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  • Summary: Crusader Kings is a strategy game based on the award-winning and highly successful "Europa Universalis" engine. It focuses on the feudal kingdoms of medieval Europe in the time period of 1066 to 1453 A.D. The map covers all of Europe, stretching roughly to the Urals in the east and including parts of Persia and the Arabian Peninsula as well as the coast of North Africa. The player is the leader of a glorious dynasty. Increase the greatness of your lands and your treasure coffins, build Cathedrals and Castles, and combat Highway Robber Bands and defecting vassals. Introduce laws and set taxes, interact with hundreds of courtiers and nobles. Historical multiple-choice events will spawn from the actions of your monarch. [Strategy First] Expand
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  1. Positive: 12 out of 26
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  1. 94
    The best game I have played in months. The game managed to create the most complex yet most simple to navigate gameplay mechanism I have ever experienced.
  2. The missing tutorial is the only glaring flaw as far as I can see. The developer cites anti-piracy measures as the reason, but as usual this hurts paying customers the most.
  3. While casual gamers may be put off by its complex political focus, sim and history buffs will love the accuracy this game portrays of medieval politics.
  4. A good game, but its convoluted interface, some minor bugs, and the lack of a detailed manual make it a tedious and frustrating game to learn for both old-school Europa fans and newbies alike. There are rewards to be had here—but you're going to need to put in some time to reap them.
  5. A cool new twist on a grand strategy, hampered by technical problems. [July 2004, p.74]
  6. One of the key features, the Crusades, are utterly broken in this reviewer's opinion and the game would be much better without them enabled.
  7. Lack of any good documentation lead us to hours of agony and frustration just to get started. It's a compelling game, and it would have been worthwhile if we knew what we were doing from the outset.

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  1. Positive: 6 out of 8
  2. Negative: 1 out of 8
  1. May 5, 2013
    One of the best Medieval RTS games I've ever played, and very underrated. You pick one of many family dynasties to start, and then build that dynasty into the greatest of all. I've heard many complaints about bad graphics, steep learning curve, and historical inaccuracies, however, the game is not meant to be played historically, nor was it created to be easy. It's actually a pretty hard game and will take some time to get the hang of, but once you do, the game is an absolute blast to play. It will eat away many hours of your life. As EliasOmhav mentioned, you just need some patience. My only complaint is the game was released without a proper tutorial. Other than that, it's a fantastic game if you give it a chance. 9/10. Expand
  2. Feb 7, 2011
    The only downside of this game is the graphics but if you can get past that it is one of the most epic and realistic medieval games.. You will not like this game if you do not like random events because this is pretty much 50% of the entire game.. Expand
  3. Jul 29, 2013
    This looked like an interesting game at first but let's say it's for a very specific audience. I am fond of Civilization and Total War series, and even Diplomacy these are probably the closest games, but this one just concentrates on different things. On intrigues, on deciding WHO will be this or that minister. Rather than thinking on what to do with your empire you think what house to marry your daughter into. You will put one of your vassals into prison but then release him instead of killing because this gives more reputation or whatever. All this kind of diplomacy and micromanaging small worthless personas (all of this is simulated in extreme detail) is just NOT FUN, at least to me. This game shows the life of a king from its dull and dirty side and this is not what you would want to see in a game or what you would want to play it for. Expand

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