What's the best paradox interactive game out of

#1 Posted by Shotgunblast97 (125 posts) -

Crusader king 2, Victoria 2 and Heart of iron 3. So what was your favorite out of all 3 of them.

#2 Posted by TaliciaDragonsong (8698 posts) -

Mount and Blade: Warband.

#3 Posted by RadixNegative2 (511 posts) -

The idea of starting and learning Crusader King 2 was so daunting to me that I kept putting it off. I eventually decided to say screw it and just go in not knowing anything and starting off with the Holy Roman Empire.

I've never had so much fun "losing" and seeing my empire fall into complete chaos and everyone around me turning against me. Not only did I have fun, but I learned the game as well.

So my vote goes for Crusader King 2.

#4 Posted by beeftothetaco (421 posts) -

Crusader King 2.

#5 Posted by predator (350 posts) -

I vote for Hearts of Iron III.

#6 Posted by Animasta (14673 posts) -

crusader kings 2 deffo, as I hate the other two

#7 Edited by MikeGosot (3227 posts) -
@Animasta said:

crusader kings 2 deffo, as I hate the other two

This woman speaks the truth.
 
EDIT: To be fair, i don't hate Hearts Of Iron III because i didn't played much of that. But Victoria 2? Fuck. That. Shit.
#8 Posted by TheKramer89 (423 posts) -

@TaliciaDragonsong said:

Mount and Blade: Warband.

Read the question dude. He didn't say "Best game of all time."

#9 Posted by GloomyTangent (194 posts) -

CK2 is definitely the most polished and approachable of them.

#10 Posted by Animasta (14673 posts) -

@MikeGosot: hell, HOI3 has had like 2 expansions and just now people are calling it only alright and decent

#11 Posted by MikeGosot (3227 posts) -
@Animasta said:

@MikeGosot: hell, HOI3 has had like 2 expansions and just now people are calling it only alright and decent

So, i guess i shouldn't give that a second chance, huh?
#12 Edited by Animasta (14673 posts) -

nah. Most people prefer the games that were based off of HOI2; Arsenal of Democracy (why'd I say diplomacy I am dumb) and Darkest Hour

I'm not the one to ask which one is better, unfortunately!

#13 Posted by SathingtonWaltz (2053 posts) -

I just bought Crusader Kings 2 a few days ago on that Steam sale, but I haven't played it yet. I forgot that a friend of mine gifted me Europa Universalis 3 months ago, so I figured I would start there. Let me say that the tutorials in this game don't really teach you anything, I've been having to rely on Youtube videos. Actually while I'm at it, any tips would be greatly appreciated (or a link to a thorough tutorial).

#14 Edited by Slay3r1583 (608 posts) -

Out of the ones you posted I would have to go with CK2. It is the "easiest" and "most accessible" of the three. My personal favorite is Europa Universalis 3 however. I looked into HoI3 and even already having a bit of grand strategy experience that just seemed like too much for me. I played a little Victoria 2 and it just wasn't my thing. Check out http://www.paradoxian.org some of the articles on the wiki have not been updated to the newest expansion but it can still be a helpful site. Also I am FAR from an expert but I can try to provide some advice based on my experience if you have any specific questions.

#15 Posted by Animasta (14673 posts) -

@SathingtonWaltz said:

I just bought Crusader Kings 2 a few days ago on that Steam sale, but I haven't played it yet. I forgot that a friend of mine gifted me Europa Universalis 3 months ago, so I figured I would start there. Let me say that the tutorials in this game don't really teach you anything, I've been having to rely on Youtube videos. Actually while I'm at it, any tips would be greatly appreciated (or a link to a thorough tutorial).

http://lparchive.org/Europa-Universalis-III-Divine-Wind/

#16 Posted by Cameron (597 posts) -

Of those games, definitely Crusader Kings II.

#17 Posted by Rohok (554 posts) -

@TaliciaDragonsong said:

Mount and Blade: Warband.

This.

#18 Posted by GloomyTangent (194 posts) -

@SathingtonWaltz: Here's something that I wrote about getting into Paradox games in another thread a few days ago.

@GloomyTangent said:

@BoG: There's some really good guides out there (and I'm hardly an expert myself) for EU3. That said, I think that you should try CK2 first, then move on up to EU. CK has a much smaller scale (particularly if you play a lesser noble), and since it's more personality focused it's easier to get into it like you would get into the Sims. That's one thing that's really hard to get into new players heads, is that honestly the games are often a lot more like the Sims than Civ. Sometimes you just need to let it go. Every once in a while you'll need to pause and micromanage an aspect of your economy, or put down a revolt, or whatever, but a significant part of the fun of these games (particularly CK) is just letting the game go and seeing what crazy shit happens.

If you keep that in mind, the fact that the game has no win state really becomes a lot more comfortable. I just like to set hilarious, ahistorical goals and see how that shit goes. For example, in EU3 I once played as England from the very start of the available timeline, roleplaying an irrational hatred of the Portugese. 150 years later, the King of Portugal had fled to the Azores, which had 30 settlers and 50 natives on it. I decided to let him keep it, because fuck Portugal. Keep in mind that during this game I figured out how the tech transfer and cultural assimilation stuff worked. Just by playing and letting things go. I still have no fucking clue how the trade agreements or anything work. Maybe eventually I'll play the Dutch or Swiss or someone and actually put in the effort, role playing as a trading power, but for now it just doesn't interest me. Would I play EU 'better' if I understood it? Sure. But I don't care, I was too busy grudgefucking Portugal into submission.

Basically, don't feel you have to win to have a good time. You're going to fuck things up, and in fact should. Because it's hilarious.

Oh, and stay the fuck away from Hearts of Iron until you have a good handle on Paradox stuff. Their games are ridiculous enough without having to manage a bunch of NATO unit symbols and supply lines.

The guides are good, but I find that the right mindset is more important than anything.

#19 Posted by Ben_H (3341 posts) -

Hearts of Iron III is insane. I still haven't figured it out. The tutorial is GARBAGE.

#20 Edited by Animasta (14673 posts) -

@Rohok said:

@TaliciaDragonsong said:

Mount and Blade: Warband.

This.

mount and blade isn't a paradox game it's a taleworlds game goddamned people

also EU3 is the best with mods; my favorite mod is the colony name changer mod, so when I colonized north america as Norway instead of new york I got new oslo :3

#21 Posted by TaliciaDragonsong (8698 posts) -
#22 Posted by phampire (284 posts) -

I can only assume that we are talking about games published by paradox interactive, since its a published and games such as Crusader kings 2 was developed by paradox development studio. If that is the case then mount and blade: warband gets my vote.

#23 Posted by granderojo (1778 posts) -

The only correct answer is Victoria II. In most other paradox grand strategy games, war is the catalyst which holds together the rest of the game. In Victoria II, it's all about political and economic stability. War is but a means, one of many tools to reach that stability & I found it infinitely rewarding.

Also I love how 'realistic' the game is. Certain countries have huge advantages, but the alliances keeps things balanced.

#24 Posted by Leptok (942 posts) -

I would go CK2 to get comfortable with a map game, EU3 to move up and get a bit more complex and grand, and then HOI3 to be both controlling a complex country as well as the tactics of each unit.

#25 Posted by Leptok (942 posts) -

And I would say cheat some to make it fun if you need to. I love to start an Irish empire in each game, but to jumpstart that I give myself some money at the start.

#26 Posted by Animasta (14673 posts) -
#27 Posted by SathingtonWaltz (2053 posts) -

@GloomyTangent said:

@SathingtonWaltz: Here's something that I wrote about getting into Paradox games in another thread a few days ago.

@GloomyTangent said:

@BoG: There's some really good guides out there (and I'm hardly an expert myself) for EU3. That said, I think that you should try CK2 first, then move on up to EU. CK has a much smaller scale (particularly if you play a lesser noble), and since it's more personality focused it's easier to get into it like you would get into the Sims. That's one thing that's really hard to get into new players heads, is that honestly the games are often a lot more like the Sims than Civ. Sometimes you just need to let it go. Every once in a while you'll need to pause and micromanage an aspect of your economy, or put down a revolt, or whatever, but a significant part of the fun of these games (particularly CK) is just letting the game go and seeing what crazy shit happens.

If you keep that in mind, the fact that the game has no win state really becomes a lot more comfortable. I just like to set hilarious, ahistorical goals and see how that shit goes. For example, in EU3 I once played as England from the very start of the available timeline, roleplaying an irrational hatred of the Portugese. 150 years later, the King of Portugal had fled to the Azores, which had 30 settlers and 50 natives on it. I decided to let him keep it, because fuck Portugal. Keep in mind that during this game I figured out how the tech transfer and cultural assimilation stuff worked. Just by playing and letting things go. I still have no fucking clue how the trade agreements or anything work. Maybe eventually I'll play the Dutch or Swiss or someone and actually put in the effort, role playing as a trading power, but for now it just doesn't interest me. Would I play EU 'better' if I understood it? Sure. But I don't care, I was too busy grudgefucking Portugal into submission.

Basically, don't feel you have to win to have a good time. You're going to fuck things up, and in fact should. Because it's hilarious.

Oh, and stay the fuck away from Hearts of Iron until you have a good handle on Paradox stuff. Their games are ridiculous enough without having to manage a bunch of NATO unit symbols and supply lines.

The guides are good, but I find that the right mindset is more important than anything.

The guide that Animasta linked me to was fantastic, and I watched a few LP's as well. My understanding of the game has improved immensely since then and I'm thoroughly enjoying my current game as Castille. And yes, it sounds strange but I know exactly what you mean in reference to "the right mindset". It took me a little while to get out of that "Civilization" style mindset and instead of treating the games combat as "super Chess" (what I usually refer to Civ V's combat as), I treat is as "super Risk". With the "Risk on steroids" mindset I found it easier to understand the games mechanics of war.

#28 Posted by falling_fast (2208 posts) -

crusader kings II probably.

#29 Posted by chrissedoff (2082 posts) -

Crusader Kings II is my favorite.

#30 Posted by Will1Lucky (408 posts) -

EU3 is my favourite, followed by Hearts of Iron 3, then Victoria 2 and finally Crusader Kings 2.

However if I was getting into Paradox games I would go EU3>Vic2>HOI3, I'd actually leave Crusader Kings 2 in its own seperate division given how different it it with the character driven as opposed to Realm/State gameplay. Regardless, if you learn how to play one odds are the others are picked up quickly.

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