Reviews by Cristi P.

Cities: Skylines - Parklife Icon
Sure, why not
by Cristi P., Romania - May 29th 2018

It looks like Paradox have added a few quality-of-life improvements in this DLC (alongside new content), so I'm happy that they keep trying to improve the game. The price is fair enough that I don't have a problem justifying the purchase, though maybe I was a bit over-hyped for this piece of content from all the video playthroughs I had seen before.

I was kind of expecting them to remove the old "parks & plazas" content to force players to use the new system, but apparently it's still there. Meaning you can still plop down happiness-generating items quickly and painlessly instead of taking the time to design your custom dream park. I wonder if the new way of doing things will eventually feel to tedious, and most players will just fall back to using the old parks system.

Something else I've noticed is that the new parks take quite a while to level up, based on the # of visitors they accumulate (makes sense I guess). I was hoping to blitz through the whole DLC in an hour or two, but apparently you need to invest quite a bit of time into this side project to really make it flourish. I wouldn't call it essential DLC, but it's nice enough for the extra tools & roleplay value it gives you.

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Europa Universalis IV: Rule Britannia Icon
Pretty cool
by Cristi P., Romania - Mar 23rd 2018

Bit torn on this one, as some of the features already made it into the free patch. But the price point is just about right, and I'm happy to reward Paradox for their efforts to keep updating and improving a nearly 5 year old game now.

The decision to add a new tab for missions was a good move, especially for people like me that play the game with the eu4 wiki open at all times, though it does kind of add a bit of clutter.

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Europa Universalis IV: Cradle of Civilization Collection Icon
Interesting mechanics
by Cristi P., Romania - Jan 29th 2018

Wouldn't call this a "must buy", but if you've already got the more essential DLC and find yourself getting bored with the game, the new drilling & army professionalism mechanics give you something extra to micro-manage so you don't just twiddle your thumbs in-between wars.

Or if you plan on playing a muslim nation, then I bet you'll find a lot more depth there, though I'd suggest you find a list of features contained in the paid DLC that didn't make it into the free patch, to decide for yourself if it's worth the asking price.

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Europa Universalis IV: Third Rome Icon
Uh, if you want to play Russia?
by Cristi P., Romania - Jan 29th 2018

I'll be honest, I've spent hundreds of hours playing the game with various DLC thrown into the mix, and this is the very last DLC I bought to complete my collection. I can only recommend buying it with a deep discount whenever available, but you shouldn't feel like you're missing out on much if you don't get it.

There aren't that many redeeming qualities about it (judging from most other people's reviews), but it does potentially spice things up a bit if you plan on playing as Muscovy and/or form Russia. Be warned that if you get the DLC and play as some other nation, the DLC will probably make the AI-controlled nation of Russia quite a bit more powerful than before.

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Europa Universalis IV: Mandate of Heaven Icon
Pretty Cool
by Cristi P., Romania - Jan 3rd 2018

The new "ages" mechanic with splendor points that you can spend on new abilities is pretty cool. Same for the "golden era" option, though it's a shame you can only declare one once per campaign. One thing to keep in mind is that all of your opponents will have access to the same improvements (you'll likely see dozens of "Nation X has declared a golden era!" messages).

The diplomatic macrobuilder is moderately useful, EU4 definitely needs more menus like this (so you can see, at a glance, if there are any nations around willing to ally you or accept vassalization).

Can't speak for any changes for the chinese/japanese factions as I haven't played those nations yet. I'm still worried about how crippled they'll be by the very slow expanse of institutions to that part of the world.

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Europa Universalis IV: Wealth of Nations Icon
Improvements to trade
by Cristi P., Romania - Jan 3rd 2018

Not that much content included in this one (I think most of the changes made it into the free patch, which is really nice of Paradox). I still bought it on sale (and it's fairly cheap to begin with), and noticed a few new options, like using your spy network to "justify trade conflict" giving you a cheap casus belli. Or manually moving your trade capital to another province (I probably think I understand trade mechanics well enough to have found a use for this yet though).

I'd only recommend getting this one on a steep discount (>50%), and make sure you have other more important DLCs first.

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Europa Universalis IV: Conquest of Paradise Icon
Only if you want to play native nations
by Cristi P., Romania - Dec 26th 2017

Most of the content in here seems to target "new world" nations, so if you don't intend to get into the colonization game (or anti-colonization, as a a native american nation), you probably won't feel like you're getting your money's worth.

(You can get either this or El Dorado if you want to play random nations & get the diplomatic option of supporting another nation's independence. I'd recommend El Dorado over this, but only if you're a completionist and already have the other, more crucial DLCs already)

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Cities: Skylines - Green Cities Icon
Nice enough for the completionists out there
by Cristi P., Romania - Dec 26th 2017

I'll preface this by saying I've bought almost every other DLC that came out for this game. Each time I get a new one, I spend a few dozen hours on a new sandbox city (don't care much for custom scenarios), so I quite often feel I get my money's worth.

I wouldn't say Green Cities is a must-buy right now, I'd wait till it goes on sale for a 50% discount maybe. If you don't already have Mass Transit, I'd recommend it over this one. But if you're like me and get a nice tingly feeling from seeing electric cars buzzing around your city, reducing pollution & whatnot, by all means get it now.

Even at the current price point, it doesn't feel like a ripoff, and I quite like supporting Paradox's work on this game and encouraging them to keep putting out DLC for it.

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Europa Universalis IV: Rights of Man Icon
Quite good, though maybe not exactly essential
by Cristi P., Romania - Oct 28th 2017

This DLC adds a bunch of fairly useful abilities to the game, like the "great power" system (if you're planning to play as one of the bigger nations). There's another DLC out there giving you the ability to "threaten war" to slowly annex provinces, and I've come to use it almost constantly. I imagine threatening over breaking alliances will be just as useful.

Similarly, personality traits add a bit of extra spice to gameplay, and having queen regents seems pretty darn useful to sidestep painful regency periods.

One of the first DLCs I'd recommend getting, provided you already have the essential "Common Sense" and "Art of War" (otherwise go for those first).

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Europa Universalis IV: Res Publica Icon
For the completionists
by Cristi P., Romania - Oct 28th 2017

This is one of the older, and probably therefore cheaper DLCs for the game, but it doesn't add a whole lot of extra content over the free update. Really cheap if you can get it on sale, but I'd highly recommend going for more highly valued DLC first (like Common Sense or Art of War), if you don't have them already.

There are numerous threads on Reddit ranking EU4 expansions in terms of usefulness if you need more advice to go on (just search "what DLCs should I get EU4"). Hope this helps.

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Europa Universalis IV: El Dorado Icon
Situational DLC
by Cristi P., Romania - Sep 27th 2017

I'll be honest, I only got this because I was very keen on playing a specific country (Moldavia), which starts off as a vassal at the beginning of the game. The DLC allows for new diplomacy options, most importantly (to me) the one to get other countries to support your independence war against your overlord. This drastically improves gameplay options if you're playing as a vassal/march.

Other than that, the custom/random nation content might be nice, if you get bored with the base historical game (I haven't yet).

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Europa Universalis IV: Mare Nostrum Icon
Somewhat mediocre
by Cristi P., Romania - Sep 27th 2017

I only got this for the timelapse feature (very annoying on Paradox's part not to include it in the free patch).

Otherwise, renting out your army to a foreign nation for ducats sounds interesting, but is highly situational (I haven't had an opportunity to do it yet). Plus a few improvements to trade/espionage. Not a game-changer, I'd otherwise recommend this DLC only after other, more essential ones.

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Borderlands 2: Ultimate Vault Hunter Upgrade Pack 2 Icon
Near-essential DLC
by Cristi P., Romania - Sep 14th 2017

If you bought the "game of the year" edition of Borderlands 2 (like I have), you'll no doubt be annoyed to find that it doesn't actually include all the DLC.

This is one such DLC that didn't get included, but is otherwise fundamental if you're planning on squeezing an extra bit of enjoyment out of the game, what with the increased level cap (+ new gear & map).

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Europa Universalis IV: Art of War Icon
Highly recommended
by Cristi P., Romania - Sep 12th 2017

This is one of the "tier 1", highly recommended DLCs for the game, according to reddit: https://www.reddit.com/r/eu4/comments/5et9si/which_dlcs_should_i_get_a_help_for_people_new_to/

Good to get with a discount, one star deducted just for the ungodly number of DLCs that Paradox released for the game.

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Europa Universalis IV: The Cossacks Icon
Highly recommended
by Cristi P., Romania - Sep 12th 2017

This is one of the "tier 1", highly recommended DLCs for the game, according to reddit: https://www.reddit.com/r/eu4/comments/5et9si/which_dlcs_should_i_get_a_help_for_people_new_to/

Good to get with a discount, one star deducted just for the ungodly number of DLCs that Paradox released for the game.

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Europa Universalis IV: Common Sense Icon
Highly recommended
by Cristi P., Romania - Sep 5th 2017

This is one of the "tier 1", highly recommended DLCs for the game, according to reddit: https://www.reddit.com/r/eu4/comments/5et9si/which_dlcs_should_i_get_a_help_for_people_new_to/

Good to get with a discount, one star deducted just for the ungodly number of DLCs that Paradox released for the game, and the fact that recent patches made it more-or-less mandatory to have Common Sense (the free base game apparently had new "challenges" introduced that can only be addressed through mechanics introduced in paid DLC).

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Cities: Skylines - Mass Transit Icon
Nice to have, but not super-important
by Cristi P., Romania - Sep 4th 2017

I very much like the idea that they're still doing work on this game, and expanding it with great features (though some of them already existed as mods). It must be costly to keep the dev team working, so I don't mind spending the ten bucks every now and then if it keeps attention on the game high.

I'm going to give it five stars though, because I also *very* much like the approach of releasing some of the features as free updates. And indeed, I consider some of the free updates to the base game to be quite essential quality-of-life improvements.

The new transit options look good, and it's always fun to tinker with diverse options, but they're not really super-useful (if you're a really mechanics-oriented player). I ended up not using monorails all that much, because the stations take up a lot of space, generate noise pollution AND cost loads in upkeep. It's much more efficient to use something like trams instead.

Haven't used blimps or cable cars yet, but I can't imagine they help much with elimination gridlock (though I might be proven wrong). They seem more situational than anything else.

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Europa Universalis IV Icon
Brilliant strategy game
by Cristi P., Romania - Sep 4th 2017

I won't lie, this game is hard to get into (I tried picking it up several times it the past, but got annoyed with losing too much), but once you do, you can easily sink hundreds of hours into it. The world is richly detailed, the geography and history are largely accurate, and you get a significantly different experience depending on your starting nation and the goals you have in mind (near-endless re-playability in my mind).

On the fence as to whether or not to detract a star (eventually elected not to), because of the ridiculous state of the DLCs. You need to do a heck of a lot of research to figure out which DLCs are worthwhile, and a lot of DLC packs are largely useless (containing mostly unit texture packs). Otherwise, the base game has a ton of content for the price anyway, but you will very likely feel the need to get the expansions once you get a taste of the original.

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Cities: Skylines Snowfall Icon
Wait for discount
by Cristi P., Romania - Oct 28th 2016

Not a bad piece of DLC, if you can get it at a discounted price (full price is a bit much IMO). Having to lay down hot water pipes in the ground might make it a bit more realistic but it's ultimately just more busywork.

On the whole, the weather effects are nice and add some immersion (especially now with the cold season approaching), and I feel like I got my money's worth just from the new map theme and expanded transportation options.

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