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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 If you choose to start at one of the bookmarked dates, the game provides a description and suggests some interesting countries to play.
Europa Universalis III Windows Western Europa at 1508, showing the monarch and advisor screen.
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
YouGamers Windows Mar 02, 2007 85 out of 100 85
GameSpot (Belgium/Netherlands) Windows Feb 02, 2007 85 out of 100 85
GamePlay (Croatia) Windows Feb, 2007 16 out of 20 80 Windows Jan 24, 2007 16 out of 20 80
PC Powerplay Windows Feb, 2007 79 out of 100 79
Inside Mac Games (IMG) Macintosh Mar 14, 2008 7.5 out of 10 75
GameStar (Germany) Windows Feb 10, 2007 71 out of 100 71 Windows Feb 10, 2007 7 out of 10 70
PC Action Windows Feb, 2007 61 out of 100 61


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