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Europa Universalis IV: Common Sense Released

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The latest expansion to the popular grand strategy series has been released. With a plethora changes and additions, it is one of the most comprehensive expansions for the game yet.

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For those unfamiliar with Europa Universalis IV, it's a strategy game that spans nearly 400 years of human history (1444-1820) in which players can choose to play any nation in the world. Players must contend with wars, diplomacy, religious unrest and colonization among other things. It's easy to get sucked up into the running of empires and, as I can personally attest, the gameplay is highly addictive.

Common Sense is one of the meatier expansions to come out for the game and adds plenty of new content. Parliaments which vote on issues for constitutional monarchies, Free Cities in the Holy Roman Empire and customized national churches for Protestant nations are among the most noteworthy additions. The rest of the world isn't neglected either, as Buddhism has gotten some love in the way of unique mechanics. Not to mention an unspecified amount of events that correspond to mechanics both new and old.

As with all major DLC releases from Paradox Development Studio, a new massive patch has also been released. Plenty of new free content has been added into the game. The largest changes to the base game have been the revamping of how forts and buildings work. The patch also includes many other additions to the game, including map improvements, new cultures and tags, events and missions. Every aspect of the game has been touched upon one way or another.

You can see the full massive list of changes and features, both in the expansion and the accompanying patch, here.

I'm personally excited about all the changes. I've sunk in hundreds of hours into the game and it's always nice to see content that shakes things up and keeps the gameplay fresh. I know there's quite a few of us on GOL who will probably lose quite a bit of sleep forging our empires in the coming days.

You can grab Common Sense directly off Steam or Paradox's Webshop (which should also provide a Steam key). Article taken from GamingOnLinux.com.
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Mountain Man 9 Jun, 2015
I keep buying Europa Universalis IV and Crusader Kings II expansions even though I barely have time to play either game right now. I keep thinking that I want the games to be as complete as possible when I finally do have the time to really play them. That and I feel the need to reward Paradox for being such a consistent supporter of Linux. Is that silly or what?
jsa1983 9 Jun, 2015
Quoting: Mountain ManI keep buying Europa Universalis IV and Crusader Kings II expansions even though I barely have time to play either game right now. I keep thinking that I want the games to be as complete as possible when I finally do have the time to really play them. That and I feel the need to reward Paradox for being such a consistent supporter of Linux. Is that silly or what?

If you feel better... I'm doing the same :)
Plus that is also a way to thank Paradox for their Linux support (which is great).
Really looking forward to playing EU IV with the latest DLCs (last time I played was about 3-4 months ago).
Mountain Man 9 Jun, 2015
Quoting: jsa1983(last time I played was about 3-4 months ago).
Same here.
Segata Sanshiro 9 Jun, 2015
I'm in the same boat here. This expansion makes me want to play the game again so badly and I'll probably get it, but I know that if I start playing EU4 then I'll neglect pretty much everything else in my library for the next month.

But like Mountain Man, I want the game to be as complete as possible because when I do allocate time to play it then I can get the full experience.
BTRE 9 Jun, 2015
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It's kind of pointless to wait for the game to be complete IMO. With the current DLC model, both EU4 and CK2 will only be 'complete' when people stop buying expansions and it's no longer viable to finance new material. The games have been a success and that's why they can afford to keep supporting their games. Paradox don't have a vision of what the game will look like when it's 'complete' because they're coming up with new stuff all the time, not to mention listening to what the customers want. They use the money people spend on DLC to pay for patches and ideas for even more new stuff, so it's a never-ending cycle :P

There's a few months between big expansions so my advice is to just play and have fun. You don't need to buy the expansions to have fun, either. The games are highly replayable and you can just come back to it after a few months if you feel burned out. Not to mention that you're missing out on a lot of really cool mods.
oldrocker99 9 Jun, 2015
I blew my disposable income for 2/2014 when I bought CK2, and one of my main motivations was to reward Paradox for bringing a true AAA game to Linux. Their seriousness was displayed when Europa Universalis IV was released later that summer for Windows, Mac and Linux on the same day.
Mountain Man 9 Jun, 2015
Quoting: oldrocker99I blew my disposable income for 2/2014 when I bought CK2, and one of my main motivations was to reward Paradox for bringing a true AAA game to Linux. Their seriousness was displayed when Europa Universalis IV was released later that summer for Windows, Mac and Linux on the same day.
And this year they did a same-day Linux release for Cities: Skylines, and Hearts of Iron IV will get the same treatment whenever it's released. Great games, great post-release support, and a friend of Tux. What's not to love? :)
Eike 9 Jun, 2015
Additionally to "Europa Universalis IV: Common Sense", they offer "Europa Universalis IV: Common Sense Content Pack" - did they really start to sell DLCs for DLCs?!?
BTRE 9 Jun, 2015
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Quoting: EikeAdditionally to "Europa Universalis IV: Common Sense", they offer "Europa Universalis IV: Common Sense Content Pack" - did they really start to sell DLCs for DLCs?!?

They have an a la carte model for DLC. They separate spritepacks and music from other material so people can pick and choose what they'd like. Not everyone thinks cosmetic stuff is worth buying. It's the same with the more thematic expansions - Res Publica is skippable unless you like playing republics for instance.
Segata Sanshiro 9 Jun, 2015
Quoting: BTREIt's kind of pointless to wait for the game to be complete IMO. With the current DLC model, both EU4 and CK2 will only be 'complete' when people stop buying expansions and it's no longer viable to finance new material. The games have been a success and that's why they can afford to keep supporting their games. Paradox don't have a vision of what the game will look like when it's 'complete' because they're coming up with new stuff all the time, not to mention listening to what the customers want. They use the money people spend on DLC to pay for patches and ideas for even more new stuff, so it's a never-ending cycle :P

Maybe we could stop buying the DLC and that would motivate them to release Victoria III :D
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