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Generally favorable reviews- based on 508 Ratings

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  • Summary: Paradox Development Studio brings you the sequel to one of the most popular strategy games ever made. Crusader Kings III is the heir to a long legacy of historical grand strategy experiences and arrives with a host of new ways to ensure the success of your royal house.

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  1. Positive: 60 out of 60
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  1. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    Oct 7, 2020
    100
    A brilliant strategy that is basically accessible to everyone, even if the person doesn't like strategies very much – all one has to do is love a good story. Crusader Kings III is simply a Game of the Year candidate. [Issue#306]
  2. Aug 31, 2020
    100
    Every detail of Crusader Kings III feels like the perfect evolution of the series. The refined systems and better UI don’t take away from the complexities of a campaign; they just make it easier to have fun. Every worry I had of this being a watered-down Crusader Kings II experience faded away with the sheer amount of content available. With a larger world, more refined systems, gorgeous visuals and deep character mechanics, Crusader Kings III is everything fans of the series could have hoped for – and more.
  3. Aug 31, 2020
    94
    Crusader Kings 3 is incredible. It's an irrepressible story engine that spits out a constant stream of compelling alt-histories, delightfully infuriating characters and social puzzles that I've become obsessed with unravelling. I can't imagine being done with it. I just subsist on digital drama now. Will Alfred finally leave the torture chamber and make a friend? What's Bjorn going to do now that he knows his wife is in love with his chancellor? And who's going to be committing patricide next? I need to spend less time writing reviews and more time with my dynasties.
  4. Aug 31, 2020
    90
    Crusader Kings 3 is not only a return to its franchise's grand range of gameplay, strategy, and storytelling, but also a massive and meaningful evolution with little to hold players back from exploration and discovery throughout an intricate web of rulers, dynasties, and statecraft.
  5. Sep 1, 2020
    90
    This is the best Crusader Kings game we've had to date and is a must-have for any strategy or RPG fan.
  6. Aug 31, 2020
    90
    Crusader Kings 3 is a fantastic entry in Paradox's historically-rooted strategy series. New RPG elements help to create a more engrossing character-driven experience, while lots of quality-of-life improvements make it more accessible and digestible to both Crusader Kings veterans and newcomers. There are still a couple of issues, such as as inconsistent AI-controlled allied armies, but this is still nonetheless one of the absolute best strategy games you can currently buy.
  7. Aug 31, 2020
    80
    While not perfect, long-time fans of the series and newcomers previously intimidated by its complicated gameplay will be able to enjoy expanding their dynasties in Crusader Kings III for years to come.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 96 out of 137
  2. Negative: 28 out of 137
  1. Sep 3, 2020
    10
    Giant fan of CK2, and CK3 takes CK2 WITH ALL THE DLC and builds upon that. Of course, theres some depth to increase, but that's to be expectedGiant fan of CK2, and CK3 takes CK2 WITH ALL THE DLC and builds upon that. Of course, theres some depth to increase, but that's to be expected with the business model of PDX.
    Can 100% recommend, LOVE LOVE LOVE! Well done, dev team!
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  2. Sep 6, 2020
    10
    Crusader Kings III is much more beginner-friendly than its predecessor games. Information about anything is accessible within the game.
  3. Sep 2, 2020
    10
    Wonderfully crafted game that will only get better with age and DLC :) Some annoying things from CK2 are gone but they have managed to notWonderfully crafted game that will only get better with age and DLC :) Some annoying things from CK2 are gone but they have managed to not dumb it down which is great! New Menu and tooltip layout will take some getting used to but overall its a huge step forward. Characters are wonderful and you definitely feel more involved controlling their destiny. Expand
  4. Sep 6, 2020
    9
    I'll give it a 9 but it's probably more like a 7 or 8 compared to CK2. Love the graphics upgrades and it's cool to see 3D characters now butI'll give it a 9 but it's probably more like a 7 or 8 compared to CK2. Love the graphics upgrades and it's cool to see 3D characters now but man, pretty much everything else is downgraded. Options are way more limited than what they were in CK2. I'm thinking they'll be able to fix these kinds of things in future patches and DLC that's why I give it 9 but if you're looking for a similar experience to what you'd get out of CK2, you won't find it in CK3 ( at least not right now ). Expand
  5. Sep 24, 2020
    8
    потенциал у игры прям 10/10, на данный момент контента, как ни странно мало, НУЖНО БОЛЬШЕ КОНТЕНТАпотенциал у игры прям 10/10, на данный момент контента, как ни странно мало, НУЖНО БОЛЬШЕ КОНТЕНТА
  6. Sep 19, 2020
    6
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. It's not bad but in many ways it's a step down from CK2. Fix this Paradox.

    The Mayor and Bishop system is completely messed up, worse than before. Instead of making it more in depth, they've made it superficial and harder. Adding in historically incorrect rules and making it harder to search for characters. Add in the amount of bastards and you've made the game almost unplayable. I get the desire to streamline but you did it the wrong way. CK2 cared so much for its world building and you've thrown all that away.

    Also, I'm saying this as a POC, can you quit with PC nonsense too. Yes, in the modern era its appropriate, 100%. In medieval society religion was everything as was culture.
    In summation, this is a worse offering than CK2 and I hope you fix it ASAP.
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  7. Mar 31, 2021
    0
    Literally disappointed. I can't remember the last time I was in such strong disagreement with the reviews for a game.

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