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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 Tutorials
Europa Universalis III Windows Diplomacy map overlay, selected country in bright green, its allies in green, its royal marriages in turquise and countries it is at war against in red.
Europa Universalis III Windows Military leader screen, with already hired generals, admirals, explorers and conquistadors in the list.
Europa Universalis III Windows Choose your main type of infantry.

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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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1UP Jan 16, 2007 9 out of 10 90
GameSpot Jan 25, 2007 8.7 out of 10 87 Jan 10, 2007 86 out of 100 86
YouGamers Mar 02, 2007 85 out of 100 85
GameSpot (Belgium/Netherlands) Feb 02, 2007 85 out of 100 85
Game Captain Jan 19, 2007 82 out of 100 82
PC Powerplay Feb, 2007 79 out of 100 79
GameStar (Germany) Feb 10, 2007 71 out of 100 71 Feb 10, 2007 7 out of 10 70
PC Action Feb, 2007 61 out of 100 61


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KazikluBey (194) added Europa Universalis III (Windows) on Jan 27, 2007
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