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Crusader Kings II

Crusader Kings 2

A sequel to the expansive strategy game Crusader Kings, which came to existence in 2004 as a medieval-themed spin-off to the popular Europa Universalis franchise that has been developed for over a decade by Paradox Studios. The game is set in the 11th century, and you play as a prominent Christian noble, who aims to secure a successful future for his house. Throughout the gameplay you have to oversee a a number of areas essential to the development of your kingdom: social and feudal issues, military, diplomacy, and religion. The most noticeable modification, as compared with the previous game, is the developed psychological aspect, giving more weight to social relations and individual motivations of your subjects. Other changes include the introduction of barons who manage provinces, royal spies, increased importance of women, and far-reaching relations with the Church.

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PC / Windows
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Crusader Kings II

Crusader Kings II | PC

Crusader Kings II release date for PC:

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14 February 2012 | Worldwide

Game mode: single / multiplayer , multiplayer mode: Internet, players: 1-32
Game score 8.675 / 10 calculated out of 896 players' votes.  
Expectations before the premiere: 8.9 / 10 calculated out of 236 players' votes.  

Crusader Kings II for PC / Windows is a sequel to the popular grand strategy game by Paradox Interactive. Just like its predecessor, this title also adapts the Europa Universalis gameplay mechanics, although adjusted to the medieval reality.


The action of the game starts in 1066 and allows the players to assume the role of a Christian noble (duke, prince, emperor or king) whose task is to lead his dynasty through the chaotic times of the European middle ages.


Compared to the first Crusader Kings, there are lots of novelties that significantly improve the overall game experience. In provinces, there are barons (or a few, if the province is rich enough), each having his own personality and ambitions. The enhancement of the psychological aspect of characters is an important part of the game, and as a result, even a family member may stab us in the back. The role of women is also greatly extended. It may happen that a subject who’s been loyal so far, betrays us because his wife persuaded him to do that. Thus, as a ruler, we cannot really trust anyone.

In these hard times, a court spymaster proves to be of great importance. He tries to dismantle schemes against his liege, report about the circling rumors and find the ones who spread them. In such a case, we may summon the person in question, and tell him or her to mind their tongue. If we are in a bad mood, though, we may even lock up such trouble makers in a prison, or even call for their execution, regardless of whether they were actually guilty or not. In fact, the gameplay is based on the relations between the people of the game world. It is visible even in the military aspect of the game, because an extended system of casus belli was introduced. If we declare war without a proper reason, it may turn out to be the end of us. A game with such a title cannot have a shortage of crusades. The relations with Church were also greatly enhanced, and so now we may even create an anti-pope.

Game modes

Apart from the single player campaign, Crusader Kings II for PC / Windows also offers multiplayer mode for up to 32 players.

System requirements

Recommended: Pentium 4 2.4 GHz, 2 GB RAM (3 GB RAM - Vista/7), graphic card 512 MB (GeForce 8800 or better), 2 GB HDD, Windows XP/Vista/7

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