Crusader Kings II

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The Dark Ages might be drawing to a close, but Europe is still in turmoil. Petty lords vie against beleaguered kings who struggle to assert control over their fragmented realms. The Pope calls for a Crusade to protect the Christians in the Holy Land even as he refuses to relinquish control over the investiture of bishops - and their riches. Now is the time for greatness. Expand your demesne and secure the future of your dynasty. Fill your coffers, appoint vassals, root out traitors and heretics, introduce laws and interact with hundreds of nobles, each with their own agenda.
A good lord will always need friends to support him. But beware, as loyal vassals can quickly turn to bitter rivals, and some might not be as reliable as they seem... Stand ready, and increase your prestige until the world whispers your name in awe. Do you have what it takes to become a Crusader King?
Crusader Kings II explores one of the defining periods in world history in an experience crafted by the masters of Grand Strategy. Medieval Europe is brought to life in this epic game of knights, schemes, and thrones...

Key features:

  • Start a game at any point between 1066 and 1337 and play until 1453
  • Pick a Christian lord and make sure his dynasty survives as you play a succession of his descendants through the ages
  • Gain Prestige for every successive character you play, furthering the glory of your Dynasty
  • Expand your feudal domain - and keep it from falling apart
  • Unravel the plots of your courtiers and vassals, each with their own opinions and agendas
  • Take up the Cross and fight the Moor, the Heathen and the Heretic.
  • Defend against the onslaught of the Mongol Horde
  • Struggle with the Pope for control of the bishops
  • Relive the Middle Ages with up to 32 other players in a competitive multiplayer mode

Of Paradox's grand strategy titles, I dare to say that Crusader Kings II is the most unique. Essentially character based, it astoundingly simulates the interpersonal nature of politics in the Middle Ages before the advent of nation-states. The sweeping, human narratives and dramatic turns blur the line between RPG and Strategy without ever losing its 'grand' pedigree. To be truly successful in this game requires more than just careful logistical planning of troops and supplies: it also requires ...

2020-09-29

With over two thousand CK2 mods on Steam Workshop alone, the CK2 mod community has hit a pretty significant milestone in terms of user-generated content. This impressive feat is a blessing for players but also a cause for paralysis: Which of these mods should one choose? After all, even if one focuses on just the popular choices, so many other excellent mods might be overlooked. We've listed our favourite Crusader Kings II mods below for your convenience. If you're new to modding, don't fret! We...

2020-09-29

Crusader Kings II is the grand strategy game that launched a thousand DLCs, spawning an at the time unprecedented system of post-release expansions that could see a game supported years after the original launch. So many expansions have been released that we figured a CK2 DLC guide would be needed to help sort them out. With Crusader Kings 3 now dominating Steam (check out our CK3 review and our CK3 tips guide), it seems DLC support for CK2 has finally coming to end. It's now one of the best fre...

2020-11-27

One Off The List is our monthly list feature. Is there something you think doesn’t deserve to be on this list? Comment with your reasons why, and next week it may be struck off. Regicide is once again a topic at dinner, thanks to the release of Crusader Kings III. Your aunt passes you the gravy, and asks about council matters. Your mother comments on the rise in guillotine stocks. Your father, the king, chews his mutton with a rueful and distant glare, probably thinking about war. A cloa...

2020-09-04

The realm rejoices as Paradox Interactive announces the launch of Crusader Kings III, the latest entry in the publisher’s grand strategy role-playing game franchise. Advisors may now jockey for positions of influence and adversaries should save their schemes for another day, because on this day Crusader Kings III can be purchased for a suggested retail price of $49.99/ £41.99/ €49.99 on Steam! Crusader Kings III is the newest entry i...

2020-09-01

PC SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS

MINIMUM SPECS:

  • OS: XP/Vista/Windows 7
  • Processor: Intel® Pentium® IV 2.4 GHz or AMD 3500+
  • Memory: 2 GB RAM
  • Hard Disk Space: 2 GB
  • Video Card: NVIDIA® GeForce 8800 or ATI Radeon® X1900, 512mb graphics memory required.
  • DirectX®: 9.0c
  • Sound: Direct X-compatible sound card
  • Additional: 3-button mouse and keyboard

MAC SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS

MINIMUM SPECS:

  • OS: Mac OS X 10.6.8 or later
  • Processor: Intel Core Duo Processor (2GHz or better)
  • Memory: 2 GB RAM
  • Hard Disk Space: 2 GB
  • Video Card: ATI Radeon HD 6750 / NVIDIA GeForce 320 / NVIDIA GeForce
    9600 or higher, 1024MB graphics memory required

LINUX SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS

MINIMUM SPECS:

  • 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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