Generally favorable reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 11
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 11
  3. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. My current favorite for top strategy game of the year. It's more playable than the original and there is a wealth of new options that increases replayability by a factor of ten.
  2. 90
    If you're at all interested in history or empire-building games, you owe it to yourself to play this game.
  3. 90
    For those willing to take on the still-steep learning curve, however, and for whom diplomacy is more than just trading Ironworking for The Wheel, EU II is possibly the best historical strategy game there is.
  4. It manages to maintain a consistent level of sophistication and high complexity without sacrificing what really makes strategy games fun.
  5. Fun and engrossing, an experience to remember. [Apr 2002, p.100]
  6. True, the learning curve is Himalayan, but once I got sucked in, my love of strat games was instantly rekindled. [Feb 2002, p.73]
  7. Although the new game doesn't represent the jump in production values that some might have hoped for, the gameplay changes should give fans of the first game plenty to work with.
  8. An intriguing challenge, and one of the better civilization games to emerge this year.
  9. It would be a shame to pass up Europa Univeralis II over something flashier because the likelihood is that others just can’t compete with the combined epicness and fun of the game.
  10. One of the results of all the additional options is that Europa Universalis isn't as straight jacketed by history as it used to be.
  11. Since there's so much interesting information in the game, some drudgery and a lot of time spent reading statistically-based screens and news about what's happening in other parts of the world, your basic playability is bound to suffer.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 61 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 12
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 12
  3. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. AViewAM
    Nov 2, 2006
    This might be the best strategy game ever. Hopelessly addictive and highly detailed. My only regret is the lack of focus in Asia but methinks there's an expansion pack for that, if I recall correctly. Full Review »
  2. Mar 20, 2014
    This might be the game I've played more times in all my life.
    The first time you play it, when you start a game before have done the
    tutorials, everything seems to be really hard and somethings have no sense.
    I have been reading about this game, and I think, the important thing about this, is that the game is not an empire builder, instead it is an historic simulator in which you can try to play as a nation, and it is going to be easy to recreate the history, but it's going to be hard to change it, because there are lots of mechanisms made in order to avoid that.

    But the most important thing I want to say about the game is that it is really fun to play it. I have try some of its sucessors, but no one is so fun.
    Full Review »
  3. Jul 28, 2012
    Perhaps it's my personal fav of all time. For years, since I was a young boy, I'm playing this masterpiece. Complexity and great depth made it a milestone in the history of computer games. I believe that this game, along with EU1 had just changed the whole strategy games' industry. Full Review »