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Europa Universalis IV

1 week ago

Feature: Veni, videogame, vici

Imperator: Rome finds the difference between obstruction and intimidation

Bugger me, Paradox Interactive’s grand strategy games are a lot, right? If I could put that even more in bold, I would have fattened up like a sacrificial pig before god-appeasing slaughter, because they really are. My experience with Crusader Kings II, for example, mainly involved me staring at menus for half an hour then crushing half a pack of ibuprofen into a fine powder,…

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3 weeks ago

Pirate nations plunder Spanish gold in Europa Universalis 4: Golden Century

The next expansion for Europa Universalis 4 is taking the grand strategy game into a particularly high-stakes part of history. Golden Century is set to expand on the naval aspect of the game, building on the Spanish Reconquista and a broad focus on the Iberian peninsula. Where there's mountains of stolen Aztec gold, there's opportunity, and the chance to tussle with or even play as…

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1 month ago

Feature: The children of the night impale Ottomans

Dracula’s Revenge: conquering Europa Universalis IV as Romania

Impaling the Ottoman Sultan was not part of the plan. When the Ottoman Empire declared war on tiny Moldavia, my objective was to survive, not to murder the most powerful king in the region. Moldavia, which in 1444 begins the game with a handful of provinces and neighbours eager to conquer them, defeated the last of the Ottoman Empire’s armies on the European side of…

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3 months ago

Europa Universalis IV packs its trunk for Dharma expansion

Historical conquer 'em up Europa Universalis IV got its newest expansion yesterday, Dharma, which adds elephants, monsoons, trade company shenanigans, and an overhaul to the Indian nations. Basically, it lets European nations engage in their traditional love of colonial economic browbeating, but also gives smaller individual Indian states more attention, with new missions and national ideas of their own. You should come and read more.…

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4 months ago

Europa Universalis IV: Dharma expansion scornfully insults you in September

“Don’t you go to Goa,” a wise band once sang. Well, eat my dust, Alabama 3. I’ll go wherever I please, up to and including Goa. But fair enough, I can’t afford the airplane ticket. I’ll have to just play strategy game Europa Universalis IV’s upcoming Dharma expansion, which is reworking the Indian provinces on September 6. It’s adding ruthless European charter companies to the…

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5 months ago

The 100 best-selling games on Steam in 2018 so far

We've just passed the half-way point of 2018, so Ian Gatekeeper and all his fabulously wealthy chums over at Valve have revealed which hundred games have sold best on Steam over the past six months. It's a list dominated by pre-2018 names, to be frank, a great many of which you'll be expected, but there are a few surprises in there. 2018 releases Jurassic World…

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6 months ago

Feature: From reformed pagans to unreformed sharks

What’s next for Crusader Kings 2, EUIV and Hearts of Iron IV DLC

The Paradox DLC factory continues to diligently extend the lives of its myriad grand strategy romps, with all but Stellaris getting new DLC announcements at PDXCON last month. We’re getting restless pagan warriors, war elephants and even some sharks. If you can match the feature to the game, you get a polite nod of respect. Rather than tiring you out, making you click on three…

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7 months ago

Europa Universalis IV waging war in another real castle when Grandest LAN Party returns

Power-hungry Europa Universalis IV players in capes and funny hats will stalk the halls of a Polish castle when the historical grand strategy game's four-day LAN-o-LARP event 'The Grandest LAN Party' returns in November. We sent our boy Brendy to last year's forty-person rumble, and his two-part report on the intrigue and drama of diplomats skulking around a castle and holding secret talks while their…

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12 months ago

Feature: The biggest hits of the past 12 months

These are the top 100 Steam games of 2017

Another year over, a new one just begun, which means, impossibly, even more games. But what about last year? Which were the games that most people were buying and, more importantly, playing? As is now something of a tradition, Valve have let slip a big ol' breakdown of the most successful titles released on Steam over the past twelve months. Below is the full, hundred-strong…

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1 year ago

It’s grand strat-a-day: Crusader Kings II and EU IV both expand today

With this week's release of Star Wars: Battlecrate 2 marking the end of big, noisy shooter silly season, there's a whole lot more breathing space for a wider variety of games. Case in point, a double-whammy of DLC for Paradox's grand strategy heaviest-hitters, Crusader Kings II and Europa Universalis IV. Big add-ons for both have landed today, with CK2: Jade Dragon putting China front'n'centre, and…

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Steam’s Halloween Sale is great for grand strategy

With Halloween fast approaching, I’ve been spending a lot of time thinking about typical spooky things: ghouls and ghosts, vampires and werewolves, marrying off my daughter to an appropriate suitor and the best trade strategy to dominate the Aegean. The Steam Halloween Sale is in full swing until November 1, and thanks to Paradox Interactive, it’s full of grand strategy games.

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Feature: Of Mughals and men

Kings of the castle: the forty-person strategy game of Europa Universalis IV held in a Polish fortress, part 2

We sent Brendan to a castle in Poland to witness a giant session of strategy game Europa Universalis IV [official site]. In this final report, he tells us of the manipulative merchant kings of India, and how blood money corrupted the world. You can read part 1 here I’m eating soup with the ministers from Malaysia, Italy and Bavaria when the head diplomat of Mughal…

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Feature: The grandest game

Kings of the castle: the forty-person strategy game of Europa Universalis IV held in a Polish fortress, part 1

We sent Brendan to a castle in Poland to witness a giant session of strategy game Europa Universalis IV [official site]. In the first of a two-part report, he tells us of war-hungry Germans, scheming Saxons and unlucky Irish - the victims and villains of an epic four-day LAN party I wake up to the sound of muskets. Outside, the ministers of France, Japan and…

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Feature: The great LAN war

40 people are playing Europa Universalis IV together in a real castle

[Update: the organisers have now set up a Twitch livestream for this, which you can see here] Hello from Poland, where I am currently living in a castle with forty angry strategy gamers. The castle is Zamek Czocha, a 13th century fortress that has been occupied more times than an airport toilet cubicle. This week its invaders are the Grandest LAN Party, a giant multiplayer…

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Europa Universalis IV: Cradle of Civilization announced

Paradox's historical strategy Europa Universalis IV [official site] will expand once more later this year with Cradle of Civilization, the next paid expansion. Its main focus is Muslim empires, expanding and reworking the Persian region and Islam. And as is the Paradox strategy way, the expansion will be accompanied by a free update bringing related changes for all players.

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I’m guilty of doing very silly things to Bohemia in Europa Universalis 4

As a wayward youth, I spent many an hour scribbling willies of all shapes and sizes on school jotters. As a respectable, responsible adult, I’ve graduated to ruining multiplayer games instead. Specifically online games of Europa Universalis 4. Bohemia is my muse, and I’ll never stop trying to make it look like a winky.

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Paradox giving games to customers affected by regional price rises

Paradox have started handing out games as compensation to those affected by their recent surprise regional price hikes. Prices went up by only a few percent for some people but almost doubled for others. Paradox have reverted the prices now. They had thought they might be able to give partial refunds but that's proved unworkable. Instead, anyone who bought Paradox products at the higher prices…

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Feature: Strategy of place

Civ 6, EUIV and Endless Legend designers on how their strategy games create the illusion of a world

Big, slow, sweeping strategy games expose their rules in a way no other game does. Call of Duty doesn’t have floating numbers above enemy heads, telling you their movement speed, for example. But in most 4X and grand strategy games, there is no attempt to hide exactly how everything works: the stats, their interactions, are all laid out and plain to see. Yet these games…

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Europa Universalis IV and Hearts of Iron IV DLC looks to the East

Adam is away at E3 and thus someone who isn't Adam needs to develop emotions and/or words regarding the new DLC available for two of Paradox's grand strategy games, Europa Universalis IV [official site] and Hearts of Iron IV [official site]. That person is me so I was hoping that somehow it was an under-the-sea expansion of some kind. The fact that the DLCs are…

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2 years ago

Feature: "The next Crusader Kings could be an RPG"

Paradox on the future of historical strategy, RPGs and their internal development studio

At the Paradox Convention last month, I was hoping to see something new from Paradox Development Studio, the internal team responsible for the company's core strategy titles. There were new expansions for Europa Universalis IV [official site] and Hearts of Iron IV [official site], and the hiring of Jon Shafer is an interesting move, but no actual games were announced. I sat down with creative…

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