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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 includingCrusader 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
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 26
  2. Negative: 0 out of 26
  1. netjak
    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. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. PC Gamer
    69
    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. 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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 11
  2. Negative: 1 out of 11
  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. DraganZ.
    Apr 18, 2004
    9
    Better than eu2.
  3. May 5, 2013
    9
    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 thatOne 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
  4. [Anonymous]
    May 6, 2004
    9
    The only grand strategy game of this period, SP is even better than EUII, don't bother with multiplayer for now... will be pure 10 afterThe only grand strategy game of this period, SP is even better than EUII, don't bother with multiplayer for now... will be pure 10 after usual patches although the thing is stable ATM @1.02 Expand
  5. 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. Expand
  6. 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.. Expand
  7. BoS.
    Aug 23, 2004
    1
    Although it is a very good game, there are many historical failures and faults, so I have to give it a 1.

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