Patrician IV - PC

Release Date:

September 24, 2010

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Also on UK.


Patrician IV will challenge players to rise up the merchant ranks to become the leader of a burgeoning shipping empire during the late Middle Age in Northern Europe - a time where success in trade could be as rewarding and influential as the power bestowed by noble birth, religious position or political clout. Patrician IV's authentic supply and demand-based trading system allows players to grow their business and head out to the high seas to form trading routes with other Hanseatic cities negotiating better prices for the buying and selling of goods.

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When playing Patrician IV you will be put in place in medieval Europe within a subculture where crass materialism has managed to overcome spirituality, and you will view all the diseases and infestations, which are normally viewed as manifestations of God's wrath, as being merely business opportunities for you wherein you can make loads of money. But you will find that business can be a bit dull since it mostly consists of buying rather cheap products from one port, loading them onto your boat and transporting them to another port and then delivering them to make some money. This is mostly how you will make your money and the only way that your character will interact with the medieval world, which is very unfortunate indeed since nearly all trades are in the control of some finicky slider that will make it far too simple to sort of accidentally buy up all the meat supply in one town and thereby enraging the people living in it.

As a matter of fact, you will find that nearly all of the problems that arise can be solved by simply delivering the right goods in the right ports and warehouses. If say a prince wants you to punish some vassal you then just take all his meat and grain into your ships and he will be famished. If you want to build some relations with a certain city, just drop off some foreign goods in their ports and you will have a new best friend. Why, if you want to court someone, you just have to make sure that you have enough goods in your warehouse to help pay for a wedding party. It is that easy and you may find yourself wishing that things would be as simple in real life.

It might seem tedious at times and maybe more than just a bit boring this way since it might seem as if you have nothing much to do except drag and drop goods, but it does come with its fair share of excitement at times which help break up the monotony of the whole game.

All in all it is a fair enough game which can be entertaining when you put yourself in the right frame of mind and you do not expect too much swashbuckling.

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September 24, 2010

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