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 (813 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


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

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
79 of 95 people (83%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
18.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 27
Misleading title: expected to be able to build an empire of pikemen and farmers on Jupiter's moon Europa but the game's setting is apparently stuck on Earth with no options for a 14th century space program because the Pope says it is heresy.

I would still recommend anyway if you're into petty earthly conflicts.
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61 of 75 people (81%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1,138.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 10, 2014
I played this game a bit and that's definately best grand strategy game ever.
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18 of 24 people (75%) found this review helpful
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 6, 2014
I know there is EU4 but this is still gold.
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32 of 52 people (62%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
208.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 8
>Playing as Sweden gonna rek some Danish smørrebrøds.
>Break free of Danish rule
>After many decades and wars form Scandinavia
>Get a boner
>What have I become
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8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
14.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 2
Much better than the new EUIV. This version feels less "gamey" and more like a history simulator with a living, breathing world coded in. That makes the learning curve a bit steeper, but accomplishments seem all the more grand. The graphics are a bit dated, however I see this as a plus as even the cheapest of laptops can run the full experience. I cannot recommend this game highly enough!
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19 of 32 people (59%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
19.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 8, 2014
Conquered the world as a forgotten nation in the middle of Bufu Egypt. Infamy limit is still capped. 1337/1066
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
30.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 17
Empire Total War looks nice and has real time battles but EU 3 is a far better game in terms of diplomacy, war, empire management such like. Make sure you get all the expansions as EU 3 Complete isn't complete. It misses the last couple of expansions Heir to the Throne and Divine Wind which make a big differrance to the game. This was included in EU 3 Chronicles. So remember this if you have also played the demo which didn't include these.

I've barely covered what is contained in this game in terms of the hours I've played so far and the content but surfice to say this is quite comprehensive. I don't feel the need to get EU4 anytime soon. I also recomend For The Glory which is an improved version of EU2
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
82.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 18, 2014
One of my provinces had a population of 2'000. After I spent some years in war and my empire crumbled from war exhaustion, the same province assembled a rebel army of 15'000 soldiers.

11/10 will rebel again :D
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
51.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 21
I simply love this game, I made Steam account only to activate free key I got from Paradox. I used to play this at friends house. I spent hours there till their parents almost banned me to be friends with their son :)

EUIII with last addon is extremely complex game, offering you many challenges and allowing you to make your own decisions, define your own terms of victory. Do you want to conquer world? Dominate the Holy Roman Empire? Spread Orthodox beliefs? Restore the almighty Byzantine Empire starting with 2 provinces against mighty Turk? (My favorite :)) Or just form a super-rich Trade league? Or conquer Europe as Japan?

All of this in one game spanning centuries in past. Playing from 1399-1820 takes about 30 hours. Are you up to the challenge?
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
9.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 25
Do you know of the great Swahili Empire? Starting in 1399, The Swahili Sunnis rapidly expanded along western Africa, by 1430 they had taken Ethopia, Mutapa, and Adan along with smaller provinces. They bid their time, eyeing to make the Hajj to Kabba in Mecca, but under a different set of circumstances. They struck in the early 1500s, after a series of insults and casus belli was declared. The Swahili Empire soon spread to the far reaches of Morrocco and Algiers to standing at Byzantines Walls and along the Caspian Sea. Rather than foolhardedly attacking Europe and risking another crusade, The Swahili's played a defensive war along the European front, instead focusing on the east. Soon the Swahili's, after many years of consolidating the Muslim world, the conquest of India and South East Asia in the 1600s, turned their eyes to Europe. They broke through Southern Russia in an attempt to avoid upsetting the Catholics hoping they wouldn't give two ♥♥♥♥♥ about the Orthodox heathens, Alas! Most of Europe declared war upon the Swahilis, After a series of mishaps and severe losses on the battlefield. The Swahili was swept back to present day Turkey by about 1760s. India at this point also had several intense rebellions, and along with a huge blow to prestige the Swahili Empire crumbled and peasent rebellions littered the middle east. By the time the Swahili Empire had subdued and put to rest the rebellions. It stood at about 1850s Ad. By this time France Had been on the warpath in Europe. England, Italy and Spain lay as their vassals, and Austria, Poland, Russia were breathing their last breath. By the time the Swahili Empire had started to move their troops to Granada and Turkey France moved like a tank powered by a jet engine. First Granada, then Morrocco and Turkey. France then cut a swath south torward Yemen cutting the Swahili Empire in two. The Indians rebelled and soon were occupied by France. By 1950 the Swahili Empire was no more, and France lay as Supreme empire occupying most of the three continents.

Never Invade Russia in winter...or ever.
♥♥♥♥ France....just ♥♥♥♥ it.
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4 of 7 people (57%) found this review helpful
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 26, 2014
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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10 of 19 people (53%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 1
The game is great, i torrented it a long time ago with all dlc's and i had a great time playing it. so i decided to buy it, to support the Paradox Interactive.
Be careful and not get tricked by the word "complete", when i was buying this game it did not offered me to buy any DLCs as it always happens. There were no "Europa Universalis III Collection" choice which you can see above, It just had one choice - to buy the complete version, and guess what? It turned out that "Complete", doesn't mean that it has all DLC's included, so i got a ♥♥♥♥♥♥ vanilla version that came out like a hundred years ago and it's almost impossible to play it after you played the Divine World DLC.
So please, watch out and not get tricked like i did. And the game is great by the way, but only with all DLCs.
Hopefully i will not get ♥♥♥♥ed up when i will decide to buy Europa Universalis IV or Crusader Kings II
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 26
*This review is about EUIII Collection(Including DW)

EUIII was my first Grand Strategy game(not steam version though), and the gateway drug that introduced me to other Paradox drugs. It lacks lots of clean intefaces of EUIV, however possesses great potential of becoming a more addictive drug with mods. In addition, the map graphic of EUIII makes player to feel the real atmosphere of medieval-early modern period.
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71 of 80 people (89%) found this review helpful
1,852.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 30, 2013
First off, this game is very complex and takes some time to truly understand how it works. In the end I have to say it is one of my fav games of all time. Yes EU4 is out, I would recomend EU3 over EU4. I own both and 4 is great but its missing all the stuff thats in 3. This is one of the best strategy simulation games out there. If your into this I recomend this game.
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86 of 104 people (83%) found this review helpful
290.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 15, 2014
Who needs a life when you can play this all day?
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54 of 58 people (93%) found this review helpful
19.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 12, 2014
I know this applies to a very small population of Steam users, but for those of you who have Macs; don't buy this version. Europa Universalis 3 is amazing, but this version is far from being the "Complete" version. The App store sells the "Chronicles" version. "Chronicles" contains ALL of the expansions. If you want the full experience of Europa Universalis 3, buy "Chronicles" on the App store. Other than that I highly recommend EU3.
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29 of 31 people (94%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
89.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 28, 2014
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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25 of 30 people (83%) found this review helpful
234.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 25, 2013
I am seriously addicted to this game. For me this game took strategy to a whole new level, instead of being infantry tactics and generalized warfare it turns out to be just as much strategic in the economic, political and social point of view. You need to develop your nation to achieve your goals of domination either by: Amassing a unstopabble Army, Using your political influence to get strong nations to help you, or simply buying strong nations off from the roots of trade. This game taught me that you do not need to be the most large and sprawling nation to become an global dominating empire.
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21 of 25 people (84%) found this review helpful
107.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 11, 2013
One of the greatest grand strategy games around, EU3 takes a very strong stance as you fight and earn money for your nation. There are many different ways to advance your country's score along the leaderboards, with the economy, diplomacy, and tactical wars being chief among them. The learning curve is pretty steep in the beginning, but you'll be able to manage the economy and diplomacy fairly quickly. I haven't even mastered the combat yet, as it takes a very RNG approach to it. Even with huge numbers and a decent general, it is still possible to lose to less-equipped forces.

8/10. Some minor bugs and crashes aside, this was a quality title and I recommend it for anyone who wants to get into grandstrategy games.
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12 of 13 people (92%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
126.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 11, 2013

Yep, seems about right.
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