Europa Universalis IV
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Fulfill your quest for global domination!
Paradox Development Studio is back with the fourth installment of the game that defined the Grand Strategy Genre. Europa Universalis IV gives you control of a nation to guide through the years in order to create a dominant global empire. Rule your nation through the centuries, with unparalleled freedom, depth and historical accuracy.
True exploration, trade, warfare and diplomacy will be brought to life in this epic title rife with rich strategic and tactical depth.
Make your own decisions:
Nation building is flexible. Decide your own form of government, the structure of your society, trade politics and more. The possibilities are endless
Use your Monarch Power:
Experience the new system of monarch power where your choices are influenced by the caliber of the man you have at the top. Do you have a warrior King? Then it is time to make war
Experience history come to life:
The great people and personalities of the past are on hand to support you. Thousands of historical events guide you, creating a unique atmosphere depending on the country you play
The world is now your playground:
Players can enjoy over 300 years of gameplay with a lush topographic map in full 3D. Lead any one of more than 250 countries that originally existed during the game’s extensive time span
Experience the all new trade system:
The trade system adds a new dimension to the great trade empires of the period. Seize control of key ports to expand your trade, support it with your powerful fleet and the wealth of the world will flow to you
Bring out your diplomatic skills:
Deeper diplomatic gameplay with coalitions, threats, fleet basing rights and detailed support for rebels. Featuring a new unilateral opinion system that, for example, allows a country to dislike you while you remain neutral towards them
Engage in Multiplayer:
Battle against your friends or try the co-operative multiplayer mode that allows several players to work together to control a single nation with up to 32 players. Featuring hotjoin, improved chat, new matchmaking servers and support for a standalone servers
Create your own history & customize your game:
Europa Universalis IV gives you the chance to customize and mod practically anything your heart may desire
Best Grand Strategy Game Ever!Pandita | March 27, 2015 | See all Pandita's reviews »
Europa Universalis IV is my favourite strategy game, and favourite grand strategy game, of all time. The game is immensely addictive and offers fantastic replay-ability. EUIV is nominally centred around the European powers of the 15th - 19th centuries, although a global spread of historical nations are playable, and with the latest DLC, a custom nation designer makes any nation possible. A common theme of the game is expansion, as these European powers (primarily, but not exclusively) seek to colonise the globe.
Be warned, however, that EUIV is challenging – it actually took me a while to like it, as it requires a fair amount of hours to learn all the basics (and even then, as an experienced player, I still need to refresh myself!). That being said, is this challenging aspect that makes the game so great! Given the range of nations, as more experienced players get to grips with the “easier” Great Powers, the general trend is to branch out to non-European nations, to attempt global supremacy from a different perspective.
A masterpieceBLameira | March 6, 2015 | See all BLameira's reviews »
Europa Universalis IV is the ultimate grand strategy game. Starting in 1444, you can become a world great power through dominance in Europe, colonisation or both you are trying to imitate historical Spain.
I found this game easier to play than Crusader Kings II, also from Paradox, which is the reason to give a higher rating in this game.
Since Art of War patch the game has received a massive increase of the number of provinces, making it even deeper. So, pick up army and march, or you squadron and set sail to glory of your empire!
Excellent grand strategy gamedreadxp | Nov. 12, 2014 | See all dreadxp's reviews »
EU4 reaches a level of accessibility, so everybody can easily understand the basics and have fun, while providing you with many intricacies to figure out.
With hundreds of nations and a historical range from 1444 to 1821, there are countless scenarios you can play in and many different goals you can set yourself.
EU4 sees frequent free updates and has a vibrant modding community. This is a game with hundreds of hours in it and gets a hearty recommendation.
Another Paradox masterpiece.Zoneling | Oct. 26, 2014 | See all Zoneling's reviews »
The main problem with Paradox titles is that they tend to be very difficult, however this is easily the least difficuilt of them all.
Europa Universalis IV is without a doubt a musthave for anyone with even the tiniest interest in history and strategy games, and with a strong modbase you can even play things like lord of the rings and game of thrones. The millions of scenarios you can enact in this masterpiece is endless.
A comprehensive update from EU2 & EU3 (UPDATED 08/2014)SolSys00 | Aug. 18, 2014 | See all SolSys00's reviews »
UPDATE at the bottom (08/2014)
The new iteration of EU brings new exciting ways to conquer the world.
Besides the new eye-candy the new engine brings, there's an all-new trade system, reformed resources, DHT's (a middle ground between EU2's deterministic game and EU3's free-play game) and a more robust multi-player experience with the help of Steam. Just a pick your favorite country and go conquering.
What makes it even better is that PDS always improve their games post release after players feedback.
UPDATE (08/2014): Well, true to their past, Paradox keeps on changing and updating the game as time goes. The problem, as it seems after 3 expansions, is that the game has changed quite a bit from it's original release. It also seems that some changes are multi-player driven (annoying when the game is played mostly as single player).
I won't list all the updates as the list is too long (and game will probably keep on evolving). While some of the player base doesn't like all the changes, I will still recommend on buying the game (and the expansions), especially if you can get it during one of the sales.
The reason? simply because Paradox lets you chose which version of the game you rather play if you are not too happy with the newer version of the game. Moreover, the game is easy to mode and has a robust modding community which generates every from simple GUI mods to total-conversion mods.
If you want to know what to buy or are discouraged by amount of DLCs, then go only after the expansions. The rest of the DLCs are for flavor and immersion only (unit gfx, new ost and etc.) and do not change the gamplay at all. Whats more, in a multi-player game its enough to have just one person with a DLC for everyone to enjoy it.
As always just a pick your favorite country and go conquering.