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  • Summary: From the medieval battles of Jeanne D'Arc to the fantastic empires of the Incas to the flaming wars of Napoleon, EU II invites you to take the seat as the ruler of a superpower for 400 epic years. The challenge begins in 1419 - the 100 years war between France and England - and ends with the rise and eventual fall of one of Europe's greatest strategists, Napoleon. Take on the role of the Colonizing Might of Spain, the feudal warlords of Samurai Japan as well as the small trading nation of Genoa. [Strategy First] Expand
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  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
    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.
  3. 90
    If you're at all interested in history or empire-building games, you owe it to yourself to play this game.
  4. True, the learning curve is Himalayan, but once I got sucked in, my love of strat games was instantly rekindled. [Feb 2002, p.73]
  5. 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.
  6. An intriguing challenge, and one of the better civilization games to emerge this year.
  7. 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.

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  1. BocheL.
    Jul 16, 2003
    Probably the best strategic game ever made. Amazing, awesome and i can´t stop playing it over nights...
  2. [Anonymous]
    Jul 17, 2002
    Amazing depth.
  3. 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. Expand
  4. BryanV.
    Nov 21, 2003
    Just one of my all time favourites!
  5. 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. Collapse
  6. 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.
  7. AliE.
    Mar 9, 2002
    Sure it is excellent but sometimes it's hard to understand some economic developing and shortening.

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