If you are into a game where you can manage a country or you want a nice game to kick off your addiction to Paradox games, this is the game for you, yes it is a rather old game and I hear you say "...Why not get the newer version" well my young apprentices I believe that the newer EU & most newer paradox games are more complex (of sorts) and this is an excellent game in order to get use to these types of games, the idea is simple yet effective and I enjoyed this game 110%. The music is great but to be honest I normally play with the music off but it was still lovely to listen to when I first heard it, the game runs perfectly on my desktop and I also tested it on my old rubbish laptop which has been in a cupboard since 2008 and it runs perfect on that too so if you have an old desktop/laptop this game is fine. As far as a story goes the story is... well you make the story, you pave your countries future although main timeline events do happen and you cannot change that you can effect the events.
Graphics - Good (for the style of game & age)
Gameplay - Does the job perfectly.
Story - The story is whatever you make it.
Music - Lovely.
Mechanics - Does the job perfectly.
Overall - I'd give this game a solid 7/10 edging to an 8.