Reviews for Crusader Kings II: Legacy of Rome

93

Retinues and Factions

lairdjaren | Dec. 18, 2013 | See all lairdjaren's reviews »

Crusader Kings II has a lot of great DLC. Legacy of Rome is the first one you need to get.

Like the other DLC, Legacy of Rome unlocks/ugrades a non-Catholic power, in this case the Byzantines. However, Legacy of Rome also significantly upgrades the core gameplay by adding "faction" and "retinue" mechanics. Factions allow multiple vassals to band together to demand a specific actions from their liege (e.g. lower crown authority, independence, etc). Hence, the power of larger empires also become more fragile and prone to internal squabbling. On the other hand, retinues represent the centralizing tendency of medieval states over time. Initially, retinues start off as glorified house guards, but over time, larger and more advanced powers will be able to improve and enlarge these units into a standing army. In the late game, a king can squash a rebellious count or two without ever having to call on levies.

Overall, Legacy of Rome makes Crusader Kings 2 more dynamic, regardless of whatever power you want to play as and wherever you currently stand in CK2's feudal power structure. If you want to enjoy even the base game to its potential, get Legacy of Rome

90

Crusader Kings II is awesome; anything that adds to it is too

ConorEngelb | Aug. 1, 2013 | See all ConorEngelb's reviews »

Crusader Kings II is awesome; anything that adds to it is too. That says basically everything there is to say about this DLC. The alterations made to the Byzantine Empire make it more fun to play as than before, and the new Faction system makes it even more challenging.

Definitely worth picking up.

100

A must have if you enjoy CK2

HolyGigi | July 16, 2013 | See all HolyGigi's reviews »

This expansion brings you the Byzantine empire, the last representative of the classical period. You get specific events that no other culture has and you get to change history. Maybe you will be able to resist the muslim invaders and after that, mend the schism between orthodoxy and catholicism. Or maybe you will fail and re-live history.

Either way, this is worth it.

85

For this little price,It adds quite alot.

WildWest123 | July 11, 2013 | See all WildWest123's reviews »

It not only adds falvour for the loveable Byzantines,it is also a DLC which is used to create a generous amount of mods you'd surly want to check out,for this price,you have to get it.

70

Kind of Byzantine

YggdrasilsSword | July 6, 2013 | See all YggdrasilsSword's reviews »

This expansion allows you to play as the states of the Byzantine (or Eastern Roman) Empire in Crusader Kings II. The mechanics for this culture group are adjusted appropriately so they play as they should. However, the new mechanics make an already complex game even more byzantine. Get it... Byzantine? Anyway, even if you don't play as these states, it adds another layer of depth which could be what some players are looking for. Overall, a decent expansion.

75

Byzantine Expansion

Mavromatis | June 5, 2013 | See all Mavromatis's reviews »

This is an expansion mainly for Byzantine Empire, and it adds a large amount of new events related to that empire. It is focusing on a mainly forgotten part of the game and it is really fun to play. But it may be a bit hard especially if some catholic inherits your throne. In the end it's a nice addition to an already great game.

80

More available territories, plus some goodies

igzaustion | Jan. 1, 2013 | See all igzaustion's reviews »

Yet another DLC to unlock new territories. Not much is added in terms of gameplay, but a few additions have turned out to be quite nice.

Now you can improve your ruler's skills through ambitions. This function is great, and allows for goal oriented development rather than just marrying or killing off your ruler to get to the next one.

The revolts can be a challenge, and might prove more of a threat than your enemies at times. However, they are not as irritating as they used to be in the empires of EU3. The ability to have standing armies further helps you deal with this burden.

All in all, this DLC is a must buy if you like the base game, and will add some nice game mechanics. Its main selling point is still the ability to rule more territories.

72

A meaty expansion to an already meaty game

nairume | Dec. 30, 2012 | See all nairume's reviews »

Unlike most of Crusader Kings II's other dlc expansions, Legacy of Rome adds a significant amount of content and systems to the playing field. Many of these new systems allow for deep amounts of customization options that were previously not present in the game. The problem here is that Crusader Kings II is already a meaty game that was full of rich and complicated systems that let you customize your rulers to your heart's extent. While this content does significantly add to that level of richness, it also means an already complicated and meaty game is now erring on the side of bloated. However, if you are willing to overlook the potential bloat, or even openly welcome the new rules, the game also provides plenty of new events that flesh out the Byzantine Empire and give the players that choose to interact with that region more story to encounter. Otherwise, perhaps just settle for what the game already offers.