Crusader Kings II Review

How realistic is Crusader Kings II?

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Silentius (after 8 hours play time)

582 days ago

It represents the life of a medieval noble as one dominated by ambition, religion and dynastic politics... which, to be fair, is pretty realistic.

CKII does a great job of rendering the complexities of the liege/vassal (i.e. feudal) system, and, as was the case in reality, a well negotiated marriage - or a knife in the ribs - can often do more for a family's fortunes than an army of ten thousand. That said, just as in the real middle ages, petty squabbles, religious hatred and blood feuds are always in plentiful supply, so you'll never find yourself wanting for a reason to take up arms should you choose to do so.

The whole package feels authentic and well researched. The devs have clearly done their homework, but then you wouldn't expect anything else from Paradox would you?

OutsideTheNormalMoralConstraints (after 46 days 18 hours play time)

680 days ago

It focuses heavily on interpersonal relationships and political dealings most games lack entirely but much of that can be reduced to a spreadsheet.

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LordCrash (after 4 days 16 hours play time)

684 days ago

who cares?

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How strategic does combat in Crusader Kings II feel?

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LordCrash (after 4 days 16 hours play time)

684 days ago

very strategic, probably more strategic than most other so called strategy games

OutsideTheNormalMoralConstraints (after 46 days 18 hours play time)

680 days ago

Not particularly. The strategy layer has more depth than at first glance, but mastering the strategy layer will only help you win fair fights, and if you're in a fair fight you've screwed up horribly.

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How well does Crusader Kings II let you develop your character?

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LordCrash (after 4 days 16 hours play time)

684 days ago

better than most RPGs

OutsideTheNormalMoralConstraints (after 46 days 18 hours play time)

680 days ago

You have stats, and a bunch of traits which effect stats. You can't always control what traits you get, sometimes you have to play a cowardly glutton. Characters are temporary though, when it dies your son/daughter/scheming uncle who just assassinated you takes over.

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Does Crusader Kings II reward strategic planning?

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LordCrash (after 4 days 16 hours play time)

684 days ago

yes, although the game does a good job to surprise you from time to time so that you have to adapt your strategy on the fly

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Would you recommend any good Crusader Kings II mods?

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LordCrash (after 4 days 16 hours play time)

684 days ago

the Game of Thrones conversion

OutsideTheNormalMoralConstraints (after 46 days 18 hours play time)

680 days ago

The Warhammer conversion mod (will require a fairly powerful CPU to run at moderate speeds).

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How active is the Crusader Kings II mod scene?

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LordCrash (after 4 days 16 hours play time)

684 days ago

very active, a lot of great mods for the game out there, like the Game of Thrones conversion

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Would you buy at full price or wait for a Crusader Kings II sale?

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LordCrash (after 4 days 16 hours play time)

684 days ago

The game is out for quite some time now so there is a sale for the game every few weeks. I'd use one of those if I were a newcomer to the game.

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Does Crusader Kings II reward political manouvering?

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LordCrash (after 4 days 16 hours play time)

684 days ago

Yes, it's the core of the game.

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How much freedom does Crusader Kings II give you?

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LordCrash (after 4 days 16 hours play time)

684 days ago

Too much to explore it all

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How good are the graphics in Crusader Kings II?

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LordCrash (after 4 days 16 hours play time)

684 days ago

Functional, very well suited for this kind of game

OutsideTheNormalMoralConstraints (after 46 days 18 hours play time)

680 days ago

Minimalistic, with DLC to make improvements that really don't matter anyway.

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How does Crusader Kings II run on your PC?

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LordCrash (after 4 days 16 hours play time)

684 days ago

Awesome, without any issues

OutsideTheNormalMoralConstraints (after 46 days 18 hours play time)

680 days ago

At moderate speed on an 8 year old machine, the game will be playable on almost any PC if you're patient as its rapid turn based (one tick=1day, slower PCs mean longer ticks).

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How good is the Mac port of Crusader Kings II?

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LordCrash (after 4 days 16 hours play time)

684 days ago

I don't know.

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How good is the Linux port of Crusader Kings II?

OutsideTheNormalMoralConstraints (after 46 days 18 hours play time)

680 days ago

Perfect.

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LordCrash (after 4 days 16 hours play time)

684 days ago

I don't know.

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How active is the PvP community in Crusader Kings II?

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LordCrash (after 4 days 16 hours play time)

684 days ago

I don't know.

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How good are the sounds in Crusader Kings II?

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LordCrash (after 4 days 16 hours play time)

684 days ago

The music is awesome, the sounds are functional.

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