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Paradox has made a name for itself in the realm of strategy games. Very complex strategy games. If you want fast paced action then most of these games are not going to be something you are interested in.
Victoria 2 and Crusader Kings II:
These two games are somewhat similar, but take place in different settings. Crusader Kings II is all about building a medieval dynasty around the time of the third crusade. The point of the game is to build and maintain your dynasty (your family line) and keep it going through political intrigue. Your vassals and neighbors both have ambitions for your titles and you must make steps to fend them off. The game is mostly focused on politics.
Victoria 2 takes place at the dawn of the industrial revolution, and the goal in this game is mostly diplomacy and economics. World conquest is not something you can do in this game, it takes place after Napoleon conquered much of Europe and countries were very critical of anyone taking over other contries in conquest. For offensive actions you gain "Infamy" and if that value gets too high the entire world (near enough) will declare war on you to put a stop to your expansionist ways.
Sword of the Stars 1 and 2:
These are turn-based strategy games that follow the traditional 4X (Explore, Expand, Exploit, Exterminate) style. They are really complex though, far more than the 'benchmark' game Masters of Orion 2. The first game is pretty polished, if old, while the second game is a bit rough (extreamly rocky release, but most of the issues have been resloved) but adds even more complexity. Combat in these games takes place in real time rather than turn-based.
Honestly, haven't played this one so I can't really comment on it at this time.
So why did I take a star off? Tutorials. They're terrible, and won't give you any idea how to play the game, at all. They'll teach you the interface, but that's about it. These games are extreamly complex so the only way to get into them is trial and error, lots of you tube videos, and reading forums. Once you get past the extensive learning curve though the games can be quite enjoyable. So if you can handle a hard to learn game, and like strategy games, give these a try.
highly suggest to pick these games up, even if its just for Crusader Kings 2 which is the top game of the bunch. Victoria 2 is also a great game if you love the Industrial revolution era. Swords of the stars 2 can be a bit laggy at times but when patched its a pretty cool space game.
Definitely recommended for Crusader Kings 2 though.