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8.7

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  1. May 27, 2011
    9
    Game from Europa Universalis series are definitely not for every one. but I love them They give you complex world with game rules that actually demand from you thinking. You cant just conquer every neighbor to get gigantic industrial capacity to build gigantic army and conquer even more. If you try that you're be hated by every nation and endless wars coming from this hate will destroyGame from Europa Universalis series are definitely not for every one. but I love them They give you complex world with game rules that actually demand from you thinking. You cant just conquer every neighbor to get gigantic industrial capacity to build gigantic army and conquer even more. If you try that you're be hated by every nation and endless wars coming from this hate will destroy even biggest empire - from inside coz of peasant riots, revolutions or independence uprisings. So clever politics is a must. This is actually first game that I played where after your crashing victory against one of your enemies if you're not modest in your demands and will be to greedy, you will actually in long-term destroy yourself. After playing this game I for the first time understood why European borders look this way as today - and why there is no 2-3 empires that divided whole continent between them eating every small nation on their way. And this kind of thinking is a must in every other game - From total War to Empire Galactica. Because her you can be involved in war, completely destroy your opponent and have opportunity to get most of his land, and you still demand from him nothing more than some money that would not even re compensate what you spent on an army for this campaign. Because if you would take his land or demand too much you would be crashed. For me EU3 is 9,0 game. I won't give 10 because i liked EU2 much more and not every change in EU3 was for better (alas a lot of them were) in my opinion. This expansion is nice - with all previous ones i would say this is 9,5 game now. Pure essence of strategy but definitely game not for every one, and casual players won't find anything here - only Total War with no tactical battles, but hundreds of tablets and diagrams that you need to check all the time Collapse
  2. Jun 1, 2011
    8
    Well, the new map layout looks pretty nice (Even if Europe looks always like a mess) and some nice additions there. Cascading alliances is pretty two-sided addition, because it makes little conquest missions to be almost World Wars.

    It doesn't add to game that much like the latest expansions, but it's still must-buy if you're Europa Universalis fan.
  3. Apr 13, 2012
    9
    This is one of the best strategy games of all time.. the multyplayer is AMAZING. I love this game.This game really gives a lot of satisfaction, especially if you play with small and challenging kingdoms.
  4. May 27, 2011
    0
    Game from Europa Universalis series are definitely not for every one. but I love them They give you complex world with game rules that actually demand from you thinking. You cant just conquer every neighbor to get gigantic industrial capacity to build gigantic army and conquer even more. If you try that you're be hated by every nation and endless wars coming from this hate will destroyGame from Europa Universalis series are definitely not for every one. but I love them They give you complex world with game rules that actually demand from you thinking. You cant just conquer every neighbor to get gigantic industrial capacity to build gigantic army and conquer even more. If you try that you're be hated by every nation and endless wars coming from this hate will destroy even biggest empire - from inside coz of peasant riots, revolutions or independence uprisings. So clever politics is a must. This is actually first game that I played where after your crashing victory against one of your enemies if you're not modest in your demands and will be to greedy, you will actually in long-term destroy yourself. After playing this game I for the first time understood why European borders look this way as today - and why there is no 2-3 empires that divided whole continent between them eating every small nation on their way. And this kind of thinking is a must in every other game - From total War to Empire Galactica. Because her you can be involved in war, completely destroy your opponent and have opportunity to get most of his land, and you still demand from him nothing more than some money that would not even re compensate what you spent on an army for this campaign. Because if you would take his land or demand too much you would be crashed. For me EU3 is 9,0 game. I won't give 10 because i liked EU2 much more and not every change in EU3 was for better (alas a lot of them were) in my opinion. This expansion is nice - with all previous ones i would say this is 9,5 game now. Pure essence of strategy but definitely game not for every one, and casual players won't find anything here - only Total War with no tactical battles, but hundreds of tablets and diagrams that you need to check all the time Collapse

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Metascore
71

Mixed or average reviews - based on 9 Critics

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  1. PC Games (Russia)
    Mar 21, 2011
    80
    Another circuit in the series' evolution. Thankfully, on the right trajectory. [Feb 2011, p.117]
  2. Mar 9, 2011
    80
    Surely, strategists will appreciate this brand new and polished expansion!
  3. PC Gamer
    Feb 26, 2011
    69
    A handful of changes don't go far enough to differentiate East from West. [April 2011, p.77]