Conclusion: All this isn’t to say that Paradox has perfected the grand strategy formula. I still had to look up a YouTube video series to figure out some of the more complex gameplay systems, and sometimes the reason the player can or cannot do something is not clearly explained. However, Europa Universalis IV has taken grand strategy to the point that it doesn’t require much more time investment than other strategy games.
Summary: Despite simply being better than ninjas, pirates have not gotten as much appreciation in video games. We've seen two incarnations of Sid Meier's Pirates! , the Monkey Island games, and the Akella pirate games ( Pirates of the Caribbean , Sea Dogs , Age of Pirates ) to name a few, but a full-fledged pirate roleplaying game with naval combat has never really come close to perfection.
Conclusion: In summary, Europa Universalis is a worthy addition to the grand strategy genre. While it has certain teething pains, I believe that they can be easily ironed out. Paradox have a storied tradition of farming out dlc within a year of the release of the game. I look forward to seeing what comes next in the game, maybe a little expansion on the eastern factions?
Pros: The title is more accessible than previous iterations in the series, but still retains the level of complexity., The multiplayer is, for the most part, stable – allowing for emergent gameplay., The save transfer from Crusader Kings 2 can easily change the balance of power in Europe.
Cons: AI can be a little illogical at times, Larger multiplayer games can be unstable.
Summary: Like Crusader Kings II, Europa Universalis IV retains the depth and complexity of its forebears while offering newcomers a way into the absorbing strategic shenanigans of 15th-18th Century power politics.
Conclusion: Europa Universalis: Rome likes to give you plenty to think about aside from just what province is next on your shopping list. From strategic trading, the recruiting of legions, where to garrison them, who’s right for the job from governor to general – Rome is possibly one of the only games out there that can really give gamers a glimpse into just how pressured emerging super powers were. After all Rome wasn’t built in a day, let Paradox show you why.
Conclusion: For all its faults though, Pirates of Black Cove is a very endearing game. Its playful nature, its colourful vision of a pirate-infested Caribbean, and it’s knowingly terrible jokes make it an inoffensive and pleasantly innocent experience Don’t bring me that horizon, because I quite like it here.
Excerpt: It seems like gamers tend to love titles that center around pirates and zombies, and I'm no exception. Pirates of Black Cove is obviously all about the former, and I think it lives up to its namesake by running the gamut between a casual game that anyone can play and a complex RPG/Adventure that will keep hardcore players up late at night too. Of course any game about pirates has to be compared to THE game about pirates, the one by Sid Meier.
Excerpt: Here’s something you might not know about me: I love Sid Meier’s Pirates , and every time I sit down to play it, I drink rum. Without fail. If it’s an evening set aside for playing Pirates, then rum is not optional. So next time someone says to you that they’re nerdy, you can ask them whether they have ever thematically paired their videogaming and drinking habits.
Pros: Simplistic, Great voice acting, Evocative maps / levels