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Paradox Development Studio brings you the sequel to one of the most popular strategy games ever made. Crusader Kings III is the heir to a long legacy of historical grand strategy experiences and arrives with a host of new ways to ensure the success of your royal house. There's nothing just like CK3. King of Dragon Pass has a similar feel, but doesn't do it in such a rewarding way was Crusader Kings. Imperator Rome is in a similar vein, but the depth and quality doesn't even approach CK3's. Still, it's a decent option if you want to take the premise to antiquity. 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. Kingdom Come: Deliverance is a critically acclaimed RPG that immerses you in an epic adventure taking place in the Holy Roman Empire. Featuring a realistic medieval setting KCD offers hours upon hours of content, several DLCs, as well as modding tools provided by the developers Warhorse Studios. Any strategy player should certainly take an effort to find out about the games PAradox has created - their games seem to be the best of grand-strategy games, and Crusader Kings is no exception. Gamplay: Crusader Kings certainly is on an epic scale. The playable amount of rulers is certainly uncountable - a player may be one of around 14 kings.

Crusader Kings
Developer(s)Paradox Development Studio
Publisher(s)Strategy First
Paradox Interactive
Producer(s)Johan Andersson
Designer(s)
Programmer(s)Johan Andersson
Artist(s)Marcus Edstroem
Composer(s)Inon Zur
EngineEuropa Engine
Platform(s)Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X
ReleaseWindows
  • EU: April 23, 2004
  • NA: May 2004 (Online)
  • AU: July 15, 2004
  • NA: September 28, 2004
OS X
Genre(s)Grand strategy
Mode(s)Single-player, multiplayer

Crusader Kings is a grandstrategy game developed by Paradox Development Studio and published by Strategy First and Paradox Interactive in April 2004. An expansion called Deus Vult was released in October 2007. A sequel using the newer Clausewitz Engine, Crusader Kings II, was released in February 2012, and another sequel, Crusader Kings III, was released on September 1, 2020.

Setting[edit]

The game is set primarily in Europe in the mid to late Middle Ages in the time-period from December 26, 1066 (the day after the coronation of William the Conqueror) until December 30, 1452 (five months before the fall of Constantinople). Three scenarios are also included in the game, namely: the Battle of Hastings (1066), the Third Crusade (1187), and the Hundred Years' War (started in 1337).[1]

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Gameplay[edit]

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Unlike other Paradox titles (such as the first two Europa Universalis series), Crusader Kings is a dynasty simulator with similarities to role-playing video games in that it focuses on a trait-based individual whose primary goal is the growth and enrichment of their dynasty. In the game, the player attempts to lead their dynastic demesne across four centuries, while managing its familial, economic, military, political, and religious affairs and stability. Rulers are supported by appointed councillors, a Chancellor, Steward, Marshal, Spy Master, and Diocese Bishop, and oversee scutage from their vassals.

In addition, yearly random events, as well as hundreds of pre-scripted ones based on the historical themes, make for varied game play and challenges. Crusader Kings also differs from many similar turn-based strategy games in that time flows continuously rather than taking place in discrete turns. As such, the player is able to pause the game, examine the map and its characters, and make decisions and give orders, then speed up or slow down time as events take their course.

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Over time, based on the territories and titles held, characters can be elevated upwards in status (from count, duke, king, to emperor substantive titles) or regress as status and lands are lost. The lowest level count vassal tiers (i.e. castle baron, city mayor, church bishop), as seen in Crusader Kings II are not represented. The game is lost if no direct member of the playable dynasty holds or inherits an imperial, royal, or noble rank.

Development[edit]

The lead game programmer was Johan Andersson. The engine for the game was based on the one developed for Europa Universalis II, i.e. the updated Europa Engine, which had been released in December 2001.[2] The similarities between the two games, and the release of a save game converter, allow players to continue their game after 1419 through Europa Universalis II.

Reception[edit]

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Aggregate score
AggregatorScore
Metacritic73/100[3]
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Review scores
PublicationScore
1Up.com9/10[4]
CGM[5]
CGW[6]
GameSpot8.2/10[7]
GameSpy[8]
GameZone7.9/10[9]
IGN7.6/10[10]
PC Gamer (US)69%[11]

The game received 'average' reviews according to the review aggregation website Metacritic,[3] and many U.S. reviews came in a few months before the game's official U.S. release.[4][6][7][8][9][11]

In the 2013 book, Digital Gaming Re-imagines the Middle Ages, the author explains that:

As digital medievalism, Crusader Kings models systems of cultural change in the Middle Ages rather than merely assigning cultural labels to people and geographic areas of Europe at specific chronological dates. The game attempts to avoid anachronism through historically based systems of gameplay, rather than through rote inclusion of historical facts.[12]

Awards[edit]

  • Strategy Gaming Online Editor's Choice award[13]
  • Game Vortex Top Pick award[14]
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Expansion[edit]

A downloadable expansion pack called Deus Vult ('God wills it' in Latin) was released in October 2007.[12][15][16] Improvements to the base game included:[17]

  • graphics overhaul including new windows and alert icons
  • inter-character relations (including the addition of friendship and rivalry)
  • new realm stability and diplomacy options (e.g. sending fosterlings to other courts)
  • new character traits and the evolution of childhood stats from age 0
  • new random events
  • additional tools for modders

As with other Paradox games, within days of release, fan made mods began to appear such as The Deus Vult Improvement Pack, aimed at fixing bugs and making the map, cultures, and characters more historically accurate.[18][19]

References[edit]

  1. ^'Crusader Kings for Macintosh (2005)'. MobyGames. Retrieved 2019-07-22.
  2. ^'Crusader Kings - PC'. Gamepressure.com. Retrieved 2019-07-20.
  3. ^ ab'Crusader Kings for PC Reviews'. Metacritic. Retrieved May 15, 2020.CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ abDurham Jr., Joel (June 4, 2004). 'Crusader Kings'. 1UP.com. Archived from the original on June 25, 2004. Retrieved December 3, 2017.CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^Goodfellow, Troy S. '1066 and All That'. Computer Games Magazine (165). Archived from the original on November 12, 2011.CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ abLiberatore, Rafael (August 2004). 'Crusader Kings'(PDF). Computer Gaming World. No. 241. p. 80. Archived from the original on June 17, 2004. Retrieved December 2, 2017.CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. ^ abTodd, Brett (June 10, 2004). 'Crusader Kings Review'. GameSpot.
  8. ^ abChick, Tom (June 8, 2004). 'GameSpy: Crusader Kings'. GameSpy. Archived from the original on June 2, 2020. Retrieved December 3, 2017.CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  9. ^ abHopper, Steven (May 25, 2004). 'Crusader Kings - PC - Review'. GameZone. Archived from the original on January 25, 2009. Retrieved December 3, 2017.CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  10. ^Butts, Steve (September 24, 2004). 'Crusader Kings'. IGN. Retrieved December 3, 2017.CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  11. ^ ab'Crusader Kings'. PC Gamer. July 2004. p. 74.
  12. ^ abKline, Daniel T. (2013-09-11). Digital Gaming Re-imagines the Middle Ages. Routledge. ISBN9781136221828.
  13. ^'Award-Winning Crusader Kings Now Available in Stores'. Paradox Interactive. September 28, 2004. Retrieved October 29, 2016.CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  14. ^Horwitz, Andrew (2004). 'Crusader Kings'. Game Vortex. Retrieved October 29, 2016.CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  15. ^'Crusader Kings: Deus Vult - PC'. Gamepressure.com. Retrieved 2019-07-20.
  16. ^'Crusader Kings: Deus Vult launched on GamersGate'. GamesIndustry.biz. Retrieved 2019-07-21.
  17. ^'Announcement - Crusader Kings: Deus Vult'. Paradox Interactive Forums. Retrieved 2019-07-21.
  18. ^'The Deus Vult Improvement Pack'. Paradox Interactive Forums. Retrieved 2019-07-21.
  19. ^'FilePlanet - DVIP The Deus Vult Improvement Pack'. FilePlanet. Retrieved 2019-07-21.

External links[edit]

  • Original Release Video - YouTube
  • Crusader Kings Tutorial (5 part series) - YouTube
  • Crusader Kings at MobyGames

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