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
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.
Nice improvements from EU3m0rogfar | June 11, 2014 | See all m0rogfar's reviews »
EU4 is a game set in the age of colonization from 1444 to 1821. The game feels a bit too railroaded to me. Trade is bound to go in certain directions for example. And at other points the game encourages alternate history. This feels like a weird mix. Also the game is often patched with updates. I kind of feel that the developers don't know where they want the game to go. Still it is a great game that i have invested +300 hours in so it works for some reason. I still reccommend buying it. 300 hour is a long time.
Familiar and commemorablekaryonite | May 16, 2014 | See all karyonite's reviews »
If you're used to massive strategy games, then this game will be totally fresh in the way that you, as a ruler, exert and extend your power over a changing world.
If you played Crusader Kings 2, then you might expect more of the same, since it's sorta a sequel to it and it runs on the same engine, but nothing is less true! The whole game has had an overturn, both in mechanics as in playstyle.
Whatever strategy games you played previously, prepare to be intrigued and enticed by this fabulous game!
I want it all, and I want it... conquered!RakuPL_Markolf | May 14, 2014 | See all RakuPL_Markolf's reviews »
Europa Universalis IV is the fourth part of the highly popular series of strategy games, developed by Paradox Interactive. Players have the opportunity to direct the development of a lots of nations over 300 years. The title offers powerful mechanisms such as those related the management of internal policy, diplomacy, economy and military, while based on a rich set of information about historical figures, events and places. Based on the same engine as Crusader Kings II it offers also a very deep intense and entertaining gameplay. Many aspects may surprise you for example a poor ruler hindering progress of your country etc. A whole world lies in front of you. You only need to conquer it.
Complex but accessible.Pr1mus | May 9, 2014 | See all Pr1mus's reviews »
First time playing a Grand Strategy game and the task can look daunting at first. There is a lot to take in. Tons of info to parse and systems to understand. Fortunately the game offers a good series of tutorial that teaches you just enough to get you on your way and the game can also be paused at all time. You can take all the time you want to analyse the situation and make the right moves. You can make the game as hard or as easy and relaxing as you want. Pick a nation and set your own goal. Maybe conquer the new world as Sweden or prevent the downfall of the Byzantine empire at the hand of the Ottomans.
The game also looks stunning with a very striking design. I was not expecting the visuals entirely based around maps to be this good.
Highly recommended for anyone who likes strategy and wants something different from the more traditional 4X games such as Civilization.