Paradox: A Metacritic history

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.

Average Metacritic score of every Paradox Development Studio game

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The chart below shows the number of Metacritic reviews that each Paradox Development Studio game has received on the site.

Number of Metacritic reviews for each Paradox Development Studio game

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 2001 PC 86 11
Europa Universalis II 2001 PC 87 11
Hearts of Iron 2002 PC 72 13
Victoria 2003 PC 58 12
Europa Universalis: Two Thrones 2004 PC 52 10
Crusader Kings 2004 PC 73 26
Hearts of Iron II 2005 PC 83 27
Diplomacy 2005 PC 58 23
Europa Universalis III 2007 PC 83 25
Europa Universalis: Rome 2008 PC 73 19
Hearts of Iron III 2009 PC 77 23
Victoria II 2010 PC 75 17
Sengoku 2011 PC 70 13
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
Stellaris 2016 PC 78 57
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%

Highest Score and Lowest Score on Metacritic for each Paradox Development Studio game

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.

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Sources and info:

Featured Image: “Europa Universalis IV: Rights of Man DLC Review” by BagoGames is licensed under CC BY-2.0

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paradox_Development_Studio

http://www.metacritic.com/ (used to find the games, critic reviews, and scores)

http://www.metacritic.com/company/paradox-development-studio?page=2

https://www.paradoxplaza.com/imperator-rome/IMIM01GSK0000001-MASTER.html

All tables and graphs made using Google Spreadsheets

 

 

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