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Monday, April 9, 2007

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Europa Universalis III Examined
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Boomtown recently posted a review of the PC version of Europa Universalis III, the latest in the series from Paradox. The strategy game of warfare, diplomacy, and trade allows players to take charge of nations in the time period spanning the fall of Constantinople in 1453 to the French Revolution in 1789. Boomtown gave the game a score of 8 out of 10.

The fundamental change in Europa Universalis 3 is the game’s new interface. It has undergone a major overhaul, especially limiting the pop-up hell from the previous games. The menu system still makes it unbelievably easy to get access to information and details in a second, but its more in the background now. On the other hand the actual game and the world map is now in more focus, something the community around the game has been asking for in a long time.

Some graphical changes have been made too, making units and landscapes look more alive and detailed. Newcomers even have access to some pretty neat tutorials; obviously this has been an area of the game where Paradox has wanted to improve. They offer an introduction to the fundamental aspects of the game and fits well into the new interface. The game is very friendly towards new players, but is still as complex as before. You will have to experiment with many different strategies to achieve success in the three main areas of the game. That is why Europa Universalis 3 is a game with endless durability.

It is immensely hard to let go once you understand the game and its concept. Contrary to other games you don’t lose the game by picking an ineffective tactic or making mistakes. You just get another experience. In every game the small choices influence the outcome in the long run. This ensures a lot of variation each time you play. You can, so to say, continue playing infinitely without losing entertainment value. You can even play online with up to 32 players – even though it sounds chaotic – where you can have even more fun with human intelligence from your opponent – good or bad.
The Mac version of Europa Universalis III was recently announced by Virtual Programming and should be available sometime this Spring.

Follow the links below to read the rest of the review.

Boomtown: Europa Universalis III Review
Virtual Programming
Europa Universalis III
Buy Europa Universalis III

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