Europa Universalis II
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"the most engaging serious strategy games of the year." - Gamespot.com
"if you're at all interested in history or empire-building games, you owe it to yourself to play this game" - IGN.com
Europa Universalis II invites you to a global struggle for supremacy from the dark times of Jeanne D'Arc to the flaming wars of Napoleon. As the leader of a country you have to guide domestic and foreign policies. Engage in religious struggles, set up expeditions to claim the New World, lead your country to prosperity and victory. Send your Privateers to roam the seven seas, muster mercenaries to bolster your defences, and send missionaries to convert infidels to your State Religion. Interact with true historical events and persons to determine which path your nation will take in the game. The new game includes an elaborate and expanded system for diplomacy, trade, military might and development. It also includes new graphics, music, sound, manual and a new tutorial system to lower the learning curve.
- Europa Universalis II features more than 180 countries and the jewel of Europa Universalis II is the Grand Campaign starting in 1419 and ending in 1820.
- Extended bargaining power in war and peace. You can now strike trade agreements, crave military access or persuade your neighbour to commit to neutrality.
- The possibility to demand or offer any combination of provinces, gold and diplomatic agreements as a result of peace.
- Europa Universalis II expands history's greatest cause of war "Religion", introducing Hinduism, Confucianism and Buddhism.
- A brand new event engine that produces historical, random and special events. The event engine is designed to let the player create his own events making it very fun to build scenarios. Many of the events have multiple choices.
Build an empire and then watch as it rebels against youmidgetjacks | Oct. 4, 2014 | See all midgetjacks's reviews »
This was my first introduction to the Europa Universalis series. I had no idea what I was doing, but I was never not going to pass on some casus belli. So my empire gets bigger, which prompts more nations to cause trouble. So I get some more casus belli, get some more territory. This process continues until everyone on my borders hates me, and everyone within my borders hates me. Then it all falls apart.
I've got a soft spot for games of this type, which probably explains why I own the following two titles, and a bunch of other Paradox stuff. This game is still fun, but the newer ones have made improvements that make this one harder to choose. But it's still a great entry point if you're curious about this series but don't want to spend much.
One of my favorites only some issuesconscript900 | May 10, 2014 | See all conscript900's reviews »
I loved this game for many years the only problem is i either get no audio or flickering screens and cant seem to find anyone who knows how to contact sanyone to fix it. still great game just be careful as you might find it lkackling badly.
A grand strategy.Zakofficial | Sept. 19, 2013 | See all Zakofficial's reviews »
After completed each tutorial, and having a few hours of game-play; I still knew nary a thing of what I was meant to be doing. This game may appear to be complex in the first time you would play it, although after playing it for a while; I've became very acquainted with it. I've led France to destroy most of England, and I've led Austria to its unfortunate downfall.
I reckon it would be most difficult to find a better game series for such historical accuracy and detailed empire management, not even my favourite series "Civilization" can compare to this. Notwithstanding, there are some controlled parts of the game wherein you cannot change; for example: as France, I was not able to colonise all of Australia; just the southernmost regions. This is awfully frustrating at times, especially if you want to conquer most of the world, yet it is understandable; it is meant for historical accuracy.
And to summarise: I think that this game is well worth its price; I'm pleased with my purchase. I haven't looked at modifications to the game yet; I'll do that some time soon.
Excellent Game!Angelos79 | Sept. 14, 2013 | See all Angelos79's reviews »
The last "simple" installment in the EU series, before it went too complex. Obviously EU3 and 4 have many mechanisms that are still absent here, but this is the last title simple enough to allow fast entry to this way of gaming, while being immensely improved from its predecessor. It is a necessary into for all those new to the series and really enjoyable!
An old one with memorable gameplaybala1201 | Sept. 11, 2013 | See all bala1201's reviews »
Among other features the most important thing this game can give you is freedom of gameplay. You can build up your empire as you like it and a lot of options help you personalise it, like religion, diplomacy with neighbours, trade, military. You can even discover the New World.