This is one hardcore game that should have those
of you who dig strategy titles drooling in anticipation. Spanning
300 plus years, Europa III is packed to the gills with options and
nations to control and fight with an interface that I personally
found extremely user friendly and easy enough to get into. This is a
refreshing change from needing a degree in order to even starting
some of these titles.
Taking place in real time, the game takes time to
get into however is very rewarding as you start to see how
everything fits into place. The amount of choices when you start the
game is your first notice of how good this is gonna be as you can
choose any nation that was in existence during the period of time
that the game covers being 1453 and 1792. So no matter how large or
small you want to start out, the game is here that supports just
For those who have not played before, the cool
thing about the game is that you donít have to destroy the galaxy
to win the game. Europa takes you where you want it to go. If you
want to just look after a small part of the world and make that your
gameplay experience, that is fine. If you want to go kick major
butt, you can do that too. Planning is essential for any offensive
that you are planning though so be sure you are ready for war if
that is your bag baby.
Decisions you make during the game will affect
your standing with other nations as well so diplomacy is key to
getting through everything in one piece. Your citizens will support
you as long as you are doing the right thing by them and other
nations; doing the wrong thing can actually spark internal civil
strife that will upset your external campaigns dealing with an
The look of the game is detailed and plays very
well. The user interface makes it possible to look after a lot all
at once without detriment to concentration as you struggle to find
out who is doing what and where. The way you can control things
quickly is with a set of sliders that you can toggle after a
prescribed period of time. These affect your policies both
internally and externally, potentially angering your people or of
course, making them happy with the decisions that you make.
If you take the time to explore all your options,
this is a game that is going to continually reward you for doing so.
Learn how to use your diplomats to either provoke or stop a war.
Send spies in to cause chaos in neighbouring nations, just make sure
they donít get caught as then everything backfires on you big time.
Add to all this gameplay which comprises many
many hours of fun, the game also supports quite a robust online
experience as well, with the ability to also take on your mates on a
local network, thus boosting the life of the game extensively.
Included on this collectors edition is a whole
swag of stuff including guides, soundtracks and everything else to
make this one compelling purchase so get off your butt and grab a
copy of this awesome game.