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Europa Universalis III (Windows)

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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 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 Holy Roman Empire map overlay, the emperor in bright green, electors in medium green, and all other provinces belonging to the HRE in dark green.
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.

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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The Press Says

Armchair Empire, The Feb 01, 2007 9 out of 10 90
GameSpot Jan 25, 2007 8.7 out of 10 87
GamingExcellence Apr 19, 2008 8.6 out of 10 86
IGN Jan 24, 2007 8.5 out of 10 85 Feb 11, 2007 17 out of 20 85
PC Gameplay (Benelux) Feb, 2007 80 out of 100 80
GameStar (Germany) Feb 10, 2007 71 out of 100 71 (UK) Feb 08, 2007 7 out of 10 70 Feb 10, 2007 7 out of 10 70
PC Action Feb, 2007 61 out of 100 61


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KazikluBey (195) added Europa Universalis III (Windows) on Jan 27, 2007
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