Reviews by dorugradinaru

Crusader Kings III: Northern Lords
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Best dlc

This DLC is not only very good if you like vikings, it is also a very important and positive change from Paradox's DLC policy of old. Let me explain. This is a Viking DLC, there are new mechanics and events for people of Norse religion and/or culture, and there are also a lot of cosmetic features like the new Norse UI, music(absolute bangers by the way, but don't expect viking metal, it's much more folk and atmospheric), clothing, 3D models, essentially anything a Viking lover would wish for. Now, this seems very standard for a DLC, but not for a Paradox DLC, since if this were an old Paradox DLC this would also have some features available not only to the Vikings, but to everyone, forcing people into buying the DLC even if they didn't care about Vikings.

One example would be Jade Dragon. That is a DLC for CK2 that adds off-map China mechanics into the game. What, don't care about China? Too bad, the DLC also has rally points and new Casus Bellis available to everyone, so if you want them you must buy it. This sort of shady business practice was commonplace in the old DLC policy of Paradox and it's even present in Imperator: Rome, the most recent Paradox game after CK3, so I was
positively surprised to see that this Flavour Pack doesn't have anything like that at all. I'd go as far as to say this is a prime example of how a DLC(flavour packs like this at least) should be made. Of course, we'll just have to see if they keep this up.

Oh, and most of the negative reviews are from people salty about DLC for no particular reason. This did come out with a very good free patch which brought new absolutely free features like winter, poetry and dueling. Even some things that Paradox could've rightfully made part of the Northern Lords (like new religious icons and Viking Coats of Arms and mottos) were also released for free, and since I already explained how this Flavour Pack is much more customer-friendly than what Paradox used to make I'm not sure what the haters are even mad about. Perhaps they'll explain their problem in the comment section, but most likely I'm just going to get called a shill ¯_(ツ)_/¯. One criticism people expressed is that all people became bald in save games from before the current patch, but that's a problem with the free update, not the DLC and the problem goes away after a few generations or if you start a new game anyway. The real sad thing is that old DNA strings also feature bald characters, so now I have a txt file with lots of bald characters' DNA, which is a bit annoying but again: this has nothing to do with the DLC, if this mild annoyance somehow completely ruined your game then your review belongs under the main game, not here. Other than that I'm not sure why anyone wouldn't recommend this(haven't even encountered any bugs), since even the price is very reasonable.

TL;DR in 3 points
1. Get this if you like Vikings, you'll love it.
2. Unlike old Paradox DLC there are no shady tactics used in order to sell this to as much people as possible.
3. Negative reviews are mostly people being salty about this DLC for no reason other than that it's a DLC. Don't worry about bald people.

by dorugradinaru, Romania - Apr 29th 2021
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Hearts of Iron IV: Allied Speeches Pack
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Recommanded

From what I know so far the speeches activate this way:
Peace in our Time- gets event Munich conference
War with Germany- UK is at war with Germany
Guns are Silent- Japan Capitulates
Day in Infamy- Japan declares war with America
Arsenal of Democracy- America finishes focus Arsenal of Democracy
Order of the Day- Normandy is liberated (I think)
Victory Parade- Germany capitulates and berlin is captured by soviets ([W-G] A Gamer)
Fight on the Beaches- Germany takes Dunkerque
Blood Toil Tears Sweat- Belgium capitulates
Their Finest Hour- France capitulates
I have Returned- Manila is liberated (I think)
Warning to Japan- America researched nukes
No Invincible Armies- Germany declares war on USSR (for me it happened like I think 1-2 months after)
feel free to comment so that i can update this

by dorugradinaru, Romania - Apr 29th 2021
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Crusader Kings III
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Good game

Not as good as Crusader Kings 2 was in terms of content and "customization". I really dislike how they removed heirlooms, wonders, and societies. The complexity of the game has been lowered as well, you no longer have to manager naval units separately as all units embark with ships. The battle system is improved, but most players don't play at an advanced enough level for it to matter. The AI is much better and map fracturing is a lot cleaner. The inheretence system is better. The map detail is much improved.

Overall it's a good game but it is going to be a while before they add a lot of the great content CK2 had, back...and odds are we'll have to pay for it, which is ridiculous. The things this lacks have a strong impact to replay-ability.

by dorugradinaru, Romania - Apr 29th 2021
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Europa Universalis IV: Emperor
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Useless

Only buy this on sale if you really REALLY want it.
I got this on sale for $9... played without this DLC initially so I can confidently say that it adds very few big mechanics. Slightly improved papal/curia, HRE, and Defender of the Faith, and new Hegemonies feature. Oh and I can't forget that crushing rebels thingy??? Seems like a stretch to keep that behind a paywall...

I'm mainly posting this to hope they see what we really want first: a smoother game-play where the AI is actually competent without blatant advantages as the result of lazy code. Where they pay attention to the basics before release instead of slapping patches after. Yeah I understand there's gonna be some unforeseen bugs, but checking on the AI every so often shouldn't be difficult. Don't put the icing on before the cake. Please be more careful on Leviathan.

by dorugradinaru, Romania - Apr 29th 2021
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Europa Universalis IV: Emperor Content Pack
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Extra

Overall these units are very pretty in-game, however the limited number of them is a bit worrying that there are only so many units. Despite the limited number of models they are relatively well spread, expecially in the Balkans. However, they are missing some nations for some packs, while others seem to be weirdly chosen.

Balkan Pack - This one is the best. The Wallachian units look absolutly amazing. The Bosnian units look pretty good and well spread among Croatia and Cilli, as well. As stated before Croatia uses Bosnia's units, which is a bit disapointing, considering that Croatia should have their own unique models. The Serbian units look pretty good and are also used by Albania and possibly Bulgaria. However, Greece and the Greek Minors are very disappointingly left out of this pack, which is the only detraction for this pack.

Beyond the Alps - These models once again look pretty good. Savoy's models are well spread out among their vassals and neighbors, ensuring that you WILL see them, either as Savoy, Sardinia-Piedmont, Montferrat, or Sulazzo. While Switzerland's models help Switzerland stand out even more. Yet, Sicily is very weird and odd choice. Unless-its used by the formable Two Sicilies, then it will an extremely rare sight.

The Unifiers - The description says "new units for large formables including Germany and Italy" however I'm not sure if it includes Scandinavia or any other formable in Europe such as Lotharingia.

by dorugradinaru, Romania - Apr 29th 2021
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Hearts of Iron IV: Battle for the Bosporus
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Good price

- whats the point of going down reform Byzantium route in the "democratic" tree if you need to be fascist
- Bulgaria literally sit there until 1943 before you can do anything and then not be able to do anything because the major powers now control the balkans
- Overall its a tedious focus tree DLC that needs multiple attempts to understand anything
- Good price

by dorugradinaru, Romania - Nov 2nd 2020
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Hearts of Iron IV: La Résistance
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Very good

Honestly, while I understand some of the negative criticisms of this DLC, I still fundamentally disagree with the negative reviews. This DLC is one of those pieces of DLC that has really good ideas behind it. The implementation however, needs some work. I have already personally modded/fixed some of the issues that I feel the DLC has added. I am relatively sure that balance fixes and superior execution will be implemented in the future. Therefore, this gets a thumbs up for me.

by dorugradinaru, Romania - Mar 16th 2020
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Imperator: Rome Deluxe Edition
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The game can be better with some expansions

The game is a rush job, it is not finished. In the settings the volume slider does not work if you click on the slider if you want to make changes you have to save the settings if you just select the setting and close the window it will not remember it. In the interface, you want to build a building but you do not have a list of like you do in EU 4 where it shows you where it is most effective. You want to trade resources to a province you do not see where that province is. The game runs slow on MAC.
What to change? For me: more events. It is so boring now without them. Especialy after EU4. Also two things: I hope that timespan will increase after 30 AD and we will get some Christ easter egg, and I saw it in some pre-release let's play, so maybe it's now updated, but Jewish people crusifing??? More culture apropriate decisions. So stoning for Jewish cultures for example.

by dorugradinaru, Romania - Apr 27th 2019
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Crusader Kings II: Hymns of Revelation
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Best music for the game

Best music pack to date, more like this will be welcome. Adds right atmospheric nature to christian rulers. The chants are beautiful, the instrument accompaniment fitting. As an Orthodox Christian who attends regular western rite liturgies I can tell you this is the real deal.

by dorugradinaru, Romania - Apr 27th 2019
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Europa Universalis IV: Rule Britannia
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Great improvements for Britain

Great little improvement for the British Isles. I hope every area gets an Immersion Pack like this eventually. Though maybe the price should be slightly less like $7

by dorugradinaru, Romania - Apr 17th 2019
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Crusader Kings II: Jade Dragon
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China dlc

So this DLC introduces China as an off-map entity which you can ally with or war with. Being in the good graces of the Emperor grants you bonuses you can request, such as wives, scholars, generals, artifacts, etc. It also introduces the ability to write books, which function as artifacts to give your characters a boost. There are new Casus Bellis as well, giving you more ways to go to war.

by dorugradinaru, Romania - Apr 17th 2019
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Crusader Kings II: Holy Fury
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Great dlc

After so many unimpressive DLCs, there is one that finally breaks the pattern and actually adds meaningful content and changes to the core of the game. Adds a great amount of meaningful content to various parts of the game - this should be the standard for paradox DLC in the future, and the fact that much more lacklustre pieces of DLC exist at the same price point makes this shine even more!

by dorugradinaru, Romania - Apr 17th 2019
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Hearts of Iron IV: Man the Guns
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Interesting...

Most fun DLC to date. The Mexican focus tree alone is worthy enough.
Pros: Mexican focus tree, in any way you want to play it (ultracatholic/fascist or Trotsky leading the true revolution). I've had my most fun games to date playing it.
Cons: Great ships take ages to be built. The module system, though, is fun

by dorugradinaru, Romania - Apr 17th 2019
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Hearts of Iron IV: Waking the Tiger
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Rule ASIA

So I tried playing as Japan and became a constitional monarchy and even joined the Allies. This became one of the strangest vanilla Heart of Iron IV experiences I've ever had. When I went democratic I pretty most lost my entire navy as the facist and my forces fought a violent civil war. I guess it's not a huge loss since I have the British Empire as an ally. While that was happening a random rebellion breaks out in the Soviet Union. I find my army fighting Hungarians and Croatians in the Balkans while the rest of my army fights the Germans in France. Things were going well until Italy joined the Axis and we have no sign of US help for a while because world tension was below 70%.

In other words I had no idea how this was going to turn out or what would happen next which made this one of the best experiences I've had in HOI IV.

by dorugradinaru, Romania - Mar 17th 2018
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Europa Universalis IV: Mandate of Heaven
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Asia DLC

It is a good DLC adds lot's of content and makes the expirence in Asia far more intresting and challenging

by dorugradinaru, Romania - Mar 17th 2018
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Crusader Kings II: The Reaper's Due Content Pack
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Ok....

The unit sprites, especially the eastern women are kind of generic looking compared to previous sprites, which is kind of disappointing. I mean the Mongol intrigue person has an eagle on her arm. The female Africans are slightly better but not by much. The Byzantine clothing is ok.

by dorugradinaru, Romania - Mar 17th 2018
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Crusader Kings II: Conclave Content Pack
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Too expansive

Seriously? I have over 1500 hours logged on CK2, and I was very enthusiastic in the past. But this content should've been part of the update, and to keep nickeling and diming the fans for so little and for items that should've been included in gameplay in the first place. I'm increasingly disappointed with Paradox for these tactics.

by dorugradinaru, Romania - Mar 17th 2018
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Europa Universalis IV: Cradle of Civilization
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Too expansive

Too expensive if you don't play in the Middle East (I do play in the Middle East, though, so personally I'm fine, but I imagine not too many folks play Timurids or Qara, so, there's that). But only *slightly* too expensive in that case.

That said, the change with Army Professionalism/Drilling is probably not being recognized for being as big as it is, even despite the attention it is already getting.

by dorugradinaru, Romania - Mar 17th 2018
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Europa Universalis IV: Mare Nostrum Content Pack
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Not recommended

Sadly, the developer for this pack chose to ignore a significant flow of constructive criticism offered on Paradox forum and released it as is. I purchased it to support Paradox for making amazing games but that's it. I disable this pack in my games because I can't stand looking at this monstrosity.

by dorugradinaru, Romania - Mar 17th 2018
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Crusader Kings II: Full Plate Metal
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Great

I really like this DLC. The songs are epic and give you a better experience in the game. Recomanded!

by dorugradinaru, Romania - Jan 22nd 2017
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