Reviews by Nicolas I

Europa Universalis IV: Rule Britannia
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British flavoured expansion

Rule Britannia is an immersion pack that adds mission trees as well as new unit models for England, Scotland and Ireland. Also, the Protestant faith can appear in England with new bonuses and religious choices. Naval doctrines can be chosen to gain bonuses to ship maintenance, trade power or battle performance. Innovativeness gives you rewards if you are the first nation to unlock new knowledge. You can now share you knowledge with allies or subjects. Finally the industrial revolution can happen in late game in your more developed provinces.

by Nicolas I, Canada - Nov 16th 2020
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Europa Universalis IV: Golden Century
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Spanish and naval related expansion

This immersion pack for EU4 gives you new missions and objectives for the nations of Iberia and Northwest Africa (Berbers nations). Iberian nations can now establish religious orders (Jesuit, Franciscan or Dominican) to govern their states to reduce unrest or ease conversion. You can also send minorities to your colonies to gain greater cohesion at home. As for the new naval features, they include: chosing a flagship to lead your navy, adding combat and trade power to your fleet; besieging coastal forts with naval barrage; and finally the appearance of pirate republics that you can combat or even lead.

by Nicolas I, Canada - Nov 16th 2020
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Ken Follett's The Pillars of the Earth
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The Age of Cathedrals

This interactive game is based upon Ken Follett's bestseller set in the 12th century's England. It tells the story of the village of Kingsbridge that you discover through the lives of main characters Philip, Jack and Aliena. Exploration, decision-making and dialogues influence the unfolding of the adventure centered around the building of one of the greatest cathedrals. It includes war, conspiracies and romance.

by Nicolas I, Canada - Nov 10th 2020
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Hearts of Iron IV: La Résistance
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France libre, France combattante

La Réistance is the third expansion of HOI IV. focused mainly on new espionnage features. Your spy agency can train spies to perform missions and operations against the occupation forces in Allied territories or to support the rise of underground networks. On their side, your foes will recruit vile collaborators. Other features include code cracking, scout planes, armoured cars. Finally, you get new focus trees for Free France and Vichy France, Republican Spain and Nationalist Spain, as well as Portugal.

by Nicolas I, Canada - Nov 10th 2020
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Victory At Sea
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War on the oceans

Victory at sea is a game of real time naval combat in the setting of World war II. You can create your fleet of ships and manoeuver them in feral battles in Atlantic, Pacific and Mediterranean theaters. Warships, carriers, submarines and convoys are all part ot this epic struggle. Yo can advance you career from captain of a single destroyer to admiral commanding a vast fleet. You can play campaigns as the British, Japanese, American or Germans. French, Dutch and Italiansare also available in battle mode.

by Nicolas I, Canada - Oct 30th 2020
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Tropico 5
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Build you dreamed island

Tropico 5 is a funny city/island building game. It includes 4 eras : colonial, world wars, cold war and modern times. In addition to the management of your island, other features include factions, diplomacy, missions, writing a constitution with arising rights, raising your own dynasty, trade and your people's support level.

by Nicolas I, Canada - Oct 30th 2020
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Stellaris
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Per ardua ad astra / Through adversity to the stars

Stellaris is a fabulous grand strategy 4x space empire building game. You get to explore stellar systems, colonize (or conquer) planets and develop resources and industries, build fleets and bases to defend your frontiers. Trade, treaties, scientific research, relics and artifacts of old civilizations are also part of the game. Great replayability as no game willbe the same with so many options and paths possible.

by Nicolas I, Canada - Oct 29th 2020
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Stellaris: Humanoids Species Pack
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More human types available

Humanoids are a popular choice of Stellaris players. This pack brings many more human-like species, including cyclopes, orcish, demonic and dwarves types. Humanoids also get their own unique ship class. Not a game-changing expansion, just a few more choice if you want to play human-like species.

by Nicolas I, Canada - Oct 29th 2020
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Stellaris: Federations
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Unity is strength

This fourth expansion is all about forming Federations. Create ties with other empires to mutual benefit, increasing your diplomatic weight in the galactic community. New features include diplomatic stances/actions, envoys, new administrative capacities. That adds a cooperative option that differs from solely conquering objectives.

by Nicolas I, Canada - Oct 29th 2020
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Stellaris: MegaCorp
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Stars exploitation Inc.

This third major expansion for Stellaris open the option to play a spatial corporation that want to expand its business on a galaxy-wide scale. Instead of conquering planets you aim to conquer markets and devlop trade routes to get a dominant share of the galactic trade. New trading related ascension perks also become available.

by Nicolas I, Canada - Oct 29th 2020
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Stellaris: Distant Stars Story Pack
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Discover hidden secrets...

This story pack is focused on adding new discoveries possibilities linked to ancient civilizations. Manu new anomalies for scientists to observe and analyze, triggering events you don't necessarily control or unleashing sometimes dangerous creatures. You also get new opportunities to gain technology, resources, and discover worlds to colonize.

by Nicolas I, Canada - Oct 29th 2020
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Stellaris: Utopia
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Very good first expansion to Stellaris

This first expansion to Stellaris brings many new features enhancing the gameplay. Huge space stations (habitats) and megastructures are visible signs of your civilisation progress. Three differents evolution paths are now available, mastering of biology, developpement of synthetic sentient beings, or mental psyonic powers. Also present are : new interactions between factions, native indoctrination, unity and traditions, etc.

by Nicolas I, Canada - Oct 29th 2020
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Hearts of Iron IV: Waking the Tiger
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Great expansion with tons of new features !

This first expansion for HOI IV brings a great variety of new features that will please many people. Very good value for your money.

National focus trees for China, enhanced focus trees for Japan and Germany, decisions and missions using your political power, refitting of older or captured equipment, new general traits, chains of command, use of command power to enhance operations on the ground, stability and war support replace national unity in a deeper mechanic, acclimatization of tropps to cold or hot climate, etc...

by Nicolas I, - Oct 19th 2020
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Airport Madness 3D: Volume 2
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Pushing thin

As in the first volume, you have to have nerves of steel to handle the most air traffic as quicly as possible without incidents or catastrophes.

This second volume add 8 new airports in US, Canada, UK an Asia. There are also new planes, a skycam and many more details.

by Nicolas I, - Oct 19th 2020
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Crusader Kings II: Holy Fury
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The cross and the sword were both powerful !

This expansion to CK II add some religious features as improved crusades, coronation of nobles by religious leaders, possibility to become a saint after dying.

Also, some features for successful fighters as warrior lodges unlocking better skills for pagan warriors or legendary bloodlines for descendants of heroes that confer bonuses.

These add welcome depth to the already interesting roleplay of CK II.

by Nicolas I, - Oct 19th 2020
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Hearts of Iron IV: Man the Guns
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A major improvement of naval warfare !

This second expansion to HOI IV brings a lot of naval features that enhance greatly the naval gameplay. New ship designs and refit of existing vessels, naval mines and minesweeping, more admiral traits, naval treaties, shipping routes.

Also, fuel finally becomes a new resource consumed by mechanical units, including fuel draining fleets. That is a game changer as you must carefully calculate your fuel capacity in regard to your fielded armies and fleets.

by Nicolas I, - Oct 19th 2020
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Hearts of Iron IV: Cadet Edition
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A renewal of the formula

Though I miss the hexes from the previous games, HOI IV offer new features more focused on the strategic level. The planification of the production of material and supplies is as capital to the war effort than the fighting on the fronts.

by Nicolas I, Canada - Aug 29th 2020
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Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire - Obsidian Edition
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A whole new world

Quite a great renewal of the game who this time takes places in an archipelago roaming with pirates, variety of races, new companions, villains, monsters, trafficking and dark mysteries. And the gods still trying to use you to reach their goals.

by Nicolas I, Canada - Aug 29th 2020
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Hearts of Iron IV: Together for Victory
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The last fight of the dominions

This expansion is focused on Canada, Australia, New Zealand, The Raj (India), and South Africa. It brings interesting gameplay for those interested in exploring paths of action for these countries.

by Nicolas I, Canada - Aug 29th 2020
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Europa Universalis IV: Common Sense Content Pack
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Plenty of nice new units

The Common Sense content pack add 64 new units models for great nations, free cities, theocracies and buddhists countries. They are nice and add some flavour to the game by replacing generic units.

by Nicolas I, Canada - Apr 30th 2016
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