In 1995, what would become Swedish video game developer Paradox Development Studio was founded. Paradox Development Studio develops the games that the company is known for like Europa Universalis and Crusader Kings, while its parent company Paradox Interactive publishes various PC games. This article will only be looking at games developed by Paradox Development Studio and will not be factoring in DLC.
Paradox Development Studio’s Metacritic history
Out of the 19* games developed by Paradox, seven (36.84%) have received an average Metacritic score of at least an 80 and 15 (78.94%) have gotten an average score of at least 70. So far there best-received game has been 2001’s Europa Universalis II (87).
*Does not count 2012’s Pride of Nations: The Scramble for Africa (PDS’s 20th game) since that has no reviews on Metacritic.
The chart below shows the number of Metacritic reviews that each Paradox Development Studio game has received on the site.
Below is a table showing each game, its release year, the Metacritic score it received and the number of critics who reviewed it on the site.
|Game||Year||Systems||Critic Score||# of Critics|
|Europa Universalis: Crown of the North||2000||PC||61||9|
|Europa Universalis II||2001||PC||87||11|
|Hearts of Iron||2002||PC||72||13|
|Europa Universalis: Two Thrones||2004||PC||52||10|
|Hearts of Iron II||2005||PC||83||27|
|Europa Universalis III||2007||PC||83||25|
|Europa Universalis: Rome||2008||PC||73||19|
|Hearts of Iron III||2009||PC||77||23|
|Crusader Kings II||2012||PC||82||31|
|Pride of Nations: The Scramble for Africa||2012||PC||N/A||N/A|
|March of the Eagles||2013||PC||71||19|
|Europa Universalis IV||2013||PC||87||34|
|Hearts of Iron IV||2016||PC||83||37|
Finally, let’s take a look at the highest and lowest scores that each Paradox Development Studio game has received, as well as what percentage of reviews gave a game a perfect score of 100.
|Game||Highest Score||Lowest Score||% of 100s|
|Europa Universalis: Crown of the North||88 (1)||30 (2)||0%|
|Europa Universalis||92 (1)||70 (1)||0%|
|Europa Universalis II||100 (1)||79 (1)||9.09%|
|Hearts of Iron||90 (1)||40 (2)||0%|
|Victoria||75 (1)||30 (1)||0%|
|Europa Universalis: Two Thrones||80 (1)||24 (1)||0%|
|Crusader Kings||94 (1)||50 (2)||0%|
|Hearts of Iron II||95 (1)||50 (1)||0%|
|Diplomacy||90 (1)||10 (1)||0%|
|Europa Universalis III||92 (1)||70 (1)||0%|
|Europa Universalis: Rome||92 (1)||55 (1)||0%|
|Hearts of Iron III||90 (2)||50 (1)||0%|
|Victoria II||95 (1)||50 (1)||0%|
|Sengoku||83 (1)||50 (2)||0%|
|Crusader Kings II||95 (2)||60 (1)||0%|
|Pride of Nations: The Scramble for Africa||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|March of the Eagles||85 (1)||50 (1)||0%|
|Europa Universalis IV||100 (2)||70 (3)||5.88%|
|Stellaris||93 (1)||20 (1)||0%|
|Hearts of Iron IV||100 (1)||50 (2)||2.70%|
The next game that Paradox Development Studio is working on is Imperator: Rome, which currently has a 2019 release date. It is a sequel to their 2008 game Europa Universalis: Rome.
Sources and info:
http://www.metacritic.com/ (used to find the games, critic reviews, and scores)
All tables and graphs made using Google Spreadsheets