Europa Universalis II
"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.
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.
Build an empire even on old computer!mahon | July 25, 2013 | See all mahon's reviews »
The second Europa Universalis was a big step foward from the previous incarnation of the game. Now it may seem a bit aged, and with easy access to Europa Universalis III and even collection versions including its expansions, you might think there's no use getting Europa Universalis II. But don't be tricked into this untrue assumption.
Europa Universalis II is simpler and thus easier to get into, and it will run well even on old computers, so if you have an old machine and would like to play one of the best grand strategy games, running anything from a little province to a huge empire on its path to word domination, Europa Universalis II may be the choice to go with. And even if your adventure with this great series started with Europa Universalis III, it may be good to check its conceptual parent to see where it came from.
One of the best paradox titlesrslancer | July 19, 2013 | See all rslancer's reviews »
This game is great. I really enjoyed this game. It has many different aspects: economy, warfare, research, building, trade, colonization. It kind of dabbles a bit in all. Overall it does well in all of them too. I especially enjoyed playing spain or england and colonizing the americas. The tradeing system is probably the weakest. It has a weird send your merchants to a market and over time they get outcompeted and thrown out and you have to keep doing it. Its kind of a hassle but could be worse. Definitely one of the best games I've played. Highly Recommend!