Reviews for Europa Universalis IV: Digital Extreme Edition

90

Another Great Entry in Paradox's Grand Strategy Game Collection

FireLionX | Nov. 28, 2013 | See all FireLionX's reviews »

If you ever played any other of Paradox's Grand Strategy games, you will most likely enjoy EUIV.

The Europa Universalis series is renowned for allowing the player to take control of a country between 11th of November 1444 A,D, to the 2nd of January 1821 A.D. and decide its fate.

EUIV combines elements of RTS gaming, where you get to control the speed and pause the game at your whim, with all of the characteristics of 4X strategy games. War, exploration, research, diplomacy and maybe even a little intrigue and economy all play an important role into how your country is going to withstand the test of time as you colonize, murder and diplomatically subdue your opponents to conquer the world.

With thousands of events, tens of different countries (the number of which will change depending on your start date and other factors) and millions of possible combinations, EUIV allows player to experience something different every single playthrough.

There are, however, issues with EUIV, such as countless bugs and a really buggy multiplayer, despite Paradox's improvements to the engine. Furthermore, prepare for ridiculous amounts of DLC which will continuously add new content and make you regret having to buy food to survive.

If you pay a little extra on the side, you get a CK2 to EUIV converter, allowing you to export your favourite kingdom from CK2 to EUIV and continue its legacy. The game is also surprisingly simple to mod and change at whim, giving it an absurd amount of replayability. If you're the kind of person to enjoy long, sometimes very difficult, strategy games, where there is no end goal other than surviving, this game is for you.

99

Best grand strategy game, now better

HolyGigi | Aug. 15, 2013 | See all HolyGigi's reviews »

Let's be honest here, there is only one reason why a grand strategy gamer won't play this: he is enjoying Crusader Kings 2 too much. But, on the other side, you can just import your kingdom and play it this new game, opening up a huge new world.

In EU4, you get to to control the destiny of a country and play with it in a sandbox. You want to play France and conquer Germany? You can. You want to play Poland and become a colonial power? Its gonna be hard, but you can. You want to be the Ottoman sultan and colonize the North America? Post a screenshot, that's gonna be awesome :)

The graphics have been improved since EU3, the sound is just as amazing as we've come to expect from Paradox and across the board the game has been improved.

Gave it a 99/100 since it still has some small bugs -nothing game braking