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: Overwhelmingly Positive (5,930 reviews)
Release Date: Aug 13, 2013

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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

Digital Extreme Edition

The Digital Extreme Edition includes the following:

  • STAR AND CRESCENT - 50 new Muslim themed event pictures, as well as several new events for the Muslim nations
  • HORSEMEN OF THE CRESCENT UNIT PACK - 12 unique cavalry modes for the Ottoman, Mamluk, and Persian nations. This enhances the visual experience of EUIV.
  • CONQUEST OF CONSTANTINOPLE MUSIC PACK - 3 tracks containing 10 new minutes of music masterly composed by Andreas Waldetoft

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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 hotjoin, improved chat, new matchmaking servers and support for a standalone 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

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Mac
Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS:XP/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:XP/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 12.04 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 12.04 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
Helpful customer reviews
118 of 130 people (91%) found this review helpful
318.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 13
This game is a black hole which will consume you entirely. You'll find yourself answering questions about geography and history with ease while lesser mortals cry with confusion.

10/10 would waste another lifetime playing.
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149 of 197 people (76%) found this review helpful
1,817.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 9
its ok.
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83 of 100 people (83%) found this review helpful
95.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 3
After playing this game I can only get hard by forcing Austria to revoke imperial reforms.

Please help.
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50 of 51 people (98%) found this review helpful
126.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 5
A rather complex grand strategy game, you pick a country to control starting from the year 1444 all the way to 1821. There isn't any fixed objective to aim for: it's a good idea to try to get the achievements offered (such as world domination), as most are a real challenge to earn.

Each country is divided into provinces, allowing movement of you armies from one to another in real time - nothing here is turn based. Battles aren't controlled by you, as in total war: you make your army walk onto the same province as an opposing army, and the battle outcome is decided in part by random dice rolls, and in part by factors you can influence, such as generals, terrain, morale of troops. The same can be said for naval battles, where different types of ships behave differently depending on what sea province you are fighting in, if they are in the open ocean, or in a closed sea (such as the Mediterranean).

Diplomacy is fairly well fleshed out, countries can have a number of different governments, such as feudal monarchies or merchant republics, all that give different bonuses and maluses, and some (such as republics) offer the possibility to choose what type of leader you want, so as to give you more of a certain type of monarch points. You can offer alliances, royal marriages, support rebels, create false claims on provinces you don't own to give you a "casus belli" (a reason to go to war) among other things, the list is really really huge.

Monarch points are a "limiting factor" in the game, you have 3 different types of monarch points (Administrative, Diplomatic, Military), each that serve different purposes. For example, military points can be spent to buy a new general, or to treat a province harshly if rebels a likely to rise up there. Other points can be used to change your capital, annex vassals, gain provinces in peace deals, create buildings and much more. The gain of monarch points depend on your ruler, that can give from 0 points each to 6 point each month. By spending some of your income, you can also hire advisors, that can add to your monthly monarch points income, and grant you some nationwide bonuses.

Trade is also a large factor in the game, you have merchants and you can choose to send them to various trade nodes, and you can choose if you want them to try and collect money from that node with a malus, or to send the money that you collect upstream, to a different node where you can collect from. Having colonies and trade agreements with other countries helps your trade income, while being embargoed reduces your trade in nodes that the country embargoing you controls.

Paradox has created a lot of DLC for this game, but with each DLC comes a vast amount of free content as well, so it might be advisable to buy the base game before buying DLC, so as to see what you think about the game before commiting too much. If you choose to play online with a friend that owns the DLCs, even without owining the DLCs yourself, the game activates them, so its possible to try them out before you buy. It would also be a good idea to try and watch a tutorial beforehand (Arumba on youtube comes to mind), as the game doesn't do a great job of explaining all it has to offer.

It's a very time-consuming, and occasionaly frustrating game, but I found that the more I played it, the more I enjoyed it: I'm constantly learning new things I can use to my adantage, and the game is becoming more satisfying due to that.
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56 of 68 people (82%) found this review helpful
931.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 13
Lost my kids, wife, and job but I restored the Byzantine Empire to it's former glory.



10/10
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49 of 60 people (82%) found this review helpful
113.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 23
I have played this game over 20 hours more than Dark Souls, which was my most played steam game for a long time, so it's 20 hours better, even though I don't know what 1 hours equals in review points. At least it has a higher metahour score in my library. This the Dark Souls of Grand Strategy Games, since you need a Dark Soul to play it, at least in MP.

If you don't recommend this review I will have to annex you
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58 of 76 people (76%) found this review helpful
57.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 4
My relative in another kingdom insulted me. So I genocided his people and scorched all of his provinces.

11/10 would genocide again.
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45 of 57 people (79%) found this review helpful
212.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 18
Ever dreamed of watching all your plans getting brutally slaughtered, because that rebel leader is just way too strong?

Then this is the game for you.
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30 of 37 people (81%) found this review helpful
218.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 3
Hmm the wonderful world of EU4, watch as the nation that youve put 5-20 hours into fall into piece as a coalition of 20 nation (mainly HRE) gang up on you. All because you where trying to make Germany a better place under Prussian rule. Oh But I have Austia as an ally you say, WELL ♥♥♥♥ AUSTRIA because they are gonna ♥♥♥♥♥ and wine because you took one HRE territory. Eventually youll get bored of the ♥♥♥♥ that happens Europe and just go commit genocide on natives to expand you colonies. 10/10 never been closer to throwing my monitor out my window!
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27 of 33 people (82%) found this review helpful
158.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 7
Pros:
About 10x more detailed than Civilization V, and the game includes the added bonus of teaching you history. Then you get to mess around with that history!

Cons:
It's not the most noobie friendly game. Some of the mechanics can be a touch obscure, and the interface takes some getting used to.
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32 of 43 people (74%) found this review helpful
20.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 19
Brandenburg Colonized India 11/10
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36 of 53 people (68%) found this review helpful
226.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 8
There is nothing more fun than beating the crap out of Russia as Poland

10/10
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33 of 48 people (69%) found this review helpful
485.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 23
Named one colonial nation a variant of P.e.n.i.s, another of V.a.g.i.n.a. France came in, ruined both, they ain't picky.
10/10
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25 of 34 people (74%) found this review helpful
33.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 1
THE ECONOMY, FOOLS!
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15 of 18 people (83%) found this review helpful
144.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 14
One of the best Grand Strategy games I have ever played. Warning: there is a lot here, it is super complex, and it will take time to learn all the different systems. However, it is well worth the time.

The only complaint that I would have is that, true to its name, Europa Universalis is heavily Euro-centric, to the point of game mechanics that stunt and even cripple non-European nations. I understand why they did it, but I think a better way could have been found.

On the other hand, if the Eurocentricity of the game concerns you, you can always go to the Steam Workshop - I am amazed at how open the devs have made the game; almost anything can be modded or tweaked to however you want it.
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14 of 18 people (78%) found this review helpful
184.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 26
Stayed up until 6AM playing this game 3 nights in a row. 11/10
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11 of 13 people (85%) found this review helpful
101.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 7
This is a game I really enjoyed. The various timelines(in the bookmarks) are respresented mostly accurately, and it is a good strategy game. You can be Ireland spreading the green-ness to the entire world, or be Byzantium and take back all the former Roman territories. And the mechanics are vastly improved over how they were in EU3. Not dumbed down, but instead made easier for people to use and for new people to figure out. I give this game a 10/10.
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17 of 25 people (68%) found this review helpful
2,078.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 24
Painting map simulator 2014.
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14 of 20 people (70%) found this review helpful
49.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 8
It's kind of like dust II, but with murdering natives.
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11 of 15 people (73%) found this review helpful
24.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 27
If you like this: You're a good gamer that loves Strategy.



If you dont like this: You're impatient with learning games and overall suck at Strategy and plays CoD everyday.


only 9.5/10 because I cant quick scope France.
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