Geplaatst: 26 juni
While I definitely wouldn't reccomend this when it was released, it's actually a good game now. Unfortunately, Paradox are money grabbing ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥s and you need DLC for it to be enjoyable, so I would only buy this when it's on sale. Here's some opinions on different aspects of the game:
Warfare: The AI is way too eagre to take attrition. I'm talking about 20k soldiers sitting on a fort which needs 6k to cap. I'm talking about 30k sitting on their 25k supply capital. The AI loves to sit around doing ♥♥♥♥ all while their army dies. Now, it's been about 2 and a half weeks since the last DLC, so I'd expect the game to be pretty playable right now, but you can observe your allies being utterly useful a lot of the time. You may think this doesn't matter if you're reading this review a while in the future, but just be warned that when Paradox releases a DLC, the game is usually broken and will be quite buggy for weeks.
Economy and Colonisation: The whole "trade flow" thing is great, and helps bring more meaning to colonisation through bringing tons of American and Asian goods to European markets for sweet sweet ducats. However, it also limits your expansion to specific regions, which makes the game slightly railroady when it comes to colonisation, if you care about being cash-efficient. Playing Spain or Portugal? North America is completely pointless to colonize, at least in terms of trade. You're trying to colonize as somebody who didn't historically colonize, perhaps someone in North Germany? You can colonize Canada and that's pretty much it. Really though, trade flow should be less restrictive. Especially when you consider the way treasure fleets work - if Spain colonized, let's say, Canada, and found gold there, would it be impossible for them to transport that gold back to Spain? No. But is it impossible in game? Yes.
Monarch Points: Until Common Sense, monarch points, or 'mana' was my biggest issue with the game. Now that you can create buildings without it, I'm less inclined to curse Johan's name for this stupid concept. However, it's still needlessly restrictive. Why should inventing technology and assaulting a fort use the same resource? Why should I not be able to offer a peace treaty, simply because I hired a new Admiral? Come on Paradox, out with the Führer mana, in with some more common sense.
Despite all this, it's still a really fun game. If you're interested in building an empire, or rewriting history, I would reccomend this, but only if it's on sale.