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Europa Universalis IV (PC DVD)
- 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 calibre 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.
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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.
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There is a considerable amount to get to grips with in this game, but once you're used to how things work, managing your nation/empire is an unobtrusive and simple (with regards to controls) experience, not to mention incredibly (surprisingly so) rewarding.
One feature of the game which I find particularly impressive is that you can start a campaign on any date between the years of 1444 and 1821 and play as any nation, large or small, that existed at that time. You can also switch to a different nation when loading a saved game, if you so wish.
The graphics are simple (as the game takes place from a top-down perspective of a world map (complete, save for the polar regions, although areas such as the Sahara Desert cannot be traversed or colonised), which can be viewed in a number of different 'modes' such as terrain, religious and political) but nonetheless pleasing. However, I do have a small gripe with the music which, whilst certainly not lacking in quality, does get repetitive during long sessions (in my opinion, how the game is best played) as there aren't that many tracks.
To supplement the gameplay, a large number of community mods are available ranging from small tweaks such as extending the timeline to complete overhauls such as bringing the game back to the time of the Romans.
Despite my enthusiasm for this game, I will not say it is perfect - apart from the aforementioned issue with the music, I find that the military aspect of the game a touch oversimplified - whilst I understand the war is just one part of running a nation, I feel that this aspect is not quite developed to the level of some others in the game - perhaps a DLC like the others could fix this?
In all, I consider this game truly excellent, however, I understand that it is, by it's nature, not for everyone and as such I would recommend that anyone considering buying this plays the demo, though I would stress that you should make sure to play a campaign within it, as the tutorials show only small snippets of what is available.
Just as with many Paradox titles, this game is bewilderingly complex under the tidy surface, but it actually always keeps things manageable for the player; scaling perfectly with whatever level of micro-management you are comfortable to personally oversee. However, also like many of their other games, EU4 is not good at actually showing you how to play.
Despite the vast level of detail and complexity, a novice could find themselves watching the days/months/years roll by whilst almost feeling like a spectator in their own game! Or they may simply find themselves completely overwhelmed trying to stay on top of the many avenues which require your attention. (I would recommend watching some of the YouTube Let's play series' on EU4 if you're unsure, as they are a great way to learn about the mechanics of the game)
If you have enjoyed previous Paradox games and you're familiar with this style of grand strategy, then EU4 is definitely for you! Personally I find the game to be incredibly peaceful and undeniably addictive. Many hours can slide away while you simply keep things ticking over - focusing on diplomatic relations, exploration, trade, colonisation, and of course WAR...
A lot of the complaints I have read about EU4 seem to focus on the difficulty or inaccessibility of the game. My response to those criticisms is simply that this is a game which requires patience! If you are an intelligent gamer who appreciates depth in a strategy game, and if you are prepared to put a little bit of time into learning the basics of the gameplay, then you will find EU4 to be particularly rewarding.
I can't help but find it amusing when someone says: 'I keep going bankrupt. It's been 30 years of game time and I still haven't conquered Europe! I lose every battle despite having more men...' etc || lol
Just be patient. In this kind of game, you can not possibly take over the world after 30 years - it spans 300 years for a reason!
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