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Excerpt: The colossal Europa Universalis III is one of those strategy games which certainly does not lend itself easily to expansion, and for the designers at Paradox, coming up with a decent follow up must have been like trying to write the sequel to Stanley Kubrick’s 2001. On the one hand, there was a need for the game’s vast and unwieldy interface to be toned down, while on the other, Paradox needed to add something to the original format which would improve the game play in...
Excerpt: Approximately a year ago, Jason Venter reviewed the vanilla version of Europa Universalis III for this very site. Jason articulately chronicled his rise to power as Calais in the fifteenth century, writing of how rebels would easily seize territory and he would hastily be defeated. Mr.Venter discovered, very quickly, the importance of being a competent leader.
Conclusion: Paradox has been the soul of historical computer strategy gaming and with Europa Universalis 3 it proves to remain so for years to come. You can do anything you want with this game, the limits being only your time and imagination. If any of you budding warmongers, strategy fiends or history buffs out there are looking for complete control, world domination and a great wargaming experience, look no further.
Excerpt: Europa Universalis III is more than a little tricky to review. Hardcore strategists and history fans will lap up the attention to detail, the old-school presentation, the incredible amount of depth, and the slow gameplay; however, fans of what we now consider to be RTS games (Command & Conquer and the like) may quickly be put off by those very same features.
Summary: One of the few disappointments with Europa Universalis III was that its timeline ended too soon. It was awfully disappointing when the march of history in the turn-based strategy game's grand campaign suddenly ground to a halt with the onset of the French Revolution in 1789, given that this was the eve of Napoleon's emergence in Europe. Having to stop just before Robespierre started to chop off heads was a big letdown.
Pros: Chaotic French Revolution and Napoleonic eras add military spice to campaigns, Amazing amount of action packed into the years between 1789 and 1820
Cons: Doesn't add much more than 30 years and a French campaign to the timeline
Summary: Paradox Interactive's outstanding real-time strategy game can already be characterized as falling somewhere between "vast" and "so big you need a doctorate in European history to make heads or tails out of this thing." Despite making the game even bigger, the In Nomine expansion's superb collection of tweaks actually provides more focus to campaigns and makes it easier to hone in on how to best lead a nation from a mere great power to a world-spanning colossus.
Pros: Decisions and specific mission objectives are great additions, Longer timeline allows campaigns to encompass the fall of Byzantium and the Hundred Years' War, More realistic rebel factions
Cons: The core Europa Universalis III game could still use an interactive tutorial
Excerpt: System Requirements 1.9GHz CPU 512MB RAM (1GB preferred) 128MB video card DX7 sound card CD-ROM 1GB HDD space Windows 2000/XP Europa Universalis III Complete consists of Europa Universalis III, Napoleon\'s Ambition, and the In Nomine expansions. It’s an open ended strategy game that allows you to begin in 1399 and play up until 1821.
Summary: Slow-paced, but in-depth, Europa Universalis III is as good as it gets for grand strategy games. With so much to offer, you’ll be playing for a long time. It’ll be tough to break into if you like games such as Company of Heroes or Command and Conquer, but if you’re looking for a change and something on a much grander scale, Europa should suit the bill well.
Summary: Europa Universalis III carries on the good name of the series with a solid strategy game underpinned by excellent attention to detail, which gives plenty of freedom to do what you'd like with your nation and beyond all else is extremely addictive. There's plenty of bile out there in the strategy genre so if you are a fan then EU3 is certainly one of the better choices you could make when looking for a game to keep you occupied for hours while offering excellent gameplay.