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Europa Universalis: Rome

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Windows
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Description

Europa Universalis: Rome is a stand alone game based on the foundations of Europa Universalis III, taking you further back in time and allowing you to play from any date from around 280 B.C. to near the birth of Christ. Conquer the 'known world' as Rome or one of the other major states of the period or simply survive these growing empires as one of the smaller groups of people.

EU:Rome features an enhanced graphical engine over its predecessor, a smaller scope, and a number of tweaks specific for the time period. It is a grand strategy game that runs in "continuous time" (like most Paradox games), where the clock ticks away at the user's discretion, from paused to the passing of days within seconds. You control the overall guiding spirit of your chosen faction, developing your economy, military, infrastructure, and technology. War is handled on an operational level, with little direct involvement aside from making sure your armies are as large and prepared as necessary and your generals are the best choices for their situations. Games can be won on diplomacy, deception, and/or war, with the best results coming from balancing those actions and doing what's best for one's nation.

Taking a page from Crusader Kings, another Paradox game, EU:Rome incorporates some role playing elements as your nobles, politicians, and leaders are represented with detailed characters, each with their own histories and traits. They are born, seek fame and power, get married, win and lose battles, develop vices, and die. While you don't babysit a dynastic family as in Crusader Kings, you do get to watch and control as these various individuals develop friendships or hatred between them and, along with their various traits, these relationships can either make your country stronger or lead to an eventual civil war.

Screenshots

Europa Universalis: Rome Windows By the seat of your toga. The tutorial is short and sweet, giving just an overview of the game, the interface, and your options.
Europa Universalis: Rome Windows War! What are we in control of? Absolutely nothing! EU:Rome is a grand strategy game, so once battles commence, you have to trust your generals.
Europa Universalis: Rome Windows What has Rome ever given us? Opening diplomatic relations with Judea.
Europa Universalis: Rome Windows It's not the years, honey... it's the mileage. The history of your characters is well documented.

Alternate Titles

  • "Европа. Древний Рим" -- Russian spelling
  • "Europa Universalis: Rzym" -- Polish title
  • "ヨーロッパユニバーサリス ローマ" -- Japanese title

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The Press Says

IGN Windows Apr 14, 2008 8.7 out of 10 87
4Players.de Windows Mar 24, 2008 84 out of 100 84
Game Tap Windows Apr 15, 2008 8 out of 10 80
allaboutgames.co.uk Windows Jun 11, 2008 8 out of 10 80
Jeuxvideo.com Windows Jul 24, 2008 16 out of 20 80
Gameplay (Benelux) Windows Jun, 2008 78 out of 100 78
GBase - The Gamer's Base Windows May 28, 2008 7 out of 10 70
GameStar (Germany) Windows Apr 30, 2008 66 out of 100 66
Gamekult Windows Jun 24, 2008 6 out of 10 60
1UP Windows Apr 18, 2008 C 50

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