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The crowned heads of Europe launch a military campaign to conquer the Holy Land. The time has come to assemble your armies and take back the land!
Release Date: Oct 8, 2010
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Buy The Kings' Crusade Collection

Includes 4 items: The Kings' Crusade, The Kings' Crusade: New Allies, The Kings' Crusade: Arabian Nights, The Kings' Crusade: Teutonic Knights

About the Game

The crowned heads of Europe launch a new military campaign to re-conquer the Holy Land. The time has come for you to assemble your armies and take back the land as Richard the Lionheart. Or assume the role of the great Saladin and defend your people against the oncoming invasion. Lionheart: King’s Crusade gives you the chance to make the dreams of the past a reality.

The King’s Crusade is a real-time strategy game that places you in the era of the Third Crusade, spanning the years 1189-1192. Control and upgrade the leaders and their armies, lead your men into fierce battles, complete the objectives of the campaign by guiding various historical factions through political events, collect relics, and unlock new content on your crusade.

Key features:

  • Play through two single-player campaigns – Crusader and Saracen
  • Oversee hundreds of soldiers in real-time epic battles
  • Command your forces, conquer territory, and expand your realm on a fully 3D map
  • Strategically manage your army between missions
  • Rewrite the past with famous historical characters serving as the main heroes

System Requirements

    Minimum:

    • OS: Windows XP SP2/Vista/Windows 7
    • Processor: AMD64 3500+ or Pentium IV 3.2 Ghz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM (XP)/ 1.5 GB RAM (Vista/7)
    • Hard Disk Space: 8 GB
    • Video Card: Nvidia 6600 (256Mb) / ATI Radeon X700 (256Mb)
    • Sound: DirectX 9-compliant sound card
    • Direct®: 9.0c or higher
    • Additional: Nvidia (AGEIA) PhysX
    • Multiplayer: Steamworks system

    Recommended:

    • OS: Windows XP SP2/Vista/Windows 7
    • Processor: AMD X2 5000+ or Intel Core2 Duo 6420
    • Memory: 1.5GB RAM
    • Hard Disk Space: 8 GB
    • Video Card: Nvidia 8800 GT (512Mb) AMD/ATI HD3870 (512Mb)
    • Sound: DirectX 9-compliant sound card
    • Direct®: 9.0c or higher
    • Additional: Nvidia (AGEIA) PhysX
    • Multiplayer: Steamworks system
Helpful customer reviews
2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
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1 review
15.9 hrs on record
pretty good could be better
Posted: March 27th, 2014
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3 of 7 people (43%) found this review helpful
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17.4 hrs on record
Well designed, technically proficient, but very boring after Total War... it's like the worst parts - very boring combat AI and overly simple battles + street fighting .
Posted: April 23rd, 2014
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0 of 3 people (0%) found this review helpful
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2 reviews
18.3 hrs on record
Not good, one of the main reasons I made a Steam account and I'm dissapointed, it seems like every steam game I own on disc stinks.
Posted: March 26th, 2014
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1 of 6 people (17%) found this review helpful
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20 reviews
1.0 hrs on record
It's...not the greatest.
Posted: May 27th, 2014
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1 of 6 people (17%) found this review helpful
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34 reviews
0.2 hrs on record
i got this for free - wat
Posted: March 23rd, 2014
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19 of 23 people (83%) found this review helpful
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4 reviews
31.7 hrs on record
I like this game, but I don't recommend it for an 'average' player.

Pros:
1. Maps. The maps are very beautiful, atmospheric, and very large. There is lots of Bloom. The zoom range is very dramatic, and there is lots of space for maneuver. So much that you will usually have to make use of 2x and 4x time during the maneuver phase of the battles.
2. RPG aspects and DLC. There are magical items and other skills for you to upgrade your units, and the DLC has legendary and supernatural units. I don't mind this, it adds a bit of spice to the game, but some of the historical wargame enthusiast reviewers don't like this aspect as much.

Cons:
1. Campaign is not great. You basically just unlock a series of maps, eventually seizing Bagdad as Richard Lionheart, and then reverse the process as Saladin. There are some decisions to make along the way, but they still don't add up to what I would call a 'dynamic' campaign.
2. DLC units do not appear in multiplayer. If not for the multiplayer, the game would be a throwaway once you complete the campaigns. Unfortunately the DLC units are annoyingly absent from the custom and multiplayer battle roster - a pity.
3. BUGS. There is a runtime error that has been widely reported, and supposedly this will not be fixed for Win7 64-bit systems. I played through the whole crusader campaign only to not be able to complete the last battle. Very disappointing indeed.
4. Can't save battles. The battles, being on very large maps, also take a long time (over 30 minutes of real time). They can't be saved mid-battle. That is all.

I cannot recommend this to a casual player, but if you really like historical RTS and want a different perspective and style than the Total War series, then you might find this title interesting.
Posted: December 4th, 2013
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