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
Hard to get into, hard to stop playingUltraJake | March 5, 2014 | See all UltraJake's reviews »
It's even better than EUIII, which was an amazing game on its own. The music is beautiful too, and besides a graphical upgrade there are new options for you to play around with now. Assuming you are reading the reviews looking for opinions on the game, let me give you some advice, assuming you decide to take the plunge.
Depending on how many grand strategy games you have played, your first time starting this game may be a doozy. There are a lot of variables to keep track of, and you will not be able to keep track of it all at first. There are some helpful tutorials online, but make sure to try your hand in-game too. (The in-game tutorials are not very good). When starting a new game it has a few "interesting" nations listed for the period you have picked. To the far left, glowing green, are nations that are best for new players. These will typically be ones like the Ottoman Empire, Castille or France. I highly recommend playing a few games with these. I would also recommend finding a friend who understands the game and is willing to play along with you in multiplayer. Don't worry, you'll learn more as you continue playing. Have fun!
Fantastic Grand Strategy Gamesaganprime | Feb. 27, 2014 | See all saganprime's reviews »
I have always been a fan of Paradox's strategy games, and this on is no different. In Europa you basically get to choose any country (or in some cases a group, like native Americans) and do your best to influence the world as you see fit.
Europa is different from Paradox's other games in that they are a little more lenient in letting you muck up history with your own mega empires. Some fans claim this makes the game easier or dumbed down, but really makes it much more fun.
Using the newer Clausewitz engine, I have had this game run great. The other immediate improvement from Europa III is actual multiplayer support. There are of course bugs, glitches, and weird AI at time, but it is to be expected with a game of this scale.
You should also be aware that Paradox releases a large amount of dlc for their games. Some of these are $1.99 cosmetic packs, for those who like a more authentic visual presentation, while others are large expansion drastically adding more depth to the game. Some people argue that the dlc (namely the cosmetic items) are things that should have been included from the start or as a free update, but the expansions are usually great and keep the gaming going for months after release.
Fantastic gameBbozmen | Feb. 1, 2014 | See all Bbozmen's reviews »
This game is just great. There are so many options in this game that you can do that it won't get bored even if you play for 30 hours in a game as one country. With the coming expansions there'll be more and more options for you to discover in the game. The game also has a great Steam Workshop base, so there are plenty of mods available to make your game more like you wish it to be. (for example play beyond the 1821 end game point) But if you like a game in which you can do (almost) whatever you want, then this game is probably for you. I recommend watching a few how-to-play video's for fun, or if you're thinking of buying this game. It did help me to choose to buy this game and I'm not regretting it. Almost 100 hours into this game and still counting.
Easy and fun for newcomers too!acare84 | Jan. 15, 2014 | See all acare84's reviews »
This game, for being a complex grand strategy game, is very beginner friendly. I am relatively new to the genre, and only played Crusader Kings II before this game. It has decent tutorials, and a vastly improved interface that is easy to navigate. That does not mean it is oversimplified, however, and there are a lot of aspects of government and colonization to manage. EUIV has the capacity to provide hundreds of hours of gameplay, and I highly recommend it!
Grand Strategy at its bestHerholdt | Jan. 3, 2014 | See all Herholdt's reviews »
Europa Universalis IV is the kind of game you can sit down with whenever you want and just sit back, relax and look at your expanding kingdom as you fight of rival countries, colonize the americas, build constructions, train troops and march to war against your neighbors. In EUIV you first pick a country/civilization to play as, with its own culture, income and military you yourself have to choose the way you want to evolve it. If you want to play as an aggressive commander of war, you can do that. If you just want to colonize the americas in peace, you can do that. Unite Japan, get Norway out of the union with Denmark, take control of South America as Portugal, control the HRE as Austria. The possibilities are endless.