PC Classic Gets A Gentle Glove Slap To The Face

PC Classic Gets A Gentle Glove Slap To The Face
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One of the best PC games ever made is Sid Meier’s Colonization. A big part of that is the way it simulates the great unknown: as you venture westwards, unless you’re playing on the boring “real” map, you’re truly venturing into the great unknown.

Few games have managed to copy that success, most recently Paradox’s otherwise excellent Europa Universalis IV, which was robbed of much of the excitement of expansion by the fact that, even with a fog of war, you already knew where the Americas were, and what they’d look like once you got there.

So it’s awesome to hear that the game’s first major expansion does away with this, and seeks to recreate much of the Colonisation experience, albeit now with a lot more buttons. Conquest of Paradise, as it’s called, will randomly generate the new world, meaning you really do have to get off your butt and explore, since you have no idea what you’ll find on the other side (provided you’re playing as a European, at least).

If you’d rather play as a Native American, you can, with extra nations, buildings and options available, the ultimate goal being to get everyone together and drive those weird white guys with guns back into the ocean.

It’s out on December 11, alongside one of Paradox’s great big patches. There’s more specific info below.

Europa Universalis IV: Conquest of Paradise expansion [Paradox]


  • I’ve still to properly take the plunge into one of Paradox’s games. I have too many other games to play atm having just bought FM14 as well as finally subscribing to Eve Online, I just don’t have to time to work out how to play a game that doesn’t really tell you how to play the game, especially one that’s as complex at EU. Ah well, at some point I’ll make my way to it

    • I’ve tried starting Crusader Kings II god knows how many times and it is so hard to get into. It’s disappointing because the concept is epic!

  • It really isn’t that hard to get a grasp of. Twenty minutes spent watching tutorial vids on Youtube and I was off and running. Having your nation remain viable and not tearing itself apart from within on the other hand, is much more complicated.

    On a related note, I’d much rather go another round of Colonization than EU. Fingers crossed for a modern version someday soon!!!

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