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The two first games in the Europa Universalis series were all about strategy on a grand scale in a realistic (albeit alternative) historical setting, and this game follows the tracks of its predecessors. In Europa Universalis III (EU3) you take control of any state in the world at any date from 1453 to 1789 and - possibly - guide it to greatness, until the end date, 1792.

EU3 takes everything from Europa Universalis II, puts it in a 3D engine and introduces several new major features, such as being able to change the form of government, national ideas and a military unit system similar to the one found in Victoria. Another aim of the developers was to create a better tutorial and manual, for an easier learning curve.

In EU2, historical flavor was added through the use of historical monarch lists, generals and events. Any important event in history was portrayed with a description and the player was allowed to choose the outcome. In this sequel however, everything starts just like things were at that point in history, but both monarchs and leaders are semi-random, with suitable names for each country. The historical event system was also done away with- instead, the game generates suitable events based on the situation - from revolutions to succession crises.


Europa Universalis III Windows Religion map overlay. The stripes signify the state religion, if the province religion differs.
Europa Universalis III Windows Here you decide which form of government to use. The number to the right of the government type shows the hit to your stability.
Europa Universalis III Windows Shows the setup for the American War of Independence.
Europa Universalis III Windows Tutorials

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Alternate Titles

  • "Европа III" -- Russian spelling
  • "EU3" -- Informal abbreviation
  • "ヨーロッパ ユニバーサリスⅢ" -- Japanese spelling

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Armchair Empire, The Windows Feb 01, 2007 9 out of 10 90
GameSpot Windows Jan 25, 2007 8.7 out of 10 87
IGN Windows Jan 24, 2007 8.5 out of 10 85
Game Captain Windows Jan 19, 2007 82 out of 100 82
FZ Windows Jan 18, 2007 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Cheat Code Central Windows 2007 3.9 out of 5 78
GameStar (Germany) Windows Feb 10, 2007 71 out of 100 71 Windows Jan 30, 2007 7 out of 10 70
PC Games (Germany) Windows Feb 15, 2007 70 out of 100 70
Games4Mac Macintosh 2008 64 out of 100 64


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