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
Nice update to an already great gameblofeld | Dec. 3, 2013 | See all blofeld's reviews »
I've been playing Europa Universalis (EU) since the first release and this awesome game just keeps getting better by every installment. In all honesty I was doubting what could be improved on from EU3 except graphics, but after playing this fourth one I can say that a lot of things have become more easy to understand and more streamlined. Often this leads to dumbing-down the game, but I don't feel this with EU4.
The replay value is imense, everyone who has played EU knows what I mean. The option to play any nation at the time together with the competent AI makes every new start a new game.
I still dislike Paradox DLC policy, I have never liked it since they started with it. It has become better, but come on Pdox, stop selling us things that you know you could have included in the game from the start. I still buy your games though, but come on.
If you like grand strategy, and have the time to learn this game then get it!
Complete but complex ..XGpredator | Nov. 25, 2013 | See all XGpredator's reviews »
Europa Universalis IV is undeniably very good. There are many historical events, the possibilities are immense and replayability. We take great pleasure to rewrite history. The game is mainly intended for connoisseurs of the genre or game studio, even beginners will find their account that their learning will be slowed by the many bugs tutorials. This is also the point and the problems of locations that tarnish the picture of an exemplary embodiment yet of the rest. It is hoped that these concerns will be quickly corrected though they taint little playability of the games, but in all cases, they are breaking the final mark of at least one point.
Awesome Gamebrandonm87 | Nov. 20, 2013 | See all brandonm87's reviews »
This is the best Europa yet! The game map is completely redone and it is beautiful. If you've never played a Europa game before, this is probably the best one to try and jump into, the learning curve is a bit more relaxed than in past titles. This isn't to say there isn't as much to do because there is, just not as much micromanagement to deal with. You pick a nation, and you assume control of the country and guide it through the development of infrastructure, diplomacy, economic supremacy and world domination. This is however a game of patience and strategy. Things start slow and and politics plays a large role, so you have to plan ahead if you want to expand your empire.
The Ultimate Strategy GameWolffe | Nov. 18, 2013 | See all Wolffe's reviews »
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.
Beast of a Sequel!YTFC | Nov. 5, 2013 | See all YTFC's reviews »
I got into this series about 2 or 3 years ago with EUIII, and while I spent probably hundreds of hours on EUIII, this game far exceeds its (already brilliant) precursor in graphics, game-play and execution.
The new trade system makes far more sense with regards to distribution of power among provinces, since now the trade nodes are not set in a specific province and so you don't get one province that is worth an insane amount.
The new retreat system works excellently. After an army is defeated, it will run away just about as far as it can staying in home territory, but is easily annihilated if they can't escape another battle for quite a while. Rebellions are much easier to dissipate than normal armies, as long as you have enough troops to defeat them in a battle.
Compared to the previous games in the series, the transparency of the siege and battle mechanics is very refreshing. Especially with sieges, you can now make a fair guess at how much longer a siege is likely to last, allowing greater planning of strategies during wars.
I cannot think of any glaring problems with the game, with one of my only bone of contention being the continued problem of 'blobbing' of big countries, where big countries can assimilate huge amounts of land with little problem, if carried out half-sensibly. However, this has been reduced as a problem by the new relations mechanics, where you can end up with a large coalition against you if you're not careful about where you expand.
My only other problem with the game is the new monarch point system taking over progressing technologies, as I feel it's a bit too 'gamey' for such a sophisticated game. Money being invested seems a more accurate representation of this mechanic to my mind.
The graphics, as I've already said, are much improved from EUIII, with the new troop animations being especially pleasing.
In summary, this game is magnificent, being superior to its amazing predecessors in virtually every way. A must buy for anyone who considers themselves a serious strategy gamer, or anyone just looking for a challenging new game for their collection.