Hm, is it time for a Stellaris deep dive? It might be time for a Stellaris deep dive.
@Are0h I might pick it up during the Steam winter sale then.
My problems with Paradox's other games that weren't Victoria is that they felt too....abstract? They felt like pulling levers and rolling dice that never matched up with what happens. In Victoria, there's a grounding due to actual simulation of population with their needs, religions, etc.; by operating on them, I feel cause and effect, and that I'm doing something meaningful to a country and its people. It gives it a unique character.
@calvin I can't speak to any of Paradox's other titles outside of Tyranny, which you should definitely check out, but Stellaris has many of those same mechanics. Of course there is the prerequisite resource management, but also the nuance of dealing with different culture, government, political affiliations and religious temperaments.
Yeah, it's this huge galaxy spanning kind of epic, but it's built on the day to day tasks that add up to make your own particular culture.