Unfortunately, the demo was pretty narrow on what you could actually do. It was two missions long and it was only the first two missions, linear missions that presented you with very few choices. There is a video briefing that plays when you first start the game and it makes this big grand speech about how you will have to make tough choices between the two factions in the game, but the demo doesn't give you any hint of that. The two demo missions play very similarly to the early missions from Dawn of Discovery, the previous Anno. They give you objectives to do and you have no choice on whether or not you are going to do them. The graphics for Anno 2070 are quite good looking and it runs fairly well, but Battlefield 3 oddly yields a higher frame rate. They have shown off a bunch of exciting features for the game, like underwater cities or great environmental friendly cities, but the demo just shows some very basic features of the game and none of the exciting new features. The two missions will probably last you a hour in total, both of which are fairly short little storylines. The voice acting strikes me as odd, I cannot distinguish if it's purposely annoying or just poorly done. All of the city building elements are almost exactly the same as the previous games, you build houses for workers, you build food producing buildings, you harvest resources and then you get specialty buildings that create higher level citizens. Higher level citizens then have new demands and give you more building options. It is all pretty normal gameplay mechanics, but hopefully once the unique features of the game come into play later on it will feel a lot more rewarding.
Anno 2070 Demo Gameplay
If you are curious about the game then I would recommend trying the demo, but if you are waiting for reviews to see how it does then I would just say keep waiting. The demo does show off the engine and graphics, but there is so much that it doesn't let you experience. Even after the disappointing demo I have high hopes for Anno 2070, but it does have a decent chance of falling short of it's aspirations and lofty claims. To check out the demo head on over to: http://www.gamershell.com/news_128212.html. They have all the versions of the demo, but they do have some versions over at the Ubisoft forums for Anno 2070. Thanks for reading and check out my gameplay video above if you want to see a bit of the demo.
Main Website: http://anno-game.ubi.com/anno-2070/en-US/home/
-Written by Sean Cargle