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Europa Universalis: Rome (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 This is Sparta! Like that line, the glory of Sparta has long since dwindled, as evident by the plagued queen being better skilled in war than her king.
Europa Universalis: Rome Windows All roads lead to Rome... and sometimes enemy armies take them. The newer engine allows for pivoting and rotating the main map.
Europa Universalis: Rome Windows It's not the years, honey... it's the mileage. The history of your characters is well documented.
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.

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

Strategy Informer Apr 14, 2008 8.2 out of 10 82
Gameswelt May 16, 2008 82 out of 100 82
Boomtown May 09, 2008 8 out of 10 80
Jeuxvideo.com Jul 24, 2008 16 out of 20 80
PC Gameplay (Benelux) Jun, 2008 78 out of 100 78
gameZine (UK) Apr 28, 2008 7.5 out of 10 75
Eurogamer.net (UK) Jun 19, 2008 7 out of 10 70
GameStar (Germany) Apr 30, 2008 66 out of 100 66
GameSpy Apr 15, 2008 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
1UP Apr 18, 2008 C 50

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Ray Soderlund (3500) added Europa Universalis: Rome (Windows) on Apr 15, 2008
Other platforms contributed by Kabushi (122912)