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Wolffe | Nov. 18, 2013 | Review of Europa Universalis IV

Europa Universalis IV is the best of the series yet.

If you are a newcomer to the EU franchise, you essentially take control of a country during any time in the late middle - industrial ages. From there, the world is your plaything. Fight in crusades, sponsor revolutions, create massive economic empires, it is all up to you. And it has never been done as seamlessly and immersively as it is in this game.

Bugs are there, but few and far between, computer ai is much improved, the new tech points system is excellent, the new trade power system is excellent, and the graphics look marvelous on the new Clausewitz Engine. Also much improved is multiplayer as it now runs through steam, instead of through the buggy Paradox Metaserver, meaning no more having to open ports or fiddle with static ip addresses, just an easy plug and play system.

My favourite feature of this new title however, is the official converter dlc that allows you to export a game of Crusader Kings 2 to play in EU4. What this essentially means, is that the timeline is now extended from the 9th century all the way to the 19th century. It is incredible to see your land transform from a small county in early CK2 to a sprawling colonial empire in EU4.

I would have to say that this is my GOTY so far. Excellent improvements in both gameplay and graphics really make this stand out from previous titles. If you enjoy games such as Civilization or even board games like Diplomacy or Risk, I would not hesitate to buy this title.