Europa Universalis is a grand strategy video game developed by Paradox Development Studio.
This game allows you to take control of one of the seven European nations from the Late Middle Ages through the Early Modern period (1444 to 1821 AD).
The Complete Details of the Game Europa Universalis
Build your own nation, expand its power, use military might, diplomacy as well as colonial wealth. Here you are leading a nation and everybody from the army to rulers are bound to follow your commands.
Here, the player can continue to play the game until the last date comes or the last province is lost!
Doesn’t it sound cool, you lead the nation, you make the rules and you are the one shaping the history!!!
This game is based on real history and events, and therefore knowing the history would help you in this game.
The game is an interactive map of the earth, which is divided into several nations/provinces. Some provinces might prove useful and affect the game positively and others might cause chaos and rebellion.
The player must lead a nation by finding a balance of military, diplomacy, and economy.
- The game can be played single player or multiplayer.
- The player must select a country and a historical start date.
- The player is provided with additional data by fiddling over the view mods.
- Best suggested is political map view. Access the situation carefully. Study initial position and make some strategy before starting the game
- You can also spend some of your money(treasury) on things such as hiring advisors and dispatching envoys etc. beforehand.
- Once you start the game, time will begin to flow. You can control how fast or slow the time travels.
- Recruitment of armies, the hiring of mercenaries and construction of both buildings and ships is in a province menu.
- The economy may be used by the player by adjusting expenditure on the armies, colonists, and missionaries. The player can also take loans from the bank. (This is done by default if Treasury goes bankrupt!)
- To interact with other nations, the player can use diplomacy interface. Forming friendly relations and allies with the neighboring nations is a good strategy. It will increase nation’s power and help during the times of war/attack by enemies.
- You can unlock new capabilities through Monarch points.
- Sooner or later war will breakdown. There can be land or naval battles. Planning the correct strategy is very important. A person who has studied history or read war novels, or seen shows would know that before opting for war, peace offerings are made. They can be in exchange of territory, army etc. This can be done by opening the war details window located at the bottom of the screen. However, the player should be war-ready beforehand.
- After the war is over, recovery of weapons, army etc. may take some time. It is very important to keep good political relations with neighboring nations at such times. If the nation becomes too weak, AI will form alliances with player’s former alliances which would increase the chances of losing.
- There are some advanced strategies that mature players understand like border expansion through colonization, enforcing state religion through missionaries, expanding trade control etc.
All in all, gameplay is highly strategic, and like a game of chess tactful choices increase the interest in the game.
Some tips and tricks:
1) Instead of falling in comfort of starting small, pick a strong and well-established nation. This will give you advantages like more income, more army etc. If you choose a small country, it would be very easier for AI to attack you. Also, you can use some hidden eu4 console commands which can help you out to achieve premium stuff.
2) Mostly, nations start the game with a powerful economy. It is essential for you too to check and ensure that your nation is making a profitable amount of money.
3) Also, you should hire some advisors. There are three distinct categories of advisors: administrative (represented in the game with a paper and quill), diplomatic (represented in the game with a dove) and military (represented in the game with two crossed swords). Caution: Do not hire any advisors in case you’re making less than 4 ducats monthly.
Always hire advisors in accordance with your income. As your income increases, you can hire higher ranked advisors.
4) You can try and follow some goals at the start from ‘Missions and Decisions’. Although it is not compulsory.
5) Don’t be scared to take loans.
6) Keep local autonomy lower, you can decrease that manually. But as you do so there may be chances of local unrest.
7) Increase missionary power if required and try to convert unaccepted culture to your culture.
8) While the game might look tough at first, you’ll find yourself getting comfortable in just a few hours. Be patient!
9) It takes time and experience to win the game completely (total domination). Be patient! it’s hard for even those who have played this game for, like, forever.
10) If you feel confused, read the game wiki. Trust me, it would prove out to be a wise decision.
11) There are some events that can occur with no way to prevent them. Try to stay calm and think practically and logically in such opposite situation. Getting frustrated and uninstalling the game is nuts!
12) Always keep an eye on your strengths and weaknesses. Keep a check on your army strength, political and cross-border relations, internal environment, economy etc. before lodging attack on another country. Also, analyze the same aspects of enemy forces before getting into anything.
13) Play with an easy to defeat country at first before taking on the powerful ones.
14) Paying attention to your economy is very important. You might not be able to defeat powerful nations like Austria if your economy fails.
15) Use divide and rule strategy. Instead of taking down the whole country all at once, try to split their allies, take over their territories. Wisely, try to undertake the territory that consists of the army. If troops are not available, another half would have to surrender naturally.
16) Lastly, taking some time out and reading the manual, or forums would be of a lot of help.
System requirements for Windows:
Recommended System requirements: Operating system: Vista/Windows 7/Windows 8 Processor: Intel® Pentium® IV 2.4 GHz or AMD 3500+ Memory: 2 GB RAM Hard disk spaces: 2 GB HD Space Graphics: NVIDIA® GeForce 8800 or ATI Radeon® X1900, 1024mb video memory required. Sound Card: Direct X-compatible soundcard DirectX®: 9.0c Controller support: 3-button mouse, keyboard and speaker’s Special multiplayer requirements: Internet Connection or LAN for multiplayer: Up to 32 other players in multiplayer mode. 🙂