High Scores: The Best of 2013 - Europa Universalis IV at Killscreen
"It simulates Earth, from the fall of the Byzantines to the end of the Napoleonic era; that’s four hundred years and a bit.
It lets you control any independent realm—from the pre-white man Cherokee tribes to the world-spanning British Empire.
It tells the origin story of the nation state, and teaches the underlying mechanics of human history in the meantime.
It connects with Crusader Kings 2—the game of medieval backstabbing—which turns it into a millenium-long oddyssey through alternate history, so you can stage that battle between the 17th century Jomsviking Norse and the Shia muslims of Brittany you had been thinking of.
Even with the immense complexity that lies underneath, it is both easy and joyful to interact with.
It is beautiful to look at, if you are the kind of person that can enjoy a good map. And if you are not, the system design is good enough that the game is beautiful just to behold.
Europa Universalis IV is not for everyone—but if the grandest game of 2013 sounds even slightly like your kind of thing, then you are one of the lucky ones."
Read the full Killscreen High Scores: The Best of 2013 list here: http://www.killscreendaily.com/articles/articles/high-scores-best-2013/