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Generally favorable reviews- based on 604 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: 61 out of 61
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 61
  3. Negative: 0 out of 61
  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
    As much as it remains a numbers-driven grand strategy game, Crusader Kings III masterfully paints a complex medieval world teeming with living characters that have desires and ambitions. Its mixture of familiar and evolved systems enhances its roleplaying and emergent storytelling potential. The actions that you perform always feel like they’re the result of a process or skill your characters have naturally gained and there’s always something to grab your attention. And so it did, as for 70+ hours we were completely absorbed by warfare, realm management and court intrigue, which, it turns out, we haven’t had enough of just yet.
  5. Sep 2, 2020
    90
    Crusader Kings III is the best Paradox Interactive grand strategy games to date and probably one of best strategy games ever made.
  6. Aug 31, 2020
    90
    Crusader Kings 3 is a compelling strategy game that deserves to be played. Paradox Development Studios outdid themselves on this one.
  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. Negative: 33 out of 159
  1. Sep 2, 2020
    10
    One of the best paradox releases. It misses little features from Crusader Kings 2 and improves in many areas, including a lot of things thatOne of the best paradox releases. It misses little features from Crusader Kings 2 and improves in many areas, including a lot of things that are available to Crusader Kings 2 by spending a lot of money for lower quality. A very good foundation for the developers to work and thrive.
    Even from a veteran's perspective there is no reason to return to an older installment.

    The Kings is Dead. Long Live the King!
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  2. 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.
  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 5, 2020
    9
    Классная стратегия,затягивает на долгие часы за свою нелинейность и спасибо за русскую локализацию.
    9/10
    Классная стратегия,затягивает на долгие часы за свою нелинейность и спасибо за русскую локализацию.
    9/10
  5. May 9, 2022
    8
    My truthful honorable incorruptible conclusive rating of this considered game: 8.
  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. Dec 19, 2021
    0
    Your product is really great, but finally rename Russia to Rus. Russia is not successor of Rus!

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