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.
User reviews:
Recent:
Very Positive (750 reviews) - 82% of the 750 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
Overall:
Very Positive (16,989 reviews) - 91% of the 16,989 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Aug 13, 2013

Sign in to add this item to your wishlist, follow it, or mark it as not interested

Buy Europa Universalis IV

Buy Europa Universalis IV Extreme Edition

Packages that include this game

Buy Europa Universalis IV Collection (Sept 2014)

Includes 17 items: Europa Universalis IV, Europa Universalis IV: American Dream, Europa Universalis IV: Colonial British and French Unit pack, Europa Universalis IV: Conquest of Paradise, Europa Universalis IV: Conquistadors Unit pack, Europa Universalis IV: Indian Ships Unit Pack, Europa Universalis IV: Indian Subcontinent Unit Pack, Europa Universalis IV: Muslim Advisor Portraits, Europa Universalis IV: Muslim Ships Unit Pack, Europa Universalis IV: National Monuments II, Europa Universalis IV: Native Americans II Unit Pack, Europa Universalis IV: Native Americans Unit Pack, Europa Universalis IV: Republican Music Pack, Europa Universalis IV: Res Publica, Europa Universalis IV: Songs of the New World, Europa Universalis IV: Trade Nations Unit Pack, Europa Universalis IV: Wealth of Nations

Buy Paradox Grand Strategy Collection

Includes 4 items: Crusader Kings II, Europa Universalis IV, Hearts of Iron III, Victoria II

Buy Paradox Platinum Pack

Includes 6 items: Cities in Motion 2, Crusader Kings II, Europa Universalis IV, Knights of Pen and Paper +1 Edition, Magicka, Warlock 2: The Exiled

Downloadable Content For This Game

 

Recent updates View all (82)

May 19

Europa Universalis IV Development Diary - 19th of May 2016



Hello all, time for another EU4 dev diary!

I'm Catalack, the producer of all things DLC for all PDS in-house titles. This time I've been invited to talk a bit about the production process of our DLC's - that is; content packs, unit packs, music packs... any type of pack really. These are usually released alongside the expansions and most of the time involves cosmetic content.

Buckle up!

How DLC's are born
First off there is always the brain picking. This is the part where I hunt down the designers for what type of content they actually want to accompany the next expansion. In EU4's case this usually means Johan, Wiz and in more recent times DDRJake. This step has a varying degree of difficulty since some projects have a detailed wishlist already and some don't. Sometimes it requires making designers sit down and iron out details over an after work beer. EU4 has a well thought out plan for future content packs though, so it's usually no sweat. CK2 on the other hand... (*totally not looking at you Doomdark*).

It does also happen that I put together my own suggestions for what should go into the packs. These suggestions still need to be looked at by the designer, but it usually means less work for them.

It can look something like this:



Brand Team Says Yay or Nay
When the designer or product owner has given their thumbs up on the content, it's off to the Brand Team for a final confirmation before production starts. This is the part of the company where all the different parts of the organisation syncs up. Devs, sales, marketing, production etc, and it's the final threshold for any type of content that will reach our customers and players. The Brand Teams at Paradox are usually very quick to respond to any type of situation and while we agree with each other most of the time, it has happened that some content needs to be cut (often to be used somewhere else or put into future releases).

Production begins
When a pack has been approved by all relevant instances, it's time to decide who does what. We have a couple of really talented in house artists and composers, as well as third party studios who sometimes help out when our in-house resources are too strained working on main expansions rather than cosmetic DLC.
Usually the work is split between both in house people and outsourcing.

Worth to mention here is that we try to also make use if our dedicated community, as we have several third party content creators who are fans and modders. Collaborating with them gives us both an excuse to pay them for their dedication, as well as opportunities to work with people who actually knows our games, rather than a random outsourcing studio who might have the technical know how, but not be familiar with games such as ours. I'm amazed at what some of them go through for the sake of making our games better. Cudos.

Historical Research
This is a topic I expect many of you are interested in! Content production always begins with extensive research and mock ups. Both me and each content creator put in a lot of time on doing the research for each piece of unit created. We have a lot of history buffs both among artists and scripters, so this step usually goes pretty smoothly.

The only problem is when sources lead back to... our own games and wiki.

Here's an example of what a mock up can look like:

One of my personal favorites. The Cossacks was really fun to work with.

Good sources can sometimes be really hard to come by, and on that affect the end result negatively, as we saw recently with the Mare Nostrum Content Pack.
We recently hired an artist specifically for the purpose of keeping track of outsoruced material and DLC creation. I'm happy Carlberg has joined the team!

When the art happens
After the mockups are approved, 3D work starts. This is sometimes a challenge since we have to balance the restrictions of Clausewits with a proper level details to make units quickly recognizable at a distance - since most people play with camera zoomed out.

Example:



Final prep and the deep dark depths that is the Steam Backend
When all content is done and delivered, I package it and make sure everything works in game. Then I leave it in our QA departments capable hands, and wait for release to come around.

That is when I must enter the Steam backend jungle. If you ever apply for a job where the job description says "experience with steam backend", turn around and run. Unless the position is at Valve because then I urge you to please take the job and update the steam backend and make it a bit more user friendly!

Anyway, here I set up all relevant depots and give them fake names to prevent data mining/leaks among other things.
Coming up with fake names is one of the highlights of this step:


Not to worry, just before release I give them their proper names!

It’s usually around this time that we also post renders on the forums and get some feedback from you guys.
Example:



Rinse Repeat
And after release, the whole process starts all over again! I usually have all of the different projects up and running at the same time, and so I'm always in the beginning, middle or end of any one DLC cycle.

And never once is it boring.


//Catalack

Read original post

Useful links
Official Website
Europa Universalis IV Wiki
Developer Diary Archives

11 comments Read more

May 12

Development Diary - 12th of May 2016



Hello and Welcome to another development diary for Europa Universalis IV. Today we’ll talk a bit about the future of the game, and what we aim at achieving with it.

It is now almost three years since we released EU4, and the game is growing every month, with far more people playing it today, than ever before. And as we have said before, we’ll continue to support the game with patches and expansions as long as you keep buying them.

Currently we have ideas and designs for several years worth of expansions, but those designs change and grow whenever we read your feedback.

There are of course concerns and challenges with expanding to an already complex game, and what can be added without making the game unplayable. It is also a fine thread to decide which ones should be behind the paywall and which should be free.

While a fair amount of requests keep coming for more peace activities, that also creates challenges, as if that is too engaging, you will suffer when you end up in unplanned wars, and get a far worse experience.

So what do we want to do with EU4 in the future?

Well, there are some parts of the world we want to add more unique flavor to. I am fairly happy with Europe, and we’ve done quite a lot of focus on mechanics for the New World, but there are areas like East Asia, India & Middle East which deserve far deeper looks in the future. With unique flavor I mean things like Dutch Republic, Nahuatl Religion, Polish Elective Monarchy, HRE Religious League Wars, Hordes Razing Provinces, etc… I envision EU4 in 3 years with far far more difference playing each country in the world.

There are also aspects of the game which we once were happy with, but feel would require are not entirely happy with now. Our technology system, basically hailing from EU1, is based too much around rigid tech groups, punishing nations outside of Europe. We’re not entirely happy with how culture works now, and the diplomatic interface just can’t handle the amount of states and actions we currently have. Can these be changed? Maybe? Time will tell.

Here's a screenshot of something you've never seen before.




Anyway, next week I’m gone on holidays, but Catalack will talk about units for eu4.

Read original post

Useful links
Official Website
Europa Universalis IV Wiki
Developer Diary Archives

28 comments Read more

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
Customer reviews
Customer Review system updated! Learn more
Recent:
Very Positive (750 reviews)
Overall:
Very Positive (16,989 reviews)
Recently Posted
The_Chinn
( 53.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 24
> Luanch Game
> Play as Brandenburg
> Create Prussia
> Conquer Germany
> Realise i've been playing for the past 15hrs
> Keep Playing
Helpful? Yes No Funny
NinjaN
( 160.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 24
Probably the best grand strategy game out there. The simplifications done in EU compared to HoI makes it a game that is a lot easier to pick up and also a whole lot more engaging to play without really having sacrifized much of value. It is still insanely deep and has all the complexity fans of grand stragety games love.
Helpful? Yes No Funny
Petra Ral
( 450.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 23
I have played this game for many long hours, and it is fun, probably the best strategy game out there. However this game is only fun because of the "DLC" and "expansions" that are almost required to have a functional game. It's sad that other Paradox games are following the same route CKII did. I doubt I will ever buy another grand strategy game from Paradox.
Helpful? Yes No Funny
[73rd] Novakin
( 359.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 23
Best Game 10/10
Helpful? Yes No Funny
plankicorn
( 2,758.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 23
TL;DR: 10/10. Buy it.

I have a lot of hours in this game. It's amazing. Basically, I spent about $70 total for more than 2,700 hours of entertainment and counting. That's about 2.5 cents per hour. For comparison, you might spend about $15 on a two-hour movie at the theater, which is $7.50 per hour, which is 340 times the price of entertainment in EU4.

It's a complex game. If you're not into games where you have to think a lot, then maybe this isn't the game for you. However, if you enjoy a good challenge, then definitely pick it up. Don't be intimidated by the amount of hours some people have. Some people (like me) take more than 50 hours to learn the game, while others may take two or so.

Nevertheless, EU4 is one of those games that's relatively easy to learn but very difficult to master. And it's rewarding most of the time to that end. The game is also insanely fun in multiplayer, where all the people that join get to play with the host's DLC. That means if the host has everything, you have everything.

Anyway, you're in for a good time with this one. There aren't many games that would get 10/10 from me, but this is one of them without a doubt. Buckle up.
Helpful? Yes No Funny
jocktheripper
( 373.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 23
ducets,comets and kebabs its got it all
Helpful? Yes No Funny
Tlahuixcalpantecuhtli
( 605.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 23
I love Europa Universalis IV, I really do, so not being able to recommend it pains me. But the cost of this game is just ballooning to ridiculous heights. I don't mind all the cosmetic DLC. I didn't the cost of content DLC, when they were reasonably priced and added significantly to the scope of the game. But I can't accept paying $15-$20 every few months for incremental changes.

At this point I haven't played the game for months. I keep holding out on playing it, hoping the costs of the last few DLC will drop to sane levels so I can purchase them and have a proper gameplay experience that'll mesh well with the free updates. But I'm finally realizing this is ridiculous. I love EUIV, but it's not worth this stress. I have better things to spend my money on than mediocre updates that cost half of what I spent on the whole game itself.
Helpful? Yes No Funny
Vos futuo
( 638.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 23
DO NOT waste your money on this scam, because that's what it is; It's designed to lure you in with false promises of a functional game, but once you have wasted €40 on it you will very quickly find that it is not a functional game, if it at all can be called a game.
EVERYTHING is locked behind a ridiculous paywall. Look through the list of DLC and paid expansion packs. It is miles long and it is full of things which any normal, passionate developer would have put in the vanilla game. Unit models. Soundtracks. Basic ♥♥♥♥ing game mechanics.
With every single large patch they introduce a new DLC to go along with it. They also introduce some new mechanics which straight up make the game less playable unless you buy their new DLC.
This is unacceptable and they aren't even trying to hide it. They actively try to wrench as much money from your wallet as possible. I'm not exaggerating - it is true and it is obvious to anyone who scrolls through the review section for longer than 5 seconds.
Any passion the developers may have had for the game when it first came out has withered away very quickly. Now it is all about making as much money as possible from as little content as possible.
I'll repeat myself; Do not waste your money on this. It is ridiculous that the developers treat their game this way. To them, it and its fanbase are just a cash cow.
Helpful? Yes No Funny
ashraw dub
( 150.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 23
Decided to play with ottomans.
Conquered every core and serbia , albania ,byzantium until 1450.
Finally got some time to rest like 10 year to boost tech.
Great leader Fatih(5-5-6) died at 1451.
R.I.P

would conquer again
Helpful? Yes No Funny
Daedalus
( 769.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 23
Excellent game. 10/10
Helpful? Yes No Funny
mykeedee
( 1,167.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 23
It was good a year ago. As you can see I've played the hell out of it but unless you want to spend hundreds of dollars and pay a monthly tax to unbrick the game when they lock another core feature behind the 347th overpriced DLC don't buy it.

Paradox makes good games, and then they unmake them.
Helpful? Yes No Funny
Collock
( 415.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 22
Even with-out the DLC adding a ton of additional Game mechanics EU4 is the best Strategy to come out in the last few years. It has the best trade income game mechanics I have ever seen. If you like deep grand strategy games then you can't miss playing this game. I think it is not very difficult to pick up and the complexity is more about mastering the game. Then again I have been playing this franchise for 15 years.
Helpful? Yes No Funny
Wispy
( 27.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 22
Have to vote the game down for the DLC hell that it has become. :(
Helpful? Yes No Funny
3picLightning
( 604.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 22
Mods make it a 10/10
Helpful? Yes No Funny
5555554x
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 22
Never played it. HAVE FUN :)
Helpful? Yes No Funny
Dr. S
( 214.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 22
I bought this game a while back, played for 20 mins- gave up. The tutorial is not what you might call adequite for a game like this, but a friend of mine tought me a few basic things- and now I am dreaming about what my plans for the following day should be.

-I can't stop playing this stupid game!

Start a new game and attempt to restore the Roman Empire or colonise Brazil as Spain. Maybe you would like to rule the world as your home country? March on Moscow and fight with your land armies in China if you dare!

This game provides that opportunity!

10/ 10

Helpful? Yes No Funny
Beech
( 415.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 22
Fantastic game. My favorite Paradox game. DLC's are actually worth the money and its very addicting. Modable as well fun with friends.
Helpful? Yes No Funny
Nyo
( 132.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 22
Amazing game, couldn't stop playing even though I had stuff to do. Would recommend it to everyone who wants to try to conquer the world. Suprisingly, it runs pretty smoothly on Mac Air '14.
Helpful? Yes No Funny
JockMock
( 123.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 22
Pros and cons

Let's start with the pros:

-Awesome diplomacy
-A lot of replayability
-Smart strategic AI
-A lot of nations to choose from
-You are going to learn a lot of geography and history playing this

Cons:
-Overpriced DLC
-Coalitions
-Kebab
-France

Overall: 9/10
Helpful? Yes No Funny
Donald Trumps Hair
( 32.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 22
A clear result of the prices for meatballs and lingonberry jam skyrocketing in Sweden!
Helpful? Yes No Funny
Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
208 of 273 people (76%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
573.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 2
I will expand my review as someone found it probably unclear, i really loved this game from the 500+ hours of gaming you can see it, it is one of the most complex strategy games ever created.
The huge issue here is the policy of the software house that developed it after the realease that i personally consider nothing less than criminal.
When they realease a major dlc (expansions) the add new interesting mechanichs in the game, this would be perfect if at the same time they didn't brake some basic mechanics of the base game without that dlc. A perfect example of that is territory developement, if you don't have the dlc you cannot develop buildings in a country, which is a function of the base game that you could use before the dlc, and therefore i already bought with the basic game. That is nothing less than a theft.
At the moment this can be a wonderfull game, but only if you are ready to spend 100€/$ on expansions dlc after buing the 50€ broken basic one.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
133 of 165 people (81%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
6,653.7 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.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
159 of 204 people (78%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
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.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
59 of 68 people (87%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
1,691.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 7
Dev keeps making the game worse. Locks features that should be free updates behind paywalls for rediculous prices and now is adding mechanics purely to punish the player for attempting to do well. They are on a crusade to stop the conquests of an elite few and instead turn the game into a snooze fest for the average player. They are completely out of touch with their player base at this point and I am incredibly disapointed in the latest few "additions." This was once easily my favorite game and now I weep at the sad thing it is becomming.
This is coming from someone with over 1.5k hours played and 115 plus achievements with all the DLC. Get it on sale, but prepare to be disapointed by Johann (who should be fired for how horrible they mismanage) and the "improvements" they add to the game all for the low low price of $100.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
73 of 99 people (74%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
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.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
47 of 58 people (81%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
317.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 14
Original = Demo

DLC = Real Goods

Original price 43 $
DLC price 273 $ ++++,,,,, endless and priceless


Do you think this game is really priceless ??

if you buy eu4 chair
1. buy chair only have box not contents
2. buy DLC legs seats etc one by one
3. you buy DLC all but they change chair
4. and you have to keep buy DLC repeatedly
5. if you quit buying DLC they try to change DLC and original contents
6. so you have to buy DLC repeatedly
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
45 of 58 people (78%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
158.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 14
Awesome, really great game, but awful DLC policy. It is just a DLC hell. Don't buy it, don't support them, download it from torrents. Just trust me, it is literally unplayable without all DLCs and it WILL get worse in the future.
It's time to stop.

DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC DLC
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
48 of 65 people (74%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
383.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 24
To put it simply, the DLC's ruined the game. The last good DLC released was easily El Dorado, and afterwards they completely revamped the game, which was not needed once so ever.

I will admit, the seige system in Common Sense is great, since thats the only part you dont have to pay 20 bucks to get. For me, to be forced to buy a 20 dollar dlc, to "develop" provinces, when the AI can already do that by themselves? Thats not difficulty, thats called being greedy.

Aside from that, the real reason I dont recommend this game, in it's current state, is because of the absoulute garbage performance it has. I've owned this game for about two years, and with those previous two years, the game has been amazing. It ran extremely well, and I absoulutely loved it. Today, I was just goofing around on it, and as I was playing it, I can actually say, I felt dirty playing it. It looked that bad, to be honest. It litterally looked like, my screen went from "smoother then a baby's ♥♥♥" to "nice trailer park bro.".

Sure, you can blame it on my garbage PC, but regardless, it looks nasty.

If you want a Grand Strategy game, get Crusader Kings 2, now thats a gem, not plagued by the 8 headless DLC horsemen. Well, it is, but atleast then I can safely say that I dont feel like a slavic pig dog while playing it.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
27 of 35 people (77%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
24 of 30 people (80%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
259.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 15
EDIT: I don't think I made myself clear that this review pertains more towards players who like to mod the game or use workshop items in their campaigns. If you're the type of person that prefers the straight-up game with no DLC attatchments, then try this game. Otherwise, listen to my personal opinion and you can determine if you want to get this game or not. And please don't downvote this because EU4 is your favorite game ever, and same thing vice versa if you hate EU4.

Okay, before I start, when I first got this game I fell in love with it. It was much more in-depth than my previous favorite game of Civilization 5, and as you can tell by the hours I have on this game, I'm not exactly new to the functions of this game. The game itself and its mechanics/ideas are great, but Paradox seems to screw up a number of games that they produce.

The reason why I don't suggest you get this game (unless if it's on sale, in which case I encourage you to try this game so long that the price is fair) is that Paradox loves to constantly update this game. Which yes, in some cases is needed, but many of them seem absolutely pointless (unless if it is centered around the release of a DLC). The reason why these updates seem so useless is that they constantly makes workshop items incompatible with the latest update. So if you've put 10+, 20+, etc hours into a single campaign that you've been working on and had plans for, and that save was connected to certain workshop items, then tough luck trying to play that campaign again. The reason is because everytime that Paradox updates the game, there's always one or two (at least) mod authors that decide it isn't worth updating their creations again (which I don't blame them, I'd feel the same way). So even if you try reverting back to the older version of EU4, then some of the mods are already updated, and same problem - it's an incompatible save. And these updates barely change the mechanics of the game itself - not to mention most of the bug fixes are done immediately after a major update, which is every update.

Another reason why I suggest to not get this game is because Paradox is sort of like EA 2.0 in which they also come out with numerous DLC expansions that can cost up to $25-$30 when first released (the older ones may be $10-$15). And these DLCs that bring "game changing mechanics and functions" in reality do jack-♥♥♥♥ in changing the game. Yes, if you were to get all the DLCs then the game would change quite a bit from its intial release state; but you'd have to pay a nice hefty sum of $120+ (if I remember I'll insert the actual price of the game + all the DLCs combined here: ) to do so. And unless you own your parent's wallet or have a pretty nice sum of money saved up that you don't mind throwing $120 into the garbage, then it's quite unrealistic that you'd want to do this (which I haven't, all except 1 of the DLCs I have I got on sale for about $5 each, and I only have 4 DLCs. I also got the game on sale as well.)

So is this game fun? Yes. Do I regret putting so much time into it? Also yes. My suggestion if once Paradox focuses on the next game in the series of these empire-building strategy games and stops with the updates and DLCs for EU4, you should immediately give this game a try. Otherwise, you're just wasting hours of your life and your money away.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
15 of 17 people (88%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
85.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 15
I've loved Paradox games since HOI2, putting god knows how many hours into them. Even when the launch product is kinda bad (ie every game except CK2), Paradox patches/expands them up to a great state. Hell, Victoria 2 just got a new patch a few months ago, and that game is 6 years old!

Problem is, starting with CK2, success went to Paradox's head. First, they moved their new games to Steam exclusivity. Then Johann and Frederik saw how much money they were making, then looked at how much money Clash of Clans was making, and realized just how dumb their prior business model was--and how dumb Supercell was at the same time. "Why should people buy a game once, or be given it for free, when they can be made to buy it forever and ever and ever?

Welcome to DLC hell guys, where the DLC NEVER STOPS COMING!
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
30 of 45 people (67%) found this review helpful
23 people found this review funny
Recommended
359.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 8
Europa Universalis IV Checklist.

Absolutly Crushed By France? - Check!
Absolutly Crushed By Ottomans? -Check!
Have a King/Queen with less than 4 Total stats live for over 60 Years? - Check!
Have your Ruler die just before declaring war at the most perfect time and be stuck in regency for 10 years - Check!
Have 3 Rulers die within 2 years of each other - F*ckn Check that one off my list
Lose a battle where you have superior numbers, tech and General -Check! Im looking at you again France
Take one Province and get a Coalition against you - Check
Rage Quit a Save because your allys dragged you into an impossible war and lost 50 years of progress - Check
Be betrayed by 200 year ally because they suddenly want that 6 Development Province - Check (Crushed them as well)
During any game have the AI Counter your plans and immediatly lose interest in that in any other game - Check (Such as Wana ally poland this game well they arn't going to form the PU this time and are suicidal!)
Get Salty as F*ck - I'll let you check that one for me
Enemy pulls out 50 Mercs and somehow sustains them for 2 years dragging on the damn war - Check (HOW?!?!?)
Fail the Achievement run because you get stuck in a PU over the one person stronger than you - Check (I was so close to forming Germany!)
Learn the map of Europe faster than any History class ever taught you - Check


Continue playing this game because you can get enough of it? - Check

Fantastic game I've enjoyed it a hell of a lot and probably going to reach the 1k Mark in hours at some point beware of the DLC read what people suggest getting and careful with each patch IMO the current one is making it a nightmare expanding into different areas.

Anyone else got something to add to the Checklist?
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
14 of 17 people (82%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
503.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 19
I have played this game for a while and i can say with certainly this game is becomming progressivly worse with every patch and Dlc since el dorado. It was a good game a while back, but not anymore.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
9 of 11 people (82%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
1,061.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 20
Good strategy game ruined by money-grabbing DLC policy...
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Recommended
47.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 9
-Playing around in EU4 - Portugal campaign going well
-Get message from friend
-Shoot s**t with friend - he reminds me how good he used to be at Total War and how he always used to beat me
-"Yeah so much better than me man"
-Invite friend to buy game "It's way cooler than Total War!"
-He does
-Teach him basics (Tutorial is ok)
-We play new game. He's Castile, I try out Austria
-All heretics fear the HRE
-Funnel money into rebels in Castile at beginning of game
- "Hey man why did you do that??"
- "Idk I think it's a glitch or something"
- "Oh ok"
- continue funneling money
-He manages to wipe out Morocco, makes his way over to the new world.
-I solidify control over HRE
-Grow massive army
-He throws all his manpower and gold into the new world
-No army in Castile "Haha man you'll protect me right??"
-"right"
-Storms wreck all his ships, taking down fleets and armies
-Meteor destabilizes Castile
-Now I pour around 100 Ducats into Castilian Rebels
-40K Rebel Army arises
-"Man help me I'm getting destroyed!"
-"Ok but I need 100 ducats, it won't be cheap"
-Gives ducats
- "Sorry man that's not in my best interest"
- He says f you and quits

11/10 would destroy an ally's country from the inside and ruin a friendship again
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
1,167.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 23
It was good a year ago. As you can see I've played the hell out of it but unless you want to spend hundreds of dollars and pay a monthly tax to unbrick the game when they lock another core feature behind the 347th overpriced DLC don't buy it.

Paradox makes good games, and then they unmake them.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
1,327.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 4
this game is difficult, time consuming, and all it manages to do is infuriate me. i cannot stop playing it is ruining my life
10/10
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
2,613.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 20
I don't have a life anymore, but the game is pretty good.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
654.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 15
This is my favorite genoci-I mean 'cultural assimilation' simulator.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
115.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 20
1.16 patch review - Paradox is slowly adding things no one wants. Game is fine but play on older patch.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny