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Release Date: Oct 30, 2014

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Paradox Development Studios ups the stakes with the latest and third expansion from Europa Universalis IV – The Art of War. Centered on the 30 Years War and bubbling political instability between church and state, this expansion features improved gameplay mechanics that’s puts warfare at the forefront of your quest for domination and triumph.

Improved naval combat and full army control means the course of victory rests solely on your shoulders. Will you choose to triumph alone or rely on the combat strengths of your allies? Your decision will decide if your empire lasts through the ages.

Main features:
  • 30 years War: Unique mechanics and events for the religious conflict that ravaged Europe.
  • Napoleonic Era: Fight for or against the revolution and create entirely new custom client countries on the map from your conquests.
  • Fighting on land or at sea: You can now sortie from sieges, transfer occupation to allies and give objectives to your subjects and allies. Entire Fleets can now be upgraded with one click, you can now mothball fleets to avoid paying maintenance, and your fleets can be set to automatically transport armies.
  • Marches: Turn your vessels into bulwarks against your enemies, getting less tax but strengthening their defenses.
  • Improved Diplomacy: Sell Surplus Ships, Fight for your subjects CB, Declare War in Support of Rebel factions in other countries and new peace options.
  • Gameplay Enhancements: Build entire armies in one click and abandon cores that you no longer wish to support.
  • Free Features for the accompanying patch: Completely new rebel mechanic, local autonomy on province level, new cardinal system for Catholics, new reformation mechanics and a new look map.

System Requirements

    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
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Very Positive (127 reviews)
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TheQuail
Posted: August 19
Such a massive upgrade to both vassals and war itself, this expansion is vital to those who are interested in more content for EU IV

It does cost a little too much, so just wait for a sale where it is usually under $15
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Scooterknight47
Posted: August 6
Frankly, the only reason I bought this DLC is because it was on sale, so I wouldn't pick this one up,

I'm pretty sure that almost everything listed above was eventually added to the game for free, so I'd only pick this one up if you have the money to spare, and even then, wait for a sale.
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hsr
Posted: May 6
What I find absolutely hilarious is the fact that the features contained within this garbage overpriced DLC are not even coded properly. Telling your allies to siege a province does literally nothing. I dare you to get a hold of this DLC and try to guide your allies/vassals. It's NOT going to work, because it doesn't.

Even something as seemingly simple and easy to code as building armies from templates is easily breakable. If there is a strait anywhere in your territory where you want to build, the army will be built on only one side of the strait. Keep in mind, this is what they are charging 15€ for. 15€ for a minuscule set of features you will quickly forget even exist, since they do not even work properly, so you abstain from ever using them. I could almost forgive this if you could make some semi-elaborate war plans for allies to follow. That would actually make wars where you need to depend on your stronger ally (that isn't France or Ottomans) for victory an enjoyable experience.

But, no, they just added this tiny icon on provinces where you can tell your allies/vassals to siege it. You cannot mark your own provinces to, for example, defend. You cannot make any sensible plans beyond, "siege this enemy province," which they will do after five million years. This is effectively worthless, because by the time they get to the province you have marked, the enemy side will be exhausted and losing anyway. What is the point, then? There is none. This feature is sh!t. Keep in mind that you pay 15€ for this.

Paradox is a horrid company, and I hope they go bankrupt. Stellaris is probably going to be just as cancerous as EUIV.
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Scrillo Play Games
Posted: May 1
The best DLC for EUIV arround.
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paynetcu
Posted: April 15
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justinchace722
Posted: April 7
I think that EU4 should do an expansion where they go ahead in time maybe 50-100 years.
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LuckyMia
Posted: March 8
Essential to war if you like to do that in the game. if you wana switzerland it for almost 400 years pass xD
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JCourtney
Posted: March 6
Must have DLC.
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SoSayWeAll
Posted: February 1
After being a long time fan of this series, I am dissapointed in the new direction they are taking with this product. The goal now, is to simply monetize every single aspect of this game, and make it unplayable unless you buy all the DLCs... This is unnaceptable Paradox.

For example, they patched the core 'vanilla' version of EU IV, to add a 'region development level' feature to the game. However, you cannot actually raise the development level of a region, unless you buy another dlc called "Common Sense"... Really!?! Why are you forcing this feature onto the vanilla version, if you need a dlc to fully play it? Pardon the pun, but it makes no sense.

Paradox is essentially going back, and making a game you bought in the past, unplayable. It's sad how how patches meant to fix bugs, and add positive features to a game, is now purposefully breaking it so you have to pay more money to fix it.

To quote Game of Thrones, SHAME!
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Harambe Kidnapped Marina Joyce
Posted: December 31, 2015
Great Expansion. However I havent figured out wether its named after Machievelli's Art of War or Sun Tzus Art of War.
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472 of 501 people (94%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
Recommended
Posted: October 30, 2014
Another great expansion for Europa Universalis: IV.


The Majority of the new features released today came with the free patch.
  • 900 New Provinces (45% of pre 1.8 EU4)
  • 100s of new nations
  • lots of new national ideas
  • Much more detailed non European regions, bringing them on par with the detail of Europe.


The Actual Expansion, for €20, has less than what is in the Patch. It has:


  • New 30 years war of 1618 mechanics, protestant and catholic leagues fighting over the new reforms.
  • Improved late game/napoleonic revolutionary mechanics - client states, fight with or against reforms
  • Marches, which are a new vassel, which work as buffer zones between stronger neighbours, in which they gain bonuses.
  • Army builder - very handy for setting up new Armies and Regiments without all the micromagement.

    Overall, if there was nothing but what the paid DLC gives you, I wouldn't say it would be worth it.

    However, the patch notes and additions and improvements added with the new 1.8 patch has been gigantic, and if you want to support the developers, you should get it, as the DLC is not really needed. Like Conquest of Paradise, Res Publica, or Wealth of Nations, the DLCs are not vital, they expand on areas of the game where players may want a more deeper game, while the free patches that came with them provided the meat of the content.
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303 of 348 people (87%) found this review helpful
35 people found this review funny
Recommended
Posted: November 1, 2014
This is why Paradox is rolling in dough:

- 900+ New provinces (Whole ROTW map changed)
- 150+ New country tags
- New formable nations!
- Marches! CLIENT STATES! MORE FEEDING!
- Rebel system upgraded
- Autonomy!!! (Damn you autonomy!) Very realistic.
- Did I mention Vassals are amazing? and with CLIENT STATES!? (YEEEESSS)
- 85+ nations got more National Ideas
- HELL YEAH

And finally, a ton of nifty new army and navy features you really can't go without.

BEST EXPANSION IN VIDEOGAME HISTORY

10,000,000/10,000,000 Thank you based Paradox

P.S. MUSIC IS AWESOME
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288 of 336 people (86%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
Posted: October 30, 2014
The Art of War is a fantastic expansion to a very complex and in-depth strategy title. While Europe had originally received the most attention to detail when the game was released, it has been refreshing to see the rest of the world receive just as much affection from the Paradox teams.

This expansion alone will add on hundreds of hours of replayability for those of you who enjoy the franchise.

In this case I can only endorse this title for the amount of content it adds.
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450 of 563 people (80%) found this review helpful
147 people found this review funny
Recommended
Posted: October 30, 2014
Worth every Ducat.
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138 of 151 people (91%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
Posted: October 30, 2014
Amazing update to an amazing strategy game.

1. You can declare war to return cores to your vassals now!

2. More provnices in the game!

3. You can sell old ships!

4. Different ideas/Idea revamps!

5. You can make marches out of your vassals! (Less tax but they get defensive bonus)

6. Fight for your vassals! Also, you can fight wars for rebels you are supporting!

7. You can reassign generals without having to "resign" them from an army first! (Less menu switching)

8. Ships automatically seek to transport troops if you right click them to go overseas to another province!

9. ....? (Im sure i'll find more awesome improvements!)

Thank you based Paradox!
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165 of 194 people (85%) found this review helpful
190 people found this review funny
Recommended
Posted: December 14, 2014
I paid £15 to be able to annex England as Wanka.

The rest is a bonus.
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138 of 173 people (80%) found this review helpful
17 people found this review funny
Recommended
Posted: October 31, 2014
Basically this turns the game into EU5.
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75 of 82 people (91%) found this review helpful
Recommended
Posted: February 25, 2015
Good expansion, but dissatisfyingly full of pretty essential gameplay mechanics, price is a bit too high. I'd recommend you to get it, but only on sale.
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65 of 74 people (88%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
Posted: June 10, 2015
Nice additions, bought on sale (75% - 5€),
but I feel these mechanics should have been in the base game.
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68 of 80 people (85%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
Posted: October 30, 2014
Yet another amazing well done and well researched DLC by Paradox. The amount of work and care they put into their games is just spectacular. Even though the biggest changes are added in the free patch, I totally recommend buying the DLC to support the devs. The new rebellion system is much more reliable and the new and more detailed provinces, nations and ideas add great detail and historical perspective. Also the auto-transport make the tedious unit transportation much easier. I totally recommend this, support the devs.
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