Reviews by dorugradinaru

Crusader Kings III: Royal Court
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Disappointment

Truly a disappointment, so far the flavor packs have been far more welcome additions. This DLC sounded like it would be really fun but in practice it is pretty limited and frankly a lackluster addition. I would far have preferred to get my beloved Merchant Republics back or anything of real substance that adds depth or variety to game play. If you can get it 75% off then it is probably worth it.

by dorugradinaru, Romania - Jun 15th 2022
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Imperator: Rome - Magna Graecia Content Pack
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Good dlc

This is a good DLC model, provide the (substantial, in 1.4's case) core mechanical changes in a free patch, and provide extra content and flavour via a content pack. The missions are fun and the unit models are well detailed (the cretan one is gorgeous). just as a message to anyone else here, when reviewing this, make sure it's on the merits of the content on offer here, and not some bug that annoyed you from the base game.

by dorugradinaru, Romania - Jun 15th 2022
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Crusader Kings III: Fate of Iberia
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The best dlc

Very Innovative to add superevents to regions, opens massive amounts of potential DLC and Modding content. This was a big and risky step to make for Paradox, but the system implemented is very smooth and is very fun in the context of a game end goal. The next struggle added should be a Byzantine Content patch with a Turkic/Islamic Invasion Struggle, but that is just me. Potential for CK3 is crazy with this, hope Paradox realizes how many doors have opened with this new mechanic. I certainly love it, I hope everyone else does too.

by dorugradinaru, Romania - Jun 15th 2022
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Europa Universalis IV: Origins Immersion Pack
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So many bugs

Paradox just do not test their games. Paradox mentioned they fixed 350+ bugs, but so what? They destroyed the game once again! After 100 years or so, the game crashes. Do they seriously never test the game before releasing any of their DLCs?

by dorugradinaru, Romania - Feb 9th 2022
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Hearts of Iron IV: Eastern Front Music Pack
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Good job

Like many other music-packs from Paradox, I really love it. The inclusion of die Wacht am Rhein and White Army, Black Baron alone made this a must buy for me.

by dorugradinaru, Romania - Feb 9th 2022
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Hearts of Iron IV: Eastern Front Planes Pack
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Very good design

I like airplanes. Wish there were western front planes as well though

by dorugradinaru, Romania - Feb 9th 2022
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Imperator: Rome - Heirs of Alexander Content Pack
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It worth!

Nice mix of features for an affordable price.
It also supports the continued development and gives us big free updates like 2.0 which came out alongside this expansion.
So it's definitely worth it in my opinion.

by dorugradinaru, Romania - Feb 9th 2022
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Hearts of Iron IV: No Step Back
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Good for USSR Focus Tree

They added many major and minor things since then, and only now, with that Barbarossa patch/No Step Back DLC, we're finally getting to the 'bit-more-detailed' Focus Tree for the USSR.

by dorugradinaru, Romania - Feb 9th 2022
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Europa Universalis IV: Leviathan
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Great but expensive

I really like the idea of monuments, the posibility to curry for favors and concentrate development. But it's very expensive for just these things...

by dorugradinaru, Romania - Feb 9th 2022
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Hearts of Iron IV: Radio Pack
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Love it

The DLC is excellent. At 35 songs, it's by far the largest amount of music ever added to a Paradox DLC among all franchises. The quality is excellent as well. I really love it!

by dorugradinaru, Romania - Feb 9th 2022
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Hearts of Iron IV: Axis Armor Pack
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Not recommended

New update broke this dlc. it literally does nothing now. I loved this pack when i first got it, but now after the New update/DLC, it doesn't work with the Tank designer.

by dorugradinaru, Romania - Feb 9th 2022
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Hearts of Iron IV: Allied Armor Pack
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Expensive

I don't fully like it, the designs look sick but its still very expensive, should've added this for free instead, no sane game company sells textures or designs of a 3D model ffs.

by dorugradinaru, Romania - Feb 9th 2022
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Crusader Kings III: Northern Lords
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Best dlc

This DLC is not only very good if you like vikings, it is also a very important and positive change from Paradox's DLC policy of old. Let me explain. This is a Viking DLC, there are new mechanics and events for people of Norse religion and/or culture, and there are also a lot of cosmetic features like the new Norse UI, music(absolute bangers by the way, but don't expect viking metal, it's much more folk and atmospheric), clothing, 3D models, essentially anything a Viking lover would wish for. Now, this seems very standard for a DLC, but not for a Paradox DLC, since if this were an old Paradox DLC this would also have some features available not only to the Vikings, but to everyone, forcing people into buying the DLC even if they didn't care about Vikings.

One example would be Jade Dragon. That is a DLC for CK2 that adds off-map China mechanics into the game. What, don't care about China? Too bad, the DLC also has rally points and new Casus Bellis available to everyone, so if you want them you must buy it. This sort of shady business practice was commonplace in the old DLC policy of Paradox and it's even present in Imperator: Rome, the most recent Paradox game after CK3, so I was
positively surprised to see that this Flavour Pack doesn't have anything like that at all. I'd go as far as to say this is a prime example of how a DLC(flavour packs like this at least) should be made. Of course, we'll just have to see if they keep this up.

Oh, and most of the negative reviews are from people salty about DLC for no particular reason. This did come out with a very good free patch which brought new absolutely free features like winter, poetry and dueling. Even some things that Paradox could've rightfully made part of the Northern Lords (like new religious icons and Viking Coats of Arms and mottos) were also released for free, and since I already explained how this Flavour Pack is much more customer-friendly than what Paradox used to make I'm not sure what the haters are even mad about. Perhaps they'll explain their problem in the comment section, but most likely I'm just going to get called a shill ¯_(ツ)_/¯. One criticism people expressed is that all people became bald in save games from before the current patch, but that's a problem with the free update, not the DLC and the problem goes away after a few generations or if you start a new game anyway. The real sad thing is that old DNA strings also feature bald characters, so now I have a txt file with lots of bald characters' DNA, which is a bit annoying but again: this has nothing to do with the DLC, if this mild annoyance somehow completely ruined your game then your review belongs under the main game, not here. Other than that I'm not sure why anyone wouldn't recommend this(haven't even encountered any bugs), since even the price is very reasonable.

TL;DR in 3 points
1. Get this if you like Vikings, you'll love it.
2. Unlike old Paradox DLC there are no shady tactics used in order to sell this to as much people as possible.
3. Negative reviews are mostly people being salty about this DLC for no reason other than that it's a DLC. Don't worry about bald people.

by dorugradinaru, Romania - Apr 29th 2021
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Hearts of Iron IV: Allied Speeches Pack
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Recommanded

From what I know so far the speeches activate this way:
Peace in our Time- gets event Munich conference
War with Germany- UK is at war with Germany
Guns are Silent- Japan Capitulates
Day in Infamy- Japan declares war with America
Arsenal of Democracy- America finishes focus Arsenal of Democracy
Order of the Day- Normandy is liberated (I think)
Victory Parade- Germany capitulates and berlin is captured by soviets ([W-G] A Gamer)
Fight on the Beaches- Germany takes Dunkerque
Blood Toil Tears Sweat- Belgium capitulates
Their Finest Hour- France capitulates
I have Returned- Manila is liberated (I think)
Warning to Japan- America researched nukes
No Invincible Armies- Germany declares war on USSR (for me it happened like I think 1-2 months after)
feel free to comment so that i can update this

by dorugradinaru, Romania - Apr 29th 2021
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Crusader Kings III
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Good game

Not as good as Crusader Kings 2 was in terms of content and "customization". I really dislike how they removed heirlooms, wonders, and societies. The complexity of the game has been lowered as well, you no longer have to manager naval units separately as all units embark with ships. The battle system is improved, but most players don't play at an advanced enough level for it to matter. The AI is much better and map fracturing is a lot cleaner. The inheretence system is better. The map detail is much improved.

Overall it's a good game but it is going to be a while before they add a lot of the great content CK2 had, back...and odds are we'll have to pay for it, which is ridiculous. The things this lacks have a strong impact to replay-ability.

by dorugradinaru, Romania - Apr 29th 2021
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Europa Universalis IV: Emperor
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Useless

Only buy this on sale if you really REALLY want it.
I got this on sale for $9... played without this DLC initially so I can confidently say that it adds very few big mechanics. Slightly improved papal/curia, HRE, and Defender of the Faith, and new Hegemonies feature. Oh and I can't forget that crushing rebels thingy??? Seems like a stretch to keep that behind a paywall...

I'm mainly posting this to hope they see what we really want first: a smoother game-play where the AI is actually competent without blatant advantages as the result of lazy code. Where they pay attention to the basics before release instead of slapping patches after. Yeah I understand there's gonna be some unforeseen bugs, but checking on the AI every so often shouldn't be difficult. Don't put the icing on before the cake. Please be more careful on Leviathan.

by dorugradinaru, Romania - Apr 29th 2021
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Europa Universalis IV: Emperor Content Pack
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Extra

Overall these units are very pretty in-game, however the limited number of them is a bit worrying that there are only so many units. Despite the limited number of models they are relatively well spread, expecially in the Balkans. However, they are missing some nations for some packs, while others seem to be weirdly chosen.

Balkan Pack - This one is the best. The Wallachian units look absolutly amazing. The Bosnian units look pretty good and well spread among Croatia and Cilli, as well. As stated before Croatia uses Bosnia's units, which is a bit disapointing, considering that Croatia should have their own unique models. The Serbian units look pretty good and are also used by Albania and possibly Bulgaria. However, Greece and the Greek Minors are very disappointingly left out of this pack, which is the only detraction for this pack.

Beyond the Alps - These models once again look pretty good. Savoy's models are well spread out among their vassals and neighbors, ensuring that you WILL see them, either as Savoy, Sardinia-Piedmont, Montferrat, or Sulazzo. While Switzerland's models help Switzerland stand out even more. Yet, Sicily is very weird and odd choice. Unless-its used by the formable Two Sicilies, then it will an extremely rare sight.

The Unifiers - The description says "new units for large formables including Germany and Italy" however I'm not sure if it includes Scandinavia or any other formable in Europe such as Lotharingia.

by dorugradinaru, Romania - Apr 29th 2021
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Hearts of Iron IV: Battle for the Bosporus
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Good price

- whats the point of going down reform Byzantium route in the "democratic" tree if you need to be fascist
- Bulgaria literally sit there until 1943 before you can do anything and then not be able to do anything because the major powers now control the balkans
- Overall its a tedious focus tree DLC that needs multiple attempts to understand anything
- Good price

by dorugradinaru, Romania - Nov 2nd 2020
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Hearts of Iron IV: La Résistance
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Very good

Honestly, while I understand some of the negative criticisms of this DLC, I still fundamentally disagree with the negative reviews. This DLC is one of those pieces of DLC that has really good ideas behind it. The implementation however, needs some work. I have already personally modded/fixed some of the issues that I feel the DLC has added. I am relatively sure that balance fixes and superior execution will be implemented in the future. Therefore, this gets a thumbs up for me.

by dorugradinaru, Romania - Mar 16th 2020
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Imperator: Rome Deluxe Edition
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The game can be better with some expansions

The game is a rush job, it is not finished. In the settings the volume slider does not work if you click on the slider if you want to make changes you have to save the settings if you just select the setting and close the window it will not remember it. In the interface, you want to build a building but you do not have a list of like you do in EU 4 where it shows you where it is most effective. You want to trade resources to a province you do not see where that province is. The game runs slow on MAC.
What to change? For me: more events. It is so boring now without them. Especialy after EU4. Also two things: I hope that timespan will increase after 30 AD and we will get some Christ easter egg, and I saw it in some pre-release let's play, so maybe it's now updated, but Jewish people crusifing??? More culture apropriate decisions. So stoning for Jewish cultures for example.

by dorugradinaru, Romania - Apr 27th 2019
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