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HOI4 dev diary - Mexico

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  1. EggOfReason
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    Wednesday's dev diary spotlighted adding a more fleshed out focus tree and decisions to Mexico. In standard, niche-HOI4 memey form, you can make Trotsky your leader. Any Paradox followers here?...

    Wednesday's dev diary spotlighted adding a more fleshed out focus tree and decisions to Mexico. In standard, niche-HOI4 memey form, you can make Trotsky your leader.

    Any Paradox followers here? What's your opinion on Man the Guns and HOI4/Paradox in general?

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    hungariantoast
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    I have not bought HOI4 yet, and I will not do so until the DLC train is over and I can get the whole game + DLC for no more than $60, same with Stellaris and probably Imperator, as well as Cities...

    I have not bought HOI4 yet, and I will not do so until the DLC train is over and I can get the whole game + DLC for no more than $60, same with Stellaris and probably Imperator, as well as Cities Skylines (I know Paradox only published that title, but still). I do own and play several of their other titles, so I will share my opinions.

    First of all, HOI3 is my most played game, ever. More than Skyrim, more than RimWorld, more than even Dwarf Fortress. It just scratches a very specific, niche itch for me, and there are several great mods for the game that really expand the replayability. I also own Victoria 2 and EUIV, although I do not play EUIV much anymore because I cannot be bothered to keep buying DLC.

    I really like Vic2 and hope we eventually get the population mechanics in a third title. The mechanics of Imperator seem interesting, but I doubt I will be playing it any time soon, because DLC.

    I get why Paradox loves DLC so much, what with it allowing them to keep working on the same game for years upon years and still make a profit, but damn, it sure does put a dent in my wallet and honestly, I do not play games enough for those prices to be worth it anymore. I am now resigned to wait a few years after the game is done so I can gobble the whole thing up in one swoop. Very rarely I will "catch up" on purchasing DLC, but only when it is on sale.

    I do this with other publishers as well, not just Paradox. Anything Total War does not reach my Steam library until at least a year after it gets released because it just is not worth it to buy each piece of DLC as it releases. The only exceptions I have made have been the latest Rome 2 DLC, which kind of appeared out of nowhere.

    As far as HOI4 goes, when the game was first revealed and later released, I heard a lot of talk about how it was worse than HOI3, how it was too simplified, how the AI was awful, and how research no longer made a lot of sense, it was just a bad feature for many nations who did not get the spotlight during development, but I also heard that the production features were great, much better than HOI3, and the modding community seems to be doing a lot better with HOI4.

    Now, I do not know how much of that is true, and it seems like HOI4 is a great game, it certainly looks fantastic, so I am honestly excited to play it eventually. Even if it is heavily simplified from HOI3, that would not be a bad thing, so long as it still scratched that specific itch and executed its features well.

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    1. EggOfReason
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      I know the feeling of seeing all these juicy, interesting (and still completely unnecessary) DLC at the paradox store. DAMN, it is tempting, because God knows I need a stupid EU4 unit pack. HOI4...

      I know the feeling of seeing all these juicy, interesting (and still completely unnecessary) DLC at the paradox store. DAMN, it is tempting, because God knows I need a stupid EU4 unit pack.

      HOI4 is a lot more sandboxy, and I've sure you've seen games go from Anschluss-Sudentland-War w/ Poland to "The German Empire joined Comintern" with a Russian civil war and a fascist Canada to par. Encirclement of Soviet troops has become a running joke, as far as I've heard.

      Still, HOI4 is really versatile for any time period, and breaking enemy lines is extremely satisfying. I haven't played HOI3 yet, but I'll keep an eye out for some of the more clear differences.

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