Reviews by twigg

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A deep grand strategy game, you just have to look past its flaws

twigg | May 27, 2013 | Review of Crusader Kings II

Crusader Kings 2 is a grand strategy game set in the Middle Ages (1066-1453) that allows you take over a particular noble dynasty and try to make them the most prestigious family possible. You do this by conquering land, marrying family members into other royal families, going on Crusades, and making/pressing claims for your families members for land. Because the setup of the game is based off history, there is no balance between the different families. Some will control whole empires, while others will barely have a plot of land to call their own. The game is unforgiving in it's depth, the ingame tutorial does an incredibly poor job of explaining what you can do and you will be spammed by so many in game messages that you will quickly lose sight of some of the more important ones. Other than some bugs and a steep learning curve, the biggest problem this game has is it's efficiency of scale. This game feels designed for the process of going from a simple count to an all powerful king, but not for going from a king/emperor to conqueror of the world. The interface just can't handle all the information you will get if you have even a medium sized empire. And there is so much micromanagement necessary to keep your empire from collapsing (because your vassals the most inopportune time to rebel with the great faction system the game has) that it quickly becomes a chore to continue progressing. Crusader Kings 2 is a game about your families medieval rise to glory, and while it is definitely rough around the edges, few games can capture that same feeling of achievement when you finally claw your way up to the top of your kingdom. Deus Vult!