Reviews by João Costa

Crusader Kings II: Holy Fury
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One of the best CK2 DLC to date

This DLC improves catholic and pagan factions.
At the catholic part it heavily increases roleplay due to more interactions witht he pope like baptims. This incrases the improtance of having a good relationship with the pope.
Ont he apgan side a costomizable religion as well as a lot of roleplay options like new warrior societies.
If you like base ck2 then this DLC is well worth the full price

by João Costa, Portugal - Feb 29th 2020
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Imperator: Rome
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An average PDX game

This is PDS game that heavily focuseds on min-max. It kinda lacks a lot of the roleplay aspects of games such as ck2 and stellaris.
It shines with its HUGE map that makes moving armies hard.The battles are also much easier to understand instead of the mess that is EU Iv and CK2.

Note despite the game being average right now it has been heavily updated by PDS. It will probably be still updated for a while so do check the game to see if it has improved.

by João Costa, Portugal - Feb 29th 2020
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Stellaris: MegaCorp
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An interesting DLC for those that want to play tall

This new government type focuses on playing tall while giving penalties for playing wide. Due to the focus on making money it makes these factions play slightly different from the usual.
It specially shines in multiplayer where you can help finance wars with loans!
I highly recommend this DLC if you want to play stellaris with a few planets instead of an empire.

A small but interesting features is the 3 unique advisor voices that are very very unique.

by João Costa, Portugal - Feb 29th 2020
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Deponia
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Short but good point and click.

A fun and colorful game but it is very short. If you are used to point and clicks you can probably finish the game in a couple of afternoons.

by João Costa, Portugal - Mar 14th 2019
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Europa Universalis IV: Rule Britannia
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Breathes new life into the british isles

The unique focus tree as well as the unit packs and the other unique mechanics make playing in the britsh isles very different from vanilla.
With the new free additions to ireland this DLC also makes Ireland much more interesting.

The universal mechanics like innovativeness, naval doctrine and the coal resource are OK but not worth playing full price if you aren't going to play in the british isles.

by João Costa, Portugal - Jan 24th 2019
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The Night of the Rabbit
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A good point and click

An interesting a fun point and click. If you like the genre try it, i don't think you will be disapointed

by João Costa, Portugal - Jan 15th 2019
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Edna & Harvey: Harvey's New Eyes
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A good point and click

If you like this genre this game will be worth a playthrough.

If you don't like the genre this will probably not convert you

by João Costa, Portugal - Dec 2nd 2018
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Stellaris: Distant Stars Story Pack
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Adds a lot of interesting content to the early-mid game

This DLC addas a lot of events most of which have chains that tell interesting stories. It makes the first part of the game, when you are exploring the galaxy feel like a start trek episode.
Alongside the events you have new leviathans and the L-gate (special event). The L-gate is a closed gateway to a system outside the galaxy, as you transverse the galaxy you find clues on how to unlock this gate. The question is: is the gate closed to keep you out if their riches or to keep something in?

If you like stellaris this DLC is a worthwhile purchase.

by João Costa, Portugal - Nov 30th 2018
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Crusader Kings II: Jade Dragon
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Interesting DLC if you play on the far east

THere are 3 interesting features in this DLC:
1) china - you can interact with it in the east part of the map; it is interesting trying to make sure china doesn't see you ripe for conquering at the same time trying to gain soemthing from thr relationship
2) The new artifacts and portraits increase the immersion a lot. When playing as a western catholic power and during your crusade you steal some sort of artifact it makes you wonder how far it has travveled; it makes the world feel more alive.
3) The new casus belli are very useful to the early- mid game

IMO it is a DLC worth buying if you play at the far east like tibet and india. If you only play with western powers this DLC does very little that will affect you.

by João Costa, Portugal - Oct 7th 2018
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Crusader Kings II: Horse Lords
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Horse Lords is only worth buying if you want to play nomadic hordes

The core of this DLC is playing a nomadic horde, which is also the main problem. If you don't want to be the next genghis khan then this DLC is almost pointless to you.
Do notice that without this DLC there are no nomadic tribes in the game to play against.
Playing as a nomadic is good but a tad to easy when compared to the base christian counrties.
IMO worth buying if you want to play as a horde, but useless for anyone else.

by João Costa, Portugal - Jun 2nd 2018
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Stellaris: Humanoids Species Pack
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Interesting cosmetic DLC but not essential.

This DLC has 4 features:
- New portraits-> i feel this is the weakest part of the DLC, the new portraits feel bland to me. It adds orcs,dwarfs,etc. but no new portrait feels exotic
- new ship models -> These are great, they have lot of little animations that make these models come to life.
- 3 new voiceover sets for VIR -> these are always great of immersion
- 3 new music-> for me the music is ok

In short great ship models but filled with, imo, average features. I recommend this DLC on sale.

by João Costa, Portugal - May 26th 2018
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Crusader Kings II: Horse Lords Content Pack
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Ok cosmetics but other packs are more interesting

The cuman portraits are good but the unit packs are, relatively speaking, very specific and as such this cosmetic pack is only worth buying if you want more immersion with the mongol hordes.
the music is very thematic for this time period.

by João Costa, Portugal - May 20th 2018
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Hearts of Iron IV: Cadet Edition
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Interesting take on WWII

I feel there are 2 features this game has nailed very well. Alternate history and the production of WWII.
Alternate history makes the several playthroughs unpredictable which leads to a lot of replayability. From france going comunist to WWII starting because of a civil war in india, a lot of variety to it.
The way production is handled also makes the game very satisfying since your army will only have the resources you produced in the years towards the war.

While the game is very good it has 1 mechancs that need revamping. The naval part of the game currently doesn't work very well and it is extremely unclear if your fleet is winning or losing and if it is "helping" the war effort. Due to being a paradox game i ahve the hope that paradox will update this feature in the future.

While you can play with any country in the world, the base game offers a few countries with unique mechanics: France, UK, USA, Poland, Germany, USSR, Italy and Japan.
IMO those are the most fun countries to play with however if you feel you need more content you can always look at DLC which adds further countries that while small in nature are (relatively) relevant for the war, such as Yugoslavia, Romania, RAJ, china(s),etc.

IMO this game is worth buying for anyone that likes strategy games and WWII.

by João Costa, Portugal - May 6th 2018
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Crusader Kings II: The Reaper's Due Collection
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This DLC makes diseases more dynamic making the game more unpredictable

I highly recomend this DLC.
In terms of gameplay content this pack adds 2 major features that i find fun: diseases and prosperity. What makes this DLC fun comes from the diseases making "curve" balls on the dificulty, you can be lucky and get the disease to take out the enemy king leading his realm into civil war or youc an be unlucky and have your children die of measles. Prosperity makes it worthwhile to not have your kingdom raided all the time
In terms of cosmetic DLC imo the east african portrait pack and the late byzantine clothing pack help make those zones much more unique.
IMO it is worth buying the collection pack because both the gameplay and the cosmetics are interesting.

by João Costa, Portugal - Apr 26th 2018
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Hearts of Iron IV: Sabaton Soundtrack Vol. 2
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Worth buying if you like metal

The soundtrack here fits very well with hearts of iron gameplay. IMO these tracks help alleviate the "soundtrack fatigue" after playing dozens of hours.

by João Costa, Portugal - Apr 23rd 2018
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Europa Universalis IV: Third Rome
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Worth buying IF you use russian factions

The changes of this DLC make playing russian factions much more unique.
These new mechanics make russia slightly stronger but they also make it much more engaging.
Do note that this DLC only adds new stuff for russian cultures and as such it is absolutely pointless if you don't want to play with russia

by João Costa, Portugal - Apr 22nd 2018
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Surviving Mars - First Colony Edition
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A great "city/colony" management game

I highly recomend this game specially if you like city builders and/or strategy games.
This game is all about managing resources of your colony while trying to expand it while surviving the dangers of mars.

you should also know this game is published by paradox so it will probably be supported for a long time with both payed and free DLC.

by João Costa, Portugal - Apr 21st 2018
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Crusader Kings II: Conclave
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Excellent DLC for expanding the council of your kingdom

IMO there are 2 major features for this DLC:
1) making the council more important in the early game
- this is done by using 2 mechanics, powerful vassals will want to be on the council (even if they suck at the job) and making the council have better skills. THis way you have to think on whether you want a good council member or cede tot he demands of your vassals

2)reworking the children growth so it is harder to make the "perfect" son

If you don't like some of the additions you can disable them in the rules section.

What i like the most is that it makes the early game much harder to expand without thinking because powerfull vassals will push for a council that has the authority above the king while if you can keep your vassals weak you can rule like the game before the DLC

by João Costa, Portugal - Apr 21st 2018
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Crusader Kings II: Conclave Content Pack
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Cosmetic DLC only

Only buy this if you want to expand the portraits and other cosmetic stuff.
I like it and ,imo is worth the price for those that spend 100s of hours on CK2. For me the more portraits the easier it is to memorize people by face.

by João Costa, Portugal - Apr 21st 2018
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Europa Universalis IV: El Dorado Collection
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Few interesting features for the price, i recomend on sale.

The coolest features in this DLC, IMO, are:
treaty of trodesilhas -> makes colonizing the new world pretty interesting
special gameplay features for new world factions
Land and naval exploration revamped-> it gives many more flavor and bonuses for exploring.

This DLC is for those that really care about the new world; if you don't either wait for a sale or ignore it. You can check all the features in the wiki page.

by João Costa, Portugal - Aug 23rd 2017
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