Reviews for Europa Universalis IV: Wealth of Nations

86

Small additions to trading.

dreadxp | Nov. 12, 2014 | See all dreadxp's reviews »

Wealth of Nations delivers several new options regarding trade: steal money via privateers instead of protecting trade, create trade conflicts and trade companies.

Overall the additions are small, but they have advantage, that you can use nearly every feature in every game making WoN an expansion for everybody.

12

Paradox dropped the ball again

BKB | Oct. 17, 2014 | See all BKB's reviews »

This expansion was billed as expanding the gameplay for trading nations such as the merchant republics and the Netherlands. Similar to CoP, Wealth of Nations got some of the way there, but not all the way by any means.

The new diplomatic options are simple and limited: one new method of generating casus belli, one method of squeezing a little more money out of countries weaker than you. In some cases, i.e that of trade wars, they don't even work as designed. It was announced that victory in a trade war would oblige the defeated party to provide trade concessions to the victor in perpetuity, until they could win a war and make the victor give up their demands. This is not the case. Similarly, many of the other new features are incomplete and underwhelming. Setting trade ships to perform 'privateer' missions has virtually no different affect than setting them to perform the protect trade missions already in the game; inland trade nodes, originally slated to include a new mechanic with caravans, instead work just the same as normal trade nodes, but with added trade power, causing them to unbalance the trade game. The new Poland-specific mechanic, 'elective monarchy' in incomplete and underwhelming. In many cases, it simply doesn't work as the events are bugged.

Overall, Wealth of Nations suffers from the same problems as Conquest of Paradise. Paradox tried to do too much too fast, and dropped the ball completely. An underwhelming, incomplete expansion.

96

Wealth of Awesome!

m0rogfar | May 29, 2014 | See all m0rogfar's reviews »

This expansion is so good. The main feature is trade companies that allow you to make your Asian and African provinces into trade machines. The new Hindu dieties makes india even more fun. The new fervor system for the reformed faith makes the reformation even more fun! I wish that they had made the trade system more linear but this expansion is still worth it.