale world.
I like the Science path of the game the best. Medieval times fascinate me, especially the way new discoveries were made. I like going to the various religious structures where you encounter monks who give you information. Besides books, they also have beer to give you. You can't beat that. This game, as compared to others in the Settlers series, enhances the military, economy, and building areas of the game the most. The improvements are good and very welcome.
All in all, this is an engaging, visually stunning game. If you have the time, patience and brain power to play, get this game for your PC.