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4.0 out of 5 stars
Incredible Detail, but no guidance, 30 Dec. 2004
An excellent game all roun. I played Europa Universalis I, and found it enjoyable, but a little laborious and rather lacking in depth, particularly given the limited combat system. It was a little like Medeavil Total War, minus the battles.
Crusader Kings has incredible depth in the political aspects of the game. You can play as a Count, Duke or King. You have to hold onto your territories, and gain others to add to your realm, and the number of different ways you can manage this is impressive in its scope. The politcal and economic options avaliable to you are impressive in range and scope, and show that some considerable thought has gone into designing the game.
The only problem is that there is no useful manual, and no tutorial. You are pretty much left to figure it all out by yourself, which is far from ideal, particularly given the scope and depth of the game. It would get 5 stars with a tutorial, but I still give it 4 as it is well worth the buy, and has plenty of replay value.