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Europa Universalis IV [Online Game Code]

by Paradox Interactive
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4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews) 87 / 100

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Platform: PC/Mac Download | Edition: Standard
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  • ASIN: B00D6K41V0
  • Release Date: August 13, 2013
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
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Platform: PC/Mac Download | Edition: Standard

Fulfill your quest for global domination

Paradox Development Studio is back with the fourth installment of the game that defined the Grand Strategy Genre. Europa Universalis IV gives you control of a nation to guide through the years in order to create a dominant global empire. Rule your nation through the centuries, with unparalleled freedom, depth and historical accuracy.

True exploration, trade, warfare and diplomacy will be brought to life in this epic title rife with rich strategic and tactical depth.

Main Features:

  • Make your own decisions: Nation building is flexible. Decide your own form of government, the structure of your society, trade politics and more. The possibilities are endless
  • Use your Monarch Power: Experience the new system of monarch power where your choices are influenced by the caliber of the man you have at the top. Do you have a warrior King? Then it is time to make war
  • Experience history come to life: The great people and personalities of the past are on hand to support you. Thousands of historical events guide you, creating a unique atmosphere depending on the country you play
  • The world is now your playground: Players can enjoy over 300 years of gameplay with a lush topographic map in full 3D. Lead any one of more than 250 countries that originally existed during the game’s extensive time span
  • Experience the all new trade system: The trade system adds a new dimension to the great trade empires of the period. Seize control of key ports to expand your trade, support it with your powerful fleet and the wealth of the world will flow to you
  • Bring out your diplomatic skills: Deeper diplomatic gameplay with coalitions, threats, fleet basing rights and detailed support for rebels. Featuring a new unilateral opinion system that, for example, allows a country to dislike you while you remain neutral towards them
  • Engage in Multiplayer: Battle against your friends or try the co-operative multiplayer mode that allows several players to work together to control a single nation with up to 32 players. Featuring hotjoin, improved chat, new matchmaking servers and support for a standalone servers
  • Create your own history & customize your game: Europa Universalis IV gives you the chance to customize and mod practically anything your heart may desire



PC Requirements
Minimum System Requirements:
  • OS:XP/Vista/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 System Requirements:
  • OS:XP/Vista/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 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


Mac Requirements
Minimum System Requirements:
  • 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 System Requirements:
  • 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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26 of 32 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing October 1, 2013
Platform for Display:PC/Mac Download|Edition:Standard
EU4 released to good reviews and I've spent more than 200 hours playing over the last two months. If you've never played a prior version, it's tough to sum up in a sentence or two. You play as any country anywhere on earth that existed in 1444, and you can roll the clock forward more than three centuries and play as any country that existed in any of those years (the game still ends in 1820, though). Generally, pick powerful countries when you're new to the game, and weaker ones as you improve.

EU4 improves many areas of play from EU3. Trade is better by leaps and bounds. Navy is integrated into trade and a real necessity. Diplomatic relations are improved by spending Diplomat time, a limited resource. The Monarch Points system is a good way to make you choose between priorities, though when you get stuck with an awful leader for decades, you may learn to hate it. The biggest change is that EU4 nations are no longer as vanilla as EU3, every one has different National Ideas, bonuses you get when you make certain other improvements (these other improvements are the same for any nation). There's a big difference between countries, and it shows when you go up against them, or if you play as them.

All in all, there are many improvements in the look of the game, in the mechanics, and yet the core of the game is the same EU I've been playing for more than a decade. Or it was. The Devs decided that the way people were playing the game when it was released involved too many easy ways of succeeding. They released version 1.2, which added some free stuff and interface improvements, but clamped down on expanding. Now, this is a war game at heart. If you're not expanding, you're not playing (with the exception of Colonial/Trade only powers such as Portugal).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Improvements Over EU3 December 17, 2013
Platform for Display:PC/Mac Download| Edition:Standard|Verified Purchase
I've been playing this game series since EU2 (Love that game) and I thought the additions made to EU3 were great. I loved the different government types (I always thought having a royal marriage with the USA was hilarious in EU2), national ideas, spys, and colonial tweaks were great. However, I always had the feeling that EU3 was unfinished and unpolished, and just overall very clunky. It's my belief that EU4 is what EU3 should have been.

The interface is sleeker and easier to navigate, and the tool tips are very helpful. There are meriads of changes that have been implemented. Rather than having to deligate monthly funds into research, military, colonies and other things, you are now given a system of "power" points. You earn a certain number of these every month and you can choose what to do with them, like research, stability increases or whatever is appropriate. I will gripe that the new system is less realistic with real countries, butthe new system is more fun, makes it easier to get money, and stops you from going OCD over your economy tab. The AI is a big improvement. I always thought the AI in EU3 were a little soft and weren't as aggressive as in EU2. EU4 AI are much more aggressive and impose a greater challenge, which is fun. I'm still playing through the game and haven't seen all the changes yet but It's a solid game. If you're new to the series, this is a great place to start.

A couple gripes that I have with the game are as follows:

The country management UI is not scalable to different resolutions. I use a 1920 by 1080 monitor and the country managment UI is still this tiny little window where all of your decisions are minimized. It's really annoying to have to maximize and minimize all the diplomacy tabs all the time.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Is this a game or is it a career? January 26, 2014
By Jim K
Platform for Display:PC/Mac Download|Edition:Standard
I bought this game looking for a fun time-killer along the lines of the Civ games I played years ago. On the one hand, it totally delivers. On the other hand, it over-delivers so much that it's unplayable for me.

This game is very complex and involves a great deal of micromanagement. So much that as you work your way through the tutorials you get the feeling you are not so much playing a game as running a detailed kingdom simulator.

Me, I pulled the rip-cord because if I'm going to work this hard I'd rather get paid for it. If you're looking for a fun distraction between bouts of meatspace productivity, look elsewhere. There's a reason a lot of the positive reviewers on Steam have over 300 hours logged.

That said, the game is nicely done and is exactly what it tries to be.

Negatives: I am on a Mac and hit a few crashes launching the game, but it recovered ok. Also, the text is very small and hard to read on my 15" laptop. (And there is a lot of it).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great formula keeps getting better January 3, 2014
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EU3 was a fantastic game, and EU4 improves the game even further. Refinements to various systems, like trade and colonization make those much more fun. The game is hard, as always, but with good planning you can outsmart the other nations. Highly recommended for fans of Paradox strategy games and fans of strategy in general - if this is your first time playing one of their games, definitely check the online wiki's and guides to help you out. These games are very complex with a steep learning curve, but very rewarding once you get the hang of it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Paradox doesn't disapoint
Excellent game. My favorite Paradox game is still Crusader Kings II but Europa (3 and 4) are really great games as well.
Published 1 month ago by Joe T.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great game
I would unequivocally recommend this game for anyone if you can get it for $10 when it is on sale. For anybody who is interested in strategy games or simcity style games, I would... Read more
Published 1 month ago by TA
5.0 out of 5 stars Great game
Easy to get into. You could play the whole game without a lot if micromanagement, but you wouldn't do as well. Learning to manage everything can take a while.
Published 1 month ago by Eduardo Jimenez
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast download
Easy and quick download did not have any issues. Kids were happy with the speed of the download and happy with the game
Published 1 month ago by cbelle
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Bad
This game is good on graphics, content, and interface, but wasn't really that much of an improvement to its predecessors. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Onesimus
1.0 out of 5 stars Does not work for Ubuntu
This product was advertised to be compatible with Ubuntu 12.04. It is not. It does not run.
I bought this product for my kid. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Joe Briggs
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Addicting
Warning: It's very addicting. You will spend hours seeing if your choice of strategy is geopolitically viable. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jeff Gugliotta
5.0 out of 5 stars Loving it
I've played a lot of Crusader Kings II and never the EU games, so this is my first installment. I love the strategy and depth of it. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mexz
5.0 out of 5 stars Excelente
Fantastic and quick. I managed to get this for $10 when there wasn't actually a Steam Sale for this game.
Published 3 months ago by Panashe Majachani
5.0 out of 5 stars Grand strategy rules
awesome, totally worth it. If you like grand strategy, this is the game for you. Russia is the best by the way.
Published 3 months ago by Kyle Clark
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