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Europa Universalis III Chronicles (PC CD)
- Play any historical nation between 1399 and 1820 to build your Empire through the use of exploration, trade, warfare and diplomacy.
- Highly detailed and interactive countries and cities allow you control over the development of your Empire.
- Co-operative multiplayer over LAN or Internet for up to 32 players
- Engage in the thriving Europa Universalis III online community: download modifications to add to the gameplay, find friends to play online
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- Platform: Windows XP / Vista
- BBFC Rating: Suitable for 12 years and over. Not for sale to persons under age 12. By placing an order for this product, you declare that you are 12 years of age or over.
- Media: CD-ROM
- Item Quantity: 1
Europa Universalis III: Chronicles includes the award-winning epic strategy game where players take control of a nation and guide it through the ages to become a dominant global empire. Unparalleled in its depth and historical accuracy, Europa Universalis gives players the freedom to rule any nation from an impressive choice of over 250 countries.
Europa Universalis III: Chronicles also brings the expansion packs Heir to the Throne and Divine Wind to retail shelves for the first time, deepening the experience and extending an already robust playing time.
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The basis of the game is to manage a country of your choice, from anywhere in the world, from 1399 to 1821. You can choose from an absolutely massive stack of around 250 countries - anyone from England, France and Spain, to Ming- China, the Ottoman Empire and the Aztecs. The player has complete control over their state, no matter big or small. They manage construction, diplomacy, the discovery and colonisation of the Americas, religion, trading, miliary and perhaps a million other things. I really appreciate the game's ability to allow you to focus your country in whatever way you want. If you want to make Denmark a naval superpower with a huge navy, you can focus your entire country into it; or if you want to take the Ottomans on a rampage, converting Europe piece by piece to Islam, then you can.
The way the game is both historic and ahistoric is also one of the greatest balances I have ever seen. When you are selecting a country to play, you can choose from any single day over the 422 years of gameplay, and the map will show the exact (as far as we know) layout of each and every country on the map at that time. One day a country will exist, and the second you press the forward day button, it is gone. History down to a pinpoint. However, the way that the game is ahistoric which is just as impressive - from the second you press that start button, the world becomes free. Although most countries will try to do something roughly historical (England, Spain and Portugal colonising and the Mongols invading for example), there is no retelling of history - by the end of the game Naples could own the whole of the Americas, or it could be wiped out in the first 10 years of the game. Every time you play the game is different.
A warning to those who expect a Total War game - this is nothing of the type. You do not play battles, you merely tell your troops to go to a certain province, and the fight is done by computer dice rolls, although terrain and troop count is taken into account. This is not a simple military strategy game, this is a grand-strategy game.
Personally, I adore this game. Since I've had it, I've played other games - Assassin's Creed Revelations, Call of Duty, Battlefield 3, Shogun 2 Total War. This however, has outlived them all. According to Steam, I have racked up a grand total of 274 hours on the game - My only other game anywhere near this is another Paradox Classic - Mount & Blade: Warband, but thats only 250 hours.
This game is tough though - the tutorials are not really ever so helpful, the manual, although I've had a quick flick through, is not really helpful either. There is, however, a large online community which can easily answer any questions and problems you may have. It takes a lot of patience to settle into the game, starting off as someone easy like France, but after a few hours you start to really get into it, and you learn as you play.
Not for the faint of heart, but a true classic in my opinion!
A bonus is the Paradox community. Once you've bought the game go check out the excellent fan-made mods that are available on the Paradox forums.
But be warned! This game can become very addictive and time-consuming. But it is most certainly worthwhile if you're a fan of historical-strategy games.
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