The Dark Ages might be drawing to a close, but Europe is still in turmoil. Petty lords vie against beleaguered kings who struggle to assert control over their fragmented realms. The Pope calls for a Crusade to protect the Christians in the Holy Land even as he refuses to relinquish control over the investiture of bishops - and their riches. Now is the time for greatness. Expand your demesne and secure the future of your dynasty. Fill your coffers, appoint vassals, root out traitors and heretics, introduce laws and interact with hundreds of nobles, each with their own agenda.
A good lord will always need friends to support him. But beware, as loyal vassals can quickly turn to bitter rivals, and some might not be as reliable as they seem... Stand ready, and increase your prestige until the world whispers your name in awe. Do you have what it takes to become a Crusader King?
Crusader Kings II explores one of the defining periods in world history in an experience crafted by the masters of Grand Strategy. Medieval Europe is brought to life in this epic game of knights, schemes, and thrones...
Start a game at any point between 1066 and 1337 and play until 1453
Pick a Christian lord and make sure his dynasty survives as you play a succession of his descendants through the ages
Gain Prestige for every successive character you play, furthering the glory of your Dynasty
Expand your feudal domain - and keep it from falling apart
Unravel the plots of your courtiers and vassals, each with their own opinions and agendas
Take up the Cross and fight the Moor, the Heathen and the Heretic.
Defend against the onslaught of the Mongol Horde
Struggle with the Pope for control of the bishops
Relive the Middle Ages with up to 32 other players in a competitive multiplayer mode
Unsupported Video Cards: ATI Radeon X1300, ATI Radeon X1600, ATI Radeon X1900 XT, ATI Radeon HD 2400 XT, ATI Radeon HD 2600 Pro, ATI Radeon HD 2600 XT, ATI Radeon HD 4670, ATI Radeon HD 4850, ATI Radeon HD 4870
I bought this game last week, and I'm hooked. It is rare that I find a game where, after an hour of play, I still had no clue what I was doing. Eventually I started to figure things out, and it is awesome. My first ruler was filled with lust and hedonism, she had like 8 children with three different men, each of whom I put onto the ruling council. I became possessed, and the church condemned me. Great fun! The problem I have is that the DLC can be expensive. (though if you pick up "the old gods" you have an extra couple hundred of years). The game also can be converted to Europa Universalus IV if you want to continue into more recent history/
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Very compliacted from the get-go.
by daniel Hewett, Canada - Feb 19th 2014
Be EXTREMELY willing to spend ALOT of time learning the in's and out's of this game before any real deep play can begin. The learning curve is VERY steep.
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by Sean Thomas Riffenburg, USA - Feb 13th 2014
This is one of the best games that I've encountered in a really long time, and I'm difficult to please when it comes to strategy games. There are endless possibilities in this game, but the greatest thing about it, you can play however you like. Whether you want to build your dynasty through marriage, deceit, war, etc., it's up to you! Make sure you download all the dlc, as that makes the game truly impeccable.
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