These three games are grand strategy games covering three distinct eras of history: the age of colonization, the Victorian era, and WW2. These games try to model as realistically as possible and so far I have never seen a strategy game more realistic. These games easily make my top 10 favorite games of all time.
So! If you're a strategy player who wants more of a challenge, these games might be for you!
If you're tired of constant Zurg charges and want more thought, these games might be for you!
If you find annexing an entire country in 1 battle is bullshit, then these games might be for you!
What I love about these games is that you can be ABSOLUTELY ANYBODY YOU EVER WANT. Want to transform tiny Luxemburg into a world power? You can - and good luck! Want to be Stalin and crush not only Hitler but Churchill too? You bet!
Europa Universalis III (EU3)
Based on the era of colonization and monarchies, you lead your country through greatness. Considered as the easiest of the three to get into, it has a nice balance between militaristic conquest and peaceful exploration/colonization. You can colonize the Americas, marry off your heirs for a chance to inherit another kingdom, or take up arms for the French Revolution!
In-game screenshot of a player Sweden expanding his borders.
Victoria 2 (Vic2/Vicky2)
My favorate out of the three and considered the most hardest to learn out of them. Based on the Victorian era, you lead any country into an age of colonization, nationalism, and economics. Industrialize your country, influence communist revolutions, push for political reforms, kick the French out of Alsace-Lorraine, or start World War 1. A perfect balance of economics and military, this game is damn good at representing the Victorian era as an age of industrialization and militant expansion.
In-game screenshot of a communist Switzerland kicking Austrian ass. (It was technically a defeat because they pulled out)
Victoria 2 (HoI3)
The most militant game of the three and the most accurate in military strategy. Become any nation during WW2 and fight to an unconditional surrender! In this game, being a Nazi isn't as "bad". You command the military and very little of the economic system of your country. If you like WW2 this is a must-game for you. Send forces across the globe, research the ability to produce an atomic bomb, and liberate Poland from the Soviets if you wish! A very fun game if you like to kick ass on a global scale.
In-game screenshot of the Polish Invasion of 1939. RIP Poland.
And those are three of the biggest Paradox games. There are many others, such as a Europa Univerallis of the Roman Empire, Pride of Nations a simplier Victoria 2, and many more.
So, TIF. Anybody play these wonderful games? Anybody thinking of playing them? I know these games will suit a few of you. In fact, I believe Dusty actually made an AAR (After-Action Report, which is like a little commentary of your game you publish on forums) on the EU3 game.
Discuss or ask questions!