Metascore
87

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]
User Score
8.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 62 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
    10
    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 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
    10
    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
    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.
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  3. Jul 28, 2012
    10
    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 itPerhaps 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 »