Europa Universalis 3 was one of my favorite games of 2014. I logged 107 hours and loved almost every minute. However, my initial experiences with the game were very bad and I was very frustrated. There is a huge learning curve to these games, but once you get a handle on how most of it works, it’s a very rewarding experience.
EU4, much like EU3 and most of the “grand strategy” games by Paradox, has a steep learning curve. Many of the things I really liked about EU3 have been changed or tweaked, so I have had to re-learn a lot of stuff. Other than that, the concept is the same as it always has been: Lead a nation through history to achieve whatever goal you want.
You want to conquer all of Europe as Castille? Go for it. Want to convert Europe to Islam? You can certainly try. Tired of seeing Spain, Portugal, and England colonizing the new world? Jump in with Algiers and spread Islam to the natives! Just remember not everything is going to be easy, and if it didn’t happen in history, there’s probably a reason.
I’m only 4.5 hours into the game, but it definitely seems close enough to EU3 that I’ll enjoy it. Getting used to some of the changes will take a while but I’m sure I can do it. Soon I’ll be forming up Hindustan and trying to push Persia out of Asia once again.
I’ll try to have a full review of the game up once I log more hours and experience more of what it has to offer. If you’re interested in seeing some gameplay or watching me run my country into the ground, just let me know. I’d be happy to record some footage for the Youtube channel.