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Europa Universalis III

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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 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 Main menu
Europa Universalis III Windows Religion map overlay. The stripes signify the state religion, if the province religion differs.

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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1UP Windows Jan 16, 2007 9 out of 10 90
Armchair Empire, The Windows Feb 01, 2007 9 out of 10 90 Windows Jan 10, 2007 86 out of 100 86 Windows Feb 05, 2007 85 out of 100 85
GameSpot (Belgium/Netherlands) Windows Feb 02, 2007 85 out of 100 85 Windows Jan 24, 2007 16 out of 20 80
PC Gameplay (Benelux) Windows Feb, 2007 80 out of 100 80
PC Powerplay Windows Feb, 2007 79 out of 100 79
Cheat Code Central Windows 2007 3.9 out of 5 78
Inside Mac Games (IMG) Macintosh Mar 14, 2008 7.5 out of 10 75


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