Europa Universalis III

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Description

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.

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Europa Universalis III Windows Current form of government, national ideas and domestic policy sliders, each giving specific bonuses, and in the case of the sliders: penalties.
Europa Universalis III Windows Having your troops get caught in enemy territory during the winter can be disastrous.
Europa Universalis III Windows Military leader screen, with already hired generals, admirals, explorers and conquistadors in the list.
Europa Universalis III Windows Tutorials

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
1UP Windows Jan 16, 2007 9 out of 10 90
GameSpot Windows Jan 25, 2007 8.7 out of 10 87
GamingExcellence Windows Apr 19, 2008 8.6 out of 10 86
IGN Windows Jan 24, 2007 8.5 out of 10 85
Game Captain Windows Jan 19, 2007 82 out of 100 82
PC Powerplay Windows Feb, 2007 79 out of 100 79
Playfuls Windows Feb 21, 2007 7.7 out of 10 77
GameStar (Germany) Windows Feb 10, 2007 71 out of 100 71
PC Games (Germany) Windows Feb 15, 2007 70 out of 100 70

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Awards

  • GameSpy
    • 2001 – #24 Top PC Game of the 2000s

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