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
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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
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I'd name this game one of the RTS legends, it isn't just about managing an country, it has got many side aspects like managing an entire dynasty, become more powerfull by marry family members off strategicly, having the option to fire some events yourself etc... Is only enhancing the gameplay, i'd also recommend to install the DLC when playing the game, the original game is good don't get me wrong, but for the optimal experience play with the DLC. It also runs smoothly on high speed even though i've got an ancient laptop and the price, 40 euros is also really fair for an game like this! Any RTS lover should give this game an go!
This is very different from any game I've ever played before. As such, I'm still learning, and learning a lot every time I play. This game is deep, and a lot of the control you have is more indirect than in other strategy games. It allows for fantastically deep narratives though. I installed the Game of Thrones mod and got straight to having all the Lannisters executed. Except Tyrion, of course.
Crusader Kings 2, CK2, is an epic strategy game that will make you wish you could marry off your real life sons and daughters to improve your dynasty and alliances. The game is set in the middle ages leaving you in charge of your families dynasty. Your character will die, there is no getting around that, but if you have an heir to your dynasty you will then play as the heir. This of course can lead to hilarious shenanigans. For example i had become emperor of Britania. This had taken my dynasty a few hundred years but I had raised my dynasty up to this from a lowly count. The problem was that the heir to the kingdom was my ugly, hunchbacked son that every one hated and whose wife must not have liked him since he had no kids. Well I died of pneumonia and my son took over. The new heir to my dynasty was a cousin who was not in line for the emperor's throne. The person to take over was some vassal who hated me. Well the hunchback died to an assasination of a viper in the bed. I lost over half the kingdom, now being a vassal with no chance to take over the throne. 200 years of effort lost to a single heir's ineptitude to check his bedsheets. It took another 150 years for me to fix the problem this child had caused. Stories like this make each game a fun experience. Sometimes I have a kingdom that shatters into a million pieces after one bad ruler, and I spend the rest of the game picking up the pieces. Other times out of nowhere I wind up ruling the Byzantine Empire from a marriage I made purely to help win a war, that wound up with my dynasty on the purple throne. Now if you will excuse me I have to figure out how my Raj of India is now ruling from Ireland.
I had played the game a bit at a friends house and was really intrigued. I bought it and was not disappointed. The amount of depth to this game is quite ridiculous. Definitely one of the more interesting strategy games I've played.
Despite the oftentimes cumbersome interface, CKII is a game that lets you do what no other game does... have the dwarf who is seducing your wife and jeopardising your elaborate multi-generational plot to seize the throne of Carpathia from your enemies. While I don't appreciate a lot of features that were added in the conclave patch, such as constantly reinforcing domestic armies and armies that run to Timbuktu when they flee, this is still a solid game, and if you have the patience to get over the learning curve, you will reap its rewards.
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