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!
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Mixed (75 reviews) - 40% of the 75 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Oct 8, 2010

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About This 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
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77 of 92 people (84%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
34.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 4, 2013
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.
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19 of 23 people (83%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 6, 2015
Game requires you to uninstall your current version of Physx and download their old version to run. It won't install the old version while you have a new one. A game should never make you downgrade software to play it.
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23 of 31 people (74%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
33.7 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: February 13, 2011
Got this at 70% off. I just finished the crusader campaign in this game (8 hours or so.) I didn't really expect to like this game as much as I have. It's kind of a RTS with no real base mechanics. Sort of like X-Com would be if the battles were fought RTS style with squads rather than tactical RPG.
Anyways, this company also makes King Arthur which I've played a little bit of. King Arthur seems a bit slower to start, but looks to have more variety.

Oh, actually, this game is very similar to Dawn of War 2, another great game. Wait for it to go on sale and get it.
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11 of 14 people (79%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
1.6 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: October 31, 2011
This is a bit of a hidden gem for battle re-enacters with a campaign set in the crusades in to the holy land. Choose a battle, select an outcome, recruit troops and level them up with experience. Based on what appears to be the Total War engine King's Crusade aquits itself well for a linear but faithful re-creation of the times.
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9 of 11 people (82%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
13.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 2, 2015
My first review gave this game a positive, but since then all it does is crash with a runtime error.
Uninstalling then reinstalling has made no difference.
It seems the devs can't be bothered to fix it for 64 bit systems either, using the excuse that they can't duplicate the error. But apparently, it crashes for many people with a 64 bit PC, so I find that excuse very hard to believe. It's probably more like they won't spend any more time and money going through all the code on this old title just to make it work on some modern machines.

My recommendation would be to download the demo first (on their own site, Gamershell, or Fileplanet, etc.) to see if it even works on you computer. IF it does, then it's actually not a bad game if you like the real time battles from Total War, with some RPG elements of its own.
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10 of 13 people (77%) found this review helpful
Recommended
52.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 3, 2014
This is an excellent game. You feel the power of the movement of the trooops as they charge. This engine is really sweet. Money is no problem and your units build skill with every battle. This is a must have for all that love History and I enjoy both camps. Just hold on to your hats and enjoy. O, build huge amounts of cheap troops going into the first battle. They can upgrade as you have a rest area for units.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
24.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 27, 2015
Great game, fun to play. The campaigns are a little short but still an around good game. I use windows7 64-bit and runs great and have had no crashes or any other problems to mention.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.4 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: July 3, 2011
If you enjoyed King Arthur (also a Paradox Game) then you will want to own and play King's Crusade. It's essentially the same game mechanics with a few new improvements. The same depth of detail is present as with King Arthur, the graphics are beautiful, the sound and music is top-notch and the history virtually drips off the screen. The King's Crusade is a must buy for fans of King Arthur, and I highly recommend it to all strategy fans.
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13 of 22 people (59%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 4, 2014
It doesn't even work. It automatically crashes after the frist mission. Every fckng time.
So it's actually pretty reliable.
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18 of 32 people (56%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 21, 2014
Do not buy the game is Broken and Steam offers no support. they will give you a big run around and then tell you to talk to Paradox. it took them a month of BS before they told me today to contact Paradox.
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Irish
2.6 hrs
Posted: September 26
Cool Game, Fun, but unable to save... If you want to start over every time try it...
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Ranger ♰
0.5 hrs
Posted: April 4
It's that awkward cross of a TW and Strongholds game.
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MaStUrBaTiNgWoOkIeE
167.4 hrs
Posted: March 8
The next one based off of Crusaders Thy Kingdom Come (which was awesome).

This one is great too.

No serious deviations but lots of new stuff.

Fun and great to play. These are must-own games for strategy junkies.

King Arthur the Role Playing Wargame (#1... not #2... don't buy 2) is a perfect game. It's insanely fun and the Druids/Saxons DLC is great too.

Strategy and kingdom managment junkies who also like RPG and Story based stuff (like choose your own adventure/choice making) will love these games.

King Arthur is more story as opposed to this with kingdom managment.

This game has some managment and some story (a little) but is mostly strategy/war gaming.

I liked adding Joan of Arc to my game as a "cheat".

Not really a cheat, just adding another hero to use.

Saladin's campaign was just as fun.

Both sides totally different and great.


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sowleman
1.5 hrs
Posted: January 17
lol. Good concept. Second map theres two artillery you need to clear to beat and they completely destroy all your units. Garbage
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Viperswhip
3.5 hrs
Posted: January 7
DO NOT BUY THIS GAME IF YOU RUN WIN 7 64
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Tenebris
2.0 hrs
Posted: November 30, 2015
unplayable game.
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UnderHood
0.4 hrs
Posted: November 20, 2015
I had bought this game on disk long before I had a Steam account or internet, and at the time was ignorant of the whole "must download game through steam". So, I waited, and then finally got internet and made a Steam account. The install took awhile, but I had been wanting to play this game for a long time. The initial start up took a very long time, and crashed once or twice before finally loading. The first battle ran painfully slow, though I don't have a great computer, it can run Medieval 2 Total War on highest graphics. The combat was sluggish and awkward, and the bloom effects were weird, hazing the picture really. I couldn't even finish the first battle of the game and it crashed when I tried to quit. You could say I was disapointed at the very least. I had high hopes, but they were not held up to. So, I would not recommend this, as a strategy game lover, this one might be good to check out in a demo, but I wouldn't buy it.
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ramsesbeta
1.4 hrs
Posted: October 7, 2015
This really is a great game, but like most of the complaints, I get a runtime error after the first game.
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