Rise Of Venice PC Review

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Rise of Venice is a new trading simulator published by Kalypso Media, which is similar to their titles Port Royale 3 and Patrician IV. The game takes place in the Mediterranean during the 1400’s. Rise of Venice puts you in the shoes of a young man following the wishes of his dying grandfather. His mission is to become a successful trader in order to bring wealth and prosperity to his family.

The first thing that I noticed as I booted up the game was the artwork, it looked fantastic and stayed consistent throughout the game. The graphics during gameplay didn’t disappoint either. The water looked great, the port cities and land mass looked pretty convincing to me as well. The user interface looked neat and clean, but I had some trouble finding my way around. I was pretty much forced to watch the tutorial videos available inside the game, which made the initial experience seem like it was dragging on forever. Still, even later at times I found myself confused and frustrated due to the complexity of the game. It just didn’t seem all that approachable to a newcomer like me.

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You start the game in your city of Venice with a small trading fleet. You’ll send them to nearby cities to buy large amounts of goods. Your job is then to resell them in other cities, where said commodities are scarce. As you trade more, you will rise in rank and have the ability to upgrade your city. You’ll also receive more trading options and get licenses to trade a larger variety of goods, and so on. The map itself, while being pretty big felt largely empty. Zooming in and out and interacting with port cities was pretty entertaining. This is done seamlessly without any loading screens when you zoom into a specific city, something I found very surprising.

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Aside from trading there’s also a bit of politics involved. Actions like bribing or intimidating the council in order to level up, or working against a rival family and sabotaging their equipment and routes to gain an upper hand. It’s not something that you have to do constantly, but it adds a bit of variety. There’s also naval combat available in the game, but its not very fluent and feels like it has lots of room to improve.

For a trading simulator, this game is solid, it provides an excellent economic system and has replay value for people that are into the genre. The strength of the economic simulation is combined with some great visuals and decent voice acting. After having played the previous title just to get a feel for it, I feel like this installment is definitely a level above its predecessors. For those who had enjoyed Port Royale 3, Rise of Venice may be worth checking out.