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
Favorite Strategy Game of all timepalmtreebearer | Aug. 18, 2015 | See all palmtreebearer's reviews »
This game has the most hours played out of all the games in my Steam Library. I think it is up around 500 hours now, and that is probably on the low end for a lot of fans of this game. Admittedly, this game can be a lot more expensive than it looks once you add on all the DLC, but I played almost 50 hours before I bought my first DLC, and if you are going to put that many hours into a game buying a couple of DLC when they are on sale is a small price to pay. It takes a very unique look at the strategy genre where you are most worried about your dynasty, your character, not necessarily your country. I'll sometimes screw over my own country for an opportunity to advance the status of my dynasty. It is a very cut throat game where you will probably end up killing children and having innocent people excommunicated from the church and later executed. You will prey on the weak and betray people who were your friends. And the AI will also attack you at your weakest. But once you get over a learning curve, it is a lot of fun. For a military game that is only a very small part moving your armies around, I recommend this game.
Great Game with even Greater Mods and DLCMoss20 | May 27, 2015 | See all Moss20's reviews »
Crusader Kings II is a great political strategy game that focuses more on your current character rather than your country. The game does have a slight learning curve and it make take a few game sessions to get the hang of it unless you look up guides or watch YouTube videos. The game gets kind of pricey with all the DLC available but there are only a few worth getting, such as the ones that allow you to play as different religions or have earlier start dates, stay away from the cosmetic packs. There is great mod support for the game and you can even play your own version of Game of Thrones.
Political Strategy at its finestZaggeta | May 8, 2015 | See all Zaggeta's reviews »
In order to appeal to mass markets, strategy games tend to cater to competitive battle gamers more than any other. Paradox has been the one company to prove that strategy gamers don't need optimised mineral production to keep them happy. They just need slowpaced gameplay, ludicrous scenarios and the freedom to mess up in hilarious ways. Crusader Kings II, the medieval cog in the Paradox lineup of grand strategy, is a medieval political simulator that sees the player arranging everything from territory and armies to family relations and drinking competitions. The level of immersion is immense but be warned that there is a steep learning curve. After that curve is climbed, however, you'll be knee deep in one of the most addicting strategies of our time.
A game about killing heirs and setting up weddingssmilzoboboz | April 24, 2015 | See all smilzoboboz's reviews »
Grand strategy, politics of the dark age. This game is one of the most detailed historical strategy games you will ever manage to play. You not only have to care about territories, but mostly you have to manage all your vassals, their wives and heirs, not to mention your wife and heirs. Not to mention the clerks. This game, like icing on a cake, features a really good and glorious soundtrack that makes you feel great. Even if this game is awesome I really have to suggest it only for die-hard fans of strategy games, there is a lot of plotting, scheming, politics and such involved and "outsiders" may not enjoy that.
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.