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Crusader Kings II: Sunset Invasion





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Crusader Kings II: Sunset Invasion





It is the late 13th century and Europe is still reeling from the all-conquering Mongol Hordes. Just as the Lords of the West breathe a sigh of relief, another threat looms on the horizon.

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It is the late 13th century and Europe is still reeling from the all-conquering Mongol Hordes. Just as the Lords of the West breathe a sigh of relief, another threat looms on the horizon. Strange ships bearing winged serpents and grinning skulls, symbols never before seen in the known world, have been sighted all along the Atlantic coast. As the sun sets on the shores of Morocco, Portugal and Ireland, the largest fleet that has ever set sail approaches land, ready to invade in the name of blood thirsty gods...

Crusader Kings II: Sunset Invasion is the third DLC expansion for the critically praised strategy/RPG Crusader Kings II. This fantasy scenario marks Paradox Development Studios first departure from history. Hearing of Europe from travelling Northmen, the blood drenched Aztec Civilization has risen early and now spread like a virulent plague. Prepare to defend all you hold dear against the Sunset Invasion!

Crusader Kings II explores one of the defining periods in world history in an experience crafted by Paradox Development Studio, masters of Grand Strategy. Medieval Europe is brought to life in this epic game of knights, schemes, and thrones.

Key Features:

  • A new invading threat arrives at a random point in the mid to late game

  • Unique new portraits, on-map shields and units for the great Mesoamerican Menace

  • Cower in fear of the Aztec gods: New Aztec culture and religion

  • Human Sacrifice! When a province is lost, no one is safe from the threat of losing their hearts on the obsidian altars

  • Survive the terrible disease brought by the pagan oppressors with a new plague from across the Ocean.

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Strategy, Mac
Thursday, November 15, 2012
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Crusader Kings II is required to play this DLC.

Minimum Requirements


  • OS: XP/Vista/Windows 7
  • Processor: Intel® Pentium® IV 2.4 GHz or AMD 3500+
  • Memory: 2 GB RAM
  • Hard Disk Space: 2 GB
  • Video Card: NVIDIA® GeForce 8800 or ATI Radeon® X1900, 512mb graphics memory required.
  • DirectX®: 9.0c
  • Sound: Direct X-compatible sound card
  • Additional: 3-button mouse and keyboard


  • OS: Mac OS X 10.6.8 or later
  • Processor: Intel Core Duo Processor (2GHz or better)
  • Memory: 2 GB RAM
  • Hard Disk Space: 2 GB
  • Video Card: ATI Radeon HD 6750 / NVIDIA GeForce 320 / NVIDIA GeForce 9600 or higher, 1024MB graphics memory required
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Sunset Invasion + Old Gods


While Sunset Invasion may add some fanciful history, it also offers some fun challenges and a bit of game balancing. In CK2, Western Europe is fairly well shielded from expansionist Muslim and Mongol hordes. Sunset Invasion can balance out this iniquity by ensuring Christians on both sides of the map live in fear of invasion. Also, if you get the Old Gods DLC, which makes the pagan factions playable, then guess what? Sunset Invasion + Old Gods unlocks the Aztecs! That's right, you too strike terror in your enemies as you sacrifice prisoners in the name of the gods.

Alternate History is Fun


Historical accuracy is always the first thing to go when starting up a game of Crusader Kings. William the Conqueror often doesn't become 'the Conqueror', instead dying of all manner of things: a wound, an accident, an "accident", or just packing up and going home for whatever reason. So, really, a gigantic horde of Aztecs landing on European shores doesn't seem all that far-fetched. It makes for a challenging fight mid-game and, in combination with the CK2+ mod (which alters the likelihood of the invasion occurring) adds an element of unpredictability. Worth it for the fun, but you aren't missing out on anything major if you don't have this DLC.

Extra Spice


This is an interesting expansion, it adds some fun to mess with Aztecs in Iberia and Africa but it has a problem. Aztecs are, either too powerful for you and slay everything and everyone, generally if Europe is too divided; or they are too weak to be any danger, especially if Europe is united. You might want to get this when it is cheap but otherwise I wouldn't bother much.

Ahistorical and turbulent addition to the CKII world


The Sunset Invasion DLC, allowing the player to experience a European invasion by the Aztec nation in the fourteenth century, is the first of Paradox Interactive's ahistorical DLCs and because of this, it's probably always going to divide opinion. If you prize historical accuracy, if you what you enjoy most about the game is entering the medieval mindset, then you can probably skip the DLC. But if you like unpredictability, like random invasions somewhere on the Atlantic side of the map with horrible plagues to boot, then maybe it's worth a try.

When you just start thinking the game is getting stale


First off, this DLC is completely unnecessary and if you haven't had basic history class then you will know that it is also not historically accurate. With all of that aside Sunset Invasion is a great DLC for near end game empires, because it gives them a true opponent. The Aztecs are coming by the thousands and they are pissed. As soon as they land it is a land grab, with Portugal and much of spain first to go. If you are fortunate enough to be in England or Ireland to be to quick to laugh, because shortly after the first invasion force a second one will steamroll its way through your lands. This is where all the surviving empires can hopefully make a pact to push back the Aztec invaders before it is too late. For me Crusader Kings 2 has started to become a little stale especially late game, but this DLC changed that for me, and any DLC that makes me want to play the main game long after I have played it for its worth I would say is a good deal.

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