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Crusader Kings (PC CD)

by U Wish Games
Windows XP
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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  • Pausable real-time grand-strategy - based on the engine used by the award winning EU-series
  • Unique historical settings - re-enact the crusades, defend against the Mongol onslaught, and form feudal nation-states in Europe
  • A simulation of a feudal society, as never before seen in a game, involving laws, commissions, nobles, priests, burghers and peasants as well as religious influences
  • An evolutionary combat system - which will simulate the effect from Mongolian light cavalry to the English longbow men
  • Saved games from Crusader Kings can be converted into the format of EU 2
  • See your dynasty progress - get rewards from the Pope by being successful in the crusades!
  • Institute and take control of religious orders - choose between the Knight's Templar like The Knights of St John and The Teutonic Order

Game Information

  • Platform:   Windows XP
  • Media: Video Game

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  • ASIN: B000S0K2CS
  • Release Date: 14 Sept. 2007
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 28,919 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

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Crusader Kings is a grand scale strategy game focused on the feudal kingdoms of medieval Europe in the time period of 1066 to 1453 A.D. Based on the Europa Universalis engine, players influence decisions over the 'known world' - across 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. One revolutionary feature in Crusader Kings is that the game is more about prestige and wealth than traditional empire building. To the player, the honour and power of the royal dynasty are more important than the expansion of the nation's borders (although that is of course still an important aspect of the game). In Crusader Kings, players also have to deal with the feudal lords and bishops that rule the various provinces. To retain the focus on medieval feudalism and chivalry, merchant republics like Venice, Genoa and the Hanseatic League are not playable nations; neither are the Mongol hordes nor the three Caliphates. The playable nations are limited to Christian monarchies, principalities and empires. The goal of the game is to amass as much Prestige and Piety as possible for your dynasty.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Paradox Gem 1 Dec. 2007
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
Ever since picking up Paradox's Europa Universalis I I have been addicted to their games and have played less and less games by other developers. EU II, Hearts of Iron and Victoria are all marvelous. This game has tended to get overlooked. I think every paradox game has unique qualities, EU has amazing world depth, you play with and explore, conquer and engage in relations with hundreds of nations. HoI has a terrific focus on building diverse armies of multiple military units, making it a grand strategy WWII game of unequaled depth. The unique selling point of Crusader Kings is its focus on building a dynasty in Medieval Europe. Whilst military activity is abundant the real fun in this game is breeding, building a ruling family, and managing relations with your vassals or your liege. You take on the role of a King, Duke or Count and your rule can be threatened as much by your character being excommunicated or going insane as by invasion from a foreign power. You can rise from a lowly count on the Shetland Islands to a great emperor ruling most of Europe but you can also tear your hair out as misfortune takes you in the opposite direction. Although this is my favourite Paradox title, on balance I would recommend you try EU II or any of the Hearts of Iron titles first to see if Paradox's unique approach to historical simulation is for you.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Intense Medieval Strategy Game - Too many flaws 14 April 2012
Fun: 2.0 out of 5 stars   
I have mixed feeling about this game. It has taken dynastic strategy to a whole new level. The concept is amazing, but the game play is sometimes weak.

The few positives:

I wish Medieval: Total War (PC CD) had this kind of depth in the dynasty management. Crusader Kings has a lot of flexibility. You can play as any count, duke, or king in all of Europe. You control the marriage of your children and other children in your line. You can change how inheritance works in your realm (strongest vassal, eldest son, strongest son, etc.)

I like the way troops are mobilized from your vassals. You can either directly call up the vassals troops which lowers the loyalty of your vassal or make a request to him to mobilize all his forces which he may or may not honor due to the situation.

The many negatives:

Loyalty of vassals is handled poorly. It is really unmanageable. Vassal loyalty was an unending problem. I constantly had to monitor loyalty of the vassals and sparse out titles to stop infighting. You also can not tell whether their loyalty to the liege is increasing or decreasing over time without checking monthly. I turned to writing down all the vassals in my territory and kept track of it each month. Not fun. It would have been nice to have an indicator to show if the loyalty is increasing or decreasing and by what factor.

The manual provided with the game is so incomplete it is laughable. There is zero help to understand how to play the game other than this. You simply learn to play by making constant mistakes. There should be some kind of help menu in the game to explain how features in the game work.

Combat leaves a lot to be desired.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great game for the price 17 Sept. 2012
By Barry
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Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
This game cost 1p + postage of £2 and i have spent most of the weekend playing it. Great value espicially if you like straregy games very similar to Europa Unvarlis 3 which is one of my all time fav games.
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