Paradox released the demo for EU3 yesterday and I am pleasantly surprised. I have always loved the concept of Paradox strategy games (EU, Heart of Iron, Crusader Kings) and have consistently bought them with the hope that maybe this would be the one that would pull me in. Their historical detail, depth, and accuracy are without question, but they have always lacked a bit in execution for me. Penetrating the myriad interface screens and popup messages felt bewildering and eventually became a chore.
After a few hours with the demo I can safely say EU3 is a huge step in the right direction. The interface is much, much improved. The different palettes and interface screens seem more intuitive and are better laid out. The map is beautiful and has a nice clean design. I was finally able to feel like I was playing EU without having to constantly fight interface design and layout. (Caveat: It does help that I can play at an included 1920x1200 resolution - previous Paradox games were capped at 1024x768).
I think i am going to be ordering a copy today. Anybody else try out the demo and have impressions?
Edit: Link to demo download page