The Settlers 7: Paths to a Kingdom
Hurray! It's Ubisoft!
Everyone loves Ubisoft, because they do that thing with their games! That thing with the internet when you can't not be on it while you play! In case you thought you might be able to get away with playing the demo offline, think again! Not only will you will need an Ubisoft account to play it, the always-online requirement is there, too. When we removed our network cable, we were politely informed we had to plug it back in if we wanted to build our city.
So, our goodwill already corroded, we decided to write the walkthrough in the style demanded of us by our angry, angry readers. If you're reading this, Ubisoft, we're only kidding. You can still send us our regular shipment of corruption jewels.
Download The Settlers 7: Paths to a Kingdom
- PC compatible
- Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP
Watching These Games are almost as much fun as playing them, and that's not a back-handed compliment. There's something so calming about watching The Settlers' little cartoon people building their houses and living their lives, even when you know you're meant to be getting worked up about Ubisoft's DRM. Look how cute they are! Who cares that having to be online for the single-player is the worst idea since laxative bath salts?
Luckily, it's multiplayer that takes the focus in The Settlers 7anyway. As ever, the basic idea is still to build villages, set up a functioning economy and expand your influence to the heathen realms not yet under your iron glove, but this time that's the start. Winning is all about getting Victory Points from goals that can be anything from having the biggest civilisation to being the first to conquer an important landmark. There's no way you can pick up all of them, turning a series that's often been as slow as continental drift into a battle where every click counts - a scrap for points that can be stolen, a race to be first to others that you're positioned to grab.
The catch is that keeping all these balls in the air means an absolute ton of very German micromanagement, and The Settlers 7 isn't great at warning you if you've screwed up. This complexity isn't necessarily a problem, and there's a very solid game underneath, but definitely trust your gut to tell you if its pretty juggling act will be your thing.