Ususally I wait unti I have 100% of the achievements before i give a review but I couldn't wait on this one. The only ones i have left are 500 and 1000 VP in online ranked play.
If you have ever played the original board game, THIS IS IT. BIG HUGE GAMES copied it perfectly.
The basic premise of this game is to produce resources (done on each players turn for everyone by rolling 2d6 which could produce wool, wood, stone, wheat, or iron), then to use these resources to build your community. Each player starts out with two villages, on your turn you produce resorces, you may trade with other players, you may build your community, you may trade with the port (at 4 to 1, 3 to 1, or 2 to 1 ratios depending on the situation) and thats about it. It is a very balanced game, with many different strategies. The game board is randomly generated each time you play so each game is slightly different. The game is played to 10 VP(victory points) and you can earn VPs in different ways. each village you have gives you 1 VP, each city (village that has been upgraded) is worth 2 VP, if you control the longest road (done by building roads between your villages and cites) it is worth 2VP, having the largest army (played soldier cards) is 2 VP and finally sometimes you are able to get VP cards when you build development cards.
Graphics and sounds are nothing to write home about becuase it is just a board game on the 360.
One nice addition is the ability to see what resources are in play. by just holding down the RB you can see what is in play but NOT who has each resource.
I personally enjoy playing against the computer almost as much as others on Xbox Live. The computer will start to refuse to trade with you if you are in the lead or if it gains a superior advantage. different AI opponents play the game differently and there are even random opponents which mix and match different personalities of the pregenerated AIs.
I really really really hope that they produce the expantions to this game including the 5/6 player expansion and (CITIES AND KNIGHTS along with SEAFARERS)
If you have any questions about this game please comment and i will try to keep this review current.
Thank you for the comments, you are correct that there is NO multiplayer offline. I think one of the reasons that they decided to do this is that you would have to be able to see EVERY CARD that your oppenents had in thier hands, including development cards. Another point that I should address (as mentioned in the comments) is that there are rumors of gliches in the achievements. Although I have not experienced these one of my online friends has stated that if you unlock two achievements in one game (example: win with longest road 10 times and 100 VP) it will only unlock one of these and the other will not be able to be unlocked EVER.
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