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Release Date: May 28, 2013

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Buy Crusader Kings II DLC Collection (Sept 2014)

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

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

 

Reviews

“One of this generation’s greatest strategy games has just gotten a whole lot better, and with the recent news that Paradox have committed to another two years’ worth of expansions for this game, God only knows where this game is going to go next.”
9/10 – Strategy Informer

“If you were one of those who whiled away countless hours on Crusader Kings II, you’ll find another addictive and lovingly crafted time sink here.”
9/10 – Thunderbolt Games

About This Content

Europe is in turmoil. The land has been fragmented into petty fiefdoms. The Emperor is struggling with the Pope. The Holy Father declares that all who go to liberate the Holy Land will be freed of their sins.


Now Is the Time For Greatness…

Crusader Kings II: The Old Gods is the fourth expansion for the critically praised strategy/RPG. Finally play as a Pagan or Zoroastrian ruler, with particular focus on the dreaded Vikings. Pillage and adventure according to true Viking tradition!

Key Features

  • Play as a Pagan chieftain and ravage your weak neighbors. If you remain at peace for too long, your people will grow restless...
  • The new, earliest start date is 867 AD. The Viking Rurik has founded the kingdom of Rus and the Great Heathen Army under the sons of Ragnar Lodbrok rampage through England
  • Play as a Zoroastrian lord and restore your ancient religion to prominence
  • Adventurers: Landless characters can gather armies and carve out new realms on their own
  • Prepared Invasions: Declare your intention to invade and watch your armies grow with adventurers and restless warriors, but don't wait too long to start your war or it might all fall apart...
  • Rebels with a Cause: Rebels are no longer a faceless menace – they are now led by characters with agendas
  • Loot and pillage provinces. Burn down cities and take their gold!
  • Sacrifice to Odin at the great Blot!
  • Christians and Muslims can dispatch missions to convert the depraved heathens
  • New beautiful Pagan interface skin
  • New events and decisions: berserkers, sejdr, curses, omens, divinations, runestones and much more

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS:XP/Vista/Windows7
    • Processor:Intel® Pentium® IV 2.4 GHz or AMD 3500+
    • Memory:2 GB RAM
    • Graphics:NVIDIA® GeForce 8800 or ATI Radeon® X1900, 512mb graphics memory required, Minimum resolution of 10248768
    • DirectX®:9.0
    • Hard Drive:2 GB HD space
    • Sound:Direct X-compatible sound card
    • Other Requirements:Broadband Internet connection
    • Additional:3-button mouse, keyboard and speakers, Internet Connection for multiplayer, 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
    • Other Requirements:Broadband Internet connection
    • Additional:3-button mouse, keyboard and speakers, Internet Connection for multiplayer, 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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Your Pal Friendpatine
Posted: August 24
If you purchase any of the gazillion DLC for this game, get this one.

Muslims can bite me, Capitalism can Bite me, Aztecs can bite me, Abraham can bite me, Romans can bite me, Indians can bite me, Horses can bite me, Karloman can bite me, my garbage council can bite me.

This unlocks the Norse, Tengri, Slavic and Baltic (In game as Romuva) pagans to play. Plus a brand slapping new start date in 867, so you to can have a fresh appreciation for exactly how much your ancestors hated those ♥♥♥♥ing vikings. Hope you like raids. Because once you hit that start button, its like Attila the Hun was made out of boats.
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Hello BEAR
Posted: July 23
Christians and Muslims can send missionaries to your pagan lands. Imprison them.

Rebellions now have actual leaders. Imprison them too.

Sacrifice them all at a Great Blot and laugh as they pray to their pathetic Gods.

Reform the Norse Faith (or any of the pagan religions) and Crusade "Great Holy War" Europe into dust.

10/10 would watch Catholic Moral Authority crumble again after several failed crusades against my screaming, blood-thirsty hordes.
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Negationix
Posted: July 19
This is the DLC that made Crusader Kings 2 extremely fun game for me. I'm having blast starting as a high chief of Satakunta in Finland and then uniting other chiefs under my rule, then reforming old Suomenusko and founding kingdom of Finland. Ability to raid for fast gold gives a nice boost in the beginning of the game and long boats of Finnish raiders have sailed all the way to mediterrania and brought back plentiful loot. Being locked in gavelkind succession in the start of the game keeps things unstable and active.
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Alrightsnail
Posted: July 11
good
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The Red Viper
Posted: June 25
One of the must have.
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Krispehh
Posted: April 1
Beginning with Ragnar Lodbrok I conquered Scandinavia, colonised Britain, reformed the religion and became a feudal government. The resulting Viking Empire is currently crushing Christendom under it's boot while pillaging the Sunni followers for everything their worth.

10/10 best DLC for Crusader Kings 2
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JCourtney
Posted: March 17
10/10

Worth.
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15 of 16 people (94%) found this review helpful
25 people found this review funny
Recommended
Posted: September 2
Some christian guy came to me and told me I should let go of my gods. I put him in my dungeon and sacrificed him to Odin.

10/10

Then I played CK2
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
Posted: September 2
By far the most important DLC of all. It literally doubles the characters you can play in the base game, doubles the areas you can start from and almost doubles the timeline you can play into.

With "The Old Gods" DLC you get 4 important additions to the main game.
1) You are able to start from the year 867 AD instead of 1066,
2) Loot, raid and pillage all you want across the continent as a Viking/Scandinavian ruler,
3) Control a pagan European ruler (the Mongols and Indians are unlocked with 2 other DLCs),
4) Get a huge variety of new events, choices and features in the game.

It's a well made DLC with no flaws so if you wish to get a better taste of Crusader Kings 2 then you need to purchase it. Consider that you firstly play the game without the DLC and then with the DLC. You will realize that the game without "The Old Gods" feels much more shallow than with the it.

I totally recommend you to purchase it as soon as you get the base game. If you make the mistake i did and get the base game without this DLC, as a new player, you will most certainly get bored of it soon. However, with the additions you get with this DLC, you can expect at least 200 hours of gameplay before you start to get bored of it.

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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
Posted: September 3
Doesn't recognise the dlc.... :(

Otherwise, would be highly recommended, played before.
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155 of 164 people (95%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Recommended
Posted: September 11, 2013
The Old Gods expansion for crusader kings 2 is a must have if you own the base game. it scales back the start date to the 800s when the vikings reigned supreme. Get acccess to norse religion events and other pagans. you can take up to three concubines and go pillaging. Your people will get ♥♥♥♥♥♥ if you dont declare war enough. This expansion is well worth the sticker price but you can easily find most paradox games go on sale once a quarter if you look in the right place. especially when its been out for a while.
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45 of 46 people (98%) found this review helpful
Recommended
Posted: October 3, 2014
This DLC reawakened my love of Crusader Kings II. The heathen nations which were being weeded out at the time of the base game are now plentiful and - to be honest - more fun to play. What I didn't realize is that this isn't just about playing as a Viking (though that's definitely a fun place to start). There's a whole world of turmoil to plunge into. And, the feel of the game is different than the base game. Other than Sword of Islam, this is one truly essential DLC to flesh out your CK2 experience.
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31 of 31 people (100%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
Recommended
Posted: March 24, 2015
Playing as Vikings

Lo there I see my father...

Hell yeah. Playing as a Norse is so much fun. All the raiding, pillaging and invading is enjoyable. At least to the point where it gets hilariously easy when you get around 2000 Gold + 2000 Prestige in one go by raiding Italy including Rome and Venice, Greece, Constantinopel, and even the yet to be Holy Lands. Maxing out all of your counties even those that you don't own while steamrolling Europe with your pagan single-border casus belli will give you plenty of hours of joy.

Buuuut. After that it really gets quite lame. The raiding becomes repetetive (who knew) and the inability of the AI to defend itself makes it even worse. There really won't be much of a challenge as the Christian states are highly unlikely to declare a holy war on you and even if they do you destroy them with ease.

I do recommend The Old Gods when you want to play as a Viking.


Playing as England

If you want to learn the basic game mechanics I can recommend playing as an Irish ruler. You can raid but wont be in imminent danger of being wiped out immediately.

Unlike when you play as Wessex.

And oh my god that is a nightmare. Having 20k Vikings right at your doorstep is quite intimidating when you command a maximum of 5k men into battle. The only way I managed to beat them was by hiring mercenaries with the money I earned from my marriage and joining forces with my allied Britains. And holy balls. I won.

Aaaaand hello Denmark Invasion! Here, friend. Take another 20k Vikings on a conquest to steamroll your lands! ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥t.

Don't believe the DLC description stating that you can "defend your lands against the invading heathens". You will be very disappointed.
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41 of 52 people (79%) found this review helpful
20 people found this review funny
Recommended
Posted: October 31, 2014
Spend 50 years building up your kingdom just to have it fracture on your death,
Spend another 50 years uniting the kingdom again, gets fractured again,

10/10 would rebuild again




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42 of 54 people (78%) found this review helpful
26 people found this review funny
Recommended
Posted: September 4, 2015
Basically a Viking simulator.

11/10, would kidnap Anglo-Saxon women and make them my concubines again.
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23 of 24 people (96%) found this review helpful
Recommended
Posted: October 4, 2014
This DLC allows you to play as Pagans. This means you can now play as.. Vikings, Mongols, Slavs, Zorastrians, Sami, and romuvan. If you have the ruler designer there are also a couple more less fleshed out pagans to play as too. But the real kicker is the ability to play as Norse and the Tengri (Mongols).

This also adds an earlier start date to the game, however the earlier date's value can be debatable. It makes playing a viking much more fun but Europe can look really messy with all the Karlings inheriting Karling land, and it makes all the fun later game stuff like mongols take much longer to happen, which can force a game to end prematurly.

Either way, this DLC is by far the greatest addition to CK2 (at the time of this review Charlemagne has not come out yet, although that still looks like it adds less). Sure, Rajas adds Inida, which is huge, but Old Gods adds so much more, just in playable charectors and situations.
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26 of 31 people (84%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
Posted: October 21, 2014
For those of us Britons that yearn for our Saxon Ancestry this game offers a much more promising start date than the default. Fight of the invaders and don't pay the Danelaw!

5/5
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