Crusader Kings II: African Portraits
Third party DRM: SteamThis game requires a free Steam account to play.
Requires Crusader Kings II (base game) to use this DLC.
Enhance your Crusader Kings II Experience with the African Portraits pack. African Portraits adds thousands of unique face combinations to both male and female characters in the African states south of the Sahara. This includes Nubia, Abyssinia, Mali, Songhay and Ghana.
Crusader Kings II explores one of the defining periods in world history in an experience crafted by the masters of Grand Strategy. Medieval Europe is brought to life in this epic game of knights, schemes, and thrones...
Portraits that really should have been included with the gameLegolas_Katarn | Oct. 10, 2015 | See all Legolas_Katarn's reviews »
Adds a wide variety of African portraits to the game. Do to this effecting a continent that is very likely to have a role in your game this really should have just been included with the base game or one of the early expansions. This add nothing to the gameplay and is just for the visuals and your immersion. It is somewhat pricey at $2, it is better to buy them when they are on sale. A pack containing all of the portraits and unit packs would be nice for those interested. If you are only interested in content adding more gameplay elements, or your games don't often take you to the parts of the world that a portrait pack focuses on then you will want to save your money for something else.
Good Aesethic Additioncybrxkhan | May 3, 2013 | See all cybrxkhan's reviews »
The African Portrait DLC adds much-needed variation to Africa, which previously was portrayed with only the Muslim portrait set. The portraits are not as high-quality as the Western, Muslim, or Mongol portraits (which were all worked on during the game's main development), but I still find them adequate in their detail and the variety they add to the game. The portrait set does engage in the catch-all stereotyping that all the portrait sets have to some degree - east Africans and west Africans are portrayed as similar, with face paint and so on, even though the two groups are very different in terms of clothing styles, hair, and looks in real life. Nevertheless, like the cosmetic CKII DLCs, the African portraits is not required at all to enjoy the game, and should only be bought if you want some more variety and immersion.
Good DLC worth nothingigzaustion | Jan. 7, 2013 | See all igzaustion's reviews »
The African portraits add little to the game, just a few more cosmetic options. While more options are usually a good thing, not everything is worth paying for just because it's associated with a good base game.
A solid cosmetic DLCDaiMonPaul | Dec. 29, 2012 | See all DaiMonPaul's reviews »
This pack adds additional graphics to the base CK2 game. All of the African characters show up without this DLC, but this pack makes them look more historically accurate and less like medieval Europeans. This DLC is purely cosmetic, but it's well done and a nice addition to the game. If you play as African characters or in a region where you interact with African characters a lot, it's probably worth picking up this DLC to add to the historical flavor of the game.
A cosmetic expansion that should have been present to begin withnairume | Dec. 29, 2012 | See all nairume's reviews »
Once again, we have another entirely cosmetic addition to Crusader Kings II. This time, we have an impressive amount of new portrait options for characters coming from sub-Saharan Africa. As the time period was full of many powerful kingdoms from the region that interacted heavily with the European and Middle Eastern kingdoms, these are a welcomed addition to the game, as they were very under represented before this pack. However, this is something that should have already been present in the game or perhaps a free update, given the little effort required to create this DLC. As such, it is really only worth it for dedicated players that either must have everything or have been wanting to specifically play as those kingdoms but did not want to with the old options.