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7:30 AM on 10.01.2013

War of the Vikings unleashes early access on Steam today

If you're itching to get your warcry on in Paradox Interactive's War of the Vikings, its Steam Early Access program starts today. Provided you're willing to plunk down for the game, you can access an early build right now, an...

Chris Carter

8:00 PM on 09.27.2013

Paradox Development Studio is fully supporting SteamOS

I've really come to appreciate Paradox Interactive's willingness to be frank. And its work on games that, while niche and not really my scene, are a welcome addition to the industry at large. The company is no stranger to sup...

Jordan Devore



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You should really be playing The Showdown Effect
by Fraser Brown

When I reviewed The Showdown Effect back in March, I absolutely loved it. Arrowhead are just great at making silly, fun titles. But within my review was a nagging doubt, the worry that it wouldn't be able to maintain the necessary population. I was, lamentably, right. It's bloody hard to get a game these days, but when it happens, it continues to be an absolute blast. Clearly more people just need to jump in.

With that surely in mind, The Showdown Effect is on sale on Steam for next to nothing, and it's also completely free for the entire weekend. I promise I'll forgive you for not playing it before if you correct your mistake this weekend. 

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War of the Vikings has a lot of promise
by Chris Carter

Paradox Interactive is a publishing machine. It's dabbling in just about every genre under the sun, and now, the company is taking on third-person action in the form of War of the Vikings -- a PC title set to arrive sometime in 2014.

It's a bit rough around the edges, but as an action fan, I really appreciated the attention to the tactical nuances that made the games' combat so deep.

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4:30 PM on 08.30.2013

Get acquainted with Paradox in the latest Humble Bundle

The latest Humble Weekly Sale is a cracker, putting up a bunch of Paradox Interactive's biggest titles. Pay what you want and you'll get War of the Roses (along with access to the War of the Vikings alpha), Warlock: Mast...

Fraser Brown



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Review: Europa Universalis IV
by Fraser Brown

I've just united Italy after over a century of bloody conflicts. From Doge of The Serene Republic of Venice to the first King of Italy -- it's quite the step up. Along the way, I've upset the gargantuan Holy Roman Empire, gone to war with the Papal State, conquered Serbia, and inadvertently helped France take over most of Spain. Now I've got the vast Ottoman Empire knocking at my door, and I'm about to lose everything.

Europa Universalis IV is a stage for all sorts of savage political and war-time drama. Once upon a time the franchise was the providence of grognards, history aficionados, and lovers of strategy board games, but times have changed. Everybody and their mum seems to love Game of Thrones -- which, with its wars, politics, and intrigue is not so far removed from Europa Universalis -- and Paradox has done the unthinkable by making this fourth iteration user-friendly, opening the doors to the grubby masses. 

It remains daunting, impossibly huge, and unapologetically complex, but it might very well be one of the most scintillating and rewarding strategy games I've plonked myself down to play from sunrise to sunset. I only say "might" because if I said it definitely was, you'd probably just bugger off and play it instead of sitting patiently for me to confirm this at the very end of the review like the terrible tease that I am.  

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4:00 PM on 08.06.2013

Paradox and Fatshark team up again for War of the Vikings

Fatshark is applying the War of the Roses framework to a related -- but standalone, it should be pointed out -- combat game called War of the Vikings. Yes, the name pretty much says it all. You in? Skirmishes will take place...

Jordan Devore



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Review: Teleglitch: Die More Edition
by Patrick Hancock

Teleglitch, released late last year, is quite a wonderful roguelike. It's also really incredibly difficult. Like, "good luck getting to level five" difficult. So when I heard about an upgraded version titled "Die More Edition," I got pretty frightened. How much harder could it get?

Way harder.

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11:50 AM on 07.30.2013

Crusader Kings collides with Europa Universalis

Europa Universalis IV, one of my most anticipated releases of the year, is only a fortnight away. As we enter August, the final pre-order bonus has been revealed by Paradox Interactive, and it's a doozy: a free copy of Crusad...

Fraser Brown

10:00 PM on 07.18.2013

First-look footage of Magicka: Wizard Wars

Paradox North's team-based, player-versus-player game Magicka: Wizard Wars has shown itself off previously, but never in motion like this. The real-time spellcasting of Magicka was already deadly in so-called "cooperative" p...

Jordan Devore

4:15 PM on 07.01.2013

Europa Universalis IV: Give Me That Old-Time Religion

Europa Universalis IV is but a mere month away from release, but Paradox isn't finished with filling you in on the game's many nuances. In the latest dev diary, Project Lead Thomas Johansson describes the complex religious m...

Fraser Brown

1:30 PM on 06.27.2013

T3P teams with Paradox for Teleglitch: Die More Edition

Join me in feeling less awful about missing out on Teleglitch now that developer T3P has partnered with Paradox Interactive for an expanded version of this overhead roguelike shooter. A free upgrade for existing players, Die...

Jordan Devore

9:00 PM on 06.12.2013

Leviathan Warships adds 'Jazz Mode' patch

I absolutely love it when games add crazy things that are completely unnecessary and utterly amusing. Paradox have decided to add a "Jazz Mode" to Leviathan: Warships, a game that doesn't actually have anything to do with ja...

Joshua Derocher

2:03 PM on 06.12.2013

Europa Universalis IV arrives August 13

After spending two whole days playing Europa Universalis IV in Stockholm last month, Paradox's flagship grand strategy title has become one of my most anticipated upcoming games. The Swedish studio recently announced a ...

Fraser Brown



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Europa Universalis IV: Rule, Britannia!
by Fraser Brown

Paradox Development Studios' grand strategy titles are not known for their multiplayer, but the Swedish developer is working hard to change this. Way back in cold January, I had the opportunity to spend a couple of hours with Europa Universalis IV -- the next installment in the studio's flagship series -- playing against, and with, several other members of the press. I came away surprised by how well the multiplayer worked and eager for more.

Fast forward to early May, and I found myself in the Swedish capital of Stockholm. Around a dozen members of the gaming press and YouTubers had gathered in the historic Royal Armory for two days of EUIV multiplayer mayhem, and while we all started off as jovial, friendly folk, by day two we would have thrown each other to the wolves for the promise of land and power.  

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4:00 AM on 05.29.2013

Everyone can appreciate this Crusader Kings II trailer

I do not play Crusader Kings II and I expect that I would be exceptionally bad at doing so. It is for these two reasons that I would normally have breezed right by this trailer for the new "Old Gods" expansion released ...

Conrad Zimmerman