Europa Universalis Rome Gold combines the epic strategy title Europa Universalis Rome with the expansion pack Vae Victis. Experience one of the most defining periods in world history in an experience crafted by the masters of Grand Strategy.
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Release Date: Nov 19, 2008

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Includes Europa Universalis: Rome and the Expansion Pack
Europa Universalis: Rome - Vae Victis.


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Europa Universalis Rome Gold combines the epic strategy title Europa Universalis Rome with the expansion pack Vae Victis.

Experience one of the most defining periods in world history in an experience crafted by the masters of Grand Strategy. The greatest cultural and military civilizations are brought to life through this epic title rife with great strategic and tactical depth.

Set during the golden age of the Roman Republic when the Senate ruled the Empire, Vae Victis features a massive number of additions and improvements to Europa Universalis: Rome, a game that was already one of the most prominent to depict that era in the widest scope. An overview of these key changes begins with government, which has received a lot of attention for the expansion in order to produce more fluid and balanced gameplay. The cast of historical characters of the ancient world have also had a significant overhaul across a variety of areas and with the addition of missions, decisions and laws, Vae Victis is an expansion packed with a huge amount of new content.


  • Fully 3D map with integrated graphics and detailed topography
  • Start at any date between 280 B.C. and 27 B.C.
  • Choose between 10 different cultures, including the Roman, Celtic, Greek and Egyptian civilizations, with more than 53 playable factions on a map spanning hundreds of provinces.
  • Watch your characters develop new traits through political intrigue and various interactions with thousands of other characters.
  • Trade, negotiate or fight with your neighbours and advance your technologies to unite the Mediterranean World.
  • Robust multiplayer allows you to challenge up to 32 players either competitively or in co-op mode.


  • Completely revised military AI, particularly in the area of military campaigns
  • Dynamics of the characters that live in the Republic will come to life as the men and women have their own personal goals and agendas
  • As a republic you will now need to take the Senate into the account. Characters will belong to various parties depending on their goals, values, and ambitions
  • Monarchies and Tribes will have their own courts, beware of bootlickers and sycophants who will stop at nothing to replace your divinely appointed ruler

System Requirements

    • Operating System: Microsoft Windows XP/2000/Vista
    • Processor: 1.9 Ghz Intel Pentium or similar AMD
    • Memory: 512mb RAM
    • Video Card: Direct X 9.0c compatible video card with at least 128mb & support for pixelshader 2.0
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
101.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 9
I am typically a fan of all things Rome. This game had great potential, however it was ultimately brought down by a lack of committment to turn it into a polished product with a truly Roman feel. It is based off of the EU III engine with a few minor tweaks which actually add a level of confusion to gameplay. The character system seems arbitrary and is not well explained at all. Even with several traits and families competing for Roman senate dominance it is difficult to get a sense of attachment or feeling with any of them. Finding suitable generals is a huge task, and requires a character to hold several government positions before taking command of a Legion. The whole feel of the game feels like a forced integration between CKII and the EU series. With all of that said, you will spend most of your time waiting for something interesting to happen so that you may expand your Roman Empire. Do yourself a favor, and pick up EU IV instead, which contains a great deal of Rome mods in the Steam workshop.
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92 of 95 people (97%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
108.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 1, 2013
For those of you that consider picking up this game:

Europa Universalis: Rome is a game I like very much at the moment, I have not played any other Europa Universalis games and some of them might be better (after I bought the game I heard from people that 3 is better) I however do not regret my purchase since I like the ancient world theme a lot more than almost anything else set in the real world and is for me a tie with the cold war.

Why did I like this game?

I think It is mechanically very sound, the combat mechanics are very limited but unlike for example civ 4 I do not find it annoying to fight wars and the combat does not distract too much from what works really well with the game.
So what does work really well in the game? The economic gameplay in the game is solid, it is less about buildings than for example Rome total war 1, however there are various other things that have an influence on the economy such the governors of the province that you can select (very much like Rome total war 1) but also stuff like the people you have chosen to take positions in nationwide politics, the laws you have passed, religious blessings, trade and the kind of civ you have( for example dictatorship monarchy and various kinds of democracies).
That brings me to something else that works pretty well in this game, Politics. The game has 5 political factions that battle (sometimes in case of civil war literally) over political control of your nation. Each factions power can grow or diminish depending on your actions, the populist party will for example gain more political attraction if either peace or war last too long, while the religious faction can grow from invoking blessings on your nation or sacrificing to the gods, but all factions grow from having representatives in important functions for (for example the research positions) the people taking these functions are chosen by you. But on the other side the factions can also influence your decisions, if you don't have the political support in the senate you can't start wars or make use of various other mechanics in the diplomacy interface.

What doesn't work?

The game doesn't do such a good job of explaining to you what various mechanics in the game do and how they are calculated (I for example still don't know fully how diplomatic skill is calculated) most of it however isn't that annoying and can in a way even increase your enjoyment, since you get the feeling that after your first playthrough you really got to know the game, therefore also giving you an incentive to try another one. It also isn't that bad, now after some wiki reading I think diplomatic skill is the only thing I do not really understand that I would like to understand. The game could however do a better job of presenting its information, the game could for example tell you what the traits characters could gain during events do before you need to selects them. Also I think the game could have been better if the people of your nation belonged to larger but fewer families and give you a better way (for example the family tree in Rome total war 1) to look at these families and their relations to other people in your nation

In the end I sill liked this game very much but it could have been better
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65 of 69 people (94%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
12.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 14, 2014
First of all, I'd like to say that I'm an experienced but not expert player of the Paradox Games. That means that I've played Hearts of Iron III a few years ago (and enjoyed a Communist Greece, amongst my other "achievements") and also love Europa Universalis IV. I saw EU: Rome on Steam and, basically, bought it to give it a try.

1) For a 2008 Game, Graphics should've been better.
2) Not the variety of factions that HoI3 or EUIV have.
3) Steam version forces you to search for the manual here. Also, the tutorial could've been better.
4) Surely, not as worth as EUIV but I'd love to try something until HoI4 goes public.
5) There are no mods is Steam for this game. Maybe the CD version (regular installation) supports them, but I couldn't find anything here.

1) Cheap. 10 euros for a Grand Strategy Game by Paradox. It's God's will!
2) The "Vae Victis" expansion and all patches are included.
3) Historical accuracy and interesting gameplay. It starts with the Invasion of Pyrrhus in Italy and the wars between Romans and Greeks.
4) Variety of historical starts. From an early Roman Republic to the Civil Wars and the foundation of the Roman Empire. Yeah!
5) Awesome music. That may sound stupid, but have a look at YouTube... Yeah, you're welcome.
6) Don't know if it's the way the AI works, but a huge advantage of the game is that factions like Rome, Carthage, Seleucids, Egypt, Macedon and Pontus actually grow up. So, a player gets to experience the "anxiety" of fighting Rome in Magna Graecia or Carthage in Africa. If you're a TWR2 player, you'll see a huge difference. Factions like the Illyrians don't consume Empires in no time, like in Rome 2. You hear that CA?

I don't guarantee that it'll be an unforgetable experience, but it's a nice, fun game to play, balanced enough for its kind.
Have fun! God keep you all safe.
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35 of 40 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
31.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 30, 2013
I first started off playing startegy games using hex games, then with my first computer when I played a demo of CIv 1 for the Atari STE. Since then I have played most of the TW series. Especially countless hours on Rome Total War especially modded and yes I like Rome 2 with mods.

Recently this year I have started to get into the Paradox titles starting with Crusader Kings 1.

I therefore recomend Europa Universalis: Rome - Gold Edition very much.

It's Ironic to think that this game has content that the recently released Rome 2 hasn't. Ok it hasn't real time battles as a TW title but I haven't missed it in this game. The depth that is lacking in the former is in Europa Universalis: Rome - Gold Edition
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32 of 39 people (82%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
48.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 20, 2015
Magnificent little spin off during the Classical Era. I hope Paradox considers making a Rome 2.
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31 of 38 people (82%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
23.6 hrs on record
Posted: April 15, 2014
Owning this and comparing it to the other Europa Universlais games, this one is not as in depth... to me at least. For example, you can choose a emmissary to send to an enemy country to declare war on them, which is good to eliminate bad apples in the family because they are usually killed the the enmy country. But unlike in EU3 and EU4, you can't have cabinet members that give your country bonuses ( trade does that, but it's not as interesting). But I do like this more than the other games because:

1. It's a longer game than EU3. I don't know about EU4 because I haven't ever played it.

2. The time setting is much more interesting to me than EU3 and EU4.

3. Altough this game looses some features, it also gains ones. For example, the troops in your army can become more loyal to their general than their country. This means if that general has loyal units and decides to start a civil war, you have a problem. But it is not all bad, because the generals pay their troops instead of you so you get more money.

Overall, It is a great game and should be bought by Europa Universalis fans. 8/10
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14 of 16 people (88%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
22.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 26, 2015
I love this game, by far the best Roman game around. The rotateable/tiltable map is the best map Paradox have ever done in any of their games I dont know why they havent do it since. And the mechanics in this game are amazing - its all in here. And the colours are lovely and bright unlike some of their later games (HOI3 I mean you). Ok the city view is rope, the sprites are not great by modern standards, some of the faces look a bit daft, but the fact there are family characters in this game, like appeared in CK2, makes it very interesting. I would probably have to say overall this game is second only to Crusader Kings 2 in terms of immersion. I so prefer Victoria 2's time period mind. But unlike Viictoria 2 the whole world is up for grabs in this game, much like in CK2. You are spoiled for choice in terms of expansion possibiltiies.

Definitely recommended if you can get past the rather dated graphics, although these still stand up quite well thanks to the lovely map and superb interface.
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15 of 19 people (79%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 20, 2014
Strangely addicting strategy game. Very similar to normal EU, but it incorporates ancient culture.
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25 of 38 people (66%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 20, 2013
I haven't come to know how to play these games yet, but the soundtrack for this game is downright fantastic, and worth clicking things while not really accomplishing anything just to be able to listen to it.
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14 of 18 people (78%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
14.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 13, 2014
Its fun to play, but beware...Those civil wars can be quite annoying.
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12.7 hrs
Posted: October 24
The game is excelent, however, it constantly crashes. Despite installing patches, running on compatibility mode, etc., playing is impossible if you lose your progress every few years.
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15.8 hrs
Posted: September 4
it is a cheap fun game, although it can be fustrting at time.
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1.8 hrs
Posted: August 29
Great Game. They need to upgrade it to the IV game, or maybee develope a EU game just for the ancient world!
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23.0 hrs
Posted: June 25
My favourite Paradox Grand Strategy Game.

You have perfect mix of Politics and Management of Europa Universalis III and Intrigue and diplomacy of characters like in Crusader Kings + you have pops like in Vicky.
Everything in good taste yet not too much.
It has reasonable price, has one decent expansion. Finished game with no DLC madness going on.
And it runs even on older machines.

I only hope they would make cards and badges for this one too. :(
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4.3 hrs
Posted: May 31
Product received for free
goog game
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7.8 hrs
Posted: May 24
If you love the repubic of rome buy this game
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12.2 hrs
Posted: May 17
Not a bad game, not a great game. There map is weirdly empty and there's not much to do unless you're playing one of the big empires. Could have used features to make it more lively, but I guess they're bound by a legitimate lack of historical sources about much of the world at that point in time.
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60.3 hrs
Posted: May 7
This paradox tittle is very good and I think that's why the community want so hard for Paradox to make a sucessor for it...
It's based on the Europa III engine which is not actually outdaded but the new ones superseeded it in every way.

But assume just because it's old it's not good... Noooo it offers a very unique type of playstyle from the paradox games titles, and it is unique in it's timeline.

Also it has 3 very good enhancing mods... a quick google search can help you wonders.

I still enjoy this game, as I do every Paradox title...

Overall Score: 7/10
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12.8 hrs
Posted: March 8
Crashes all the time.
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