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
One of my favoritesjesterx7769 | Nov. 3, 2013 | See all jesterx7769's reviews »
Easily one of my favorite games ever. I am going to give this game a 95 because it could use a little more action. However while this game may not be the most action packed fun game I believe it is one of the best developed. The way the AI works with all the different traits and character decisions is fantastic. You can just be a watch and the game will unfold in its own unique universe. The DLC for the game is also fantastic adding lots of value and different ways to play the game compared to the normal DLC that you get from games.
Strategy : one word, one worldMcHawk | Oct. 31, 2013 | See all McHawk's reviews »
I started playing this game cause it was in a bundle, it came with a lot of other games, but it shined among all. You can start your way into this deep game playing the tutorial, and even if you are completely noob in grand strategy games (like me :) ) , you can acquire the basics and start to build your own name against other European rulers. You will have a lot of different ways to spread your name and conquer other countries (assasination, marriages, war). Graphics is nice, but you will work with a lot of static images; on the other hand,soundtrack is very good and immersive,with a lot of different epic tracks.
Change in Strategyethnarch | Oct. 30, 2013 | See all ethnarch's reviews »
Spent the most time on this game out of all my steam games. Its a good entry level grand strategy games. After playing CIV V and Total War, this is so much more in depth. Its a refreshing change to have to focus on my dynasty rather than state. The gameplay mechanics take a while, I suggest just playing around with it. If found playing the AGOT mod to be one of the best ways to learn as the mod feels more simple than the base game. Hardest part was getting into it because of the complex mechanics, but once you get over the learning curve it is a rich and in depth game.
grand strategy without the blobbinggwynplaine | Oct. 23, 2013 | See all gwynplaine's reviews »
A common problem to a lot of grand strategy games is the tendency to blob. There’s a critical point where if you’re successful enough in Europa Universalis, Civ or Total War, the momentum keeps building and your color on the map keeps swallowing other parts.
If you don’t abuse saves and loads in this game, it happens a lot more rarely. The family dynasty overlaid on top of empire building is a really exciting and nerve racking and frustrating game. Better for the hardcore fan who’s had enough of the other big strategy games.
The DLC for this game is a big racket though and hard to keep track of. A lot of people do recommend this as a first strategy game but with the hours that it seems to take up, it’s ridiculous DLC and emphasis on dynasties, I think Europa is a better choice.
Amazing yet complex gameJoxerNL | Oct. 9, 2013 | See all JoxerNL's reviews »
This was the first Grand Strategy game i played, and the learning cuurve was extremely high, however if you sit through the tutorial, and do a few practice games you will have it under control in no time.
The game itself is fantastic and very interesting, I never played a session that was the same, everytime i play a new session something new happens! Many hours of enjoyment in this titel, a definite -must have-.