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.
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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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“"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
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Very Positive (1,021 reviews)
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tieio
( 11.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 13
I found this game unstable when I first bought it, it improved with patches but after time it was replaced by a far superior IV. I realize it is not much of a review to compare an older game to a newer one but this game never was stable for me. This was my experience.

This is my opinion and review, if you do not like it, that's too bad. Any unconstructive comments left here will be deleted.
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mrccgn
( 9.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 5
This game is utter garbage. Nothing works as you'd intitivitly think it should. Not worth the money.
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Ryfael
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 5
As someone said "If you don't mind playing a game where 50% of the time you are reading the wiki," well I do mind, so much for buying games on a whim, I'm stuck with this one. This isnt a game, its a calculator
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Sinum
( 26.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 1
I played as Sweden, created an alliance with Russia, Prussia, and Austria, declare war to conquer the danes, and WHAT HAPPENS?
Everyone fails to honor their alliance.
Moral of the story: Do not trust any country that ends with "A".
Next time Danes, next time.
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Miz
( 285.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 1
I honestly can\'t reccomend this game (and all it\'s DLC, which are MANDATORY) if you can get EU4 *AND* and it\'s DLC.

But,

There is some fun to be had here still. The biggest difference between this game and it\'s sequel is that you can quite easily play this game like \"Risk\" and just put your country in a near-continous state of war.

Is that a good historical simulation ? No, not really, but it can be quite fun to conquer the world as some minor regional country.

Also, there are some mechanical differences, which really aren\'t important unless you\'re playing the game in Multiplayer.

I will say, it\'s extremely hard to ever make a non-Western country defensible against a Western one. Even the Ottomons will regularly get taken apart by the 1700s due to the way military techonlogy progresses in this one.

The sequel is better, but it\'s expensive. If you can\'t afford EU4+DLC, just get this . It will be a fun diversion till you can upgrade.
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Ita Church
( 100.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 27
unifying Italy was such a challenge, but it totally worth it
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EastRomanEmperorImmortall
( 86.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 24
if you like old school Europa Universalis paradox games buy this its cheap....

Its a classic game that still kicks butt....

thats was my first steam game....
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airx3000
( 118.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 23
This game is so complicated that you are not able to enjoy it unless you read hundreds of tutorial on the web. The dictatiel are totally useless . Graphics and action is boring .... Lost of money
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Macenn
( 7.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 22
This is really a great game. It is complete as it is but if you want you can get those two expansions they made later as well. Not to mention all the mods made for it and the possibility to make your own.

Even the music is epic to say the least.
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Blitz2357
( 401.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 13
Product received for free
I consider this game to be a classic and a gem. If you are a person who loves to play really, really, REALLY involved strategy games, then you seriously need to consider getting this game. To be honest, "Divine Wind", which is the final expansion to the game Europa Universalis III, is the only version I know because when I got this game it had all of the expansions with it. However, I am sure that this review can still apply to the base game and other expansions.

The best way I can describe this game is that it is an open-ended grand strategy game, in which you set out to achieve whatever you want - there are no victory conditions and no end game objectives. The fact that you can play as ANY kingdom, principality, republic, etc. within the game's timeframe makes it even more amazing.

The amount of depth that goes into this game is unparalleled by any other game I've ever played. There is so much fine detail involved that I learn something new about how the game works almost every time I play. And that's saying something considering how long I've played. Every aspect of the game from economy, military, politics, religion, exploration, and so on, is very detailed and it all ties together rather nicely.

What makes this game great too is that it leads to epic unwritten stories that take unexpected twists and turns throughout the game. You will be amazed at how a once-proud and mighty country that is a serious rival and threat to you in the early game can end up being completely dismantled by either you or the other computer controlled nations. And when one menace falls, there always seems to be another even bigger and more threatening one that takes its place. And sometimes, this mid/late game menace started out as a puny nation that got very lucky and quietly took advantage of opportunities...only to end up being crushed by another country, such as yours. And no two campaigns are ever the same.

Over the course of the game, you will get hit by dozens of random events that occur. These events can range from beneficial like giving you claims on wealthy neighboring lands, to disastrous like a major rebellion in your country. Many of these events give you multiple options, which can lead to difficult decisions that have to be made.

And beware of neighboring rivals who will declare war on you and effectively kick you while you're down - something the AI LOVES to do to you. You will also notice that computer controlled nations like to form deep alliances, where even declaring war on a tiny nation could possibly lead to a war with half of Europe teammed up against you.

But all of these things are what make Europa Universalis III challenging and entertaining. Trying to figure out how to defeat great alliances, trying to manage your country's economy as you build a global empire, etc., all leads to a supreme sense of achievement at the end of a campaign. Whenever I finish a full campaign, I like to sit back and admire what I achieved, and consider what I could have done differently.

Now, this game is VERY demanding in terms of time and commitment. You need to set aside plenty of time to play this game in order to fully enjoy and appreciate playing it. You also need to have a lot of patience as this is a rather slow-paced game (for good reason though). And if you've never taken on a grand strategy game before (like me, before I played this game), then you will probably find that this game has a major learning curve. But I encourage you to persevere because it is well worth it.

Overall, words cannot describe how incredible Europa Universalis III is; it has to be experienced. If you have the time, patience, and most importantly, ambition, then you should seriously consider playing this game.
I rate this game at 10/10
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15 of 17 people (88%) found this review helpful
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Recommended
26.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 1
I played as Sweden, created an alliance with Russia, Prussia, and Austria, declare war to conquer the danes, and WHAT HAPPENS?
Everyone fails to honor their alliance.
Moral of the story: Do not trust any country that ends with "A".
Next time Danes, next time.
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174 of 215 people (81%) found this review helpful
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Recommended
18.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 27, 2015
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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80 of 89 people (90%) found this review helpful
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Recommended
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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84 of 96 people (88%) found this review helpful
77 people found this review funny
Recommended
83.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 11, 2015
I want to create a nation of peace and prosperity but some ♥♥♥♥♥♥ declares war on me, I destroy them, my infamy goes up. Another ♥♥♥♥♥♥ declares war on me, I destroy them too and my infamy goes up. Then another ♥♥♥♥♥♥ warns me not to go on any wars because my infamy is too high, then attacks me, I destroy them and my infamy goes up. And again and again.

I felt like the silent kid that sits at the back of the class and gets bullied all the time and when he finally gets fed up with the bullies he rips the balls of the bully and feeds them to the dogs of the neighborhood.

♥♥♥♥ you France, ♥♥♥♥ you Hungary, ♥♥♥♥ you Castille, ♥♥♥♥ you England and most importantly ♥♥♥♥ you Austria for declaring war on me even though I ♥♥♥♥ed the ♥♥♥♥ out of your country couple of times and still going on to the war with me with your last two remaining provinces.

Still the one of the best games in the grand strategy genre and this was only my last playthrough with Mecklenburg, I thinkhave 400 hours more in this game just not on Steam. I enjoyed very good campaigns with Mecklenburg (3 times after counting this last game) Utrecht, Milan, Denmark, Bradenburg, Luxembourg and Sweden.

I haven't played EU IV yet, but III is very good nonetheless.

P.S. Although they seem like an underdog, Mecklenburg is ♥♥♥♥ing great to play and the easiest nation to form German Nation.

P.S. France is too OP.
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102 of 124 people (82%) found this review helpful
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Recommended
290.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 15, 2014
Who needs a life when you can play this all day?
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61 of 68 people (90%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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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72 of 87 people (83%) found this review helpful
42 people found this review funny
Recommended
1,138.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 10, 2014
I played this game a bit and that's definately the best grand strategy game ever.
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59 of 80 people (74%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
340.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 23, 2015
Was a great game in its time, but occasionally a game will come out that just renders your old flame completely obsolete. Europa Universalis IV does that in a big way to EUIII, so while I am giving this the thumbs up on the basis that it was a solid game for its time, there is basically no reason to choose EUIII over EUIV.
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29 of 32 people (91%) found this review helpful
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Recommended
137.0 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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29 of 35 people (83%) found this review helpful
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Recommended
313.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 27, 2015
I really really like this game. Granted, I have no idea how to do 90% of the things you can do. I just like screwing over countries like france.
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