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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 If you choose to start at one of the bookmarked dates, the game provides a description and suggests some interesting countries to play.
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 Choose your main type of infantry.
Europa Universalis III Windows Having your troops get caught in enemy territory during the winter can be disastrous.

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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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Armchair Empire, The Windows Feb 01, 2007 9 out of 10 90
GameSpot Windows Jan 25, 2007 8.7 out of 10 87 Windows Feb 11, 2007 17 out of 20 85 Windows Feb 05, 2007 85 out of 100 85
Gameplay (Benelux) Windows Jan 30, 2007 80 out of 100 80
Cheat Code Central Windows 2007 3.9 out of 5 78
Playfuls Windows Feb 21, 2007 7.7 out of 10 77
PC Games (Germany) Windows Feb 15, 2007 70 out of 100 70 Windows Jan 30, 2007 7 out of 10 70
Games4Mac Macintosh 2008 64 out of 100 64


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