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Release Date: Nov 15, 2012

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Includes 43 items: 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 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

Buy Crusader Kings II Collection

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

 

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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Overall:
Mixed (57 reviews)
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Tismont
Posted: April 22
I wish i never bought it. Totally boring DLC
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moneytree(G.E.W.P)
Posted: April 3
great idea and i would love to play it, but 100k? are you serious paradox?! no European realm is going to be able to defeat the aztecs. if 100k would be split across the europe it would be better. for instance. 15k in norway, 50k in middle europe (france and england), 25k in spain and 10k in north africa
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The Swaggy Dictator
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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JCourtney
Posted: March 17
10/10

Worth.
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ShoeThatMissedBush
Posted: February 16
I am already rewriting history by having the Umayyads smash Europe from the west, why not throw this in as well? For too long people have been taught that history was about Europe only. Well now the Arabs, Persians, Africans, and Mongols are having the last laugh.

By far my favorite DLC, the aztecs are such an ominous threat that shatters the balance of power and forces previously complacent and isolated countries like Britain to get their house in order or be subjugated under a new power from across the ocean.
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[Stand] 『La Cucaracha』
Posted: January 31
Swear fealty to Aztecs and through years of plotting and marriage take control.
10/10
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LordMidas™
Posted: January 24
Useless DLC. Don't waste your money on it. Get all the other DLC for this game... but this piece of junk is just useless. I always play my game with this DLC turned off. All it adds is a "unrealistic and unhistoric" invasion of the Aztecs into Europe. Breaks immersion and also breaks the game for people who don't have a strong enough military to fight them off.
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Rinri
Posted: January 18
I liked the possibility, since those nations in W. Europe have something to fear, now. However, my experience has been that it replaces the Mongol Horde invasions of E. Europe, not adds it in addition.
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Soto928
Posted: January 5
Neat alternate history DLC. Adds Aztec culture and religion which can be used inside Ruler Designer DLC. Some people don't like this for the non historical aspects, but it does add a new challenge for those playing on the west side of the map.
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Yureina
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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jludlow
Posted: October 3, 2015
I had fun but not for you if you like following history
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Tairy Hesticles
Posted: August 16, 2015
Alright we got Aztecs coming from the west. Now I want Polar Bears from Jan Mayen from the north.
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Furin Kazan
Posted: August 8, 2015
Alright, you went through the process of turning Scotland into a nation that can beat the English and conquer them, "aborbing" your Celtic cousins as part of the process, for their protection of course. Now you sit on your shiny throne hoping to keep everything in balance and wonder the best way to go next (probably poor France, Auld Alliance gets Auld). More interesting option, prepare for the Mongols... from the West... on reingineered Viking longships with crazy Gods that demand human hearts, flaying and football. A fairly interesting way to mix it up and to possible prolong the Auld Alliance. No, not even remotely historically accurate, but interesting and after you unpause historical accuracy tends to fly out the window anyways. Also for converted EU IV games, adds a pretty interesting opponent for your massive empire to fight overseas.
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nim
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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Adrian-Thorn
Posted: July 18, 2015
Awesome DLC that adds a much needed Western hordes. Ignore the crybabies who look for historical accuracy in a friggin' video game, the is plenty of fun.
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Siddyus
Posted: July 16, 2015
Adds a lot of spice in the game!
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ArkyStano
Posted: July 14, 2015
Worst unrealistic DLC ever.
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stewr
Posted: July 14, 2015
this is the only dlc that I do not have active when I play ckii
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theotherone122
Posted: July 13, 2015
Play GOT mod watch as aztecs invade westeros
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 180 days
5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
Recommended
Posted: January 5
Neat alternate history DLC. Adds Aztec culture and religion which can be used inside Ruler Designer DLC. Some people don't like this for the non historical aspects, but it does add a new challenge for those playing on the west side of the map.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
Posted: January 18
I liked the possibility, since those nations in W. Europe have something to fear, now. However, my experience has been that it replaces the Mongol Horde invasions of E. Europe, not adds it in addition.
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151 of 166 people (91%) found this review helpful
7 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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96 of 105 people (91%) 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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91 of 135 people (67%) found this review helpful
78 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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36 of 46 people (78%) found this review helpful
28 people found this review funny
Recommended
Posted: July 13, 2015
Play GOT mod watch as aztecs invade westeros
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41 of 55 people (75%) found this review helpful
43 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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53 of 77 people (69%) found this review helpful
3 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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28 of 37 people (76%) 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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19 of 23 people (83%) 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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64 of 106 people (60%) found this review helpful
16 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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23 of 36 people (64%) 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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8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
Posted: August 8, 2015
Alright, you went through the process of turning Scotland into a nation that can beat the English and conquer them, "aborbing" your Celtic cousins as part of the process, for their protection of course. Now you sit on your shiny throne hoping to keep everything in balance and wonder the best way to go next (probably poor France, Auld Alliance gets Auld). More interesting option, prepare for the Mongols... from the West... on reingineered Viking longships with crazy Gods that demand human hearts, flaying and football. A fairly interesting way to mix it up and to possible prolong the Auld Alliance. No, not even remotely historically accurate, but interesting and after you unpause historical accuracy tends to fly out the window anyways. Also for converted EU IV games, adds a pretty interesting opponent for your massive empire to fight overseas.
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13 of 21 people (62%) found this review helpful
Recommended
Posted: February 13, 2015
I think the game needs more things like this one, done purely for fun and additional gameplay diversity. Awesome DLC!
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30 of 54 people (56%) found this review helpful
13 people found this review funny
Recommended
Posted: October 5, 2014
Mongol Horde 2.0
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13 of 22 people (59%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Recommended
Posted: March 15, 2015
A twist to history! Instead of the Europeans conquering the new world the Aztecs have come across the sea to conquer the mightly european continent!
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66 of 127 people (52%) found this review helpful
21 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
Posted: October 14, 2014
All is well in medieval France, the king is generous, the vassals are content ... and then suddenly there is a 200k Aztec army mercilessly cleaving through my duchy. No, thank you.
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5 of 8 people (63%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
Posted: August 16, 2015
Alright we got Aztecs coming from the west. Now I want Polar Bears from Jan Mayen from the north.
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11 of 20 people (55%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
Posted: June 6, 2015
I just wanted to balance out all the reviews who hate it for its ahistorical content, because you guys are dorks.
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5 of 9 people (56%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
Posted: July 14, 2015
this is the only dlc that I do not have active when I play ckii
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