Europa Universalis III Complete includes the original Europa Universalis III as well as the expansions In Nomine and Napoleons Ambition Europa Universalis III delves deeply into the areas of exploration, trade, warfare and diplomacy.
User reviews: Very Positive (668 reviews)
Release Date: Jan 23, 2007

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Includes 12 items: Europa Universalis III Complete, Europa Universalis III Music of the World, Europa Universalis III: Absolutism SpritePack, Europa Universalis III: Divine Wind, Europa Universalis III: Eastern - AD 1400 Spritepack, Europa Universalis III: Enlightenment SpritePack, Europa Universalis III: Heir to the Throne, Europa Universalis III: Medieval SpritePack, Europa Universalis III: Reformation SpritePack, Europa Universalis III: Revolution II Unit Pack, Europa Universalis III: Revolution SpritePack, Europa Universalis III: Western - AD 1400 Spritepack

 

Recommended By Curators

"Hardcore historical strategy geeks, this game is for you. Be warned, though: this game does not do any hand-holding."
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Reviews

“"If sweeping strategy games with multiple layers of complex decisions have turned you off before, this is the perfect opportunity to find out what enthusiasts love about them."”
8.7 – Gamespot

About This Game

Europa Universalis III Complete includes the original Europa Universalis III as well as the expansions In Nomine and Napoleons Ambition
Europa Universalis III delves deeply into the areas of exploration, trade, warfare and diplomacy. This epic strategy game lets players take control of a nation and guide it through the ages to become a great global empire. Unparalleled in its depth and historical accuracy, Europa Universalis III gives the player unprecedented freedom in how they choose to rule their nation from an impressive choice of over 250 historically accurate countries.
  • Players can enjoy over 300 years of game play by starting at ANY date between 1453 and 1820.
  • Nation building is flexible: decide your own form of government, the structure of your society, trade politics and much more. The possibilities are endless.
  • The great people and personalities of the past are on hand to support you. Take history in your hands and call personalities like Sir Isaac Newton, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart or René Descartes to your court.
  • A lush topographic map in full 3D allows for a rich and complete world view, and contains more than 1700 provinces and sea zones.
  • Lead any one of more than 250 countries that originally existed during the game's extensive time span.
  • Have more than a thousand historical leaders and over 4000 historical Monarchs at your disposal.
  • Manage more than 100 individual unit troops to secure as much power as possible.
  • Co-operative multiplayer mode allows several players to work together to control a single nation.
  • Customize your game: Europa Universalis III gives you the chance to customizeand mod practically anything your heart may desire. Join the constantly growing and incredibly talented Paradox modding community!
 
In Nomine includes the following features:
  • New Missions Countries will now have specific missions tied to actual historical events which players may complete for bonuses. Players are not required to complete these missions; however, these features will give players who want defined goals a more structured path.
  • New Decision System World leaders will now have a better overview of the decisions needed to shape the future of their country. They will also have expanded control over the future of their countries on both the provincial and national level.
  • Rebels with a Cause Rebels with specific goals and abilities will rise to challenge players every step of the way. These 'rebels with a cause' will all have their own unique grievances and can be negotiated with or completely eradicated, at the player's discretion.
  • Religious Tolerance Religious tolerance now depends on the ideas and decisions taken by world leaders, adding a new layer of strategy. Political and religious dissidents can be handled in a number of effective ways, from excommunicating wayward rulers to organizing crusades.
 
Features included in Napoleon's Ambition:
  • Expanded Timeline The expanded timeline includes new content such as new leaders, rulers, advisor wars, countries and national ideas as well as dozens of new units for more tactical choices.
  • Historical Options With hundreds of new events, players will be able to see their rulers, leaders and advisors appear on accurate historical dates.
  • Improved Interface The new trading mode for the map displays all goods that will be produced in each respective province, including the value of the goods. This means the ledger will have more pages, including information about colonies and leaders.
  • Enhanced Trading System The new trading system will let players to automatically send merchants to specific trading centers. Players can choose the trading centers they most want to focus on, and the game will automatically take care of the necessary trading actions. This system also includes a new rule for overseas trade where players will have to use war or diplomacy to give merchants access markets.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
    • OS: Windows® 2000 (with Service pack 1 or higher) or Windows® XP (Home/Professional/Media Edition) with Service Pack 2, or later Windows versions.
    • Processor: 1.9GHz Intel Pentium 4 or AMD Athlon processor or equivalent
    • Memory: 512MB RAM (1.0GB RAM is highly recommended)
    • Graphics: 128MB Video Card with Hardware T&L and support for Pixelshader 2.0 or better
    • DirectX Version: DirectX9.0c
    • Hard Drive: At least 1GB of free hard drive space to accommodate game files and saved games. This does not include any space used by the Windows® swap file.
    • Sound: DirectX7 compatible sound card
    • OS: OS X version Leopard 10.5.8, Snow Leopard 10.6.3, or later.
    • Processor: Intel or PPC G5
    • Memory: 64 MB VRAM, 512 MB RAM
    • Hard Disk Space: 700 MB hard disk space
    • Video Card: GeForce 5200, Radeon 9600 or GMA950
    • Internet: Broadband connection for Internet play
    • Registration: Internet connection for registration
Helpful customer reviews
8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
73.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 28
Highly recommended game, absolutely worth the money, got it a couple of days ago and ive been playing it nonstop! dont be detered by the somewhat crappy tutorial, the game explains itself as you play (after a few restarts ;) ) the only bad points i can come up with are that at high game speed the pop ups can occasionally become somewhat overwhelming and you end up missing stuff, but this is to easily fixed by just playing at a lower speed anyway. i was extremely impressed by the sheer amount of different available starting nations, from Scotland to The Golden Horde (and everywhere inbetween) and also by the fact that you can pick your starting date to the exact day, of the exact year that you want, anywhere inbetween 1399 and 1820, with historical events that happened at that time irl, shaping the world in game, allowing you to reshape world history however you want. in addition to that the game includes an extremely indepth system of government, which you can tweak however you want, as long as you dont mind the instabily and revolts that may follow if you try to change your policies too rapidly, or you overtake a province not used to your tyrannical, ironfisted rule. I could go on but id much rather you just scrolled up and bought the game so you can experience it for yourself. What are you waiting for? The world isnt going to rule itself....
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
270.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
Simply excellent, from breadth to depth.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
31.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 30
BUY THIS GAME
It has so many good features with it.
and if the vanilla game isnt enough there are tons of mods that add ALOT!

the game is kinda slow and can be boring if you dont know what your doing.
and it is very time consuming to achieve anything. but if you can get past that then its extremely fun.

8/10 should buy
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
52.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 30
They laughed at my Ansbach.


I laughed at their corpses.



Not really......
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
36.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 5
It's not that exciting, but oddly it's extremelly addicting. I mean when you realize it you've been playing it for 5h non-stop. It's that good, has some deep mechanics, and not easy at all.

Its engine is amazing. With that I don't mean graphics or what not, but the historical simulation aspect. If you leave things be, everything mostly turns out like in the real world, but trying to change the natural course of history is very cool.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
114.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 16
In truth I played this 300+ hours more then what it says on here. I think that says enough, considering you will read the games description.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 26
I have 3 hours logged, and I acheived absolutely nothing.
This is possibly the most complicated game I've ever come across, if you want to sit back, relax and have a good, care-free time - this IS NOT the game for you. If however, you want to be lurched over, pulling your hair out about the fact that everyone in your kingdom hates you, france hates you, spain hates you, scotland and ireland hate you but the Dutch for some reason love you, then this is the game for you.

I've already figured out that it's going to take me atleast another 6-8 hours of game time to figure out what I'm actually doing and once I've done that I know that this will be an exeptional game and take up many hours of my life.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
12.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 20
An Enlightened balance of depth and accessibility that brings grand strategy into a new era.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
83.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 7
If you like strategy, and can't afford Europa Universalis IV, this is the game for you!
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0 of 2 people (0%) found this review helpful
70.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
really cool game if you're into complex strategy
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0 of 2 people (0%) found this review helpful
15.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 20
I give this a negative simply because of misleading title.
It is far from "complete"
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1 of 10 people (10%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 14
wtf why did irony buy this for me
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0 of 13 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 12
Picked England
Increased Navy funding and production
Economy crashed
11/10 would follow history again.
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0 of 29 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
Terrible graphics, tutorial is painfully slow. I don't understand what everyone likes about this game.
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0 of 38 people (0%) found this review helpful
53.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 31
sucks balls
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56.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 4
The main value of this game is first unlocked with the Expansion packs Heir to the Throne, and the Divine Wind, which is what i will be giving a review of.

The game's graphics are average, nothing fancy here...

However, for replayability, it is almost impossible to run out of countries to play, from the Americas to Asia, and from Africa to Scandinavia. There are more than 250 countries to play as through history, from Napoleon's France, to the (I think Qing Dynasty??) In China. The map also has more than 300 provinces to capture and rule.

Story-wise: You make your own story, for your chosen country, say you're Norway, can you break free from the claws of Denmark and re-establish your former glory? Or Brandenburg, who is struggling with being part of a "Personal union" with Luxembourg. etc.

Aside from that, there's little events that pop up at random points during gameplay. This can be lots of things, from a meteor sighting (Those are nasty) to gaining a free advisor!

So if you fancy gameplay over graphics, then this is probably a game for you!
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18 of 24 people (75%) found this review helpful
290.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 15
Who needs a life when you can play this all day?
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
150.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 27
If your a history fan you will love this game, the accuracy of places and events is astounding, especially considering the detail taken in even most obscure and shortlived cultures and nations. Also the great freedom to create your own alternate history to your likeing is wonderful. You will lose hours in a single sit down. Definately amazing. The franchise has grown leaps and bounds since the previous installment. If your computer can handle it i would recommend Europa UNiversalis IV. As it contains more features better graphics and a much more realistic, to scale, and detailed world map with more provinces.
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
12.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 14
Basically a translation from "one more turn" to "just a few more minutes", but also so much more. Don't get put down if you don't get it on the first try, it's not like any other strategy game out there, and that's why you're going to love it if you hang in there and learn how to play it.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
199.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 3
If you're interested at all in grand strategy games, you should definitely play something from the EU series. EU3 itself is mature and full of content; I still prefer it to EU4 for single player sessions, though the new EU4 expansion, the Art of War, may just change that.
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