Crusader Kings II
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"It's an incredibly dynamic game that seems to perfectly simulate the state of flux that Europe and the Middle East were in during the Middle Ages." - Destructiod.com
"Through a complex system of diplomacy and backstabbing, Crusader Kings II makes every power struggle an engrossing one." - GameSpot.com
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.
Increase your lands and fill your coffers, appoint vassals, battle traitors, introduce laws while interacting with hundreds of nobles, and create the most powerful dynasty of medieval Europe. A beleaguered king will always have friends to support him. But beware, as your rule and realm may find trouble when a loyal vassal becomes a bitter rival. Stand ready, increase your prestige, and listen to the world whisper your name in awe. Do you have what it takes to become a Crusader King?
Start a game in 1066 and forge 400 years of European history
Take on the role of a Christian noble and carry them through the ages from Count to Emperor via the line of succession
Gather Prestige for every successive character you play, furthering the glory of your dynasty
Expand your feudal domain at the expense of your rivals
Unravel the plots of your courtiers and vassals, each armed with their own agendas
Re-enact the Crusades, defend against the Mongol onslaught, and form feudal nation-states
Struggle with the Pope for control of the bishops
Relive the Middle Ages with up to 32 other players in a competitive multiplayer mode Screens
A unique historical dynasty simulatorPandita | March 27, 2015 | See all Pandita's reviews »
Crusader Kings II is a great historical “dynasty simulator” – a cross between an RPG and a grand strategy game, whereby players control the head of a European, Middle Eastern or Indian family from the 8th century until the 15th century. Since the characters are not immortal, players progress through different characters (the heirs of their starting character), unless there are no more heirs, at which point the game ends!
Hence, diplomacy as well as martial power, plays a major role in the game – strategic alliances with other families, as well as favourable marriage choices (to produce heirs!), will affect a family’s ability to project power in their region.
With a recent DLC (Way of Life), the roleplaying element is greatly enhanced, offering much more customisation as to character traits and so forth. Decent graphics, responsive developer, frequent updates.
Best Grand StrategyClassicUtopia | Oct. 14, 2014 | See all ClassicUtopia's reviews »
New to Paradox? Crusader Kings 2 has a rather steep learning curve - but it's definitely worth it! Ruling in Europe's feudal system as a count, duke, king, or even emperor, this alternative-history grand strategy game is like no other. With DLC including Sword of Islam, which lets you play as Muslims, Rajas of India, which lets you play as Indians, and The Republic, which lets you play as small city-state republics, you'll spend countless hours on this game - I have over 100 hours and even I'm still learning! If you're hoping for a quick game, this is not for you, but if you're willing to invest for depth and a rich, complex experience, you can't go wrong with this.
A great gameDingusaurus | Sept. 24, 2014 | See all Dingusaurus's reviews »
This is the best grand strategy game that I have ever played. I have over 110 hours into it, and I still have yet to tire of it as a whole. My only complaint about the game is that it does get boring after a while, so I'd only recommend it if you got the demo, played around with it for a while, and liked it.
Of schemes and plotslairdjaren | July 5, 2014 | See all lairdjaren's reviews »
Read Machiavelli's The Prince or watch Game of Thrones' Tywin Lannister and think to yourself, 'Yeah, I could do that." Well, you probably wouldn't survive a year in the medieval era, but at least with this superlative game you can hone your medieval statecraft and plot your way to glory all from the comfort of your armchair. No other computer game sinks you into the feudal mindset quite like CK2. Welcome to a time before the rise of nation-states. Your territories will be held together or disintegrate on the basis of vassal relationships. CK2 is a game of thousands individual characters, each with their own inclinations and motivations, and success or failure rides on how you can manipulate this feudal matrix. This basic setup also plays directly into mechanics that keep the game balanced in a way that feels natural. As you expand, conquest by external powers may diminish, but the threat of internal division grows as you are forced to dispense an ever-growing share of territories to restless vassals. Some minor quibbles include paradox's typically poorly crafted tutorials, but ck2 is very approachable and easy enough to learn after a little bit of effort. Oh, and there's a really nice mod that recreates the Game of Throne universe.
Kill your first two sons so number three inherits your kingdom.m0rogfar | June 10, 2014 | See all m0rogfar's reviews »
The situation described above is a typical part of Crusader Kings 2. It could be for any reason. Maybe he had better stats? Maybe it was because if you have more children your death would cause your kingdom to be split up between your sons. Crusader Kings 2 is a game about family and medieval ages. You play as a noble in the medieval ages and you simply do what you want. You don't have to be the nations leader. You can also play as one of his (or her) vassals. There aren't that many limitations that cannot be overcome by waiting and doing other things. It is amazing! The feeling of freedom to do what you want is great. Another thing i love about this game is that the developers go quite a bit out of the way to support modding. This leads to many great mods that deserves to be checked out. Buy it.