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Release Date: Nov 15, 2012

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Includes 42 items: Crusader Kings II: Dynasty Shields, Crusader Kings II: Mongol Faces, Crusader Kings II: Songs of Albion, Crusader Kings II: Songs of Faith, Crusader Kings II: Ruler Designer, Crusader Kings II: Songs of the Holy Land, Crusader Kings II: Sword of Islam, Crusader Kings II: African Unit Pack, Crusader Kings II: Songs of the Caliph, Crusader Kings II: Dynasty Shield II, Crusader Kings II: Legacy of Rome , Crusader Kings II: Byzantine Unit Pack , Crusader Kings II: African Portraits , Crusader Kings II: Mediterranean Portraits, Crusader Kings II: Russian Unit Pack, Crusader Kings II: Russian Portraits, Crusader Kings II: Sunset Invasion, Crusader Kings II: Songs of the Rus, Crusader Kings II: Norse Portraits, Crusader Kings II: Norse Unit Pack, Crusader Kings II: The Republic, Crusader Kings II: Songs of Prosperity, Crusader Kings II: The Old Gods, Crusader Kings II: Hymns to the Old Gods, Crusader Kings II: Celtic Unit Pack, Crusader Kings II: Celtic Portraits, Crusader Kings II: Dynasty Shield III, Crusader Kings II: Europa Universalis IV Converter, Crusader Kings II: Customization Pack, Crusader Kings II: Sons of Abraham, Crusader Kings II: Military Orders Unit Pack, Crusader Kings II: Warriors of Faith Unit Pack, Crusader Kings II: Hymns of Abraham, Crusader Kings II: Saxon Unit Pack, Crusader Kings II: Finno-Ugric Unit Pack, Crusader Kings II: Rajas of India, Crusader Kings II: Turkish Unit Pack, Crusader Kings II: Turkish Portraits, Crusader Kings II: Songs of India, Crusader Kings II: Persian Unit Pack, Crusader Kings II: Persian Portraits, Crusader Kings II: Songs of Byzantium

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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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About This Content

It is the late 13th century and Europe is still reeling from the all-conquering Mongol Hordes. Just as the Lords of the West breathe a sigh of relief, another threat looms on the horizon. Strange ships bearing winged serpents and grinning skulls, symbols never before seen in the known world, have been sighted all along the Atlantic coast. As the sun sets on the shores of Morocco, Portugal and Ireland, the largest fleet that has ever set sail approaches land, ready to invade in the name of blood thirsty gods...

Crusader Kings II: Sunset Invasion is the third DLC expansion for the critically praised strategy/RPG Crusader Kings II. This fantasy scenario marks Paradox Development Studios first departure from history. Hearing of Europe from travelling Northmen, the blood drenched Aztec Civilization has risen early and now spread like a virulent plague. Prepare to defend all you hold dear against the Sunset Invasion!

Crusader Kings II explores one of the defining periods in world history in an experience crafted by Paradox Development Studio, masters of Grand Strategy. Medieval Europe is brought to life in this epic game of knights, schemes, and thrones.

Main Features

  • A new invading threat arrives at a random point in the mid to late game
  • Unique new portraits, on-map shields and units for the great Mesoamerican Menace
  • Cower in fear of the Aztec gods: New Aztec culture and religion
  • Human Sacrifice! When a province is lost, no one is safe from the threat of losing their hearts on the obsidian altars
  • Survive the terrible disease brought by the pagan oppressors with a new plague from across the Ocean

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux

    Minimum:

    • OS:Windows XP / Vista / 7
    • Processor: Intel® Pentium® IV 2.4 GHz or AMD 3500+
    • Memory:2 GB RAM
    • Graphics:NVIDIA® GeForce 8800 or ATI Radeon® X1900 video card, 512Mb graphics memory required
    • DirectX®:9.0
    • Hard Drive:2 GB HD space
    • Sound:DirectX compatible sound card
    • Additional:3-button mouse, keyboard, speakers, Internet connection for multiplayer, resolution at least 1024 x 768, Requires the base game Crusader Kings II

    Recommended:

    • Additional:3-button mouse, keyboard, speakers, Internet connection for multiplayer, resolution at least 1024 x 768, Requires the base game Crusader Kings II

    Minimum:

    • OS:Mac OS X 10.6.8 or later
    • Processor:Intel Core Duo Processor (2GHz or better)
    • Memory:2 GB RAM
    • Graphics:ATI Radeon HD 6750 / NVIDIA GeForce 320 / NVIDIA GeForce 9600 or higher
    • Hard Drive:2 GB HD space
    • Additional:3-button mouse, keyboard, speakers, Internet connection for multiplayer, resolution at least 1024 x 768, Requires the base game Crusader Kings II

    Recommended:

    • Additional:3-button mouse, keyboard, speakers, Internet connection for multiplayer, resolution at least 1024 x 768, Requires the base game Crusader Kings II
    • 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.
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Mixed (62 reviews)
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Don Pablo is Mexican {OfTheMad}
Posted: August 24
Ignore the fact that somehow Norseman reaching the new world sailed to Mexico.

Ignore the fact that the Aztec Empire is apparently there several hundred years too early.

Ignore the fact that somehow the Aztecs "Reverse Engineer" Longboats after killing the men manning them.

Ignore the fact that somehow the Aztecs then know exactly where the Old World is.

Ignore the fact that somehow the Aztecs will randomly land on the west coast of Ireland, Spain, or France.
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Ignore the fact that because of the levy nerfs, 200,000 Aztecs is enough to blitzkrieg medieval Europe. All of it.

Ignore the fact that they do with with presumably Macuahuitls and obsidian weaponry.

Ignore the fact that gameplay wise a Norse Huscarl and a Jaguar Warrior are exactly the same 100%

Ignore the fact that Western Europe may not have to deal with Mongols, but they have their own challenges and territorial disputes to settle, Like the English and Scottish for Ireland, or the Muslims for Spain, or the HRE for France.

Ignore the fact that dumping a hard coded doomstack on a country is ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥t (even when the mongols do it).

Ignore the fact that reforming the Aztec religion, which is apparently headed by their emperor, requires most of the major cities in Europe, for some reason.

Ignore the fact that apparently the Aztecs run off of human sacrifice 24/7 365 no deviations.

Ignore the fact that the Incans invent gunpowder.

Ignore the fact that it will always happen. In every game. Forever. Unless you unactivate.

Ignore the fact that Europeans cant reciprocate until the next game, where if you do you discover the Aztecs somehow manning a North American Empire that can not only advance as fast as you, but will simply outpace you because their only enemy will be an equally ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥t sized Incan Empire.

Ignore the fact that this is all dependant on a couple of Norsemen going south, just a little.

And Ignore the fact that this was done in the name of "Balence"

Then yes, Sunset Invasion is a good DLC.
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Red Eclipse
Posted: July 18
The wall just got ten feet higher
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Walrus
Posted: July 6
This is essentially one of those 'love it or hate it' DLCs and will not be for everyone.

Sunset Invasion adds an event similar to the Mongols, in which the Aztecs will invade from the west. Naturally the intention is to try to even things up a little between Eastern and Western Europe, by giving the latter something to contend with.

Needless to say, if you are a player who craves historical accuracy, this may not appeal to you. If you are a player who goes for more of a sandbox experience with alternative history and 'what if?' scenarios, the Sunset Invasion can be - as said above - a great balancing tool to disrupt the supremacy of Western Europe.
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Atomicnom
Posted: July 1
Literally the only Paradox DLC I keep disabled.
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Paranoid Alaskan
Posted: June 16
The Sunset Invasion is pretty much just the Mongols from the west. It does a very good job at dismantaling those Western Blobs and the Empire is so unstable that it will pretty much die in a 100 years or so. to sumerize, if you dont like hoards coming in and ruining you empire then this mod aint for you but if you like Deuz Vulting then I would recomend this mod.
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Orkun
Posted: June 10
Rage quitted because of this DLC.

I wasn't aware of this DLC as I bought the game with a dlc bundle. I was playing for 500 years as an Irish King with the most powerful army in the Europe with 34k soldiers. Than Boom! Aztecs landed on Irish shores with 100k soldiers and conquered all the Ireland and Scotland in just a few years, converting me from a King of Ireland and Scotland to earl of just one county, ruining my Ironman save.
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AESTHETIC
Posted: May 7
It's pretty good. Aztecs make for an interesting faction. What you see is pretty much what you get, new scenario and challenge.
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Tismont
Posted: April 22
I wish i never bought it. Totally boring DLC
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我想不好的使用者的名
Posted: March 30
http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=656363455
Used cheats to play as Aztecs and conquered most of Western Europe.
420/69 best ten dollars I have ever spent.
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kyberus
Posted: March 20
In terms of gameplay, the Aztec invasion is interesting once and only once. If you are starting significantly earlier, they can make an interesting late to end game, with the sudden addition of a massive, nigh unbeatable foe. On repeat play they are substantially less interesting. They make most of the small powers of the west unplayable mid-to-late, as they simply turn up and squish you with 200 000 men. The expansion doesn't really add anything in terms of gameplay mechanics either, it just suddenly spawns a new, extremely powerful faction at the same time every game.

In terms of history, the aztecs didn't even have an Empire as of the stated date. At no point in their empire did they have a navy, much less a navy 500 years more advanced than anyone else in the world. Even if they acquired these things, the most likely target for invasion would have been their neighbors to the immediate north, given their proximity. Also, they somehow have cavalry. What are they riding? guinea pigs? Bison? The Sunset invasion makes as much sense as an invasion of magical space hamsters, but is substantially less fun. It isn't alternate history, so much as absurd fantasy.
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168 of 185 people (91%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
Recommended
Posted: October 14, 2014
There will be two parts to this review. The first will be regarding the gameplay elements. The second will be about the historical accuracy (or lack there of) and plausibility.

First off, the gameplay. At release, Sunset Invasion was essentially a remodeled Mongolian invasion from the west. A novel idea, and it made playing as the western nations a much less 'safe' option. While this was all well and good, at the time I would say that the DLC was very much not worth the attention of any serious Crusader Kings 2 player. It provided little in the way of gameplay improvements, and was one of the few DLCs ever released by Paradox that could be considered 'optional'.

As time has gone on, however, and with the release of Old Gods and Charlemagne, it has become a much more interesting DLC. Unfortunately, few people realize the potential of this DLC, and fewer still realize that Paradox has been slowly improving it, balancing it, and adding features to the Aztec that are both unique and interesting. Most of these features come about when you switch countries midway through, and creates very interesting multiplayer situations if you're so inclined. This is for advanced players, and if you just got into Crusader Kings 2, I would say avoid this DLC, or at least avoid activating it until you're acclimated with the core gameplay.

For the second part of the review, we have plausibility, and accuracy. Let's get accuracy out of the way, for those of you that didn't graduate elementary school: The DLC isn't historically accurate. At all. Onto plausibility. It may surprise many Europeans that at the time of the original start date in the 1100s, the Aztec culture and technology was equivilant, and in fact surpassed their European counterparts of the time in some regards. This is not to say that the Aztecs were more advanced, but they were far more advanced than most Europeans and Americans of European descent assume. They had a stable road system, large scale agriculture, advanced architecture, a written language, and high level philosophical ideals. During this time period, and during the time period known to Europeans as the Dark Ages, the Aztecs thrived, and were in fact in what could be considered a golden age. When Europeans discovered and subsequently usurped Aztec land, they were in the middle of their own, unique Dark Ages. Tribal behaviour was on the rise, city living became less and less common, the road systems were in disrepair, and their government had all but collapsed under the weight of social and environmental disasters. These are numerous and quite fascinating, and I recommend looking into it more if you'd like to get a bit of a wake up call on the so called savages of the Americas.

Now, with all that said, is the premise of this mod plausible? Yes, and no. It requires a chain of events to happen that in themselves are not plausible, but if assumed to have happened, makes the scenario itself plausible. Let me state that in more detail.

This DLC would require a multitude of assumptions to become plausible. First, that the Vikings made it to the Americas. Secondly, that they made it far enough south to encounter the Aztecs. Third, that when the Vikings encountered the Aztecs, there was some level of communication between the two civilizations. Fourth, that this communication resulted in detailed map, technology and culture trading that would be uncharteristic of both civilizations around that time. Fifth, that the Aztecs found just cause to use this technology to take over large swaths of land within the Americas before setting their sights elsewhere. Lastly, that the Aztecs, with the infinite amount of wealth and land that they have after conquering the Americas would then set their sights, for whatever reason, towards a mythical land to the east.

All of these individually are improbable, besides perhaps number one. However, if the question is, within the constraints of the scenario laid out here, COULD the Aztecs successfully create a fleet large enough, supplied enough, and manned enough to participate in the events that unfold in Sunset Invasion? Yes, they could. That would be 'plausible' within these constraints. BUT, I restate that the events themselves are so absurdly unlikely as to require you to suspend a large amount of your working mind to fully believe this is a plausible scenario.

In the end, it all comes down to do I recommend this game or not? Yes, I do. I find the concept interesting, and if taken as almost low fantasy, it does a wonderful job of making an interesting and unique world that is entirely seperate from the one we live in today. There's a certain level of joy in that, and it's backed up by now solid gameplay both against, and AS the Aztecs, something that I would not say in the base game. Should you get it? If you own Charlemagne, the Old Gods, and Republic? Yes, definitely. Otherwise, hold off for now until you're deeper into the Crusader Kings 2 experience.
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107 of 119 people (90%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
Posted: July 21, 2015
Sunset Invasion is a very fun idea. I played a campaign with the DLC enabled and had a blast when the event that is the focus of the expansion - a relentlessly powerful (ahistorical) naval invasion of Western Europe by the Aztec Empire kicked in. It was a really fun campaign, I enjoyed it.

Which is fine. What is less fine is that the Aztec Invasion will continue to kick in on every campaign you ever play, because that's all it does. Every campaign, when you reach the right time in the game, you know the Aztecs will appear, and appear they do. They're very powerful and will absolutely blitzkrieg Europe causing chaos. It was a fun scenario but it's just not fun to play over and over and over. It's a novelty in the purest sense: it's new and then it's old. There are no other features in the package.

Ultimately I disabled Sunset Invasion and have never re-enabled it. CK2 is a game about building an elaborate house of cards and Sunset Invasion turns on a leaf-blower half way - hilarious once, but you're still here to build something.
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53 of 66 people (80%) found this review helpful
41 people found this review funny
Recommended
Posted: July 13, 2015
Play GOT mod watch as aztecs invade westeros
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99 of 148 people (67%) found this review helpful
90 people found this review funny
Recommended
Posted: October 4, 2014
"THE AZTECS CAME TO EUROPE AND GAVE MY DAUGHTER SYPHILIS"

11/10

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48 of 64 people (75%) found this review helpful
51 people found this review funny
Recommended
Posted: March 14, 2015
As the sultan of the Ottomans I found that 3 of my 5 sons had gotten the "Aztec Super Syphilis" and was then invaded by the Pope, who thouught that the Turks were more impportant than a horde of Pagans with Super Syphilis.

10/10 Would Syphilis Again
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56 of 85 people (66%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
Posted: December 10, 2014
Ignore the butthurt historitards bashing this DLC just because "It's not historically accurate! /whine"

For the numerous times that people have said that CK2 is a history simulator, I'd dispute with "It's a feudal simulator, not a history simulator"

I play CK2 to make history, not relive it. And with this DLC, you too can make history as the bulwark against the Aztec horde!
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75 of 122 people (61%) found this review helpful
20 people found this review funny
Recommended
Posted: October 26, 2014
all the negative reviews are written by butthurt dudes who love non stop conquering with liberal use of reloading and console commands until the end of the game and then they export to EU 4 and colonise the whole world because they are the onyl western country and they pat themselves on the back for a game well played.
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31 of 44 people (70%) found this review helpful
24 people found this review funny
Recommended
Posted: April 2, 2015
In Sunset Invasion you don't ♥♥♥♥ the aztecs, the aztecs ♥♥♥♥ you!
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21 of 27 people (78%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
Posted: October 4, 2015
Silly and bizarre alternate history. Despite my hatred of Paradox' DLC spam, this actually is ok for me. If you don't like it, you either don't buy it or turn it off on the launch menu.

It might be dumb, but this is better DLC than ♥♥♥♥ing unit sprites and music tracks.
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24 of 38 people (63%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Recommended
Posted: June 25, 2015
its fun.people complain about how aztecs coming to europe is historicly inaccurate but thats kinda a dumb thing to say. the byzantines never reformed the roman empire,ireland didnt take over all or brittania and spain, and india never took over the middle east.this is a cool dlc
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