Explore one of the defining periods in world history in an experience crafted by the masters of Grand Strategy.
User reviews: Very Positive (10,635 reviews)
Release Date: Feb 14, 2012

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Includes 4 items: Crusader Kings II, Europa Universalis IV, Hearts of Iron III, Victoria II

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Includes 43 items: Crusader Kings II, Crusader Kings II: African Portraits , Crusader Kings II: African Unit Pack, Crusader Kings II: Byzantine Unit Pack , Crusader Kings II: Celtic Portraits, Crusader Kings II: Celtic Unit Pack, Crusader Kings II: Customization Pack, Crusader Kings II: Dynasty Shield II, Crusader Kings II: Dynasty Shield III, Crusader Kings II: Dynasty Shields, Crusader Kings II: Europa Universalis IV Converter, Crusader Kings II: Finno-Ugric Unit Pack, Crusader Kings II: Hymns of Abraham, Crusader Kings II: Hymns to the Old Gods, Crusader Kings II: Legacy of Rome , Crusader Kings II: Mediterranean Portraits, Crusader Kings II: Military Orders Unit Pack, Crusader Kings II: Mongol Faces, Crusader Kings II: Norse Portraits, Crusader Kings II: Norse Unit Pack, Crusader Kings II: Persian Portraits, Crusader Kings II: Persian Unit Pack, Crusader Kings II: Rajas of India, Crusader Kings II: Ruler Designer, Crusader Kings II: Russian Portraits, Crusader Kings II: Russian Unit Pack, Crusader Kings II: Saxon Unit Pack, Crusader Kings II: Songs of Albion, Crusader Kings II: Songs of Byzantium , Crusader Kings II: Songs of Faith, Crusader Kings II: Songs of India, Crusader Kings II: Songs of Prosperity, Crusader Kings II: Songs of the Caliph, Crusader Kings II: Songs of the Holy Land, Crusader Kings II: Songs of the Rus, Crusader Kings II: Sons of Abraham, Crusader Kings II: Sunset Invasion, Crusader Kings II: Sword of Islam, Crusader Kings II: The Old Gods, Crusader Kings II: The Republic, Crusader Kings II: Turkish Portraits, Crusader Kings II: Turkish Unit Pack, Crusader Kings II: Warriors of Faith Unit Pack

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"An unforgettable wander through the bastions, banquet halls and bedchambers of Medieval Europe."
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February 16

2.3.3 PATCH RELEASED - Checksum DAQH - NOT for problem reports!

Hello folks,
Here is a very minor patch to iron out some multiplayer lobby issues and prepare the converter for El Dorado.

Here are the patch notes:

MAJOR:
- Fixed issues in lobby when players were loading saves

CONVERTER:
- Added copy folder to sunset invasion scenario conversion

13 comments Read more

January 15

Quick Hotfix 2.3.2 released - Checksum MMUR

In addition to the previous 2.3.1 patchnotes we add:

2.3.2 - MMUR

MAJOR:
- Fixed so you can build holdings again

MINOR:
- Fixed the break-up interaction with your lovers.

24 comments Read more

Reviews

“...playing is winning, and there’s something quite satisfying about leading your house to power and glory through whatever means you can, for as long as you can.”
9,5/10 – Strategy Informer

“In short, Crusader Kings II is a majestic feudal sandbox, the greatest generator of hilarious medieval soap opera ever created and Paradox Interactive’s best title to date.”
90/100 – IncGamers

“It's perfectly possible to have made a few too many enemies, anger the Pope and find most of Europe out for your blood. That's really what makes the game so damn fun.”
9/10 – Destructoid

About This Game

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...

Key features:

  • 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

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • OS: XP/Vista/Windows 7
    • Processor: Intel® Pentium® IV 2.4 GHz or AMD 3500+
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Hard Disk Space: 2 GB
    • Video Card: NVIDIA® GeForce 8800 or ATI Radeon® X1900, 512mb graphics memory required.
    • DirectX®: 9.0c
    • Sound: Direct X-compatible sound card
    • Additional: 3-button mouse and keyboard
    • OS: Mac OS X 10.6.8 or later
    • Processor: Intel Core Duo Processor (2GHz or better)
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Hard Disk Space: 2 GB
    • Video Card: ATI Radeon HD 6750 / NVIDIA GeForce 320 / NVIDIA GeForce
      9600 or higher, 1024MB graphics memory required
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04 LTS
    • Processor: IntelR PentiumR IV 2.4 GHz or AMD 3500+
    • Memory: 2 GB
    • Hard disk space: 2 Gb
    • Video Card: ATI Radeon HD 6750 / NVIDIA GeForce 320 / NVIDIA GeForce
      > 9600 or higher, 1024MB graphics memory required.
Helpful customer reviews
835 of 891 people (94%) found this review helpful
59 people found this review funny
92.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 8
Daughter contracted syphilis. Made her marry my enemy and give him syphilis.

10/10 biological warfare simulator
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2,388 of 2,631 people (91%) found this review helpful
29 people found this review funny
476.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 2, 2014
At the age of 16, my character developed a mad crush on a local girl. He crept into her room and banged her, then declared he loved her. 9 months later she gave birth to a child, he decided he didn't like it, smothered this child in its crib, pushed his lover off a balcony and then married a horny Greek princess and did it all over again until he commited suicide at the age of 72 because his son turned gay after coming back from a visit to Constantinople. Brilliant!
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1,827 of 2,006 people (91%) found this review helpful
24 people found this review funny
667.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 17, 2014
Noticed one day that my little boy turned gay all of a sudden.

Couldn't think of any good reason for it, so I click on his "Relations" tab.

And what do I see? My uncle, listed as my boy's "Lover."

10/10, would imprison and execute my pedophilic gay uncle again.
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1,117 of 1,220 people (92%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
274.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 14, 2014
Determined to unite Ireland. Crazy Norse wife kills all my spymasters, poisons 2 of my sons in less than a year.

Half a year later adventurer from spain threatens me and I think "It's fine, he's no threat to me." 1 year later, 30,000 angry men attack my fledgling, petty kingdom, vassals declare independance, revolt happens and king dies from head injury in battle.

3 year old son put on the throne only to be poisoned by wife.

10/10, would play again.
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2,273 of 2,549 people (89%) found this review helpful
2065 people found this review funny
2,795.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 25, 2014
Meh, the fun only lasts for a little bit, so I didn't play for very long.
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715 of 775 people (92%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
927.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 20, 2014
With 400 hours played, my biggest hope is that they stop releasing new DLC so that I can stop buying it.

The game is certainly not for everybody, and as above the amount of DLC can be intimidating. But if you enjoy the thought of creating a dynasty and playing it throughout history then this might be the game for you.
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943 of 1,063 people (89%) found this review helpful
13 people found this review funny
378.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 15, 2014
I got assassinated by a 1 year old.

10/10
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893 of 1,008 people (89%) found this review helpful
15 people found this review funny
95.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 12, 2014
I bribed the pope, murdered a whole family, including babies. Was granted the title 'the Holy'.

10/10
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615 of 695 people (88%) found this review helpful
10 people found this review funny
1,469.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 15, 2014
I no longer see people. I only see tools that I can use to further my own ends. Friends? Pfah! They will wear a smile on their face as they twist the knife in your back. Family? All envious of my position and willing to eat eachother just for a chance at my crown. Children? More tools in my political war chest to use as I see fiUURRRRRK...

Welp, My pops is dead. Guess that makes me king now.
Sooo... Who wants cake?
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1,020 of 1,180 people (86%) found this review helpful
10 people found this review funny
265.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 3, 2014
best incest simulator of the decade

10/10 would lannister more
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471 of 528 people (89%) found this review helpful
13 people found this review funny
76.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 1, 2014
My 7 year old baron son wanted to institute a law that forced the women of his barony to have sex with him.

69/10 would raise a real man again.
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926 of 1,079 people (86%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
14.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 2, 2014
Married my 4 month old son to a 68 year old to improve diplomatic relations.

11/10
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591 of 682 people (87%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
28.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 12, 2014
They killed my son, the perfect child of a 300 years of eugenics-tier breeding and conditioning...

So I burned their Empire to the GROUND.

10/10 Eugenics Sim. Beautiful.
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1,081 of 1,287 people (84%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
1,458.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 25, 2014
I haven't played this game that much, but it's pretty solid.

9/10
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266 of 291 people (91%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
329.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 1, 2014
Just minding my own business down in the little duchy of Serbia when three royal marriages and two feasts later I get a notification that I have inherited the entire kingdom of Denmark.

This game, with all of its DLCs for its full potential, is absolutely brilliant in that it brings character customisation and character development to a whole new level. Certainly different from the other Paradox Interactive franchises but in the best way possible. Each Paradox Interactive grand strategy has their own unique focus of gameplay which corresponds accurately to the time period and Crusader Kings II has definitely nailed it with their focus on indepth feudal systems and royal relations.

Also I imprisoned all my Danish vassals and watched Denmark plunge into anarchy under my command.

10/10 would usurp title again
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387 of 443 people (87%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
453.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 24, 2014
I imported Muslim and African men into France by marrying them to members of my court. In less than 200 years the Capet Kings where black.

Thank you Merchant
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222 of 241 people (92%) found this review helpful
25 people found this review funny
271.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 2
-Started as Byzantine Empire
-1 in the afternoon
-February 1st
-Start at War against the Muslims
-Imprison military general named Mohammad
-Castrate Mohammad
-Get blown up by ISIS
-Make peace with Muslims
-Fight wars against Italy
-Conquer all of Italy and castrate King
-Have son
-Son Born in Purple
-Italy will be lost upon succession to first born
-Arrest and castrate first born
-Italy safe
-Vassals hate me
-Vassals rebel
-Put down rebellion
-Revoke titles and castrate all rebelling vassals
-expand against Armenia
-Shi'a rises in Arabia
-Holy wars against Africa
-Take most of Northern Africa
-Castrate all land owners and blind all military leaders
-Go to war against Bulgaria
-♥♥♥♥ Bulgaria
-Castrate Bulgaria
-Have two sons, not born in the purple
-Have son born in the purple
-Excommunicate, arrest, and castrate first two sons
-People approve castration
-Holy war against Moroccan Empires
-Caliph gets called in
-Muslims are ♥♥♥♥♥♥ me
-Ruler dies in battle
-Gain cruel trait blinding general
-Whole kingdom revolts
-Crown authority gets rekt
-Muslims win
-1000 gold in debt
-Set up merchant republic in North Africa
-Borrow money from Jews
-Expel Jews
-Castrate remaining Jews
-Rebuild army
-Take rest of Balkans
-Army is huge
-Take Southern HRE and southern France
-Entire Arabian Empire rebels
-Caliph down to 7500 troops
-Holy Wars against Caliph
-Take all the way down to Egypt
-Capture Caliph
-Castrate Caliph
-Wage war on Morocco
-Capture Morocco
-Just Spain left
-Have another son
-Born in purple
-Ask for first son to be excommunicated
-Denied
-Arrest son
-Castrate son
-Vassals hate me
-Vassals rebel
-Hire mercenaries
-♥♥♥♥ Vassals
-Arabia invades
-♥♥♥♥ Arabia
-Castrate Vassals
-Castrate Caliph
-Holy War against Spain
-Take eastern coast in many holy wars
-So many castrated Muslim men
-No more reproduction in Spain.
-Build back army
-Castrate my first born for the last time
-Finish off Spanish Muslims
-Castrate whole prison cell
-Take Christian stronghold in Spain.
-Release king
-I am merciful
-Reunite Roman Empire
-Look up at clock
-1 pm
-February 2nd
-I guess Rome was built in a day

15/10 would castrate world again
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424 of 499 people (85%) found this review helpful
10 people found this review funny
251.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 18, 2014
Arrested a Duke's son for trying to murder his father.
Duke gained a -50 opinion modifier towards me for imprisoning his son.
50/10
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537 of 652 people (82%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
2,086.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 23, 2014
I guess it's a decent game. I'd certainly reccomend it.
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232 of 264 people (88%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
3,927.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 28, 2014
It's an alright game so far, haven't played enough of it to really have a solid opinion on it though.
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