The State of PC Games: Paradox's 2011 Lineup

The State of PC Games: Paradox's 2011 Lineup

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How about a Battlezone 3? Yah, I didn't think so :P

I'm a fan of Paradox games, I've played Hearts of Iron II & 3, Europa Universalis 3, Crusader Kings, Supreme Ruler 2020, Victoria II.
I doubt I can count the hours I sunk into those games, modded and unmodded. Though in my experience their games can be buggy as hell.
I might check out Supreme Ruler Cold War and Magna Mundi. But I can't wait for Crusader Kings II.

Mr. Tito. I read on RPS that you wanted both wenches and whores in the pirate game. I like how you think sir!

I'll return with a more comprehensive opinion on Paradox awesome lineup tomorrow when I'm not drunk and typing on s damn phone..

hmm...

besides the mount and blade expansion, none of their games have ever really interested me..and once again, they proved me right =\

so besides that, which even then ill check out reviews before purchasing, i doubt ill get any of those games.

armored warfare perked my intrest, and it should be noted that im a Canadian lol. Its a brilliant idea, and if it plays out right it will do well.

teh_gunslinger:
Mr. Tito. I read on RPS that you wanted both wenches and whores in the pirate game. I like how you think sir!

I'll return with a more comprehensive opinion on Paradox awesome lineup tomorrow when I'm not drunk and typing on s damn phone..

It's true. What's a Pirate game without ladies of the night?

Apparently, Magicka was due to be released at some point in March. Why the hell they decided to shove it out now is beyond me, especially considering the state it's (reportedly) in. I know, it's neither a PC game nor a Paradox game if it's not buggy, but that smacks to me as being odd.

Supreme Ruler, Armored Warfare and the Sword of the Stars game sound quite interesting. I'll have to keep my eye out for those...

Roboto:
How about a Battlezone 3? Yah, I didn't think so :P

Paradox owns that IP? Well, at least now I know who to blame for the absence of sequels...

Delusibeta:
Apparently, Magicka was due to be released at some point in March. Why the hell they decided to shove it out now is beyond me, especially considering the state it's (reportedly) in. I know, it's neither a PC game nor a Paradox game if it's not buggy, but that smacks to me as being odd.

As far as I know, the game itself isn't bugged, just the remote multiplayer. Granted, that's half of the draw of Magicka right there, the coop, but at least Paradox is making good by offering free DLC for anyone who may be affected.

im really looking forward to some of these games, been a fan of paradox and europa universalis series in particular, i didnt realise they had so many games on the go

No the PC age is not over, but these games are not it's future, they all seem a be too c-list, or lower, along the lines of 'farming simulator'

thethingthatlurks:
Supreme Ruler, Armored Warfare and the Sword of the Stars game sound quite interesting. I'll have to keep my eye out for those...

Roboto:
How about a Battlezone 3? Yah, I didn't think so :P

Paradox owns that IP? Well, at least now I know who to blame for the absence of sequels...

No, ATARI does. Let it soak in. Now you know who to blame. That IP will never see the light again.

I just noticed the state of PC games, then I look through the list and it's a bunch of shoddy RTS or something games, made me remember FPS+RTS hybrids, and if RTS as a genre is dying, well..

Well, it doesn't seem like Mr. Tito is too familiar with the Paradox games attraction. I love the original Crusader Kings for the exact reasons he finds off-putting. Also, the best part of the Paradox grand strategy games is that you don't have a goal assigned to you! Invading the Holy Land is just a tangent you can go off on if you'd like, not the point of Crusader Kings, although I can see how the title might be a little misleading. I play that game all the time and barely ever attempt to conquer Jerusalem. That said, I'm most excited for CKII and Magna Mundi, followed by Mount & Blade and Salem.

PC gaming and niche gaming are not the same thing

Yay! Niche pc games! Finally a game to beat Transport Tycoon? We'll see o0

HobbesMkii:
Well, it doesn't seem like Mr. Tito is too familiar with the Paradox games attraction. I love the original Crusader Kings for the exact reasons he finds off-putting. Also, the best part of the Paradox grand strategy games is that you don't have a goal assigned to you! Invading the Holy Land is just a tangent you can go off on if you'd like, not the point of Crusader Kings, although I can see how the title might be a little misleading. I play that game all the time and barely ever attempt to conquer Jerusalem. That said, I'm most excited for CKII and Magna Mundi, followed by Mount & Blade and Salem.

You like a badly designed interface? Don't get me wrong, I love sandbox style strategy games, but I think that an attractive and useful UI is something that most Paradox games fail at and might be a big reason that so many people in this thread refer to them as "niche games."

Compare a game like Crusader Kings with the interfaces of more popular strategy games like Starcraft 2 and Civ, and I think you'll understand that's the major difference between selling 5 million copies and 500k. Paradox guys kept using the word "accessible" in the presentations so it's definitely something that they are considering as well.

Most curious about the space game. and of course M&B.

There just isn't enough space based games

DTWolfwood:
Most curious about the space game. and of course M&B.

There just isn't enough space based games

Sword of the Stars is pretty damn good and worth checking out.

One of their more unique features is that each race doesn't use the same FTL technology, so they all expand, play and to a lesser extent fight very differently. For example, the humans travel the fastest, but they can only travel down specific subspace lanes between planets. Where as the Hivers have no traditional FTL and must slowly trudge between new worlds at sublight speed, but once they reach a world they set up instantaneous gates to travel through. This also makes their gate ships prime targets in combat.

Couple this with a very robust custom ship creation and gameplay that lands itself comfortably between Sins of the Solar Empire and more exhaustive grand strategy games, and it all comes together to make for one enjoyable space strategy game.

Cities in Motion sounds fun - I always enjoyed Transport Tycoon.

Greg Tito:

HobbesMkii:
clipped for space

You like a badly designed interface? Don't get me wrong, I love sandbox style strategy games, but I think that an attractive and useful UI is something that most Paradox games fail at and might be a big reason that so many people in this thread refer to them as "niche games."

Compare a game like Crusader Kings with the interfaces of more popular strategy games like Starcraft 2 and Civ, and I think you'll understand that's the major difference between selling 5 million copies and 500k. Paradox guys kept using the word "accessible" in the presentations so it's definitely something that they are considering as well.

Yes, I like that Crusader Kings features a static map of Europe plus 2d representations of my nobles. If I want beautifully designed interfaces, I'll boot up my XBox. But at this point, I've played enough games that offer easy-to-use and beautiful graphics while also providing shallow gameplay. I also love Dwarf Fortress, for instance. You can't find an uglier game with a more unfriendly UI. But the depth of your ability, the strength of the model is just amazing. As for the rest of the CK UI, it can get complicated, but again, I find that to be part of the attraction of Paradox's grand strategy titles. It's going to get complicated, it's going to get complicated really, really quickly. Most strategy games attacking the country level pare down management into simple systems like "taxes go up, people get angry; taxes go down, people get happy" but that's simply not what's going to happen in a Paradox title. In Crusader Kings for example, it's not how much you tax, but how much you tax which section of your people. You can afford to piss off the clergy if you don't mind angering the Pope. Is it always easy to find every option for country management in CK? Not really; that could use a tune-up. But other than that, the reason I love Paradox games more than StarCraft and Civ (and don't get me wrong, I enjoy those games a lot) is that things aren't as simple as "collect money, spend money, build units/building. Rinse, repeat." Honestly, comparing those two games to Paradox's stable of games is a mistake. They're in the same general genre, but Paradox is modeling a complex economic, social, political, diplomatic, and military model of governing countries. No other game is quite like it. I can show you a ton of RTS games that do what StarCraft does, only worse. I can show you very few RTS games that offer the depth found in a Paradox game.

HobbesMkii:

Greg Tito:

HobbesMkii:
clipped for space

You like a badly designed interface? Don't get me wrong, I love sandbox style strategy games, but I think that an attractive and useful UI is something that most Paradox games fail at and might be a big reason that so many people in this thread refer to them as "niche games."

Compare a game like Crusader Kings with the interfaces of more popular strategy games like Starcraft 2 and Civ, and I think you'll understand that's the major difference between selling 5 million copies and 500k. Paradox guys kept using the word "accessible" in the presentations so it's definitely something that they are considering as well.

Yes, I like that Crusader Kings features a static map of Europe plus 2d representations of my nobles. If I want beautifully designed interfaces, I'll boot up my XBox. But at this point, I've played enough games that offer easy-to-use and beautiful graphics while also providing shallow gameplay. I also love Dwarf Fortress, for instance. You can't find an uglier game with a more unfriendly UI. But the depth of your ability, the strength of the model is just amazing. As for the rest of the CK UI, it can get complicated, but again, I find that to be part of the attraction of Paradox's grand strategy titles. It's going to get complicated, it's going to get complicated really, really quickly. Most strategy games attacking the country level pare down management into simple systems like "taxes go up, people get angry; taxes go down, people get happy" but that's simply not what's going to happen in a Paradox title. In Crusader Kings for example, it's not how much you tax, but how much you tax which section of your people. You can afford to piss off the clergy if you don't mind angering the Pope. Is it always easy to find every option for country management in CK? Not really; that could use a tune-up. But other than that, the reason I love Paradox games more than StarCraft and Civ (and don't get me wrong, I enjoy those games a lot) is that things aren't as simple as "collect money, spend money, build units/building. Rinse, repeat." Honestly, comparing those two games to Paradox's stable of games is a mistake. They're in the same general genre, but Paradox is modeling a complex economic, social, political, diplomatic, and military model of governing countries. No other game is quite like it. I can show you a ton of RTS games that do what StarCraft does, only worse. I can show you very few RTS games that offer the depth found in a Paradox game.

For the record, I complete agree with you. But as I was discussing with Troy Goodfellow and Rob Zacny in last week's Three Moves Ahead, I don't think that having all of that freedom precludes having a well-designed interface. Many of the designers of Paradox games might admit that they are more concerned with the numbers and simulationism of their game, as they well should be and thats what's sets them apart, but I think that more and more of them are realizing that having a sleek interface, or at least one that people are not turned off by, will allow their games to find a bigger audience. And as a fan and proponent of strategy games, that's what I want more than anything. For these games to no longer be "niche."

Slycne:

DTWolfwood:
Most curious about the space game. and of course M&B.

There just isn't enough space based games

Sword of the Stars is pretty damn good and worth checking out.

One of their more unique features is that each race doesn't use the same FTL technology, so they all expand, play and to a lesser extent fight very differently. For example, the humans travel the fastest, but they can only travel down specific subspace lanes between planets. Where as the Hivers have no traditional FTL and must slowly trudge between new worlds at sublight speed, but once they reach a world they set up instantaneous gates to travel through. This also makes their gate ships prime targets in combat.

Couple this with a very robust custom ship creation and gameplay that lands itself comfortably between Sins of the Solar Empire and more exhaustive grand strategy games, and it all comes together to make for one enjoyable space strategy game.

wooo ok you've peaked my interest. then again any mention of Sins of a Solar Empire will get me there XD

Greg Tito:
Galactic Empire

Galactic Civilizations? I DON"T KNOW WHAT THIS EMPIRE IS HALP

 

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