Metascore
73

Mixed or average reviews - based on 26 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 26
  2. Negative: 0 out of 26
  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. 90
    In all, you're given a huge amount of control over every aspect of your realm, and it's gratifying.
  3. This is not a game for the weak minded. One must be mature enough to look beyond the glitz and glamour of gaming to appreciate what Crusader Kings is: an uncompromising exercise in strategy and planning.
  4. 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.
  5. While casual gamers will feel like they've been plunged into a maelstrom of names and dates, anyone with a love of history will appreciate the rigorous attention to detail and epic scope.
  6. Superb grapics, although some may call them minimalistic, an easy to use interface and fleshed out time line/period mark this down as a genre leader for those with an acquired taste.
  7. 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.
  8. A very deep and complex game, which will appeal to the crowd that this game is made for. However, the gameplay is a bit complicated, and may alienate more casual strategy gamers. Only hardcore strategy fans need apply.
  9. All of this high polish is tarnished by the significant, game-stopping bugs that are currently present in the game. If Paradox is able to clean up these bugs, I could highly recommend this game.
  10. Be warned, however, that there is a lot of work to do before finally wringing enjoyment out of this title, especially if one is new to the series.
  11. 76
    The family mechanic definitely adds a lot of much-needed personality to the series.
  12. 75
    One of the problems is a lack of meaningful interaction with the rest of the world.
  13. Crusader Kings has a lot of potential: the underlying historical model is a gem. However, when all is said and done, games need to be playable: and there’s some way to go here.
  14. 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.
  15. Plays like a series of Shakespearean plays with every king having a character arc and every count's struggle up the ladder of power a fascinating narrative. [Aug 2004, p.62]
  16. What Crusader Kings does not do is expand the "Europa Universalis" audience by making this style of play comprehensible to those who have never played a "Europa Universalis" title.
  17. A cool new twist on a grand strategy, hampered by technical problems. [July 2004, p.74]
  18. This game is definitely not for everyone since the lack of a tutorial and inadequate manual act as hurdles for anyone who is new to this type of strategy game.
  19. Game play is not much more than a mere point and click adventure, but it is your brain that will serves as the game’s biggest asset.
  20. 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.
  21. A fantastically deep strategy game. This is good news for fans of this genre and particularly for fans of Europa Universalis. However, it brings little new to the genre and re-uses an old and tired engine.
  22. A very deep, very rich game intended for those who truly appreciate historical accuracy in strategy games. The strategy is deep, rich and fulfilling, without the need for action or adrenaline.
  23. A tour de force of chronometric detail and almost bottomless options, but the glaring lack of a tutorial, criminally sparse documentation, paucity of things you can directly control and frequent crashes to the desktop doesn’t make playing it any more fun for the uninitiated.
  24. After hours of working with this game, unless you’re a history buff or ruler-in-training, you will likely find yourself overwhelmed and lost.
  25. The lack of a tutorial is a glaring omission in a game that is not intuitive at all for those unfamiliar with "Europa Universalis". With no objectives, if the gamer has no passing interest in history, the game is sure to fall flat.
  26. 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.
User Score
7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 34 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 10
  2. Negative: 1 out of 10
  1. EliasOmhav
    Oct 20, 2007
    10
    Simply awesome.. It's not THAT hard to learn, people are just impatient, it takes maybe 1 hour to learn, if you really put your mind toSimply awesome.. It's not THAT hard to learn, people are just impatient, it takes maybe 1 hour to learn, if you really put your mind to it, and seriously this is a game that you can play for HOURS AND HOURS AND HOURS.. I know I have!

    *nolifer warning*

    My Swedish Empire will soon rule over all of Europe.. And the Arabian lands! "ONWARD YE MEN IN BLUE!"
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  2. Feb 7, 2011
    8
    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.. YouThe 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.. Full Review »
  3. Zeca
    Dec 12, 2005
    8
    Innovates the EU2 gameplay by focusing on family, territory and political aspects, from a personal point of view. A pity it was released Innovates the EU2 gameplay by focusing on family, territory and political aspects, from a personal point of view. A pity it was released almost broken and only now, after various patches, can show its shine. Nice game. Full Review »