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
Divide et imperoPilgrim6 | May 9, 2013 | See all Pilgrim6's reviews »
Divide and conquer. That's the main strategy for playing this game. I am yet to find a game that paints the medieval politics better than CK 2. More often you will be fighting on the fields of intrigue and treacheries than on those of battle. Shall you marry the prince of Holy Roman Empire or rather someone else? What will you get from that marriage? Is your own son plotting against you? Shall you have him thrown him into the prison or even assassinate him? This and much more will be your daily bread.
What comes with it, is one of the best strategy soundtracks I've ever heard and heavy addiction combined with endless hours before the PC screen.
Careful or you might end up running to your friends yelling: "I have managed to inherit whole Byzantine empire for my son as a Queen of Georgia!"
I have warned you.
Greatest srategy game everHetzau | May 7, 2013 | See all Hetzau's reviews »
I'm a fan of strategy games, and have played eveything from Age of Empires to CIV to Warhammer 40k, and I must say that this is the best strategy experience I have ever had. It has depths, it is addictive as all heck and it is rather humorous especially if you get into the role of your ruler and play with other people.
While this game does have graphics, I consider it a "menu game". This means that there are no glorious battles like in Total War titles, however they aren't needed in a game that aims to be a dynasty sim.
Buy this game if you wish to have your own family, retarded sons who are hated everybody, and wives who want to kill your own kin (and of course, execute them accordingly).
I have over 100 hours of this game, and I strongly urge you to buy it.
Challangingjango2210 | May 6, 2013 | See all jango2210's reviews »
Irl start Off By saying This Game Is not For everyone i is a very in depth game along the lines of Hearts of iron 3 and Victoria, while it is a hard game to understand at times it is very rewarding when you work hard to find a caseus beli (reason to go to war) and then taking over half their provinces and making them surrender.
over all this game is very good if you like the grand stratagy style games you will love this one
i hope this helped if anyone was on the fence about buying this title.
Not for everyoneRoundRogue | Jan. 18, 2013 | See all RoundRogue's reviews »
If you're a casual grand strategy gamer then this game may not be for you as it's tailored towards more hardcore players. The vanilla game is really good but their are loads of brilliant mods available for this game further enhancing the player's experience. You may get frustrated with the game sometimes as the AI can be a bit odd, but there are a few mods that help fix that.
Build a dynasty, kill your relativesigzaustion | Dec. 31, 2012 | See all igzaustion's reviews »
As always, Paradox delivers a great grand strategy experience. CK2 combines this with the joy of threading your bloodline through history, by conquering, spreading your influence, plotting and killing your siblings. Diplomacy is more important than ever in this game, and micro managing skills are necessities. There is no clear goal, like there was is Sengoku, but setting your own goals and writing history is as enjoyable as anything.