Crusader Kings II explores one of the defining periods in world history in an experience crafted by the masters of Grand Strategy. Medieval Europe is brought to life in this title rife with rich strategic & tactical depth.Read full description
"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
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Diving into this game is a lot like playing video games for the first time: everything feels foreign. Traits, troops, family trees, castles, it's all there, and it all makes things feel like something you've played before. Then the game tells you no. You can't just attack for no reason. You can't just marry anyone you want. You don't have loyal subjects. You may not even be the king of your land. You could be the brother of the king, in charge of a few parcels of land. But if you play your cards right, you could earn a spot on his council, and when he dies, your stature could help you jump up the totem pole. Unless you have another older brother. So maybe assassinate him or get on the right side of a few other council members to back you. This is a game where you are in charge of not just one person, but of an entire lineage, playing whoever is at the top of that family tree, until there are none left. It feels like writing history in the way that actual history plays out, and when you're in control of that, it's almost scary. But you want your family to succeed, too. 11/10
I am sure that behind the incomprehensible menus and overload of information, there is a good game here. It seems to be one of those games that makes good stories, and I desperately want to have stories of my own. But I can't. Every time I've attempted to play this game, I've been stymied by the wall of menus. I'm sure I could learn what everything means, and why I should care about them, with enough time, but it's too much. I have my choice of information about the world, but no idea what I'm actually meant to do with it, or why. I have no sense of my aims, or how I am meant to achieve them. All I have is confusion, and too much information on my hands.
I used to be a happy man. I had lots of vassals and a great deal of land that I owned. But then, my wife gave birth to twins. Twins! And both were sons. You see, I already had a son, and he was supposed to inherit everything when I die. But now he had two brothers, and they had to get their share as well. But I also had a high intrigue stat. So, long story short I now only have one son, because the twins were mysteriously found dead. I wish the story ended here. But my son contracted a disease and died. Now I am an old man, without an heir, and my empire will soon be divided among my vassals, and I secretly hate them. This was awful. Time to start a new game.
This game will teach you all you need to know about subjective morality, medieval history, and incest. If you think you're a good person, I dare you to try this game. You too will be murdering unneeded and unlanded family members and cheating on your spouse while blackmailing the priests who serve under you for better tithes within no time. Ever watched the show Game of Thrones and thought that that Jeoffrey guy was on to something? Maybe you're a fan of Henry VIII, a King of England who lived and breathed debauchery and intrigue (whatever you judge it as morally, that must have been a compelling life, no?) and made war whenver he felt he could? You can more or less act out any medieval power fantasy you'd like here, with options becoming more and more complex as you learn to manipulate diplomacy and how to plan more intricately. I cannot recommend this enough if you're into grand strategy like me.
one of the best strategy games that tormented me so much that ii ragequit for a long long time then i came back and started playing better but still fucking otoman empire or whatever its name is rekt me AGAIN i would swear so much now but no. the diplomacy and everyting that you can do are amazing fetures and the inside revolts where awsome and hard to settle down
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