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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 Military leader screen, with already hired generals, admirals, explorers and conquistadors in the list.
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 Tutorials
Europa Universalis III Windows Choose your main type of infantry.

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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GamingExcellence Windows Apr 19, 2008 8.6 out of 10 86
4Players.de Windows Jan 10, 2007 86 out of 100 86
IGN Windows Jan 24, 2007 8.5 out of 10 85
GameSpot (Belgium/Netherlands) Windows Feb 02, 2007 85 out of 100 85
PC Gameplay (Benelux) Windows Feb, 2007 80 out of 100 80
GameStar (Germany) Windows Feb 10, 2007 71 out of 100 71
PC Games (Germany) Windows Feb 15, 2007 70 out of 100 70
Gamer.nl Windows Feb 10, 2007 7 out of 10 70
Eurogamer.net (UK) Windows Feb 08, 2007 7 out of 10 70
Games4Mac Macintosh 2008 64 out of 100 64


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