While Europe slowly pulls itself from a period of darkness, the East continues to shine brightly. The Ming throne is set on a foundation of thousands of years of civilization while Japanese warlords do battle in honorable array, holding tight to their bushido code. The gods have blessed Asia with wealth and culture. Are you worthy of the Mandate of Heaven?
Mandate of Heaven is the newest expansion for Europa Universalis IV, the best-selling historical grand strategy game from Paradox Development Studio. In Europa Universalis IV, you control the fate of any of the hundreds of countries around the world through the maelstrom of the early modern era, from the Age of Discovery to the rise of Napoleon. Mandate of Heaven further enhances this epic experience by adding greater depth to playing the major powers of East Asia and adding a new “Ages” system to add more short-term goals.
Historical Ages and Golden Eras:
New Japanese Rules:
But I won't give it a 5/5. Why? Because a key problem to all these DLCs is that they give you something that you want, but also something you don't want. For example this DLC - I want to play with the ages being interactive, but I don't want to pay for Asian immersion. So I will have to pay for things I don't want, only to get something I do. Overall, they're all good - Eastern China has much more flavour to it with the Mandate of Heaven (Sort of like the European HRE), the diplomatic macro-ing isn't as much of a chore and the way the Ages work help with giving us more things to do, plus giving some objectives so newer players can learn how they go. It is something I would suggest if it's on a sale.
This DLC offers updated features for the game's interface and new gameplay concepts, but it also comes with its own set of issues that need solving. The diplomatic macrobuilder and the new historical periods added are the standout changes by a large extent. The faction changes are a nice framework for future improvements but cannot be left as they currently are. The Ai is also buggier than before, disrupting the immersion. Not only is this expansion overpriced but it makes the base game even more unbalanced. Wait for a sale before buying it.
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