Historical  Tagged Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Historical  RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network Does Historical Accuracy Matter in the RTS Genre? https://www.gameskinny.com/gq5q9/does-historical-accuracy-matter-in-the-rts-genre https://www.gameskinny.com/gq5q9/does-historical-accuracy-matter-in-the-rts-genre Sun, 25 Feb 2018 15:27:37 -0500 Alberto C.

The simple and straightforward answer to the question, "Does historical accuracy matter in the RTS genre?" is “well yeah, duh.” If we’re going to be playing a game based around a certain time period in history, or if it is supposed to depict a historical event, perhaps because we generally tend to “know” what really happened and are aware of the facts surrounding them, we have a natural inclination to denounce everything we perceive as “false.” It only seems logical that if we witness something we think to be untrue, to call it out or at least notice it.

This problem on the question of historical authenticity is and has been especially problematic within the RTS genre. It is one of the few types of games where the player simultaneously controls various types of units at the same time and tests them against one another. This means that developers have to take into account how each and every unit will react when put against all the others. What’s more, the RTS genre is one heavily dominated by games that use history itself or a period of it as a base for the whole game. Games like Total War, Age of Empires or Company of Heroes are some of the heaviest weights you can find in the genre and, with the exception of recent Total War titles, rely heavily on history.


Age of Empires is famous for depiting ancient historical periods...while being able to Wololo that war elephant into joining your army.

The question is then not so much does historical accuracy matter, but how much does it matter, and up to what point. When playing an RTS game that is based on a historical period, chances are we would prefer to play a title that is historically accurate rather than one that isn’t. The exception to this would be if a game is explicitly marketed as one that doesn’t intend to be accurate and it is not what players should expect. Games like War Front: Turning Point or Age of Empires do not have the emphasis on being accurate, but rather on taking you through alternative timelines or various historical ages, respectively.

Though not an RTS, Civilization is a series guilty of historical inaccuracies.

The titles that do brand themselves as being historically factual have then to find a balance between that faithful representation of reality, and being overall fun. These are the titles where developers are inevitably forced to decide how much are they willing to bend the rules and how can they justify it. In the end, developers do and should put gameplay and enjoyment over being accurate. If they did the opposite, games wouldn’t be nearly as fun and it would result unavoidably (but historically accurate) imbalances that would be especially pronounced in the multiplayer arena. Games shouldn’t be imbalanced no matter how accurate it may be.

Most history buffs of World War 2 know that German tanks were overall better than their American counterparts, but that doesn’t mean it should be as so in a video game that doesn’t go beyond a computer monitor. RTS and video games overall are meant to be fun first and foremost. They are rarely, if ever, marketed as tools meant to depict how past events developed. The fact of the matter is a historically inaccurate game is infinitely better than a broken game, which was what they risk being by putting the former ahead of the latter.


German Tiger Tank I was notoriously superior to the M4 Sherman.

No matter the game and no matter the time period, some players out there are always willing and determined to point out the historical inaccuracies a game may suffer. They’ll voice their complaints about how their favorite unit should endure more damage or whatnot within the game. What these players often fail to realize is that games that take history as a basis do exactly that: as a basis. They merely use it as a foundation upon which to build their own fictional world. To expect anything other than that is misguided, ill-founded, and will only hamper the enjoyment of the game itself.

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10 Open World Video Games Set In Historical Eras https://www.gameskinny.com/aqo2t/10-open-world-video-games-set-in-historical-eras https://www.gameskinny.com/aqo2t/10-open-world-video-games-set-in-historical-eras Sun, 10 Dec 2017 15:06:55 -0500 Louis Bulaong

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Learning about history has never been so much fun. These titles have shown that video games can also be an educational way of learning about the past and see just how awesome our ancestors were when they kicked butt back then. With titles such as Red Dead Redemption 2 and Kingdom Come: Deliverance on the way, expect a lot more historical games to be released in the future. 

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Until then, grab a medieval sword, cowboy pistols, and a history book and go have some fun with these games on the list!

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Red Dead Redemption

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Available on: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360

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When Red Dead Redemption was released, it not only changed how historical games are made, it revolutionized how open-world video games should be played as a whole.

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In Red Dead Redemption, you play as John Marston, a former outlaw who is forced by the government to save his family. While open world games set in the Wild West are not a new idea (just look at previous titles like Gun and Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood), Red Dead Redemption is different by adding a morality system. This system affects gameplay whenever players act as a protector of the law or a bloodthirsty criminal.

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Players can traverse through the dying American frontier and across diverse environments, including snowy mountains, swamps and rivers, green forests, and deserts. They can also can gamble in towns, herd cattle as a cowboy, hunt animals, and engage in gunfights and duels. Everything from the diction and horses, to even the newspapers and moving pictures of the day is depicted accurately. Top it off with an amazing, Oscar-worthy story, and one could reasonably argue Rockstar created one of the greatest video games of all time.

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Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag

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Available on: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Wii U, Steam

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Of all the historical open world video games out there, the Assassin’s Creed series is by far the most well-known. The entire franchise spans many different historical eras, from the Third Crusade, Renaissance, the Age of Revolutions and many others. The best game in the series however, is the one that takes place in the Golden Age of Piracy, Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag.

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In the game, players take control of a pirate named Edward Kenway, and it certainly delivered on the swashbuckling action and high seas exploration that was expected of it. As a pirate, players can raid ports and other ships, find treasure hidden in uncharted islands or deep underwater, and fight soldiers and other pirates with cutlasses and flintlock pistols.

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While not entirely the most historically accurate game in the bunch (the series is sci-fi, after all), the game does well in resurrecting the Carribean during the age of the pirate, from the environment to even the historical individuals like Black Beard and Anne Bonney.

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The Saboteur

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Available on: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Windows

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There have been a lot of World War II games, but only one that used an open world environment. The Saboteur is an action adventure game starring an angry Irish resistance fighter named Sean Devlin, as he fights for liberty and vengeance in Nazi-occupied Paris. With an assortment of WWII weapons and vehicles, Sean Devlin fights for the French people by battling soldiers and destroying their war machines.

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What makes The Saboteur unique from the others is that it combines the gameplay of two of the best open-world game series, but in a WWII setting: Grand Theft Auto and Assassin’s Creed. Sean Devlin can roam around the city, stealthily destroying enemy outposts like V2 rockets and AT guns, or climbing famous sites such as the Eiffel Tower, that have been decorated in Nazi symbols. It's difficult to find another game that immerses the player so fully in the setting and combines setting so skillfully with gameplay.

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Far Cry Primal

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Available on: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Steam

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Far Cry Primal is a bit different, since it's one of a few games set in pre-history--the time of cavemen, massive creatures, and life without the perks (or life expectancy) of civilization. The Far Cry series is known for its creative use of first-person gameplay in a free-roam type setting, but this time developers replaced firearms and vehicles with stone-age weapons and ancient beasts.

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In Far Cry Primal players take control of a hunter named Takkar in the Mesolithic age, as he treks through lush, but unforgiving environments, hunts beasts like mammoths and saber-tooth tigers, and fights other cavemen and tribes for vital resources. Takkar can also tame animals that he can use at his disposal--an interesting and chronologically accurate depiction of the transition of mankind from a hunter-gatherer society to the time of settlement and conquering nature itself.

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The Testament of Sherlock Holmes

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Available on: Xbox 360, Windows

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The long-running indie series Adventures of Sherlock Holmes has been scratching that open-world detective video game itch for over a decade, long before L.A. Noire. In this series, Sherlock Holmes solve a variety of cases, many of which pitted him against other famous characters, like Arsene Lupin, Jack the Ripper and the Cult of Cthulhu. Besides giving the players the chance to solve mysterious crimes, many of the games in this series also offer the chance to roam around places in Victorian England.

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Frogwares has done well in meticulously researching the history of 19th century London. But when the sixth installment, The Testament of Sherlock Holmes came out, more effort and attention to detail was given to really create that authentic look for the HD generation.

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While not entirely an open world game, players are still free to roam around the downtrodden Whitechapel District itself to see the dark Gothic buildings and the dreary economic state of much of the city. This great attention to detail turned this indie title into one of the best detective games of all time.

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Mafia II

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Available on: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PC

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From games like Grand Theft Auto, Saints Row and Sleeping Dogs, it's easy to say gangsters are one of the most popular protagonists in many open world video games. So who wouldn't want to play as a tommy gun-wielding mobster in the 1950s? Thankfully for those who do, developer 2K Czech released Mafia II in 2010, where players take control of mobster Vito Scarletta throughout his criminal career. This particular game makes you feel like a true gangster better than many of its contemporaries.

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Unlike L.A. Noire, where you play as a law enforcer, in Mafia II, you play as a gangster who is free to cause carnage with tommy guns and a variety of classic cars. The developers included multiple details, large and small, to give the game a nice '50s vibe, from the rock and roll music, to the classic mobster suits and greasers jacket, and even collectibles in the form of vintage Playboy covers.

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L.A. Noire 

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Available on: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Steam, Xbox One

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Rockstar, a developer that can easily be seen as a master of open-world games, has released several sandbox games set in various historical eras. One of them is L.A. Noire, a detective game that takes place in the scandalous era of 1940s Los Angeles.

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Players take control of Cole Phelps, a WWII veteran who joined the police force, as he climbs the career ladder from beat cop to renowned detective. The game is reminiscent of all the classic noire stories and pulp fiction of the past, with players interrogating witnesses and investigating crime scenes across the colorful landscape of Los Angeles.

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Players fight criminals using tommy guns, Hollywood style gossip can be indulged in, and you can even drive along the old Hollywoodland sign. And let's face it: everyone wants to do that. One downloadable mission even has Cole Phelps solving the Black Dahlia murder. Los Angeles has never looked as gritty as it was in the old days in L.A. Noire.

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Mount & Blade 

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Available on: PC, Steam

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When it comes to medieval games in the industry, it seems one has to have at least a dragon, an elf, or magic to be popular, just like The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim or Dragon’s DogmaMount and Blade on the other hand, deviates from these fantasy trends and instead, depicts the so-called Dark Ages as they were more than a millennium ago. Even without the magic and the sorcery, Mount & Blade is still considered to be one of the best medieval action RPGs of all time. 

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Players only have their swords, bows, and other medieval weapons for support, as they journey through the countryside of Europe, fighting battles, conquering castles, and raiding villages. Players must personally lead their men into battle in either all-out brawls or smarter strategic assaults. There's just as much medieval fun to be had out of the less fantastical elements of the period than you might think.

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Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories

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Available on: PlayStation Portable, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3

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The popular Grand Theft Auto series isn’t a historical open-world game in a sense, but there are many titles that takes place in certain time periods, and one of them is Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories.

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Like many GTA games, players take control of a down-on-his-luck protagonist, as he rises from the bottom to the top of the criminal world, filled with brawls, gunfights, and vehicle drive-bys. What sets it apart from others, however, is its satirical portrayal of 1980s America.

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Audio consists of iconic pop music of the time, vintage cars can be driven, and there are a ton of cheesy 80s references from aerobics, Rambo, Phil Collins, and even "99 Red Balloons." It captures everything related to how the era is stereotypically portrayed in pop culture. Even the game’s story is heavily influenced by the 80s idea of liberty, promiscuity, and rampart drug epidemics. 

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Way of the Samurai 3

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Available on: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Steam, iOS

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In this third installment of the long-running Way of the Samurai series, Way of the Samurai 3 lets players take control of an unnamed samurai as he fights through battles and duels in Sengoku Japan. Developer Acquire did a great job in recreating the Warring States Period of Japan, a time where factions and clans wage war until whoever can finally take control of the islands.

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The protagonist can be customized in terms of general appearance and clothing, as well as what type of Japanese weapon he can wield. Players can roam around the countryside, either helping people or causing mayhem with a katana or naginata. And in an era filled with treachery and betrayal, players can choose which side he wants to fight for, which can lead to different endings. 

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If you're a big fan of classic jidaigeki films like Seven Samurai and historical anime like Rurouni Kenshin, then give this one a try.

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With open world games set in modern day cities, cybernetic worlds, and fantasy kingdoms done to death at this point, there is no wonder that historical games such as Assassin’s Creed: Origins and Red Dead Redemption 2 are trending in the market. Not only do these games bring variety to a popular genre, but they also bring with them the chance to relive history and walk and interact with the people and events of yesteryear.

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You can play as a knight, pirate, samurai, noire detective, gangster or a cowboy; ride horses and mammoths or drive vintage cars; and roam around places like the Old West, Victorian London or Nazi-occupied Paris. The choice is yours to decide, but we've put together a list of the 10 best open world games with historical settings to help get you started.

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Nobunaga's Ambition: Sphere of Influence – Ascension Gets Western Release https://www.gameskinny.com/pgyf0/nobunagas-ambition-sphere-of-influence-ascension-gets-western-release https://www.gameskinny.com/pgyf0/nobunagas-ambition-sphere-of-influence-ascension-gets-western-release Thu, 11 Aug 2016 05:14:05 -0400 Glitchieetv

Koei Tecmo America has announced that Nobunaga's Ambition: Sphere of Influence – Ascension will be released in the west on October 25, 2016. A historical simulation strategy game revolving around the Sengoku Era of Japan, Ascension is the latest in the acclaimed series Nobunaga's Ambition: Sphere of Influence. Bringing to life the Warring States period of Japanese history, Ascension will be available on Playstation 4 and PC through Steam.

Boasting a massive cast of 2000 characters to choose from, players will be able to form clans and alliances, develop armies and strongholds, and experience the fracture of the country. Beginning as an officer and working your way through the ranks to warlord, Ascension pays special attention to Yukimura Sanada, whom many think of as the strongest Japanese Samurai of his time. The player can follow him from age 16 to his defeat at the Siege of Osaka. Other prominent figures during this time will also receive tailor made content that the player can experience, such as exclusive missions and events.

The game play itself has introduced new Naval and Siege battles. Normal battles have also been improved, allowing the player to play as a retainer. The ability to command soldiers and rush through the battle adds a new perspective the fighting. During battles, the new Combat Quest system may occur, where various missions can start during battles, causing them to change in real time depending on the missions' results. The new Officer Play gives a variety of styles that the player can use, giving many different options to rising in status.

Will you be playing Nobunaga's Ambition: Sphere of Influence – Ascension? Let us know in the comments!

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Origin of Europa Universalis IV's Global Empires' Tradition, National Ideas and Ambition (Part 2) https://www.gameskinny.com/nh46u/origin-of-europa-universalis-ivs-global-empires-tradition-national-ideas-and-ambition-part-2 https://www.gameskinny.com/nh46u/origin-of-europa-universalis-ivs-global-empires-tradition-national-ideas-and-ambition-part-2 Mon, 28 Mar 2016 18:11:23 -0400 StratGamer48

I recently posted the Origin of EU4 Global Empires Part One. In part one, I briefly described England, France, Russia and The Ottoman Empire. Today, I am here to with part two, covering global empires like The Netherlands, Castile/Spain, Portugal, and Austria and their tradition, national ideas and ambitions.

1. Netherlands

The Netherlands is a form-able nation that doesn't exist in the beginning of the game. Any Dutch or Flemish cultures nation can form it after meeting the criteria. 

Traditions

+50% Naval force limit modifier, -10% Shipbuilding time

  • The Dutch Republic used to have large trading fleets and were the dominant trading power in the the East Indies and the Americas.  The Dutch can build up a large fleets quickly with this tradition in game.
National Ideas:

1. Found the Amsterdam Wisselbank+0.10 Yearly inflation reduction

  • The direct translation of Amsterdam Wisselbank is Amsterdam Exchange Bank, it was one of the earliest central banks in the world. In reality, the purpose of central banks is to maintain stability of currency, controlling interest rates, money supply and to oversee the commercial banks. In game, this central bank is doing its work on reducing inflation. 

2. Dutch Trading Spirit: +1 Merchants, +10% Trade Range

  • The Netherlands was one of the first European nations to set up trade companies in the Far East, build sugar plantations in South America, establish colonies in what is now New York and South Africa, and monopolize trade with Tokugawa Japan. This is one of the earliest forms of globalization. The Dutch have an extra merchant and more trade range to let them globalize easier.

3. Polders−10% Development cost

  • Polders are constructions that are build in water and able to drain all the water and claim more usable land when the tide is weaker. It is too technical for me to describe in words so I make it as an image below to show how polders work. More land means more options for development and hence it offers such bonus. 

4. Instructie voor de Admiraliteiten: +2 Naval leader fire

  • The direct translation of this phrase would be "instruction of the admiral". This is most likely referring to Michiel de Ruyter, one of the most famous admirals in the Netherlands. He fought multiple naval battles in the first, second, and third Anglo-Dutch War and won multiple victories. In game, this boosts the naval strength to the end of the game.

5. Embrace Humanism: +3 Tolerance of heretics

  • In EU4, the term "heretics" refers to different branches of the same religion group, such as Catholics and Protestants. Both are in the same branch of Christianity but have different values. One of the famous Dutch Reformed Catholic humanist thinkers, Desiderius Erasmus criticized Martin Luther and the Catholic Church. In game, all three branches get along well.  

6. Army Sappers+10% Siege ability

  • Sappers are military engineering units who build bridges, forts, and siege requirements. The Dutch Brigade is a notable military engineering unit in the Peninsula War. In game, they can help the army to win siege battle faster.  

7. Platoon Fire+10% Infantry combat ability

  • The Dutch army had pioneered a firing tactic known as Platoon Fire. It allows three ranks of musketeers to fire simultaneously by firing and loading in rotation. In game, this tactic strengthens the Dutch army.  
Ambitions:
+15% Trade efficiency
  • Overall, the Dutch are merchants with strong security. With a military and commerce bonus, the Netherlands can be a strong and wealthy nation.

 

 2. Castiles/Spain

Traditions: 

+15% Morale of armies, +1 Missionaries

  • Historically, Spain formed alongside Castiles, so they share the same national idea. In game, Aragon, Navarre and even Portugal can form Spain. In the beginning of the game, the Spanish kingdoms almost finished the reconquista after being ruled by the Moors for centuries. The success of the reconquista may be due to higher morale from the religious war with the Moors. In game, add a missionary to Spain as Spain converted the conquered regions into Catholicism.
National Ideas:

1. The Reconquista: +5% Discipline 

  • As with the tradition, the reason of the successful Spanish reconquista was the Spanish kingdoms having stronger army than the Moors. Higher discipline and morale were essential for a stronger army. 

2. Spanish Inquisition+2% Missionary strength

  • Although the Inquistition is considered an intolerant event in modern society, it was indeed an efficient way to convert Muslims and Jews into Christians after the reconquista through violence

3. Inter CaeteraCan fabricate claims on any overseas province, +1 Colonists

  • The Inter Caetera was issued by Pope Alexander III for the Spanish kings right to claim lands south and west of the Azores. This resulted the Spanish claiming and colonizing most of South America and Latin America in the new world. In game, Spain can make claims on any non-European province and add an extra colonist. It is a very powerful bonus for colonial expansion. 

4. Devout Catholicism: +2 Yearly Papal influence

  • King Philip II of Spain is a devoted Catholic and supported the Inquisition. Also, he organized the Spanish Armada to attack the Protestant English.

5. Treasure Fleet+10% Provincial trade power modifier, +15% Global tariffs

  • Treasure fleets are ships that carry goods between the Spanish colonies and Spain. In game, it strengthens domestic trading as the provinces have more wealth. At the same time, as trading with colonies increases, tariffs are very likely to increase.  

6. A Spanish Armada+10% Heavy ship combat ability

  • Indeed, the Spanish Armada, funded by Phillips II,  was the strongest and largest navy force in the 1500s.

7. Siglo De Oro+1 Yearly prestige

  • The direct translation for Siglo de Oro is "Spanish Golden Age". The Spanish controlled a vast land from California to the Southern tip of Argentina. They had also taken the Philippines. It was a strong and wealthy empire until Latin American Revolution.  In game, a prestige bonus is given due to this large colonial empire.  

Ambitions:

+25 Global settler increase
  • It is possible to describe Spain with three words, "faith, war, and colonies". Its intolerance and aggressiveness is hardly considered as ethical but that was how it is in history. Paradox Interactive is doing their best to simulate it.

3. Portugal

Traditions: 
+5% Trade efficiency, +30% Trade range
  • Portugal's conquest of Goa, renting Macau as a port in China, colonization of Brazil and West Africa and the spice trade gave it an early globalization commerce.  With these bonuses, it would be easy for Portugal to achieve the same in game.
National Ideas:

1. Legacy of the Navigator+25% Colonial range

  • Portuguese navigators had explored and mapped the coast of Africa, Brazil, India and Canada. In this period, famous explorers such as Bartolomeu Dias crossed Cape of Good Hope into the Indian Ocean. Later, Vasco da Gama traveled to India. Since explorers can travel farther in game, the Portuguese can colonize even more land.

2. Afonsine Ordinance+10% Goods produced modifier

  • This is a period of time when war and conflicts ended. Portugal entered a time of peace with neighboring nations, discovered India and began the Portuguese Empire. It was considered a fortunate period. In game, this "fortune" is having the ability to produce more goods that will last to the end of the game.

3. Feitorias+10% Global trade power

  • Although feitorias's translation is "factory", it refers to trading post during this time period. They can be warehouses or a market in foreign land. More feitorias means more international trade. In game, it gives an extra bonus on trading with foreign nations. 

4. Encourage the Bandeirantes+1 Merchants

  • In the 17th century, Portugal encouraged settlers to have venture into Brazil to seek fortune. At first, commerce involved selling natives into slavery but later turned to gold, silver and diamond mines. Either way, it increased trading. This time, the game offers an extra merchant because it is bad game design to have two ideas that offer the same bonus.

5. Royal Absolutism: −15% Build cost

  • Pedro II was the first ruler to introduce Absolute Monarchy into Portugal. At the same time, Pedro is an architect, therefore Portugal can have a discount on future constructions in game. 

6. Land before Faith+15 Global settler increase

  • Portugal got it priority correct! The Jesuit Jesuit missionaries only converted a small portion of Japanese, Chinese and Indian population into Christianity. However, the colonists got their jobs done by settling down in foreign soil and being able to trade with the nations in the Far East. In game, the colonists can build their colonies faster.

7. Open up the Guilds+10% Trade efficiency

  • Sebastião José de Carvalho e Melo was a Portuguese statesman who realized Portugal was less advanced than Europe in the Enlightenment Age. He had started the Pambaline Reform to regulate production quality and encourage colonists to venture into Brazil. In game, this economic reform give Portugal a better trading bonus.


Ambitions: 
+20% Global tariffs

  • Compared to Netherlands, Portugal liked to focus more on trading and sailing than engaging in wars. Geographically, Portugal is located at the edge of Europe. In history, Portugal had long term alliance with major powers like Spain and England. There aren't many chances for Portugal to get involved in wars.

 

4. Austria

Traditions:

+10% Morale of armies, +30% Better relations over time

  • Today, Austria is a small landlocked European nation located in Central Europe. Before the Napoleonic wars, it used to be the center of the Holy Roman Empire. The Holy Roman Empire is not technically an empire but instead a collection of states. Its Austrian Habsburg Dynasty had a royal relationship with houses within all colonial powers in the list of part one and part two. Austria's army also stopped the Ottoman army at Vienna. Hence it has +10% morale bonus better relationships with its "cousins" in game.  
National Ideas:

1. Imperial Ambitions: +10% Imperial Authority, −15% Diplomatic annexation cost

  • As Frederick III was elected to be the Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire (HRE), it was given imperial authority bonus in game to make annexation of HRE members easier. 

2. Military Frontier: -10% Fort maintenance, +15% National garrison growth

  • Austria was on the front line against the Ottoman Empire. Historically, the Ottoman expansion on Europe was stopped at Vienna. Hence this bonus allows Austria build more forts with more garrisons.

3. Fugger Banks+0.05 Yearly inflation reduction, −1 Interest per annum

  • The Fugger family were prominent bankers and venture capitalists in the 15-16th century in Europe. They were once able to replace the Medici family in banking and became the wealthiest family in Germany. In game, their bank helps reduce inflation and interest rates from loans.

4. Habsburg Dominance: +2 Diplomatic reputation

  • The House of Habsburg was once in the same dynasty with Spain, England, Russia, and Germany. Most of the global powers were related to the Habsburg family. In game, this offers a diplomatic reputation bonus to Austria with its strong political influence.

5. Edict of Restitution+2% Missionary strength

  • This is another mention of the conflict between Protestants and Catholics. This edict was created to convert Protestants into Catholics and tried to stop Catholics being secularized. In game, this bonus allows Austria to convert other faiths faster.

6. Austrian Court: +1 Diplomatic relations

  • As mentioned above, the House of Habsburg was super influential in Europe. With this bonus, Austria can have one more relationship with another nation in game.

7. Hofkriegsrat+30% Reinforce speed, +3% Discipline

  • The Hofkriegsrat is the court war council of Austria. It is a council of generals and officials who finance warfare and deploy the army. In game, it helps the empire to reinforce units faster and with more discipline.
Ambitions: 

+50% Chance of new heir

  • Even in WWI, three cousins (Great Britain, Russia and Germany) related to the Habsburg were fighting each other. Austria integrated with Hungary to form Austria-Hungary. This long lasting bloodline dynasty shaped its strong influential power in Europe. Overall, Austria is a nation with strong military and diplomatic power. 

This is the list of eight historical global powers and the explanation of their traditions, national ideas and ambitions in Europa Universalis IV. I did consider writing about the Polish-Lithuania Commonwealth as it is usually one of the strongest nations in the game. However, Austria has better networking ties with other global powers . I will cover the Commonwealth in the next post,  in which I will be talking about regional powers.

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War of Rights Kickstarter https://www.gameskinny.com/e9n92/war-of-rights-kickstarter https://www.gameskinny.com/e9n92/war-of-rights-kickstarter Thu, 22 Oct 2015 02:55:07 -0400 Jessi_Cat

History is something we're taught in school and not usually in video games. But the indie game War of Rights revolves around the history of the American Civil War, during the Maryland Campaign. The developer, Campfire Games, is using the CRYENGINE to make a stunning, historically accurate MMOFPS game for players to enjoy.

Its amazing graphics and geographical accuracy take the player back in time to the year 1862. There are no automatic weapons or sniper rifles. Just good old one-shot rifles and your revolver pistol. The developers want this game to be so realistic that players will experience hard times on the battlefield.

For example, the more you use your rifle, the worse its condition will be. This means the players have a higher chance of misfires or delayed fires. Players will also be able to customize their characters with small changes to separate themselves from others.

Due to the historic accuracy of the game, female characters will most likely not be available for combat, which is understandable in this case. The game is still in development, but it does have a Kickstarter and is on Steam GreenLight.

 

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