Top 10 Best Paradox Games, Ranked

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Few publishers have given us the variety that Paradox Interactive has.

What Are The Top 10 Best Paradox Games?

Paradox Interactive is one of gaming’s biggest publishers.  They push out several titles per year, and many of them become player favorites.  Here are the 10 best Paradox Interactive games that you can play.

10. Surviving Mars

Surviving Mars Gameplay

Build up your own base fit enough to survive a hostile alien world in Surviving Mars.  Manage resources and technology to create a base that can stand even the harshest elements.   Make sure you have enough food, water, fuel, and more to survive.

Hide from extreme cold to blistering heat.  Find enough food and water to make it through the day.  Take cover from dust storms and asteroids.  Use your instincts and wits to stay alive in Surviving Mars.

Work your way from desert base to thriving metropolis.

Expand your Martian empire to cover all of Mars.

9. BattleTech

Battletech Gameplay

BattleTech is a turn-based strategy game that pits giant robots against each other.  You have to control your mech-army to win the battle through total elimination.  Use your terrain, skill, and brain to achieve victory.

Launch a barrage of missiles to incapacitate your foe.  Coordinate your team for battle superiority.  Rush through the battlefield on your way to dominance in BattleTech.

Control a team of elite mech-fighters on your path to victory.

Plan out your next attack with tight, sci-fi combat

8. Pillars of Eternity

Pillars of Eternity Let's Play

Embark on a sprawling fantasy adventure in Pillars of Eternity. Take on this tactical RPG using your magic and with teamwork.  This open-world adventure has you battling monsters, running quests, and exploring a huge kingdom.

Cast flame spells on your foes.  Enchant your weapons for an advantage.  Unravel the deepest mysteries of the land.  Take the lead of your party and explore in Pillars of Eternity.

The elements are at your disposal in Pillars of Eternity.

Build your team from a wide array of elves, dwarves, and more.

7. Mount and Blade

Mount and Blade: Warband Playthrough

Build your army, grow your kingdom, and dominate the whole realm in Mount and Blade.  This game gives you freedom to do nearly anything.  Recruit soldiers from taverns and bars, lay siege to cities and castles, and build relationships with lords and nobles on your path to glory.

Go from a ragtag team of mercenaries to a noble army.  Betray your allies for personal gain or remain loyal to rise through the ranks.  Build your kingdom from scratch and battle in Mount and Blade.

Lay siege to enemy cities to expand your empire.

Manage your army during hectic battles to overwhelm your enemies.

6. Hearts of Iron IV

Hearts of Iron IV Gameplay

Hearts of Iron IV is a grand-strategy war simulator where you control a World War 2 power.  Pick from any of the great military forces from America to Germany and compete for world domination.  Strategically place your troops and govern your nation in the 4X masterpiece.

Advance your front line as you manage your borders.  Manage your alliances for maximum power.  Hearts of Iron IV has you using wit and cunning to crush your enemies.

Control the front lines as you push your army through to enemy territory.

Relive World War II in an all new way with Hearts of Iron IV.

5. Magicka

Magicka Let's Play

Explore a huge fantasy world filled with monsters and villages with your friends in Magicka.  Control the elements with up to 4 players to wreak havoc in this light-hearted adventure.

Mix and match spells with your team for unlimited potential.  Go crazy as you and your friends explore the kingdom.  Show your friends who's boss in versus mode.  Magicka lets you make your own adventure.

Take down large groups of enemies with your elemental magic

Explore as you learn more about the world of Magicka.

4. Europa Universalis IV

Europa Universalis IV Gameplay

Achieve total victory on the world stage at any cost in Europa Universalis IV.  This historical strategy game makes you manage your resources, economy, and military for domination.

Wage war on history’s greatest empires.  Outsmart your opponents in battle.  Amaze the world with your nation's prosperity.  Take charge of your country and lead your society to victory in Europa Universalis IV.

Start at real points in history to begin your conquest of the world.

Wage war to claim new lands as your own.

3. Cities: Skylines

Cities: Skylines Gameplay

Cities: Skylines is a city builder where you must create and manage your own city.  Take an empty patch of land and build upward and outward.  Use your natural leadership skills to create a metropolitan paradise.

Manage a city with millions of people.  Make their lives better through building and growing.  Manage roads and commerce.  Keep your economy healthy and your citizens happy.  Cities: Skylines has you creating the perfect city.

Grow into a prosperous city by strategically designing your cityscape.

Create a beautiful city to live in to attract as many people as possible.

2. Crusader Kings II

Crusader Kings II Tutorial

Take your dynasty to eternal prosperity in Crusader Kings II.  Use your political savvy to expand your empire, slay your enemies, and forge alliances in order to extend your rule.  This 4X gem emphasizes diplomacy over military force.

Combine empires through marriage.  Command some of history’s greatest generals in battle.  Assassinate your foes.  Expand your prestige by any means necessary in Crusader Kings II.

All of Europe is ready for you to conquer in your quest for glory.

Appoint advisors, arrange marriages, and execute enemies to shift the balance in your favor.

1.  Stellaris

Stellaris Tutorial

Expand your empire beyond the stars in Stellaris.  Take a species from the beginning of space travel to galactic domination.  Use your brute force to suppress your enemies and bring your species to victory.  This grand-strategy epic has you using military might for victory.

Mine iron from distant moons.  Navigate your space fleet through asteroid fields.  Colonize distant solar systems.  Take your species to supreme victory as you colonize the deepest reaches of the galaxy in Stellaris.

Map your empire as it spreads throughout the galaxy.

Manage your colonies, soldiers, and resources to create an impenetrable civilization. 

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