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Europa Universalis IV

4 years ago

Steppe Up: Europa Universalis IV – The Cossacks

The next expansion for Europa Universalis IV [official site] goes by the name The Cossacks and it'll be with us before the end of the year. As the name suggests, there's a spotlight on the independent soldiers of the steppes but the new features mostly seem to improve your options for peacetime management. The key addition is the "Estate system", which allows you to assign…

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End Times: Europa Universal IV’s Million-Man Battle

Paradox Interactive's grand strategy games create extraordinary scenarios. Often they're based around small, local events - everyone seems to love sharing Crusader Kings II's twisted family trees and tales of incest, treachery and knives in the dark - but occasionally a story emerges that shows how preposterous and impressive these games can be at the other end of the scale. I've never seen anything quite…

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Europa Universalis IV Adds A Little Common Sense

Common Sense prevails! At least in Europa Universalis IV [official site], since that's the name of its new expansion. It won't let you shrug off the monarchy like it ain't no thang, but it will add "new tools so players can manage the growth of their domains", and "adds depth to domestic rule and adds a number of major changes to diplomacy." Come see a…

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5 years ago

Old World, New World: EU IV – El Dorado

Europa Universalis IV's [official site] fifth expansion will be released on February 26th. It adds automated land and sea exploration, with chained story events involving expeditions to the New World, as well as increased depth for Aztec, Mesoamerican and Incan cultures. Separate to those thematic expansions, there will also be a custom nation building tool, with RPG-style point allocation for national traits, leader stats and…

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Art Game: Europa Universalis IV: Art Of War Expansion Out

I like to avoid conflict Europa Universalis IV as much as possible, preferring to play small nations prioritising survival, and seeing what happens if I decide to convert to protestantism. The new Art of War expansion might compel me to dabble more deeply with the grand strategy game's options for aggression and conquest, though. It's got 100 new countries, it revamps the Reformation to encourage…

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Grander Strategies: EU IV And CK II Expansions

I haven't checked in on Europa Universalis IV or Crusader Kings II for a while, but both games continue to expand in my absence. For Crusader Kings II, the Charlemagne expansion pushes back further into the early medieval period, with another hundred years added to the timeline and enough features to make the DLC equivalent in size to the gargantuan Old Gods expansion. EU IV's…

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History Completing Itself: EU IV And CK II Still Growing

I don't think I'd mind if Crusader Kings II received fresh DLC for the next twenty years. Judging by the latest announcement, which I witnessed live at a fan gathering/press conference at Gamescom, the greatest medieval strategy RPG-sim of all time might soon be simply the greatest historical RPG-sim of all time. The upcoming Charlemagne expansion brings the possible start date ever closer to the…

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Ready To Go: Europa Universalis IV’s Res Publica Expansion

Where does DLC end and an expansion begin? What's the difference between DLC and a mini-expansion? Are all downloadable expansions DLC anyway? Stirring those muddy waters with a stick and giggling, those Paradox rascals have released what they're calling "the third expansion" for Europa Universalis IV, which they're also saying is sort of a "mini-expansion." What scamps. Res Publica is out now in the usual…

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Almost Ready To Go: EU IV – Res Publica

Europa Universalis IV's Wealth Of Nations expansion is practically named after me, so I'm more than a little disappointed that I didn't find time to plunder its depths. Announcement that the game was expanding again sent me into a cycle of mildly obsessive panic. If I haven't mastered Wealth Of Nations, how can I be expected to unpick the changes that Res Publica brings? I…

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Fair Trade: Europa Universalis IV Wealth Of Nations Out Now

Every time I write about a Crusader Kings or Europa Universalis expansion, I make fun of it for being hopelessly nerdy. Why can't I just be honest about my feelings without hiding behind a self-conscious veneer of silliness? Why can't I just come out and profess my love directly: these games are boss, and I don't care who knows that I'm interested in Europa Universalis…

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6 years ago

Trading Places: Europa Universalis Expansion Announced

As the second coolest person at RPS, I've spent many hours in Europa Universalis IV, attempting to conquer Venice as that lovable nation state, Austria. If you're only as cool as the third or fourth coolest person at RPS, you might not know that Venice is valuable because it's a centre of trade. If you're not as cool as me, you might also not know…

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The Great Unknown: EU IV – Conquest Of Paradise

As several commenters pointed out, all of the screenshots that accompanied my Conquest of Paradise interview showed either Europe or usual Americas. The ones that you can see on any map. A few images of the randomly generated New Worlds had been released in developer diaries on the EU IV forums but I was expecting a video before release and, my spyglass confirms that we're…

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Go Native: Europa Universalis IV Introduces New World

I haven't returned to the fields of European conquest since the weeks immediately after Europa Universalis IV's release, because my Austrian struggles seemed like a personal canonical history I couldn't repeat or replace. The Conquest of Paradise expansion might lure me back with a new world of promise, however. It's due for release on January 14th, and a new developer diary video below explains the…

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The New Worlds: EU IV – Conquest of Paradise

Sunset Invasion is the only expansion I don't use in my regular Crusader Kings II campaigns. It's not that I object to a spot of alternate history - that's what the game generates - but the Aztec assault never felt comfortable, partly because it's a triggered event rather than emergent possibility. It was with a degree of trepidation that I read the press release about…

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Splendid: The Europa Universalis IV Demo Is Here

Cancel all plans. Paradox have just dropped the Europa Universalis IV demo on to Steam. They could have waited until the end of business hours on Friday, leaving it there as a pleasant treat for weary commuters to discover as they crack open the first beer of the weekend, or take the first sip of calm-inducing brewed leaves, but no. They have released the demo…

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Conversion Conversation: Europa Universalis IV

Paradox have uploaded a brief highlight reel from their recent broadcast, in which the save game converter for Europa Universalis IV and Crusader Kings II was discussed. The hosts are Paradox Development Studio manager Johan Andersson and Crusader Kings II lead Henrik Fahraeus, and at one point they fight, Henrik wielding a sword and Johan a lightsaber. These are serious men discussing serious business. The…

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For The Glory: EU IV Contains CK II Save Game Converter

Paradox have sounded the news bugle to announce that Crusader Kings II, the game that has continued to expand and consume my days throughout 2013, is refusing to abdicate its crown. A polite ruler would step aside to make room for the next in line to the throne, but CK II has never been polite. It's a devious, murderous omnicidal lord and it will never…

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Music And Maps: Europa Universal IV

We are approaching the historical strategy event horizon. I've been playing Civ V all weekend, exploring the Brave New World expansion, which has sucked me back with all the effectiveness of a vacuum cleaner in a black hole, triggering a late night Michael Corleone impression that left my flatmate concerned for my wellbeing. Then there's Rome War: Total: The Second, which threatens to march into…

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Selling Europe By The Pound: EU IV

Preordering anything in a digital format seems like an odd thing to do, unless you're absolutely confident of the product's quality and are getting some form of discount. Otherwise, why not wait, look for the best deal on release day and purchase then? All of that said, Europa Universalis IV is now available for preorder and, having spent almost a hundred hours with the pre-release…

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Feature: Mostly Corpses

The End Of Days: Europa Universalis IV Diary Part Two

The story so far. Twenty people gathered in Stockholm to engage in a multiplayer Europa Universalis IV session. On the first day, I made France powerful and formed an unnatural alliance with the English. And then I blew it all by misinterpreting an aspect of the game and splintering my own country. No matter. Mistakes are learning experiences and, with that in mind, I was…

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