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Europa Universalis IV is a global strategy game developed by Paradox Interactive. It is the fifth game in the series, not counting the add-ons.

Gameplay

The game can take place at any time starting from the late Middle Age to the Napolean Wars era. The player can control any country there is in the game. It is possible to choose any starting date from November 11th, 1444 to January 1st, 1821.

The player controls every aspect of life in his country. Diplomacy, religion (with each religion having its own development system), trading, science, and exploring the new lands (such as the Americas, Africa, and Australia). The player also has the country's military under their control. Every aspect of that time's society falls totally under the control of the player. You can build a new colonial superpower, become a dictator, establish a total dictatorship, or create a prosperous, democratic trade empire.

There is no clear objective in the game. Instead, it is set by the player. However, the developers try to guide the player into playing certain scenarios by using the in-game achievement system. For example, one of the game's achievements is to unite Italy.

It is also possible to transfer the progress from another game made by Paradox Interactive, Crusader Kings 2, to Europa Universalis IV.

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Developer
Paradox Development Studio
Publisher
Paradox Interactive
Age rating
Not rated
Website
http://www.europauniversalis4.com

System requirements for PC

Minimum:
  • OS:Windows 7/Windows 8
  • Processor:Intel® Pentium® IV 2.4 GHz eller AMD 3500+
  • Memory:2 GB RAM
  • Graphics:NVIDIA® GeForce 8800 or ATI Radeon® X1900, 512mb video memory required
  • DirectX®:9.0c
  • Hard Drive:2 GB HD space
  • Sound:Direct X- compatible soundcard
  • Other Requirements:Broadband Internet connection
  • Additional:Controller support: 3-button mouse, keyboard and speakers. Internet Connection or LAN for multiplayer
Recommended:
  • OS:/Windows 7/Windows 8
  • Processor:Intel® Pentium® IV 2.4 GHz or AMD 3500+
  • Memory:2 GB RAM
  • Graphics:NVIDIA® GeForce 8800 or ATI Radeon® X1900, 1024mb video memory recommended
  • DirectX®:9.0c
  • Hard Drive:2 GB HD space
  • Sound:Direct X-compatible soundcard
  • Other Requirements:Broadband Internet connection
  • Additional:Controller support: 3-button mouse, keyboard and speakers. Internet Connection or LAN for multiplayer

System requirements for Linux

Minimum:
  • OS:Ubuntu 14.04 LTS
  • Processor:Intel Core Duo Processor (2GHz or better)
  • Memory:2 GB RAM
  • Graphics:ATI Radeon HD 6750 / NVIDIA GeForce 320 / NVIDIA GeForce 9600 or higher, 1024MB graphics memory required
  • Hard Drive:2 GB HD space
  • Other Requirements:Broadband Internet connection
  • Additional:GLSL 1.3, OpenGL 2.1. Controller support: 3-button mouse, keyboard and speakers. Internet Connection or LAN for multiplayer
Recommended:
  • OS:Ubuntu 14.04 LTS
  • Processor:Intel Core Duo Processor (2GHz or better)
  • Memory:2 GB RAM
  • Graphics:ATI Radeon HD 6750 / NVIDIA GeForce 320 / NVIDIA GeForce 9600 or higher, 1024MB graphics memory required
  • Hard Drive:2 GB HD space
  • Other Requirements:Broadband Internet connection
  • Additional:GLSL 1.3, OpenGL 2.1. Controller support: 3-button mouse, keyboard and speakers. Internet Connection or LAN for multiplayer

System requirements for macOS

Minimum:
  • OS:Mac OS X 10.6.8 or better
  • Processor:Intel Core Duo Processor (2GHz or better)
  • Memory:2 GB RAM
  • Graphics:ATI Radeon HD 6750 / NVIDIA GeForce 320 / NVIDIA GeForce 9600 or higher, 1024MB graphics memory required
  • Hard Drive:2 GB HD space
  • Other Requirements:Broadband Internet connection
  • Additional:GLSL 1.3, OpenGL 2.1. Controller support: 3-button mouse, keyboard and speakers. Internet Connection or LAN for multiplayer
Recommended:
  • OS:Mac OS X 10.6.8 or better
  • Processor:Intel Core Duo Processor (2GHz or better)
  • Memory:2 GB RAM
  • Graphics:ATI Radeon HD 6750 / NVIDIA GeForce 320 / NVIDIA GeForce 9600 or higher, 1024MB graphics memory required
  • Hard Drive:2 GB HD space
  • Other Requirements:Broadband Internet connection
  • Additional:GLSL 1.3, OpenGL 2.1. Controller support: 3-button mouse, keyboard and speakers. Internet Connection or LAN for multiplayer
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Europa Universalis IV by Paradox One of the best Strategy game that has been sclimbing my Screen in over 20 Years of gaming experience. Story & Gameplay I start with the Story, because there are none. If you are looking for a Campaign, you are looking for AN EU IV in vain. It's more about starting in 1444 with any Nation that existed at the Time and then trying its Luck until 1821. Whether you are simply trying to survive with a small Country like Hesse or trying to conquer the whole world, you are completely self-evident. By The way, it is not only Europe that is at your disposal, even if the Name suggests so. If you want to start with one of the Japanese Daymios or see how far you can get with a Native American Tribe, you can do so at any time. The Game takes place in Real time, but can always be paused in Order to react appropriately to events (E.g. Death of the Ruler, declaration of War, etc.) or to weigh decisions calmly. At the Speed of the Game you have 5 different Levels, some of which you hardly need at all and others very often, depending on what is going on in the World. There is actually always something going on, which means that the Game also requires permanent Attention and punishes you without gland if you are not careful. Alliances want to be forged and preserved, because one is very quickly thrown up, especially at the Beginning of The game. Claims want to be fingered and Lands conquered. By the Way, the battles are automatically fought by the Computer, with some Factors, such as Luck, the Values of the General (if any), Terrain Mali and a few other Things playing a role. In addition, research needs to be done and Ideas developed further. With The help of the latter, you can then also partially access special Game Mechanics such as Colonization and, above all, individualize your Style of Play. But you can never ignore your Economy all around it, at least if you don't want to get into debt until the whole Country collapses. Religion must not be ignored, either. Not only does the Unrest in the Country arise when there are too many people of Different Faiths, Belonging to a particular Religion could also lead you straight into a War. In Short, the Game is not only incredibly profound, in almost every Area, the individual Areas are also very closely and comprehensibly linked and require, which one has a Constant view of the Overall Situation and always acts in a foresight. By the Way, I would like to criticise the incredibly bad Tutorial after you are not really smarter. Who you start a Game right after the Do, you should be prepared to fail gloriously. It makes more Sense to watch a Tube on Youtube or a Lets Play And only then enter the Game. I would also like to Highlight the Issue OF DLC. I wouldn't recommend this Game without DLC! Art of War and Wealth of Nations are extential in my View. In fact, all content DLC's improve the Game significantly. If you want to get up to The EU IV, you should therefore also put a little more money aside, and even since you are still being pushed back on it. Graphics & Sound The Graphics are paradoxical typically very useful. With the Help of DLC, some Units can still be washed up, but in my Opinion this is quite pointless, because the Graphics are not one of the Strengths of this Game either way. The Soundtrack is great. After All, after more than 900 Hours of Playing, he has never got on my Nerves before. Some pieces of Music I can even listen to in Continuous Loop. Some Events also have a very special Sound effect, so that after a While you just know what has happened or could have happened (E.g. a drop in stability). Conclusion Actually, I could still write several Pages full, as the Game is just way too complex for a simple Review. My Tip: Watch a Lets Play And then decide (the Demo is not appropriate, so you shouldn't be advising it) if this Game is for you. In my Eyes, though, it's a Must have for Strategy Game fans! But once Again beware: As already mentioned, it would rather plan a little more Money. Even if you only have the current (Booth 09.10.18) 14! You can fetch indeals at an additional €215 approx. (Original Price). That's why I would advise you to buy the "Empire Founder Pack," as it already includes 3 good DLC. If the Review has helped you fall then follow our Review Program and if you want to tell me something about this Review then he likes to write in the Comments.
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