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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 Having your troops get caught in enemy territory during the winter can be disastrous.
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 Shows the setup for the American War of Independence.
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.

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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 Windows Jan 16, 2007 9 out of 10 90
Armchair Empire, The Windows Feb 01, 2007 9 out of 10 90
YouGamers Windows Mar 02, 2007 85 out of 100 85
IGN Windows Jan 24, 2007 8.5 out of 10 85 Windows Feb 05, 2007 85 out of 100 85
Game Captain Windows Jan 19, 2007 82 out of 100 82 Windows Jan 24, 2007 16 out of 20 80
PC Powerplay Windows Feb, 2007 79 out of 100 79 Windows Feb 10, 2007 7 out of 10 70
Games4Mac Macintosh 2008 64 out of 100 64


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