Europa Universalis: Vae Victis

Posted by Alex Element457 Ramirez, Jan 02, 2009 13:59

Europa Universalis: Vae Victis, developed and published by Paradox Interactive, is, by far, the deepest strategy game I have ever played. So much that nearly every citizen has a name, a face, traits, desires, and are better suited for certain roles in society. By the time you add in wars, diplomacy, and trying to advance your civilization through trading and evolving technology, and you’ve really got a lot to do throughout the entire game. If you were to combine Medieval II: Total War, Risk and Civilization IV, then I imagine the result would probably look something similar to Europa Universalis: Vae Victis.

One thing that surprised me about Vae Victis was how realistic Paradox had made the game. You must always have a reason for going to war, if you don’t then your people will surely make you pay the consequences, or how nobility and respect is important to other people. Having a bad name is never a good thing, and is often a way you can even sabotage an empire. While you can always just have the person assassinated, bringing down a person by smearing their good name is also equally satisfying.

Besides the beginning load screen, which takes a painfully long time, the rest of the games loading times are significantly shorter and faster. The tutorials do a decent job of explaining all of the games numerous components, but I really wish it would have let you do the actions with it. Instead, you read text, similar to how you would an instruction manual, and you never really feel like you gain a familiarity with the game’s interface throughout the tutorials.

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Our Rating for Europa Universalis: Vae Victis
8.0 Replay
Every time I played the game I seemed to figure out something new about the game keeping the action fresh.
5.7 Graphics
Recycled menus, a clunky interface, and poorly detailed objects deter you from enjoying all the actions that are at your fingertips.
6.4 Sound
Overused sound effects and short soundtrack keep an otherwise impressive score from reaching its full potential.
8.2 Gameplay
The number of things you can do in the game is extremely impressive, but there is definitely a steep learning curve even for veterans of strategy games.
6.5 Multiplayer/Online Content
The option is always there, but I couldn’t ever find anyone to play with. At least there is always LAN.
6.7 Overall
Europa Universalis: Vae Victis is an impressive strategy game that just forgets to entertain with eye-candy along the way

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