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Generally favorable reviews- based on 479 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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 60 out of 60
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 60
  3. Negative: 0 out of 60
  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: 93 out of 131
  2. Negative: 26 out of 131
  1. Sep 4, 2020
    10
    The best Paradox game. Much better than the CK2. Plus this optimization ... the game runs very smoothly. For me, a great game for years.
  2. Sep 6, 2020
    10
    Amazing game with tons of potential. I've spent all my vacation on this masterpiece and I have no regrets. Much love to Paradoxes.
  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 3, 2020
    9
    Probably the the best release that Paradox have ever done . Eventhough the game may have slightly less features than crusader kings 2 with allProbably the the best release that Paradox have ever done . Eventhough the game may have slightly less features than crusader kings 2 with all of the expansions, Crusader Kings 3's 5 year development time definitely shows as the ingame features effortlessly cooperates and complements each other. Expand
  5. Sep 12, 2020
    8
    I'm having fun so far! Improved graphics, new features, and so far I'm having fun with the "RPG" side of character focused game play. I expectI'm having fun so far! Improved graphics, new features, and so far I'm having fun with the "RPG" side of character focused game play. I expect Paradox to nickel and dime many of the missing features (from the previous game) by the way of DLC in the future, but I'm not even mad. As long as they deliver quality content, this is going to be worth hundreds of hours of play for me. Thumbs up! Expand
  6. May 28, 2021
    7
    Big Paradox fan here.

    An amazingly made game. It is intimidating at first with everything going on. Once you get the hang of it though
    Big Paradox fan here.

    An amazingly made game. It is intimidating at first with everything going on. Once you get the hang of it though you'll find yourself sucked into a world of strategy that is unlike any other! I still find myself feeling surprised by the game every once and a while. Absolutely worth your time.

    My only complaint is how many menus and things there are on the screen. It just feels a bit crazy to new players but I guess that might be part of the appeal for some people? Anywho I'm just glad to have finally figured out how to understand this thing.
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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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