Summary: This is one of the best historical simulation games there has ever been. The options feel balanced and most of the limitations do too. I especially like most aspects of the diplomacy and war systems. The map is beautiful and the game just seems to work on several levels.
Summary: You can play as any European state, even the little ones. There are many preselected, suggested scenarios to play. It's possible to learn while playing. The game pace can at times move rather slowly but there is a real time adjustment feature that lets one zip through the dull bits.
Summary: I place this game right up there with other Paradox INteractive titles such as Hearts of Iron. Highly detailed, very immersive, and not for the faint at heart (or for the player looking for a quick, blow'em-up). There is so much to keep track of during the game, that it is easy to miss something.