The Jekyll and Hyde of Strategy Gaming

Check out new video demos for Europa Universalis IV and March of the Eagles--two games that look similar but play quite differently.

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While Paradox Development Studio has a tendency to make all of its strategy games look like a historical version of Google Maps, there's quite a difference between these titles when you look at how they play. Nowhere is that difference more apparent than in two of its upcoming games: the diplomacy-heavy Europa Universalis IV and the straightforward war game March of the Eagles.

Europa Universalis IV

Europa Universalis IV is the latest installment in the "grand strategy" series that Paradox is best known for. These are complicated games that take a lot of time to get into, but the payoff is huge once you finally wrap your head around them. While EUIV is looking to simplify things in terms of a more intuitive user interface, new features like a maritime trade system and an expanded historical timeline ought to add even more depth than there was before. This is one historical strategy game where you can pursue plenty of routes toward worldwide dominance. Check out our latest developer demo:

March of the Eagles

And then you have March of the Eagles, a game that takes all the diplomacy and trade from EUIV and says, "What do you need any of that for when you have guns?" Yes, March of the Eagles is Paradox's strategy game for those who just want to watch the ground run red with their enemy's blood. Fitting, then, that the box art features none other than historical bully Napoleon Bonaparte. Have a look for yourself:

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george43
george43

Victoria 2 could be the best of all the paradox strat games, but the time period is too small.

 

 

It has the empire building of EU and the warfare of HoI.

eol_is
eol_is

You know, it's been a month since i got EU 3 and i still haven't finished my first game.

 

If it's the same with EU 4, then ... it's won me already.

tgwolf
tgwolf

I only hope this game is more interesting to play than what it sounds like.

ZakMcKracken
ZakMcKracken

Brilliant series. Endless replay value. EU - mostly due to it's grandiosity - suffered from poor AI and economy. I hope they keep improving that in the next installments. Oh, and make cities and leaders a bit more personalized!

loneygod
loneygod

They should ave in battle events that help determine the outcome of the battle

baxwam
baxwam

 When  I saw The ''Jekyll and Hyde of Strategy Gaming'' I was thinking of AVGN, I was like ''is this the RTS on shit mountain lol''. But when I saw that paradox games was making  it, its no way it is going to be that bad.

aniforprez
aniforprez

personally i don't have the patience for such detailed simulations but looks like loads of fun for people who are interested. but the detailed geography and historically accurate regions... wow these guys did tons of research.

jonmar
jonmar

EUIV looks amazing. Can't wait to get it. Makes me want to go play some EUIII right now actually.

grim0187
grim0187

My god, people actually sit there and have the time to sink into something like this? This shit looks boring as hell.

vicsrealms
vicsrealms

Geez, I hope these aren't as punishing as Crusader Kings 2.  That game was for people who liked to cause themselves nothing but pain.

 

Still, I really enjoyed EU3 and will definitely checking it out.

xsonicchaos
xsonicchaos

I haven't played a game like this since Knights of Honor.

King_Wii
King_Wii

I can't wait for EUIV, I'm going to buy that game on day one!

moc5
moc5

:Cracks smile:  This is why I bother gaming...

jessie82
jessie82

EUIV looks complicated the map looks nice tho

Krauklis
Krauklis

As always good stuff from Paradox. Sometimes i think hipsters would envy me just for playing games so far away from mainstream gaming :D 

Dovahkiinknight
Dovahkiinknight

this is the first time i see Portugal Reagions in a Game im so happy cant be more proud :) of Portugal :D

Johnanth
Johnanth

 @george43 Nowhere NEAR the warfare of HoI.

 

But that's a good thing for most people. :)

shaunmc
shaunmc moderator staff

 @Gelugon_baat Have you tried Crusader Kings II? The emphasis on personalities and relationships adds a really fun layer of role-playing to the core strategy beneath it. 

eol_is
eol_is

 @grim0187 Yes, thinking is boring. Don't do that. You might strain something.

Link3301
Link3301

 @grim0187 Yeah how can people waste time on entertainment that requires thought instead of  mindless shooting? 

moc5
moc5

 @grim0187 That is just the kind of stupid that killed PC gaming. Might I recommend EA games for you?

SiNoNaX
SiNoNaX

 @grim0187  People actually sit for hours mindlessly shooting people in CoD, CS, BF. People  mindlessly grind mobs in any MMO of their choice etc etc. Same can be said for any game.

 

Some of us like to stimulate our brains and find that interesting. I guess Chess is also "boring as hell". Don't like it gtfo.

ragnar320
ragnar320

 @Dovahkiinknight

 you can play as portugual in medevial total war 2 and even conquer the world as them just fyi

moc5
moc5

 @ragnar320  @Dovahkiinknight yeah, alot of opportunity for one who actually played games...so, yeah, a lot of games to choose from for you then.  A lot!