Crusader Kings II: Sword of Islam
Third party DRM: SteamThis game requires a free Steam account to play.
Requires Crusader Kings II (base game) to play.
The Ummah is under attack! All true muslims must be charitable in peace and relentless i Jihad. Let the Sword of Islam fall upon the infidels that threaten our lands, our faith! Allahu Akbar!
Europe is in turmoil. The lands are fragmented into petty fiefs, the emperor struggles with the Pope, and the Holy Father declares that all those who go to liberate the Holy Land will be freed of their sins. Now is the time for greatness.
The first expansion for Crusader Kings II, Sword of Islam will add playable Muslim rulers to the game.
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.
"The Ummah is under attack. All true muslims must be charitable in peace and relentless i Jihad. Let the Sword of Islam fall upon the infidels that threaten our lands, our faith! “
- Muslim rulers now playable.
- Church window graphics (alerts and main screens) replaced with Muslim equivalents. 15-20 Muslim event pictures.
- Updated interface to make everything look good for playable Muslims.
Also unlocks more than 20 features in the game, for example: - Mali. New counties and titles. - Muslim dynasty decadence system. - Polygamy. Allow up to four wives for Muslim rulers. - Flavor Events (ca 100). The Harem. Shia vs Sunni. Sufi mystics. Dervishes. The Assassins. Sharia. Wife wants to become first wife. Hadj. - Combat Revision. Commander traits, more interesting combat tactics.
A must have expansion for CK2DaiMonPaul | March 23, 2013 | See all DaiMonPaul's reviews »
Sword of Islam is the first major DLC expansion for Crusader Kings 2, and it's almost a must-have. It expands the map, adds the important and unique "decadence" system for Muslims, and (most importantly) allows you to play as Muslims! With the systems and interface set up in this DLC, playing as a Muslim ruler feels very different than playing as a Christian. Having to balance the pressure to expand with the hassles of managing the family dynasty to avoid decadence offers a unique challenge with lots of flavor. If you're even going to think about playing a Muslim dynasty in the game, then you need to pick up "Sword of Islam."
Adds more nations, but not a huge game changermurgo23 | March 3, 2013 | See all murgo23's reviews »
The more I play Crusader Kings, the more I find myself thinking that the programmers think themselves entirely too clever. This DLC definitely helped dramatize that for me.
The truth was that I found that this didn't add as much as I expected. With this expansion you can now play nations that start with an "Islamic" government. These nations operate under slightly different rules (such as receiving a prestige penalty for not having multiple wives.)
But after you get around the few new quirks, the game is much the same. Through a combination of alliances, military actions and patience you are attempting to take your ruler's dynasty and make them rulers over as much of the world as possible.
I found this fun, but only for a while. In the end this DLC was not a huge boost to the playability of the game. Overall the game is fun, but in solo play it doesn't really keep ones attention for very long.
Expand your optionsigzaustion | Jan. 7, 2013 | See all igzaustion's reviews »
At first, this DLC was a breath of fresh air, as you could play "the enemy", and therein reverse the gameplay a bit. Also, the bonuses from more wives sounded quite nice. Now, the expansion just feels like a part of the game. That is not a bad thing though. A real Paradox game excels in availability of playable territories, and the options this DLC gives you is definitely worth the ten Euros.
A refreshing point of viewManiacal | Aug. 16, 2012 | See all Maniacal's reviews »
Crusader Kings II was already a pretty fun and very moddable game, but Sword of Islam is an excellent and inexpensive expansion DLC. While the gameplay is of course quite similar, the experience of playing as a Muslim character is a very different flavour (at the very least) than the European christians with numerous different and interesting events (especially religious themed ones) as well as being allowed to have up to 4 wives (which is expected for a Sultan). Depending on whom and where you play as it can be quite challenging to fend off crusades but the rewards for a successful expansion are generally worth the risk.
What this game needed.TheRealMoremir | July 12, 2012 | See all TheRealMoremir's reviews »
I'll start by saying I loved Crusader Kings II. It was one of the best strategy games i've played in years. If for some reason you don't own it yet, and you like the Total War games, especially the Medieval ones, you should check it out. That beeing said, one of the few features that I didn't like was the fact that you couldn't play the muslims. But this expansion takes care of that. It adds a whole new experience to the game. If you liked the original game, be it single player or multiplayer, you are gonna love it. Especially since one of the things that make this game so grate is the multiple political interactions between factions.The interface update, on the other hand, is also a nice touch and proof of the overall nice desing of the game.