Reviews by João Costa

Crusader Kings III: Royal Edition
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A worthy heir to CK2!

Crusader kings 3 is an excellent sequel to CK2.
CK3 doubles down on roleplaying and increasing the depth in the relationship of characters.
The UI revamp also makes the game much clearer to understand and important mechanics no longer are hidden behind menus. ALongside this the tooltips being much more informative makes for much easier to follow why something happens.
While CK3 doesn't bring every mechanic from ck2, IMO, what it does is done better than in CK2.
If Ck3 is supported for years like CK2 was i can see this game become one of the most impressive strategy titles every done.

by João Costa, Portugal - Sep 8th 2020
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Hearts of Iron IV - La Résistance
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Spanish civil war make this DLC worth buying

IMO Spanish civil war was really the weakest point in HOI IV. with this DLC it brings iberia into WWII in a really interesting way. With spanish capable of having a 4 way civil war! THis DLC also allows for spain to be able to join late WWII and catch a little those that don't have the civil war to deal with
Portugal is also interesting to dabble in.
France and vichy france national focus trees are also ok.

IMo this DLC is a must have as it makes Iberia a part of the map that does compete eventually in WWII (if historical focuses are not turned on)

by João Costa, Portugal - Aug 13th 2020
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Hearts of Iron IV: Man the Guns
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A nice expansion to the USA and British

This DLC expands the naval part of the game as well as the USA and british tree. It also adds National focus to the netherlands and Mexico.
The new trees for USA and bristish are really nice allowing you a lot of freedom on how to shape your country.
Netherlands is really hard since managing a middle ground between allies and axis is almost impossible.
Mexico is a bit easy sicne as long as you don't attack the USA you can expand your territory in central america then join one side of WWII.

IMO i think this DLC is good as long as you want to play with the above.

by João Costa, Portugal - Aug 13th 2020
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Hearts of Iron IV: Waking the Tiger
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Heavily revamps CHINA and Japan.

This DLC is great for making the east Asia a much harder to predict conflict which makes WWII much more interesting.

by João Costa, Portugal - Aug 1st 2020
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Cities: Skylines - Parklife Plus
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Allows you to make your own zoo

I found this DLC ok. I think while making a zoo interesting and fun it feels inferior to games dedicated to it.
Alongside this the tools are a bit clunky and you almost have to fight them to do what you want.
That said when it works it makes your city feel very different

by João Costa, Portugal - Aug 1st 2020
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BATTLETECH
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Mecha strategy title. what more needs to be said?

You take control of a merc company in a universe that uses mechs to fight.
the tacticval combat is very detailed and makes for very interesting fights.
Graphics and animations are ok but the fun of the game is all about managing your company and your mechs. As you slowly advance through the story and build your own mechs the way you like them.
it is an excelent game for strategic enthusiasts!

by João Costa, Portugal - Aug 1st 2020
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1954 Alcatraz
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An average point and click

I found the game to be average. It has some interesting puzzles and story beats but on the whole it is nothing new to the genre.
I'd recommend it if you want a point and click and have played the more unique ones.

by João Costa, Portugal - Jul 12th 2020
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Stellaris: Federations
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I AM THE SENATE!

This DLC adds a lot of content:
Makes federations a real fun challenge for mid/ late game. More roleplay aspects to them.
makes the ONU in the galaxy which allows for some really weird roleplays like managing to get a lot of votes and basically single handely decide the rules of the galaxy, similar to palpatine in star wars
gives some cool new super weapons for war like empires. I specially like the mobile factory!

by João Costa, Portugal - Jul 12th 2020
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Cities: Skylines - Industries Plus
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Deepens the Industry of the game while making your highways full of trucks!

This DLC is interesting and well worth buying. It allows you to make industry supply lines that allow you to supply your comercial zone without resorting to imports.

The only problem of this DLC is that if you can master the industry and keep the necessary resources and pathways clear than you will be swimming in a lot of money which makes the game much easier.

by João Costa, Portugal - Jul 12th 2020
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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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