Like the other games in the series, Europa Universalis Rome isn't for everyone. It isn't even for most people. But for the rare gamers who can happily lose themselves in a world where the ability to create armies is more valued than the ability to lead them on the field of battle, the EU games are a revelation. When you combine that approach with the appeal of the historical Roman setting, it's like an arrow of happiness aimed straight at IGN's hearts.
IGN are definitely disappointed that some of the presentation and army issues problems that have been continuing problems for this series have yet to be addressed. That the fun of the game can shine through even these repeated frustrations is a real sign that Paradox's overall concept is appealing. The one thing they have managed to finally get right is the level of information they provide the player and that's a tremendous improvement over the presentation problems of the previous games.