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Victoria II

2 months ago

You can continue a Crusader Kings 3 world in Europa Universalis 4, then Victoria 2, then Hearts Of Iron 4

What to do when you've completed a Crusader Kings 3 campaign? You could start over as a new ruler in a new place, I suppose, but isn't that negligent? A truly responsible leader would steer their nation through the middle ages, the Victorian era, and World War 2. And you can do that thanks to a tool which transfers a CK3 world into Europa Universalis…

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3 years ago

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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4 years ago

Feature: And how they can do it better

How historical games integrate or ignore slavery

Video games always come with an expectation that the player will suspend disbelief to some extent. Genetically engineered super-soldier clones don’t exist, radiation has never and will never work like that, and overweight Italian plumbers could never make that jump. In most cases, if we are unwilling or unable to suspend our disbelief, we may well struggle to enjoy the game and our questioning of…

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5 years ago

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The 4X Genre Has Grown Stagnant, Here’s How To Fix It

When Civilization II came out, I spent an entire summer playing it for several hours a day. The only check on my binging was the fact that my parents would eventually come home and force me to pretend, for a few hours at least, that I cared about things other than Civilization II.I was a senior in college when Civilization IV arrived. I'd barely played…

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8 years ago

Apocalypse Then: Victoria II – Heart Of Darkness

Victoria II's Heart of Darkness expansion focuses on the colonisation of Africa but also bolsters the possibilities for smaller nations to meddle in global affairs. The enhanced colony mechanics include escalating crises, improved naval combat and expanded diplomatic negotiations, all of which will also impact on other nation-building activities. The expansion will be available on April 16th and pre-orders are now open, with a variety…

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The Conrad Is On: Victoria II – Heart Of Darkness

Victoria II has always felt a little incomprehensible to me and it's not just the time period or the focus on industry and empire. When I play strategy games, grand or otherwise, I tend to prefer taking control of a small entity. I'm no Ozymandias - my pedestal would read "Look upon my works, if ye like, I mean, if ye have a minute to…

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10 years ago

Colony Irrigation: Victoria 2 Goes Gold

We are not amused. But we will be, soon! Paradox Interactive's new political simulator, Victoria 2 (the sequel to their 2003 title Victoria: An Empire Under The Sun), has just gone gold, and it's coming out on August 13th. Seems like it'll provide more of that Europa Universalis style no-frills strategy, but with a few neat additions, like two countries colonising a province at the…

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