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 (639 reviews)
Release Date: Jan 23, 2007

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


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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

    • 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
4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
290.2 hrs on record
Who needs a life when you can play this all day?
Posted: October 15
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Crash to Desktop.
Posted: October 7
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0 of 2 people (0%) found this review helpful
5.2 hrs on record
GET EU4 or Crusader Kings 2, better games than this at this point.
Posted: September 26
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0 of 3 people (0%) found this review helpful
18.7 hrs on record
This game is like what Super Mario Bros. was to Super Mario 3. EU3 made the brand popular but EU4 plays better and is more enjoyable.

Not that EU4 is that much better. Just slightely.

Just get CK2 or EU4 instead of getting this old, unplayable mess of GUI horror.
Posted: September 29
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0 of 3 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Paid $3 for this game and still feels way too much, not good interface. Well I can go on all day about whats wrong with the game. Waste of time and money.
Posted: October 3
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198.9 hrs on record
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.
Posted: October 3
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64.6 hrs on record
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.
Posted: September 26
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41.9 hrs on record
One of the best strategie games out there I have around 800 hours.
Posted: September 24
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0.3 hrs on record
It's really irritating that I bought this through Steam only to find out the two most important dlc's aren't avaliable for Mac except through the Mac App Store. The ports for them exist so get it together Steam I'd like to be able to play multiplayer games.
Posted: October 3
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32.5 hrs on record
A fantastic strategy title. It's truly one of my favourite games. It has a great degree of depth, lots of history and dynamics and countless possiblities. I've decided to form Italy and conquer Greece as Venice and haven't been able to put the game down. Totally worth every cent.
Posted: October 6
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48 of 50 people (96%) found this review helpful
19.6 hrs on record
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.
Posted: May 12
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
150.1 hrs on record
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.
Posted: June 27
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
12.9 hrs on record
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.
Posted: June 14
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
390.7 hrs on record
I, first, played this game because it reminded of Civ V. I have been addicted to it ever since. It is much more complex than Civ V due to the openness of the gam, which is good. The AI is much more unpredictable than Civ V, which has it's disadvantages. I, once, declared war on Connaught, an Irish province, and the province-state requested the aid of Portugal and France... which they requested the aid from their allies. Pretty soon, I was engulfed in a war with over half of Europe.
Posted: May 28
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
19.0 hrs on record
Really awesome game, with huge impacts of different faiths and by far the best diplomacy engine of ANY rts.
Posted: June 12
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
46.0 hrs on record
I inherited Mecklenburg and failed to remove Kebab later on.
10/10 would try to remove again
Posted: July 19
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
53.3 hrs on record
Excellent game and with all the mods available, it surely still holds up against the latest paradox games.
Posted: April 30
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
50.5 hrs on record
Overly complex. In a good way.
Posted: June 25
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
246.4 hrs on record
Europa Universalis is amazing. The amount of depth and variety make for literally hundreds of hours of gameplay and I highly recommend it.
Posted: June 21
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
20.2 hrs on record
Historically acurate, deep enough and addicting.
But Steam version is not Windows 7 compatible. Trying to solve the issue for almost 4 hours and can't play it... It works fine on my other (Windows XP) computer though.
Posted: September 19
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