I noticed the Europa Universalis games are on sale on Impulse. I'm looking for info and opinions on them from my fellow GOGers.
Do they have DRM on them?
Opinions on if they are any good?
I prefer to buy from GOG, so I was wondering if there have been any rumors that we'll see the Europa Universalis games on GOG?
First off, none of the Paradox games have any DRM on them; although if you buy them from Impulse I assume that you would still need to use their client for downloading.
The games themselves are quite involved, and require a fair amount of effort to learn to play. The game is a real time strategy, although you can control the speed that time passes and even pause the game when you need to do some detailed adjustments. Luckily, the community over at the Paradox forums is very strong and anyone who is new to the games can find links to play guides and strategy discussions aplenty.
If you were looking to choose the easiest game to get into, I would say that EU:Rome (with the Vae Victus expansion) is quite useful in that regard. The game world is much smaller, obviously being the Classical world, and there are not as many variables to keep track of as Europa Universalis III. There is even a series of guides written for new players in mind on the EU:Rome forum that comes highly recommended and cover a number of features that are not well described in the manuals.
Personally I love the games but I would certainly say that they are not for everybody, especially if you are a more casual gamer. The best parallel I can think of are the Egosoft X series games, which are also quite daunting to learn and yet extremely rewarding when you reach the plateau of the learning curve.