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
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.
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.