Metascore
61

Mixed or average reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 9
  2. Negative: 2 out of 9
  1. A port of a three-year old Swedish game called "Svea Rike III," a lighter precursor to the original "Europa Univsersalis" with weaker AI, sparse strategic options, and an unfriendly hotkey-heavy interface. [Dec 2003, p.95]
  2. From start to finish, it is a poorly conceived, ill-executed, and time-wasting piece of coasterware designed to suck money away from both fans of the much-lauded series and unsuspecting newcomers. [Nov 2003, p.138]
  3. This single campaign just isn’t worth 30 bucks. It would make for a fantastic mod, or even an official mini add-on for Paradox to shill online for a few bucks a download, but it isn’t enough to be the centerpiece of a full-fledged, standalone expansion.
  4. The one factor that I love about this type of game is that you can either let the time lapse as normal (although I don’t think this is best) or you can speed it up a little so the unexpected can creep up and surprise you.
  5. A vastly simplified game, and while some of the changes are for the better, as a stand-alone game, it doesn't offer enough challenge or variety.
  6. 82
    The gameplay is extremely fast paced, and while difficult to master at times, it does make for an extremely captivating experience.
  7. It's quick, simpler and more fluid game play.
  8. It will definitely provide many hours of addictive fun and entertainment, and getting both EU II and Crown of the North for one purchase price is well worth it. RTS fans that are action buffs may not be as hip on the politics side of the game.
  9. 65
    CotN isn't a bad game so much as it is a bland one, lacking distinguishing features.
User Score
6.7

Mixed or average reviews- based on 9 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 1 out of 1
  1. BrianM.
    Aug 10, 2003
    4
    As someone who has been addicted to EU & EU2 since the first one came out years ag, I am disappointed in Crowns. It is a step back from As someone who has been addicted to EU & EU2 since the first one came out years ag, I am disappointed in Crowns. It is a step back from EU2's vivid glimpse into a realm of scheaming aristocracy. What I enjoy most about Crowns are the EU2 new scenarios, but they are so flooded with bugs that I have played the first 15 min of Alternate Grand Campaigne 50 times and am unable to retrive saved data AND am consistently booted from the game! If we get some patches, it will still be worth the money. Full Review »