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The Settlers 7: Paths to a Kingdom - PC - Preview

A long-time fixture in the PC strategy gaming universe, the Settlers franchise has long been a popular one in Europe, but hasn’t really made a very huge dent in North America. However, Ubisoft is looking to change that with their newest entry to the long-running franchise, The Settlers VII: Paths to a Kingdom.

For those who are uninitiated with the series, Settlers is a city-building/real-time strategy hybrid that focus very heavily on building a strong economy. The game is extremely flexible, allowing you to create the kind of empire that you want, with a focus on a strong military, trade, and so on. However, a lot of other things come into consideration when it comes to building a successful empire, including creating storehouses for your goods in order to keep your workers from having to trek so far when transporting, having efficient roads for them to traverse, researching new technology, and many other factors. Settlers VII continues that by providing a deep and engaging experience, as well as one that it accessible to newcomers and casual strategy fans.

The Settlers 7: Paths to a Kingdom PC screenshots

Settlers VII will offer up plenty of new features for fans of the series, as well as some that will definitely appeal to newcomers. The game will feature a 12-mission campaign mode that will not only tell a compelling story, but will allow you to unlock new elements that can be used in skirmishes both online and off.

Additionally, the game’s camera gives you a completely free perspective. Not only can you zoom right into the action, even to the point of making out individual blades of grass, but will also allow you to rotate your view to look off into the distance without an isometric shift. This is a nice touch, and gives you a great view of the map.

The Settlers 7: Paths to a Kingdom PC screenshots

Another new element introduced in Settlers VII is Victory Points. In order to win skirmishes you have to earn a set amount of Victory Points. You gain Victory Points by satisfying specific conditions of the match, including technological research or acquiring a certain amount of gold or resources. The first kingdom to attain the set number of Victory Points is the winner, although your opponents can attack your kingdom in order to knock your progress down a peg.

Settlers VII will also offer up some robust community features, including customizable leaderboards and Facebook integration in addition to solid online gameplay. All in all, strategy gamers should have plenty to get excited for with Settlers VII. Look for it this March.

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