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The Settlers 7: Paths to a Kingdom: Deluxe Gold Edition
Choose your own path to victory in The Settlers 7: Paths to a Kingdom™, the long-anticipated sequel to the award-winning strategy game. Embark on an exciting quest to create, build and manage your kingdom in the most innovative, customizable and re-playable version ever!
Release Date: Mar 10, 2011
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Notice: The Settlers 7: Paths to a Kingdom: Deluxe Gold Edition includes all DLC that is available for purchase on Steam.

Buy The Settlers 7: Paths to a Kingdom - Deluxe Gold Edition

The Deluxe Gold Edition includes the original game fully patched and complete DLC content, plus free additional content:

  • 13 exclusive maps: 6 multiplayer maps and 7 single player campaigns.
  • A dozen new buildings. Including the Crypt, Order of Knights, Infernal mine.
  • Over 30 new locations. Including Field of Mandrake, Treasure Island, Pilgrimage site.
  • Castle forge elements allowing players to make their cities unique and customize their castles: 1 gate, 2 windows, 1 bay, 1 balcony and 1 gargoyle.

$19.99

Special Edition

Deluxe Gold Edition Includes:

  • 13 exclusive maps: 6 multiplayer maps and 7 single player campaigns.
  • A dozen new buildings. Including the Crypt, Order of Knights, Infernal mine.
  • Over 30 new locations. Including Field of Mandrake, Treasure Island, Pilgrimage site.
  • Castle forge elements allowing players to make their cities unique and customize their castles: 1 gate, 2 windows, 1 bay, 1 balcony and 1 gargoyle.

About the Game

Choose your own path to victory in The Settlers 7: Paths to a Kingdom™, the long-anticipated sequel to the award-winning strategy game. Embark on an exciting quest to create, build and manage your kingdom in the most innovative, customizable and re-playable version ever!

Immerse Yourself in a Captivating Story…
Unravel an intriguing and unexpected story as you play. Combat enemies all across the land in a quest to conquer a formidable kingdom. Defeat ruthless kings, forbidding lords and dark knights on your quest for victory. Uncover undisclosed traitors along your path and turn enemies into allies to pave your path to victory.

Experience a Vast and Beautiful Kingdom
A beautiful, colorful world awaits you with a level of detail unseen before now! A flourishing kingdom full of bustling Settlers will enthrall you from the very first moment.

Build, Develop and Manage Your Emerging Domain
Enjoy a deep and rich building and production system as you create a kingdom of fortified towns, small villages and productive settlers. Make critical decisions as you expand your realm. Should you optimize production chains, build transport systems, construct new buildings or increase worker efficiency? Every choice you make builds a critical path to victory or defeat.

 

Key Features

Expand Your Empire Your Way
Experience more freedom than ever before as you choose your own custom strategy. Build strong armies and defeat your opponents in epic battles. Be the first to develop new and attractive technologies. Or, let money rule and occupy the most lucrative trade routes. It’s completely up to you to devise your ideal strategy for beating your opponents.

Innovative Victory Point System
Every match is truly unique with the new victory point system. A new level of tension is reached as you and your opponents collect points based on victories you achieve throughout the game. Every decision counts as you engage in tactics to earn the most points by:

  • Conquering Map Sectors
  • Building the Biggest Army
  • Occupying the Most Trade Routes
  • Developing New Technologies
  • Becoming the Richest Kingdom
  • And More!

More Customization than Ever Before
Experience a highly customizable experience as you:

  • Unlock new items that are unique to you
  • Create and customize maps to your needs
  • Adjust the victory point system based on your individual preferences
  • Select a fast or slow mode of play
  • Choose the length of your game from quick match to an extended campaign
  • Select your level of difficulty
  • Play against a variety of AI profiles, up to 4 players or in team mode

Build Your Own Castle
Bring even more customization to your game as you assemble your castle from a wide range of styles, designs and architectural details. You and your friends can share your creations online.

Social Networking Integration
Deep social networking integration lets you bring your gaming experience to your social circle:

  • Facebook: Invite friends to compete or cooperate, upload screen shots, display your gaming status
  • Twitter: Provide summaries of your achievements as you play and receive the latest product news

A PERMANENT INTERNET CONNECTION AND CREATION OF A UBISOFT ACCOUNT ARE REQUIRED TO PLAY THIS VIDEO GAME AT ALL TIMES AND TO UNLOCK EXCLUSIVE CONTENT. SUCH CONTENT MAY ONLY BE UNLOCKED ONE SINGLE TIME WITH A UNIQUE KEY. YOU MUST BE AT LEAST 13 TO CREATE A UBISOFT ACCOUNT WITHOUT PARENTAL CONSENT. UBISOFT MAY CANCEL ACCESS TO ONLINE FEATURES UPON A 30-DAY PRIOR NOTICE PUBLISHED AT http://thesettlers.us.ubi.com/.

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7
    • Processor: 2 GHz Intel Pentium 4 / AMD XP 2600+ or better (Intel Core 2 Duo / AMD Athlon 64 X2 recommended)
    • Memory: 2 GB (4 GB recommended)
    • Graphics: 256 MB DirectX 9.0c-compliant, Shader 3.0-enabled video card (512 MB recommended)(*see supported list)
    • DirectX®:
    • DirectX 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 8 GB
    • Sound: DirectX 9.0c-compliant sound card
    • Peripherals Supported: Windows-compliant keyboard and mouse
    • Internet Connection: Broadband Internet connection with 128 kbps upstream or faster

    Supported Video Cards at Time of Release:
    NVIDIA GeForce 7900 / 8 / 9 / GT / GTS / GTX series
    ATI Radeon X1900 / HD 2000 / HD 3000 / HD 4000 / HD 5000 series

Helpful customer reviews
231 of 239 people (97%) found this review helpful
613 products in account
5 reviews
57.3 hrs on record
In my opinion, this was one of the first and greatest victims of the DRM wave of the past few years. While other games like Assassin's Creed had people up in arms about "Always On" DRM systems, they were still popular enough to be successful. Settlers 7, on the other hand, never stood a chance. As a strategy/city building game with a lot of unusual mechanics and a bit of a learning curve, this game was never going to appeal to everyone. But, thanks to a giant dose of Ubisoft bad PR, the target audience avoided it like the plague. And that's a MASSIVE shame, because it's great!

Settlers falls into that odd "almost a sim game" category of strategy, with a slower pace and less of a direct combat focus than your average RTS game (such as Starcraft). Personally, I love this genre, but good examples of it are unfortunately rare. In the past, series like Dungeon Keeper, Stronghold, Startopia, and earlier versions of Settlers itself had a good cult following, but these days they're a bit harder to find, with lesser-known titles such as the Anno series (also heavily damaged by Ubisoft DRM), or independant titles like Reus, Towns, or Gnomoria. Unfortunately, this is further harmed by the sorry state of the Sim genre itself, with the majority of city builders being money-sucking Facebook-inspired social "games", and major blunders like the reboot of SimCity.

But, politics aside, how does The Settlers 7 stand up on its own? It's a game full of interesting ideas. Similar to the afforementioned Anno and Stronghold series (which, to be fair, were probably inspired by The Settlers to begin with), the majority of the game is spent handling production chain strategies. The number of these chains is VERY daunting to those who don't enjoy such systems, but they're pretty intuative once learned, such as farm -> wheat -> bakery -> bread. The unique twist here is the division of science, trade, and military tactics. All three require development of these production chains in various ways, but unlike most games, they don't require you to do all three simultaneously. In fact, the game heavily encourages specialization in one or two of those choices in order to monopolize (i.e. steal all the best techs, steal all the best trade posts, or have the most military muscle). Thanks to an interesting "Victory Point" system, you can win the game in a variety of ways other than just destroying your enemy. In my many playthroughs, this resulted in some wonderfully bizarre situations, including winning a game mere seconds before an army destroyed my most valuable city by just barely holding out long enough with my economic strategy.

Presentation-wise, I always loved the way the game manages to paint a board game-like set of zones to be settled, painted into breathtakingly beautiful maps, resulting in surprisingly natural-looking landscapes for a game that asks the player to flood the place with roads and buildings. Technologically, it's nothing crazy (the game is three years old at time of writing), but it has a wonderful fairy tale asthetic, light-hearted, but with more of a focus on beauty than goofiness. The campaign is a bit campy, but I found it quite enjoyable, with good voice acting and a good method of injecting each character's personality into their tactics.

Overall, I understand how this game doesn't appeal to the hardcore, as I'm sure its complexities could easily be exploited if the game was played in an ultra-competative way. On the other hand, the more casual gamer could be easily scared away by the game's unfamiliar systems. And everyone else? They were already scared away by the DRM, it seems! But, if you are in that middle group, I highly encourage you to overlook all that and just have fun. The game is a bit old now and Ubisofts money-grabs have been abandoned (at time of writing, all DLC is included with the game), so while you won't find any strangers to play with or anything, there's still plenty of content and great city-building strategy fun to be had!
Posted: February 9th, 2014
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15 of 17 people (88%) found this review helpful
55 products in account
1 review
313.0 hrs on record
I have enjoyed my time playing this game, it is a good game. No doubt, but I do miss a couple of things from the previous Settlers games. Such as the freedom to construct your own walls and move your armies freely. Though I see the point in having a pre-built wall/fortification model as it opens up the possibility to win by other means than through brute force. As I to be honest prefer to win this way, it is a bit of a downer that one has restrictions for your military such as: A maximum number of units in an army (35), limited number of generals which you share with the other players (meaning that you can buy all the extra generals and prevent the other players from being able to recruit more than 35 soldiers) and not being able to move your troops freely. Though I see why they have done so, it conceals the army from your city when it is inactive--which is nice, as you don't really need to see it when it is inactive.

The city simulation is really well made and entertaining to watch, the transport system of goods is solved nicely by utilizing storehouses and the same goes for population capacity, they have made the buildings useful whilst maintaining its function as a population cap raiser by adding work yards to the residences and the other buildings (such as mines).

The victory point system backs up the separating of the military, technology and trade 'route' as every map has victory points for each of the three ways of progressing. So does the territories on the map, as they have three ways of being conquered, one for each way of playing (through force, trade or by using clerics (tech)). I do like the VP system, but it is has its drawbacks, they do force you to play in a given way if you want to win and they are not customizable.

The three 'routes' are all interesting and fun to play in their own way and none of them are superior to the other in my opinion, they all have pros and cons.

The visuals are suberb, I love how the game looks, it has maintained its image from the previous games whilst improving the quality. I have no comments on the music as I usually turn that off.

The major issue I have with this game is the lack of possible players and the map size, it honestly sucks that you can't have more than four players in a single game and most of the maps--and territories--available are pretty small and they lack some freedom to chose where to expand as the borders between territories feels so fixed. The combat in this game is also pretty boring to watch, it's like watching those old regiments of soldiers lining up and then wait for their leader to say 'attack' before they have a go at each other, you have no way of changing the outcome of the fights as you cannot control your army in other ways than ordering them from one sector to another.

On a scale from one to six, I would give this game a 4.5.
Despite the negative things I've mentioned above I do enjoy playing this game from time to time. It is fun, but the lack of players prevents me from giving it a better score than that. I would have loved to play this with more than just one friend versus the AI or other players at a time (max players is four). It is not a perfect game, but it is a lot of fun none the less.
Posted: February 23rd, 2014
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
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2 reviews
136.5 hrs on record
Highly recommend - this game unfortunately is really underrated, a poor victim of the backlash back in the days over Ubisoft's DRM policies. But it is one of the very rare RTS and city building genre blending games out there.

Some things that come to mind:
- Extremely charming
- Many extremely gorgeous and expansive maps and locales for you to build your medieval city in
- Multiplayer is a lot of fun, and is one of the friendliest RTS out there given the much slower pace in this game than your traditional RTS
- As a city builder game (more in the vibe of Caeser 3 than SimCity mind you), it is done extremely well too
- Victory point system makes multiplayer games really interesting
Posted: June 28th, 2014
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6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
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3 reviews
4.2 hrs on record
I really enjoy this game. There is a quality about it, the graphics or gameplay, that makes this a fun game to come back to time and again. Sorry, I can't be more specific. I just find it enjoyable and recommend it if you've never played it.
Posted: February 24th, 2014
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4 of 9 people (44%) found this review helpful
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91 reviews
12.7 hrs on record
Heyyo, this game has lots of charm. It's a mix of classic Settler's style management with new age strategy. The Graphics, music and sound effects are fantastic. Customizing your castle is a neat feature too. If you want an RTS that dares venture from the generic? This is definitely one to check out. :)
Posted: February 21st, 2014
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