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The Settlers: Rise of An Empire

Platform(s): PC
Genre: Strategy
Publisher: Ubisoft
Developer: BlueByte

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'The Settlers: Rise of an Empire' Demo Available NOW

by Rainier on Aug. 23, 2007 @ 9:02 a.m. PDT

The Settlers VI will focus on building larger and more fortified cities as well as planning and optimization in a medieval world. Attributes that are typical of The Settlers series are once again the focus of the game. Gamers create magnificent cities and inhabit them with hundreds of settlers going about their daily lives.

Get the Settlers: Rise of an Empire demo off WP (1.3Gb)

If you have received this version on a DVD, please insert the DVD into the DVD drive of your computer and follow the instructions of the Autorun screen. If the Autorun does not start automatically, double click on “setup.exe” in the drive’s directory.

Then follow the instructions of the installer.

Starting the game

If you are starting the game from Windows XP, double click on the symbol on your desktop saying “THE SETTLERS – Rise of an Empire Demo”.
If you have are starting the game from VISTA, open the Gameexplorer, click on “THE SETTLERS – Rise of an Empire” with the right mouse button and then select play or double click on the SETTLERS icon.

Main Menu

Singleplayer: In the demo of “THE SETTLERS – Rise of an Empire” you can play two single player maps. Select “Single Player” in the main menu to get direct access to these maps. The first map is a tutorial that will explain the basic functionality of the game. The second map, Arroyo, is a single player map in the “free settle” mode: You can build a settlement at your own pace in this lovely South European setting.

Profile: You can edit your profile in this menu.

Options: Here, you can change the video, audio and interface settings and check the keyboard shortcuts of the game.

Additional Content

With this demo version, you get a document that will help you play the game. It will include
- a “Demo Guide” with tips on how to succeed
- two sample economy cycles explaining you how to gather and process resources

2. HARDWARE CONFIGURATION

MINIMUM:
• Windows XP, Windows XP (64-bit), Windows Vista, Windows Vista (64-bit)
• DirectX 9.0c (June 2007 release)
• Pentium 4 2.0 GHz, Athlon XP 2000+ processor
• 512 MB RAM
• 128 MB DirectX 9.0c-compliant video card with vertex shader 1.1 and pixel shader 1.3 support:
o NVIDIA GeForce4 Ti 4200
o ATI RADEON 9500
• DirectX 9.0c-compliant sound card
• 2 GB free hard drive space
• DVD ROM drive

RECOMMENDED:
• Windows XP, Windows XP (64-bit), Windows Vista, Windows Vista (64-bit)
• DirectX 9.0c (June 2007 release)
• Pentium 4 3.0 GHz, Athlon 64 3400+ processor
• 1 GB RAM
• 256 MB DirectX 9.0c-compliant video card with shader 2.0 support:
o NVIDIA GeForce 7600 GT
o ATI RADEON X1650 XT
• DirectX 9.0c-compliant sound card
• 2 GB free hard drive space
• DVD ROM drive

3. KNOWN ISSUES

Technical Issues

- Slowdown when the player scrolls for the first time to a big city (camera may freeze for a few seconds)
- Slowdown when placing a wall near a cliff
- Alt+Tab during loading can crash the game
- Pressing a button in a menu twice may activate the button located in the same position in the previous or following menu
- The highest graphic settings need a lot of RAM
- The re-spawn bar of the knight is sometimes not shown at the castle
- Minor graphical issues with highlight button and disabling buttons (buttons pop up for one frame, then disappear if disabled
- For shader 1.3 hardware, some effects are missing or not final (Fog of War, some water effects, …)
- Subtitles are sometimes not displayed in the right way
- There are some collision problems with Settlers
- Sometimes Settlers make strange turns, especially when they have carts
- When the player activates full-screen anti alising he is not able to make screenshots
- Voices sometimes overlap each other.

General Gameplay Issues

- When the player has 150 Settlers in his town, settlers can get sick. This can lead to a lockdown of the game if the player has no medicine available and is not a baron yet, as no promotion of the knight is possible anymore to unlock the medicine need.
- When attacking targets out of their range, catapults sometimes do not move closer to attack but stay where they are

4. IMPORTANT WEBSITES

Get all the latest information on “THE SETTLERS – Rise of an Empire” here:
http://thesettlers.uk.ubi.com/

Get the latest driver updates on these sites:

ATI http://www.ati.com

NVIDIA http://www.nvidia.com

Matrox http://www.matrox.com

Creative Labs http://www.creative.com

Hercules http://www.hercules.com


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