I still haven’t played Europa Universalis IV on account of the fact that Europa Universalis II gave me an irrational fear of maps. I realise that I’m one of the few unfortunates like this, though, so I thought you might like to know that Europa Universalis IV has received a hefty patch.
Other than the usual balance tweaks and bugfixes, there are a few new features. You can now swap to playing as a vassal state when you release them, for instance. There are buttons that will automatically construct peace offers that the AI will accept, whether you’re surrendering or demanding surrender. There are map modes that display coalitions and opinions. There are new ideagroups (whatever those are) for loads of nations. There are new achievements, some of which should give you incentive to play differently (Sunset Invasion has you play as the Aztecs and conquer Lisbon, Madrid, Paris, London, Amsterdam, and Rome). Lots of stuff, then.
If that’s not enough for you, there are also a pair of new DLC packs available. National Monuments II (£0.99) adds new graphical national monuments to the map, ranging from Stonehenge through Tenochtitlan to Himeji Castle, while American Dream adds 50 new events, 10 event pictures, and several new unit models to the United States of America, all seemingly related to the American Revolutionary War.
Tim has been playing PC games for longer than he’s willing to admit. He’s written for a number of publications, but has been with PC Invasion – in all its various incarnations – for over a decade. When not writing things about games, Tim can occasionally be found speedrunning some really terrible ones, making people angry in Dota 2, or playing something obscure and random. He’s also weirdly proud of his status as (probably) the Isle of Man’s only professional games journalist.