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Epic! Heaven for a Geopolitics Junky!,
This review is from: Europa Universalis IV Digital Extreme Edition [Online Game Code] (Software Download)
*Strategy over Tactics, Geopolitics over Battlefields
*Choose ANY nation on the planet
*400 years of History
*Dynamic, and Realistic events, progression, and AI
First of all, considering I've spent most of the last several days since launch either playing EUIV or thinking about EUIV, and how its THE game I've always been looking for in a grand strategy game, it saddens me that the first two reviews on here knock EUIV for technical delivery issues that have nothing to do with the game, nor have I experienced... Anyways!
I'm traditionally a Total War fanatic, and yes I'm counting the seconds until TW:Rome2 like any other, however as much as I like a good tactical battle in its swords, screams, and glory, what I've always loved most about Total War and Civilization games is the gameplay on the macro level, the geopolitics between nations etc, and this game focuses exclusively on that. Yes there's war a plenty, and its fun, dynamic and realistic, but you don't have to focus on the tactical of battles, you have military people for that, you focus on everything else which is more than enough.
In addition to the huge timescape, from the 1400's to the 1800's, the graphics are stunning, the politics, economics, warfare, everything its so dynamic so realistic, it feels so like your taking charge of a real country during the time period. I started out playing as Castille in Spain and watched from afar as France and England duked it out at the end of the 100 years war, and France finally began to coalesce into a real nation state of its own, all the while marrying into Arogon, Portugal, and Austria out of necessity and setting the seeds for Charles to lead the Holy Roman Empire in Spain, Netherlands, and Austria, not to mention probing out into the new world... Not to copy history, but because the real geopolitical and economical forces justify a similar course to history, showing how much of history was not on the whim of a rule, but based on colliding forces like a storm. Although much is still left for you to decide, from the small details to the biggest, although you can play literally any nation on the planet, you'll see that history can be changed in big ways, but there are reasons why the Inca Empire didn't conquer Europe, or Germany didn't coalesce into a nation of its own right for many more centuries.
If you like geopolitics, or grand strategy, similar to Civilization or Total War, PLEASE check out this game. Go see the reviews on PC Gamer and IGN, watch the videos, you'll be convinced. This game is epic, and quite literally everything I've ever hoped for in a strategy game. I'm euphoric and amazed!!