When I sat down in front of Paradox's new grand strategy game I had one big question. What is Imperator exactly? Is it Crusader Kings in togas? Is it a Hellenic Europa Universalis? Is it, as the fans will no doubt ask, Vicky 3? The answer is none and all of these things."You have the population mechanics that are similar to games like Stellaris or Victoria, the warfare and diplomacy which is similar to EU and the characters that are closer to Crusader Kings," explains Johan Andersson, the creative director on Imperator and a Paradox veteran of over 20 years. He knows what he's talking about, because he's worked on every single one of those games. In fact when I ask him which Paradox games he's worked on the list goes on for several minutes. "I didn't do super much on Stellaris, but everything else," he says. Imperator is the culmination of all this experience.The first thing I notice upon sitting down with the game is that the UI is dominated by a deeply Hellenic white marble and a … [Read more...] about Imperator: Rome is much more than just Crusader Kings in togas
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What are the best strategy games? It’s a daunting question to answer, with the genre spanning back almost as long as humans have been playing games. Even if we’re just limiting ourselves to the digital variety, there are dozens and dozens of RTSes, 4Xes, wargames, and grand strategy paragons worthy of high praise. After much consideration, they’ve been narrowed down to the best of the best. In terms of classification, this list contains games in which strategy is the primary concern – or at least one of a handful of primary concerns. As Sid Meier would say, these games present a series of interesting choices that can lead you to defeat or triumph. Effort was taken to include a variety of subgenres of strategy as well, even though those can sometimes be difficult to compare to one another. This list also favors games that still hold up and are fun to play today over those that are considered definitive, innovative, or trend-setting. While some consideration was … [Read more...] about The 20 best strategy games ever
THE RULES1. Pick a leader, and give them over to computer control.2. Use console commands to help them out.3. Don't use the console to (directly) kill anyone.This diary was originally serialised in PC Gamer issues 218, 219, and 220. For more quality articles about all things PC gaming, you can subscribe now in the UK and the US. A s much as I’ve enjoyed Crusader Kings II over the years, I’m still not good at it. Sure, I can embroil myself in drama and intrigue just as well as the next aristocrat, but when it comes to ambition—to expanding my kingdom and crushing my enemies—it almost always goes wrong. To counter this failing, I’ve devised a new strategy: don’t play Crusader Kings II. At least, don’t play it directly. Instead, I’m going to pick a character and use the ‘observe’ console command to hand them over to the AI. Then, as the computer does all the heavy lifting, I’ll offer support in the form of other … [Read more...] about Crusader Kings 2 diary: How far can one AI go using wits, skill, and lots of cheats?
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Paradox Interactive is making tabletop games, starting with four of its most iconic strategy franchises. Paradox announced the news earlier today, alongside the Kickstarter campaign for Crusader Kings, the first of the four games that are getting the tabletop treatment. Europa Universalis, Hearts of Iron, and Cities: Skylines are up next. The publisher will be working with “a series of proven board game designers,” starting with Swedish tabletop game publisher, Free League, who developed award-winning RPGs Tales from the Loop, Coriolis – The Third Horizon, and Mutant: Year Zero. “In this medieval strategy soap opera, your King or Queen will need to survive invasions, plots, crusades, and even marriage. Or at least have children, siblings or spouses standing by to take over the throne. Failure to raise a suitable heir could face you with the end of your dynasty,” reads the press release. “Crusader Kings – The Board Game is not an attempt to … [Read more...] about Paradox is making tabletop games for their popular strategy titles, starting with Crusader Kings