This is a difficult game to rate. Ratings are mostly subjective in nature; while certain criteria can be judged, in the end it boils down to individual taste. I think this is a great game, it has wonderful features and the strategy is solid. Paradox has done an excellent job with the game design, although they didn’t do quite so well with the documentation and the interface design. But, it’s not my type of game because of the lack of a campaign mode. However, for those free at heart, this is quite a game, especially for history lovers. If that describes you, then this is the game to get for the summer and it is one that will definitely occupy your time.