In Anno 2070's future Earth setting, global warming has certainly manifested itself to be anything but a myth, and has blessed millions of people with unexpected ocean views. Unfortunately it has also cursed several other millions of people with severe moisture problems and resulted in a frenzied competition for Earth's precious resources.
During the main campaign of the game you'll be tasked with assisting either of the two main factions in Anno 2070, the Gordon Gekko loving "Global Trust", who want nothing more than to suck every last piece of useful molecule out of mother Earth. Or the tree hugging "Eden Initiative", who are all about not trying to completely destroy what little remains of the planets ecological health. Also, I imagine that they smoke a lot of weed.
Jumping into the game, things will immediately look fairly familiar if you've played any previous "Anno" game.
Through an isometric overhead view you'll be overseeing your little slice of Terra and plan out small island colonies by building everything from ports, housing, mines, power plants and so on.
|The important building is the tall white one... ah crap|
In classic city building game fashion, everything is connected and every building adds something to your settlement, while also bringing in new requirements of its own.
You'll need to have tools to build buildings, but a tool workshop requires coal and iron, which requires mines and those require workers that need houses.
The way everything fits together is one of the most interesting things about playing these types of games.
You're constantly adding a new piece on top of your existing settlement, and every time you do, you'll have to make a tweak here and a nip there to make sure everything is still running optimally. It's not a game for people that crave action and big explosions, let me just make that clear right away.