Fulfill Your Quest For Global Domination Paradox Development Studio is back with the fourth installment of the award-winning Europa Universalis series. The empire building game Europa Universalis IV gives you control of a nation to guide through the years in order to create a dominant global empire.
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April 27

Development Diary - 28th of April 2016



Hello and welcome to another EU4 development diary. There has been a fair amount of bugfixing going on for 1.17, and our current estimated release week is the second week of May, if the gods smile upon us.

One of the many balance things we have done for 1.17 is further tweaks to the covert actions. First of all, instead of having all of the cool unlocks tied to the Espionage idea group, making it a too binary choice, we have moved the unlocks from ideas to tech.

As you can see from this screen, you gain espionage abilities at about every 3rd level, with Agitate for Liberty being late, and stealing maps early in the game.

We have completely changed the Espionage Ideas, removing the unlocks and adding some new more interesting abilities, to create an ideagroup focused on internal strength.

  • Efficient Spies: +50% Spy Network Construction & -10% Advisor Costs
  • Agent Training: +1 Diplomat
  • Vetting: +33 Foreign Spy Detection, +10% Provincial Trade Power
  • Additional Loyalist Recruitment: -10 Liberty Desire in Subjects.
  • Claim Fabrication: 25% Fabricate Claim Cost
  • Privateers: +25% Embargo Efficiency & +33% Privateer Efficiency
  • Audit Checks: -0.1 Yearly Corruption
Ambition: +50% Rebel Support Efficiency.

For modders, there’s a new modifier called 'reduced_liberty_desire' which reduces the liberty desire of all your subjects. We primarily use it in the espionage ideas for now, but will probably be applied at more places later on.

We moved the claim fabrication idea from Influence to Espionage. And what did Influence get, well.. They get an idea which increases prestige and heir chance, because monarchies are cool..

Another things we did with spies, was reducing the spy discovered cooldown to 3 months, instead of 5 years.

While the code now supports to put Fabricate Claims behind a tech, it is still going to be allowed from the start of the game, as we have assigned it to tech 0. If a modder wants to put it later in their mod, its very trivial.

There have been some changes to how Claim Fabrication works. First of all, the cost of fabricating a claim is now 30 off your spy network, before other modifiers. If you already have claims on a nation, you cost increases by 10% per claim you have on that nation.

With the threshold of discovery being above 25 in Spy Network, there are now risks with building up a spy network to fabricate claims, unless you have invested into Espionage Ideas, which reduce the cost.

Claims are there to save you from major stability hits when you declare war, and to make it possible to fight wars inside the HRE without the emperor stomping down on you. There is no longer a small reduction in AE when using claim war goals, but it will still be cheaper to take it in dip power.

If you are not eager to directly gain territory yourself, we are working on adding a casus belli which is valid against all your rivals at all time, where you humiliate them, or force them to release nations or return cores.


Oh yeah… The impact from Religious Unity on corruption have dropped from 0.5 to 0.1.

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April 21

Development Diary - 21st of April 2016: Meet the Team + 1.17



Hi all!


In this Dev Diary I'll present the EU4-team as it looks currently.

The Team

  • Johan, still game director, creating the high-level design for the expansions.


  • Anona, I’m the new project lead, making sure planning and priorities are made, as well as keeping deadline and being on budget. Been with Paradox for 2,5 years and hope you look forward to the upcoming expansions!


  • Gnivom, I’m a new recruit to Paradox who loves EU4. I am a junior programmer who just graduated from High School.


  • Chaingun. Programmer on EU4. Conveniently, I used to play EU2 in my early teenage years.


  • Trin Tragula, Content Designer. I used to be a modder for PDS games and later became a research alpha/beta for EU4 (mainly doing both pre-AoW and post-AoW India). I joined the EU4 team during the development of Art Of War and my work includes creating and researching most events, missions, decisions, etc in the game as well as any changes to the map.


  • LittleFido, embedded QA for EU4, I've been at Paradox for almost two years now and been attached to EU for over a year of that time. I love seeing the project grow and trying to find, reproduce and help solve bugs we encounter. Seeing a new patch or DLC release is at the same time the most exciting and stressful time for me! I hope you all enjoy the game as much as I do!


  • I’m DDRJake, QA turned Junior Designer for EU4. I’ve been part of the Paradox family for over a year now after years of sacrificing sleep and other necessities to stare at maps. Continuing to play the game to ensure it is enjoyable and interesting is an important role of mine, as well as writing and refining future designs for EU4. You’ll catch me lurking in the suggestions forum and the bug reports section, taking in community feedback on improving Europa.


  • r_lazer, lead programmer on the EU4 team. Started on the EU4 team around 1.5 years ago and have enjoyed working on every DLC since then. El Dorado was a favourite where I got to implement the Nation Designer.


  • StarNaN, Embedded QA for EU4. Started working at Paradox last year in December. I’ve been playing Europa Universalis since early EU3 and loved Svea Rike 1 and 2 as a child, therefore I want EU4 to be as good as it can be. My part in doing this is the same as LittleFido, I try to find, reproduce and help solve bugs.


  • The Real Timor, I’m the rather odd artist who makes things look nice and neat. Or at least as neat as they can be in a screen with 50+ icons, numerous stats, and tooltips to blot out the sun. Aaah, the beauty of EU4. And let’s not forget the cute Big Blue Blob achievement.

1.17
We’re currently working on the upcoming 1.17 patch which we we’ll release when it’s ready. The patch will contain bugfixes and crash fixes for Mare Nostrum such as:

  • Christian Hordes will reform into Eastern technology


  • Disbanding ships in port will return Sailors to the Sailor Pool


  • Fix for the 0Kb savegame crash


  • Republican Sufferance impacts sailor gain


  • Performance optimization


  • Fixed Central African Lakes


  • Refining Naval Missions


  • OOS fix


  • Tightened up AI budgeting to help prevent debt spirals.


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/The EU4-Team

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Reviews

“A hallmark of excellence.”
9,5/10 – Destructoid

“Europa Universalis IV is a masterwork of a strategy game.”
91/100 & Editors Choice – PC Gamer

“Complex and rewarding strategizing makes the fourth game in the Europa Universalis dynasty shine.”
9/10 & Editors Choice – Gamespot

About This Game

Fulfill Your Quest For Global Domination

Paradox Development Studio is back with the fourth installment of the award-winning Europa Universalis series. The empire building game 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.

Main Features


  • Make your own decisions: Nation building is completely flexible and 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 or woman you have at the top and will direct the ebb and flow of gameplay.
  • Experience history coming to life: The great personalities of the past are on hand to support you as you make your mark on thousands of historical events.
  • Turn the world into your playground: Enjoy hundreds of years of gameplay in a lush topographical map complete with dynamic seasonal effects.
  • Experience the all new trade system: The trade system adds a new dimension to the great trade empires of the period. Gain control of vital trade routes and make the wealth of the world flow to your coffers.
  • Bring out your negotiating skills in a deeper diplomatic system: Use coalitions, royal marriages and support for rebels and explore the possibilities of the new unilateral opinion system.
  • Engage in Cross-platform 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 improved chat and new matchmaking 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 and uses Steam Workshop.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS:Vista/Windows 7/Windows 8
    • Processor:Intel® Pentium® IV 2.4 GHz eller AMD 3500+
    • Memory:2 GB RAM
    • Graphics:NVIDIA® GeForce 8800 or ATI Radeon® X1900, 512mb video memory required
    • DirectX®:9.0c
    • Hard Drive:2 GB HD space
    • Sound:Direct X- compatible soundcard
    • Other Requirements:Broadband Internet connection
    • Additional:Controller support: 3-button mouse, keyboard and speakers. Internet Connection or LAN for multiplayer
    Recommended:
    • OS:Vista/Windows 7/Windows 8
    • Processor:Intel® Pentium® IV 2.4 GHz or AMD 3500+
    • Memory:2 GB RAM
    • Graphics:NVIDIA® GeForce 8800 or ATI Radeon® X1900, 1024mb video memory recommended
    • DirectX®:9.0c
    • Hard Drive:2 GB HD space
    • Sound:Direct X-compatible soundcard
    • Other Requirements:Broadband Internet connection
    • Additional:Controller support: 3-button mouse, keyboard and speakers. Internet Connection or LAN for multiplayer
    Minimum:
    • OS:Mac OS X 10.6.8 or better
    • Processor:Intel Core Duo Processor (2GHz or better)
    • Memory:2 GB RAM
    • Graphics:ATI Radeon HD 6750 / NVIDIA GeForce 320 / NVIDIA GeForce 9600 or higher, 1024MB graphics memory required
    • Hard Drive:2 GB HD space
    • Other Requirements:Broadband Internet connection
    • Additional:GLSL 1.3, OpenGL 2.1. Controller support: 3-button mouse, keyboard and speakers. Internet Connection or LAN for multiplayer
    Recommended:
    • OS:Mac OS X 10.6.8 or better
    • Processor:Intel Core Duo Processor (2GHz or better)
    • Memory:2 GB RAM
    • Graphics:ATI Radeon HD 6750 / NVIDIA GeForce 320 / NVIDIA GeForce 9600 or higher, 1024MB graphics memory required
    • Hard Drive:2 GB HD space
    • Other Requirements:Broadband Internet connection
    • Additional:GLSL 1.3, OpenGL 2.1. Controller support: 3-button mouse, keyboard and speakers. Internet Connection or LAN for multiplayer
    Minimum:
    • OS:Ubuntu 14.04 LTS
    • Processor:Intel Core Duo Processor (2GHz or better)
    • Memory:2 GB RAM
    • Graphics:ATI Radeon HD 6750 / NVIDIA GeForce 320 / NVIDIA GeForce 9600 or higher, 1024MB graphics memory required
    • Hard Drive:2 GB HD space
    • Other Requirements:Broadband Internet connection
    • Additional:GLSL 1.3, OpenGL 2.1. Controller support: 3-button mouse, keyboard and speakers. Internet Connection or LAN for multiplayer
    Recommended:
    • OS:Ubuntu 14.04 LTS
    • Processor:Intel Core Duo Processor (2GHz or better)
    • Memory:2 GB RAM
    • Graphics:ATI Radeon HD 6750 / NVIDIA GeForce 320 / NVIDIA GeForce 9600 or higher, 1024MB graphics memory required
    • Hard Drive:2 GB HD space
    • Other Requirements:Broadband Internet connection
    • Additional:GLSL 1.3, OpenGL 2.1. Controller support: 3-button mouse, keyboard and speakers. Internet Connection or LAN for multiplayer
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Ultrix Prime
( 6,575.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 4
The game has been good up to a point. However the devs are more worried about what an elite few do versus new players and the many who simply play for fun.

This has led to a fundamental disconnect between the developers and customers.

For instance, Johan, the lead designer, had to take a poll to learn that locking away claim fabrication, and thus being able to fight wars in the early game, was an unpopular idea. He had to poll on twitter to figure this out ...

The steam store page talks about two key promises:

1) unparalleled player freedom
2) building a global empire

For some time now the devs have been nerfing the game patch after patch after patch reducing player freedom. The biggest problem with this approach is they make the game take longer sitting on speed 5 doing nothing but waiting in order to do the exact same things that players did previously.

A slower game doing nothing isn't a better game. But the devs are unable to grasp this.

As to building a global empire patch after patch, taking longer to build the same empire isn't really the thing one would expect.

The odd thing is that they keep adding achievements to take lots of land while at the same time making taking land more time consuming without being more interesting.

The current version is simply boring imo and future versions will probably continue the trend.

The AI developer Chaingun referred to an in house "anti blobbing crusade" recently. They seem to not understand this is turning into an anti customer Crusade.

They ruined CK2. EU4 appears to be next.

I hope they will change so I can go back to a positive opinion.
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tre
( 27.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 3
The best strategy game I've played so far. History and strategy game = Good combination!

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electrashock
( 199.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 3
I have never enjoyed playing a game while completely sucking at it as much as with this game.
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KNOWLEDGE
( 1,217.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 3
i havent eaten in 4 days and france is getting aggressive help
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Amtoj
( 77.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 3
You can definitely take over the world. It'll take a ton of wars but you'll get there. One province at a time. Good thing wars are fun.
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Cel-Ru
( 1,200.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 3
Where have all my time gone?

Well... at least i know how to identify (as easy as the action of breathing) the flag of Kutai, Makuria or Jolof, and any other nation, region, duchy and cities from the 1444 that appears on the game!!!!

I guess its worth it!
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pussydestroyer69
( 48.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 3
extremly fun if you like history and sitting on your ♥♥♥ for hours.
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Domovric
( 96.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 3
Once I really did love this game. It had an amazing blend of politics, war and exploration, and actually got me interested in history and dynasties. I even would recommend it, if Paradox was willing to let each version of this game exist in its own balanced state, but unfortunately it seems they can't.
EU4 has been blighted by a slew of unbalancing, rushed, unstable DLC that only slightly varies play, but completely unbalances it. "This is fine", you think, "I just won't get the DLC and enjoy the great base game". And I would laugh, and wish that were true. Simply put, this game is ruined by the fact that even if you don't have access to the DLC, and the poorly thought out and overpriced features it provides, your AI opponents do. You cannot compete with them without paying vast sums of money. And even if you want to spend in excess of $200 dollars, several of these expansions ("Common Sense"...Ha!) are simply unfun to play. But you can't escape them.

If you want a historical grand strategy, and a game like this interests you, go and try EU3, an untouched and significantly cheaper alternative to this blighted game.
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perry23c
( 17.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 2
I bought the game, installed it, and doesn't load up. Buyer's beware, you'll lose money over a game that doesn't even play. I'll just stick with Total War series games, since I know those games don't fail me.
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Wragth
( 40.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 2
It's one of those games whom you know, you feel it deeply, there is no real challenge, the IA just always has that little unfair advantage on you but you still tryhard to beat it. But just no, you can enter a war with a 20/30k units advantage and manage to be game over/bankrupt at the end of it. Even more unfair to me than CK2.
Good luck to all
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Bob Puton
( 743.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 2
my first 20 game i got rek by france
1000/10 would get rekt by france again
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YA LUNNAYA PONI
( 23.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 2
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Scrooge
( 706.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 2
best of his kind
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gnagno
( 573.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 2
I used to love this game, it was awesome, until the forced dlc buy situation, in every new dlc they insert a function in main game that won't let you play anymore without it, for example i've tried a new game recently and i can't develop buildings because i don't have the dlc that gives you the points for that, this is a very despicable behaviour and killed a good game.
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EZR
( 139.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 1
The worlds most complicated game of Agar.io
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snata04
( 110.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 1
Fun, but most of the cool features are in dlcs :(
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King Earthly III Yiffsalot
( 234.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 1
Albania called me into a war against the ottomans because I was the defender of faith and I forced the ottomans to release byzantium causing albania to be conquered by the ottomans because they were too weak without me. 10/10
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Admiral
( 77.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 1
Played as Holland
Conquered two provinces
The entire HRE joins a coalition
Plays as England
Conquered all of Spain
The only person who cares is Spain
10/10 would play as Holland again
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WALN Zell
( 12.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 1
If I wanted to not be able to walk into the southern half of Morroco because there's a stupid fort that I can't get to because the province is guarded by a fort, I would have bought the damn DLC that featured it. However, Paradox has apparently taken everyone's advice and put features like this into the base game. But I don't want it. Too bad! Enjoy playing with the estate constantly wanting your land and such! Watch as you lose a war because you can't reach the capital because an entire line of provinces can't be crossed because of one fort! I hate what Paradox has done. I'm never coming back to this mess. 0/10. Won't be fooled again.
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368.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 6
I still haven't finished a single game
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Not Recommended
557.9 hrs on record
Posted: April 6
♥♥♥♥ing love this game. But ♥♥♥♥ Paradox and their DLC practices. At times they've been willing to break this great game just to push out another overpriced DLC. Enough already.

Hearts of Iron 4 sounds like it could use all the help it can get, and recent few EU4 DLCs don't give me much hope about the prospects of HoI4 DLC fixing what looks like a broken game.
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Recommended
84.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 15
Amazing game.

This is the kind of gaming letting out history buff hidden deep inside you (I didn't know I have one in me). You get an event "tordesillas treaty" and you alt-tab to wikipedia to learn about how Spain and Portugal turned to Pope to divide New World between them.

Crusader Kings 2 is much easier game to get into (but harder to be good at) because bit simplier mechanics are supplemented by rpg elements. You focus on killing your family and bah! it's 50 hours later. When you switch to Europa Universalis it feels more... streamlined once you wrap your head around many differnt mechanisms.

Everything here interlocks perfectly giving experience that cannot be matched by any other strategy game.

Of course be aware of Paradox DLC policy - new 15 euro expansion 3 times a year (all of them very nice but not exactly worth bazillion of dollars in total) + dozens of cosmetic dlcs (yeah, gotta get them all...) - so try to grab complete pack at least 80% off - luckily this happens quite often.

10/10
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573.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 2
I used to love this game, it was awesome, until the forced dlc buy situation, in every new dlc they insert a function in main game that won't let you play anymore without it, for example i've tried a new game recently and i can't develop buildings because i don't have the dlc that gives you the points for that, this is a very despicable behaviour and killed a good game.
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Not Recommended
685.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 17
Mare Nostrum broke the combat system. Before the dlc came out the game was 10/10 now after i've played with the dlc i've experienced revolts regenerating almost a thousand men at 1459 and teleporting rebels who could kill my army of 10 thousand with only 6 thousand and they didn't even have a general. I've also experienced 10,000 troops from holland destroying 33,000 austrian troops in a farmland, i have a picture of this happening on my profile.
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9 of 12 people (75%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
722.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 28
Fine game. Shame that Paradox decided to radically change the game for the worse and lock key features behind a paywall of dlc despite pre-release promises not to.
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220.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 11
the game used to be good but then version 1.12 came out making the game unplayable unless you buy common sense
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Recommended
837.6 hrs on record
Posted: April 5
790 hours currently put into this game, including lots and lots of idle, but nonetheless...LOADS of time.
This is, a fantastic game.
Its one of those games that i always refer to if you have been playing Total War, and auto completing the battles for example, i mean...Total is a terrible game packaged with pretty battles.
EU4, is the opposite. Its heavy on content, heavy on strategy, good and fairly believable AI.
Stuff generally makes a good bit of sense (don't attack someone on a mountain, beware of really good generals etc.)

Civilization is another example of a game that just feels a lot less grandiose once you have played EU4 - it simply sets the bar so much higher.

You can play any country on the planet (in the timeframe of the starting date you have picked), you can even make your own if you don't like the ones that are.

I'm not sure how do describe it accurately, but if you like heavy strategy games, this is *the* best game out there - bar none.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
235.5 hrs on record
Posted: April 7
I used to love this game. It was and arguably still is one of the best games in the Grand Strategy genre. But the DLCs killed the whole thing. First, the price of each new expansion is getting above any reasonable amount for a bunch of not that much meaningful/flavorful features. Don't get me wrong, some of the expansions are great, but lots of them feel like something that should be in the base game in the first place, or not at all. But that would be fine, nobody forces you to buy DLCs, right?

Wrong.

The DLC policy of Paradox is absolutely horrendous - once it's launched, you get the DLC installed automatically with a patch of base game and the AI countries are using the benefits of DLCs for themselves (the most striking example is the province development in Common Sense), and unless you pay, you are forced to compete with enemy that has a massively unfair advantage. It is a blatant cash grab and because of that, I won't be buing any more of Paradox's DLCs or new games (even though I was hyped for HoI 4 like anyone else), unless they clean their act or at least release a complete edition... although then there's the risk that it will be like the EU III Complete edition all over again.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
543.9 hrs on record
Posted: April 7
This game isn't for everyone, it is hard to get into due to having so much to learn and take in, but once you get past that, it becomes an addicting and enjoyable experience, yes there can be lots of waiting around for things to happen, and it can get boring after a while, but just like with a board game, it's fun to pick up and play again.

This game is like a battle of wits and tricks with all the enemy nations next to you, every choice is up to you, and how you shape history in this period is your choice too, so you can have England succeed in conquering France, or Russia conquer all of Europe, anything can be possible.
The game is also super flexible with what nations you can play and the difficulty it presents to you, it is strangly fun to play as a small nation lagging behind in tech than the rest of the world that could be devoured by the larger nations at any time, only to turn the tables and become a great power in your own right, or you can just pick a large nation that suffers severe religious and cultural divide like the Timurids or China. Or you can go crazy and choose one of the native american nations and try to survive being enslaved.

This game is argulably the best simulation of history i've ever played, it goes way deeper than Civ 5 ever did, you feel like you are part of history, especially when it comes to later events like the 30 years war and the French Revolution.
If your in any way into history, warfare, played Civ 5 and are looking for something more meaty and immersive, EU4 is up your ally. My only advice is give the game paitence, and never rage quit when defeated in war, it's never the end of the world.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
96.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 3
Once I really did love this game. It had an amazing blend of politics, war and exploration, and actually got me interested in history and dynasties. I even would recommend it, if Paradox was willing to let each version of this game exist in its own balanced state, but unfortunately it seems they can't.
EU4 has been blighted by a slew of unbalancing, rushed, unstable DLC that only slightly varies play, but completely unbalances it. "This is fine", you think, "I just won't get the DLC and enjoy the great base game". And I would laugh, and wish that were true. Simply put, this game is ruined by the fact that even if you don't have access to the DLC, and the poorly thought out and overpriced features it provides, your AI opponents do. You cannot compete with them without paying vast sums of money. And even if you want to spend in excess of $200 dollars, several of these expansions ("Common Sense"...Ha!) are simply unfun to play. But you can't escape them.

If you want a historical grand strategy, and a game like this interests you, go and try EU3, an untouched and significantly cheaper alternative to this blighted game.
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7 of 10 people (70%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 4
I would love to be able to play an actual updated version of this game. However I really dislike Paradox's handling of there game prices. If they had a similar approach as Civ5 does, actually making there game affordable for most people, they would get a lot more sales. I would not drop over 100$ for a game starting out, trying to play vanilla is also discouraging as its old, outdated and sucks compared to what recent gameplays are. This goes for Crusader Kings 2 and Hearts of Iron 3... would love to get into them, but they are not worth over 100$.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
1,137.6 hrs on record
Posted: April 5
>is suggested game by steam because of civ v
>doesn't think much of it
>forgets about it

>next year
>finds that i have got it all of a sudden
>thinks that i have nothing to lose

>ooh whats all these colours
>this one looks nice
>picked brandenburg
>forms prussia within a week of real time
>i think it's alright

>2 years later
>1100 hours played
>has discovered mods
>game doesn't resemble original anymore at all
>i have sacrificed my life to the almighty blue overlord
>that unforgiveable deity of the west
>i've bought more dlc than i could ever afford
>but really this game is the best

10/10 would learn way too much european history and geography again
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
479.9 hrs on record
Posted: April 5
King of strategy games; Also, very joyful.But, this game has a major problem when game version updated your save 80 per cent will be ruined, corrupted. developers should adjust a version button inside the game so, you can update your version when you ready for a new game.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
353.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 21
If you are not familiar with this franchise it might take some time to get it under control, after that this game will simply take over your life.
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6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
1,427.9 hrs on record
Posted: April 18
The game had potential, but whoever makes it chose otherwise. A questionable vision of geography and history of the mid fifteenth to early nineteenth centuries, an inaccurate world map, and dull gameplay. The small updates they call "downloadable content" which are smaller than an expansion but somewhat bigger than a patch are unjustifiably expensive compared to the novelties and tweaks they bring.
I will not buy any titles from this firm unless they change their practices and apologise.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2,211.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 5
Brilliant game some of the DLC is a bit lackluster feels like they ran out of good ideas but still wanted to make money off of DLC but all in all probably one of if the best strategy games i have played in my life
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
601.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 5
EU 4 is a game that takes time. Time to learn, and time to enjoy. In the first 10 hours minimum, your not going to have any idea what your doing. You'll make mistakes. You'll think "Wow this game is boring as ♥♥♥♥" But then, you start to understand. In no time, your rebuilding the mongolian empire, or conquering Japan as the spanish. If you think your experience with civ V will help you, your wrong. But its an amazing game. I still haven't done everything.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
185.6 hrs on record
Posted: April 8
Hard in the beggining, but when you get into it its fun af
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