Reviews by JRespaldiza

Europa Universalis IV: Common Sense Icon
Serviceable diplomacy expansion
by JRespaldiza, USA - May 18th 2017

If you enjoy the diplomacy aspect of grand strategy over conquest or exploration, then this will be a good pick up for you. The expanded religious mechanics are a nice bonus.

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Europa Universalis IV: Conquest of Paradise Icon
Not essential, but fun
by JRespaldiza, USA - May 18th 2017

Conquest of Paradise fleshes out a lot of the new world, allowing for randomization of it as well as playing as a native nation or a colonial nation. More options are always good.

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Europa Universalis IV Icon
Recommendation with a caveat
by JRespaldiza, USA - Apr 28th 2017

I do recommend buying EUIV to anyone who enjoys grand strategy games. However, unlike several of Paradox's other grand strategy games, EUIV is not a game that merely benefits from the released DLC, it nearly requires them. There are a number of gameplay innovations in the DLC that make it a much more enjoyable experience, and the base game - while still enjoyable - is poorer without them.

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Mini Metro Icon
KISS still works with games
by JRespaldiza, USA - Apr 26th 2017

Great music, a simple concept that can easily be grasped by anyone who has played games before, and great depth without too much complexity. This is the kind of game that you can play sitting and relaxing while listening to the soothing soundtrack or concentrating and trying to beat a previous high score. A gem.

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Crusader Kings II: The Reaper's Due Icon
Life and Death go hand in hand
by JRespaldiza, USA - Apr 26th 2017

This DLC for Crusader Kings adds the Hospital buildings for holdings, as well as the Prosperity mechanic and a greater nuance to the epidemics that would periodically show up before. Now whether your domain is ravaged by disease is decided not just by chance, but by the prosperity of your domain and the number and quality of hospitals you have.

You could use your prosperity to build Hospitals and encourage future growth while guarding against disease. Or you could use that money to fund an army and take the chance that the Black Death won't spring up in their wake. If your land is hit with an epidemic you can try to counter it or seclude yourself with your court. Just remember, no matter your choices, the Reaper comes for us all.

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Crusader Kings II: Horse Lords Icon
Inherit the Legacy of Ghengis Khan
by JRespaldiza, USA - Apr 26th 2017

This DLC for CK2 introduces the Horde mechanics and a different spin on CK2's original medieval government. Managing your vassals is more important than ever as you balance keeping them happy with not allowing them to grow too strong. The additional parts of the map that are added give you a base to potentially create a horde that rivals the great Mongol Hordes of the time. Will you be able to conquer all the known world?

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Hard West Icon
Not for the easily frustrated
by JRespaldiza, USA - Apr 18th 2017

Hard West is a brutally difficult, but mostly fair tactical strategy game with a wild west theme. The storyline is decent, though the characters could use a little more fleshing out. The world building is great, as the strategic sections paint a picture of a bleak wild west, populated by outlaws, demons, and ordinary people just trying to get by.

The combat is where the game shines. With good tactics you can get through most battles with little to no wounds, though the luck system can be punishing when there are a lot more enemies than your characters. Which is all the time. Still, once you get the hang of it, it's a very engaging turn based tactics game.

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Hearts of Iron IV: Cadet Edition Icon
Great Grand Strategy Game
by JRespaldiza, USA - Aug 27th 2016

Hearts of Iron IV is more easily accessible to new players without losing the complexity an depth that caused the previous three games to be such hits with grand strategy fans. Paradox continues to update it with individual country focuses, giving even more options for those who don't want to play one of the major players in WW2.

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Stellaris Icon
Best space 4x I've played in a long time
by JRespaldiza, USA - Jun 4th 2016

I've played one game fully and started three more. Sometimes the computer starts with nothing near you; other times you get an advanced computer player on one side and a fallen empire on the other. The mod support is great, and will definitely keep me coming back to this game for years to come. I've lost hundreds of hours to Paradox's grand strategy games, and I expect this one to be no different.

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