Metascore
86

Generally favorable reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. The single best strategy game released since "Civilization II" (and perhaps even the original "Civilization.")
  2. Elegant, complex, and beautiful, Europa Universalis is a class act all the way, and is certainly worthy of being considered one of the strategic greats of our time.
  3. 90
    This is a huge game. I've been playing it for weeks now and am only now just getting an idea of what's possible.
  4. 90
    It will reward the more dedicated gamer many times over.
  5. Those that invest the time it takes to learn all of this game's subtleties will be rewarded with a rich and engrossing gaming experience.
  6. If you like your strategy games historical, complex, and deeply stimulating, Europa Universalis is more than a mouthful.
  7. GamePower
    88
    Make no mistake about it, Europa Universalis offers an extremely deep yet eminently enjoyable look at world history in the wake of the New World's discovery…It's one of the most engrossing global strategy games to come out since Sid Meier's "Civilization."
  8. Once you get past the initial shock of how big and occasionally unwieldy the game is, you'll find that the detailed mechanics work to produce an unparalleled level of depth.
  9. If you have no suicidal tendencies, you better never play Europa Universalis on your own; always have a friend at your side to turn off your computer when he notices you haven't had any food, water nor sleep for several days.
  10. The game is complicated, and the combat is uninspired, but overall the experience is a positive one. Plus, it makes a great way to study for a history test.
  11. The military model is the most simplistic with limited troop options and strategies. As war-gaming, it's barely more complex than "Civ II."
User Score
7.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 34 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 34
  2. Negative: 4 out of 34
  1. May 13, 2017
    0
    This game is really fun, and has aged pretty well! I recommend that you start playing this game now. Not quite as good as Europa UniversalisThis game is really fun, and has aged pretty well! I recommend that you start playing this game now. Not quite as good as Europa Universalis IV, but definitely worth your time and money. Full Review »
  2. Mar 9, 2013
    8
    For me, this is what started my admiration for Paradox Games. However I would recommend Europa Universalis II over this one. EU2 is very muchFor me, this is what started my admiration for Paradox Games. However I would recommend Europa Universalis II over this one. EU2 is very much the same game, but with a lot of improvements. Full Review »
  3. A.D.
    Apr 4, 2004
    8
    All right.