Crusader Kings PC

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. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Computer Games Magazine
    70
    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]
  5. PC Gamer
    69
    A cool new twist on a grand strategy, hampered by technical problems. [July 2004, p.74]
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
User Score
7.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 42 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 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 »