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Review: Anno 2070 (This Is My Joystick)

Man has always loved to play God, and perhaps no video-games can better satisfy this desire than the city-building genre originating from the likes of SimCity. The well-established Anno series from Ubisoft has explored this category of simulation and strategy through multiple historic periods, giving the opportunity to establish and nurture civilisations in the classic eras of 1404, 1503, 1602 and 1701. Yet, what happens when you begin to run out of interesting centuries in the past? Why, you go to the future of course!

Developed by Related Designs and Ubisoft Blue Byte, Anno 2070 is a bold new step for the Anno series. After a long hiatus from games of its ilk, I was enthusiastic to indulge my megalomania and erect vast cities in my name (quite literally in fact; I semi-ironically renamed my populations to variations of Jamestown, James Island etc.). What remained to be seen was if they could stand the test of time.

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