Everyone loves a good old expansion pack, don’t they? Especially Paradox Intereactive, who, at this weekend’s PDXCON have announced a slew of expansions, including a dive into the world of boardgames. We’ll get to that in a bit, for now, we’ll start with Stellaris.
Paradox are an awfully busy studio these days, I don’t know how head honcho, Fredrik Wester keeps everyone going! They’ve recently released a new expansion for Crusader Kings II, are working on an expansion for Europa Universalis IV and are busy working on updating Hearts of Iron IV. Busy bees indeed!
Paradox’s grand strategy game Europa Universalis IV is one of those games which keeps on giving with the new Common Sense expansion coming today along with a massive update to the base game which fundamentally changes how siege warfare works. It looks like a great set of free and paid-for changes. There’s even a video to show off what Paradox have been up to!
It took me a while to get into Europa Universalis IV when I played it last October, it was only once I turned to online play that things fell into place and I understood what the game was all about. With the Art of War DLC pack, I knew straight away what I wanted to do – dive into the Thirty Years War as one of the German states and cause some chaos.
Hard to believe at times that it was back in August that I talked about a host of upcoming Paradox Interactive releases and expansions. It is now November and the latest Europa Universalis IV expansion was released over the Halloween weekend. Find out more on the expansion after the break.
Paradox Interactive have had a busy week of Gamescom announcements and media blasts with a new trailer for Hearts of Iron IV leading the way. They followed that up by announcing Cities: Skylines, an expansive sequel to the Cities in Motion series with first details on expansion to Europa Universalis IV and Crusader Kings II then being revealed. Read on for the roundup.
Welcome to The Reticule’s definitive roundup of gaming releases throughout November 2013. All release dates stated are for the EU, across all currently available platforms including Playstation 4 and Xbox One.
I never thought I would find myself yearning to play more Europa Universalis but when I realise that I haven’t played it for a few weeks I find myself itching to get back to it. An Editor’s note here: this Verdict has been waiting to be published since before the Eurogamer Expo, trade shows are time-sinks just as much as Europa is.
I’ve been getting ever further involved in Europa Universalis IV over recent weeks thanks to some fantastic multiplayer matches with friend of The Reticule, Craig Lager. This really is a brilliantly deep game, and one that I am determined to deliver a Verdict on soon. For now though, I will have to play some more as Paradox Interactive have just released a hefty patch for this most grand of grand strategy games.
After the special edition of Our Week in Games last week we are back to our normal service with tales of conquest, rebellions and more. Gamescom has come and gone in the meantime with a PS4 release date and news that if you pre-order the Xbone you will get FIFA for free. What else has caught your eye?
The next couple of months are shaping up to provide fans of Grand Strategy (capitalised because they are Grand of course) games with a difficult choice, do they go for Rome II: Total War or Europa Universalis IV? It is most certainly going to be a good time for those who like to pretend they can rule the small known world in either the time of the Roman Empire or the whole globe across three centuries of monarchistic back-stabbing. How best to see how these two games shape up than with two videos which were released to the wild today.