The Cradle of Civilization Collection includes both the Cradle of Civilization expansion for Europa Universalis IV and the associated content pack.
Cradle of Civilization introduces a host of new mechanics and opportunities, focusing on the Near and Middle East, as well as central Asia. The Mamluks of Egypt, the Turkoman tribes and Persian states get new governing decisions. Merchants can undertake new missions in their trade nodes, and armies increase their professionalism over time, as well as changes to Islamic governments and religion.
The Cradle of Civilization Content Pack includes new unit models for the major powers of the region, including Persia, Gulf States, the Kurds, and Afghans, as well as dozens of male and adviser portraits and a new music pack.
Europa Universalis is well known series and critically acclaimed one, because the games are really good, but what kills recent Paradox games is their DLC plan, because games feel almost unfinished. Europa Universalis IV in vanilla state is perfectly playable and good game to say the least, but you miss out on a lot of fun mechanics without DLCs, that help enrich the experience. However, this pack is a head-scratcher, mostly because of the DLC added here, Cradle of Civilization. Cradle of Civilization is not bad for a DLC, because it adds some content, but the problem with it is that it adds content that is not universal (no pun intended) to the game, but has limited use, because it is only useful if you play as Middle East or expand there. If you're not interested in that region, you won't even notice what this DLC adds. Overall, Europa Universalis IV is a game for any strategy game lover that should be played, but you're better off getting either vanilla or other collection to check out if you enjoy the game. If you don't feel anything for Middle East civilizations, DLC added here is more of a distraction for the sake of completion rather than something you really need.
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