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+ pleasant world map
+ pretty menus
- spartan combat animations
- low-detail world
+ authentic and well-researched middle ages
+ building personal relationships is an engrossing endeavor
+ appropriate music pieces
- no voice output
- thin soundscape
+ five levels of difficulty
+ helpful tutorial
- initially much "trial and error"
+ countless noble personalities
+ dynasty family tree
+ conscripts and mercenaries
- few units on the map
+ surprising events
+ every time another course of history
+ around 100 hours
+ four campaigns
+ huge replay value
+ multiplayer mode
That's it though: Once be a famous king who defends his power, intrigue spins and defeated rivals! Crusader Kings 2 of Paradox offers exclusive to the medieval job now, where you have to manage your own particular family in real time. Prepares the ruling also joy? Thousands of years of warfare, culture clashes, technological advances, political upheaval and intrigue.
There are no tangible goal, be found in Crusader Kings II. Your task is simply the patchwork of feudal states, Europe and the Mediterranean in the Middle Ages, however you include and expand to take your power desired. After you choose a starting point somewhere 1066-1337 to play, like any head of state long ago absorbed from the ruler of the Holy Roman Empire to the king of a tiny area of a larger nation.
Relationships are really tricky things and in Crusader Kings II, but they are the core of the game. Like other nobles you see both in your own area as well as internationally, affects the actions you can take and how efficient you are as a ruler. You can manipulate others through a variety of methods.
In your own yard can be the people providing titles or honors and landed every character, regardless of which court they are, have their own ambitions that you can help them with. If you want to befriend the widowed King of Poland, you can offer him one of your beautiful daughters.
You will get an alliance (marriage is the only way you can to make such relations), and if they both have the ambition marriage, you're going to make them even happier. If you succeed it makes you as a puppeteer at the highest level to feel.
While you sit tight and play the role of a pacifist, the best way to build your dynasty is about to overtake other areas and expand the boundaries of your kingdom. This task usually requires a careful combination of diplomacy, intrigue and all-out military conflict.
Building an army is an expensive proposition in Crusader Kings II, so you need a robust economy before you spend money on new training structures in your various holdings. Likewise, maintaining an active army that is called up to war adds a big cost to your monthly expenses, making it easy to dip into the red and burn through your gold reserves in a hurry.
The handful of events you can cause through decisions are always the same and after you've held a couple of feasts and tournaments they stop being very memorable, they just become a way for you to potentially augment your stats. They are welcome diversions and thanks to the random nature of the game the outcomes frequently differ even if you've witnessed the event several times before, but I can't help but wish there was more variety.
But don't let that discourage you from giving it a go because even in spite of its learning curve, Crusader Kings II is absolutely worth the time investment. Playing the game against real people adds a lot of excitement, whether coordinating with human allies in a combined war effort or rubbing their noses in a failed assassination attempt.
It is that the scale and potential for an entertaining story after another, the Crusader Kings II make so captivating. There are so many small interactions to allow you to experience for a payout and so much potential, if your planning and scheming finally come to fruition. It's an incredibly dynamic game that seems to perfectly simulate the state of flux that Europe and the Middle East were in during the Middle Ages. An intense learning curve, but a unique strategy experience.
Score: 82 / 100
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