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!
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Mixed (62 reviews) - 56% of the 62 user reviews for this game are positive.
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.


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 This 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


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

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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 3
This game is FANTASTIC.

All the Negative Reviews are completely unrelated to the game, and only related to the fact that it uses UPlay. WHO ♥♥♥♥ING CARES. Get over it. Settlers 7 is the most robust and awesome version of Settlers to come out, hands-down.
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2 of 5 people (40%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
14.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 8
Ubisoft games should come with a disclaimer that you are on your own, once they have your money.

I believe myself to be reasonable. 140 games purchased through Steam, some of which were not up to expectations. But this is the only review I'm posting, because Ubisoft support is THAT bad.
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527 of 562 people (94%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
57.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 9, 2014
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!
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499 of 642 people (78%) found this review helpful
49 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
35.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 5, 2015
Ubisoft support is worthless. Lost access to one of my two uplay accounts. Instead of verifiying me as a user and grant me access to an account that has been inactive since 2010 - they told me to go buy the game one more time.
Ubisoft/Uplay the wannabe apple-gestapo.

Former customer
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337 of 441 people (76%) found this review helpful
12 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
87.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 10, 2014
loved the original settlers, settlers 2, and even enjoyed this one when i orginally purchased it, years ago. Tried to reinstall this game last night after several years of benching it on the word that ubisoft had dialed down the draconian drm. Never got that far to find out. bundled uplay that was installed with the game was outdated and crashed. downloaded new version of uplay off their site and got to authentication screen. key already in use. support site utterly useless. uplay account on xbox, pc, etc all tied to personal email account that ive had more then 15 years. Never buying another ubisoft product on PC again. tldr - game is cool, uplay blows.
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269 of 357 people (75%) found this review helpful
15 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
5.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 30, 2014
UPlay. Was only able to play the game once then UPlay stopped working.
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223 of 294 people (76%) found this review helpful
17 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
9.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 11, 2015
Death to Double DRM

It's not a half bad game, especially if you play it online with friends. But, given recent updates, there's no way in hell I'm playing this game anymore - I'm not downloading the Ubisoft DRM, or as their advertising team would probably call it, "community portal." I don't want to be part of Ubisoft's crappy community; that's why I have Steam.

Steam is already essentially DRM; for some reason, however, Ubisoft feels this isn't enough, and requires you to sign into their proprietary service as well. I don't know about the average Steam user, but a large portion of why I use this platform is so I don't have to have an account for every game I want to play, and because I know, once a game is authorized with Steam, I can play it on any of my computers, with or without an internet connection. Ubisoft's proprietary overlay DRM is not only redundant - it's unreliable, requires an internet connection at all times, and lest we forget, defeats the purpose of downloading a game through Steam to begin with.

The community aspects of Steam are are a large aspect of why I use it. In my eyes, therefore, letting Ubisoft stomp all over that by requiring the use of their servers isn't just inconsiderate for Steam users, it devalues Steam as a whole. And I don't know about you, but I don't want to go back to the mid 2000s where I had to have an account for every game I played. So, seriously, cut this ♥♥♥♥ out - I bought the game, and in doing that, I submitted to Steam's DRM. I did this for the convenience and the community having one centralized platform for mine and my friends gaming provides. Don't ♥♥♥♥ it up by letting terrible companies like Ubisoft take a Steaming (hah, see what I did there?) dump by complicating what is otherwise a fantastic gaming platform. Ubisoft, even if your games are occasionally half decent, stop being a raging ♥♥♥♥ and let me play them when I want to, you bloated, antiquated tumor of a company.

And yes, I know this review went on a little too long, and it probably sounds a bit foolish. I guess I just get a little pissy when a company that already has my money makes it more complicated to play an already mediocre game. I'm out.

Edit #1:
In response to my overly critical view of DRM...

You guys are right; this was largely a rant about my feelings on redundant DRM; I don't necessarily have a problem with one layer of DRM, but two seems a tad excessive. More to the point was that I don't recall the game requiring me to go through UbiSoft when I initially bought it, and it bugs me that I now have to make a UPlay account to play a game I'd already paid for and had played without trouble. Had it been advertised when I bought it that UPlay was required, I wouldn't have bought it, or if I had, I wouldn't have complained; I only wrote this review after it prompted me to make an account to play a game I'd previously played without an issue.

As to the review of the game, you're right, I didn't say much about what I thought of it, other than at the end when I said I thought it was mediocre at best. But I've also played more than 9 hours of it; I just don't always bother going online, and end up running Steam in offline mode a lot.

And as to those who don't think 9 hours is enough to finish a tutorial.... I never even played the tutorial, I just started playing the game, and once I'd figured out the (admittedly interesting) resource mechanics, it was fairly intuitive other than the clunky UI and occasionally buggy building interface. That was also part of the problem; the DRM wasn't just redundant, many of the games mechanics were too. There were a number of cool mechanics, but they were implemented so ham-handedly and eclipsed by numerous cliche mechanics that it wasn't enough to play the game.

So, yeah, I wrote the original review after not having played the game for awhile and becoming frustrated when I was prevented from giving the game another shot because of my own obstinant refusal to make yet another gaming account. But, DRM or not, I'd still have given it a thumbs down.

Also, Proysen, do you really want your entire library of games to be unplayable for a few days when your dumbass neighbor backs into a telephone poll and comcast can't get a guy out there for three days? The internet is great, and you're right, most of the time we are connected if we want to be. But anyone who seriously believes in 100% server uptime needs to pull their heads out of the sand.
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218 of 287 people (76%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
44.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 11, 2014
i liked the campaign a lot! and the atmosphere is charming.
But... i cant recomend this game because of U-Play!
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171 of 221 people (77%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
62.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 31, 2015
Interesting concept.
Neat reimaging of the Settlers universe and gameplay.

Uplay alone ruins everything.
But then... so does the lunch break game timing.
I played older Settlers missions for hours. Days.
But this one? Rush rush rush!
Game over!
Settlers 7 tried to be Starcraft 2. And failed.
Do not recommend.
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133 of 181 people (73%) found this review helpful
10 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
241.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 5, 2015
I loved this game and played it to death when it first came out. Recently updated my graphic card and wanted to see how the game runs with everything maxed out. Avter 2 hours of patching and remembering my uplay account info uplay finally decided to crash and keep crashing on me. Love the game. HATE HATE HATE uplay
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3.0 hrs
Pre-Release Review
Posted: September 15
U-Play, need anyone say more?
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65.0 hrs
Posted: August 20
A wonderful resource pipeline management game crippled beyond playing by its always-online DRM.

This is the game that made refuse to buy ANYTHING with always-online DRM. Any hiccup in your connection, or Ubisoft's server, will instantly force pause your game until resolved. This time, game pirates win the day.

Real customers are at a distinct disadvantage here.
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3.6 hrs
Pre-Release Review
Posted: May 2
Bought settlers Rise Of an Empire and adored it. Played the hell out of it.. This one.. Its as close to a railroad non-strategy game one can make.. Plus incredibly invasive DRM makes it pretty much daring you to want to play it..
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192.7 hrs
Posted: April 26
Good game - some of previous games has been lost; but overall, still settlers.
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26.9 hrs
Posted: February 4
the game is bad as ♥♥♥♥
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40.1 hrs
Posted: January 9
It's an okay strategy game, if Ubisoft even lets you get to the main title screen with their ****ty Uplay. City building is good. There are many different resources to collect. Research is good. Expansion is good. That's about it. The combat in this game is complete crap. You click on a sector of the map, your troops go there. If there are enemies, they attack them. That's it. There is no other way to control your troops other than that. If good combat in a strategy is a necessity to you, stay far away from this game. If not, give it a try.
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85.1 hrs
Posted: October 28, 2015
I really loved this game back when I bought it, but now it requires UPlay and won't run off steam unless I download a different launcher. I don't buy steam games to have to use other launchers. Boo to Ubisoft.
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