Kotaku: Europa Universalis IV Review - Should you play this game? YES

"I'll say it again, though: no matter how tough it is getting past the game's confronting first hours, it's worth it. bFew games let you rule like EUIV does, and few let you rule in a world so vast in scale, so open to players writing their own histories and shaping the globe. I guess the best way of describing the game is this: if you like Total War and/or Civilization, and you're willing to trade those game's character and visual flair for something with more meat, this is the game for you."