Europa Universalis IV is a brand new 4x strategy game where you can Explore, Expand, Exploit and Exterminate Europe during the Renaissance period of the four centuries between 1444 to 1821.
With typical free-form 4x gameplay, akin to the Sid Meier’s Civilization Series, Europa Universalis IV aims to be historically accurate with a depth of relevant knowledge to form the backdrop of your empire building.
Released to raves reviews across the board, Europa Universalis IV is a game to buy hot out of the oven.
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What makes Europa Universalis IV special, in a way that most sandbox-style strategy games fail, is that it’s unusually free of annoyances and contradictions that get in the way of enjoying alternate histories.
This is all done at a real-time pace, but it’s much less StarCraft than it is Civilization – you’ll be slowing, pausing, and accelerating time while making grand strategic decisions about what provinces to target, or where building trade will be most efficient, instead of the tactical choices of most RTS games.
What separates Europa Universalis from most other strategy games is its intense focus on being historical (for example, you can only play on the real-world map). You wouldn’t ever expect a game of Civilization to have a historical outcome–its scope is far too broad–but EU4 makes accurate outcomes seem plausible.
What makes Europa Universalis IV particularly interesting is how it tries to build plausible alternate histories.
The real beauty of EU4 comes from the variety of options for play. There are a few basic rules. The Earth is divided into a few hundred “provinces,” each holding resources and continually generating more cash and people for you to use for military, exploration, diplomatic influence, religious domination, etc. The complexity is a sort of emergent property of those restrictions, and their applications create a myriad of varied scenarios. It is entirely within your power, for example, to take the reins of Louis XIV, start a war with everyone, ride into battle with your foolishly out-of-touch leader as a general, get him killed in battle, convert your France into a more democratic society and avoid the French Revolution – or you could just take over the world. The possibilities aren’t endless, but when you can play as a fledgling Ottoman Empire and conquer Britain by 1500, it can certainly seem like it. Europa Universalis IV
The developers of Europa Universalis IV set out with an ambitious goal: to make their Renaissance-era strategy flagship accessible and intuitive to newcomers without sacrificing the depth and breadth that existing fans of the series love. The end result of this expedition is not only spectacular, but unlike the similarly ambitious explorers and colonists it portrays, it’s not going to give anyone smallpox.