Crusader Kings II

Crusader Kings II

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THOR Apr 22, 2013 @ 11:12am
Thinking about buying...
I am thinking about buying this game and all the DLCs & I would like to know if it is a good strategy/war/diplomacy game. Is it turn based or real time? I like to play Civilization V and Age of Empires II. I also like strategy board games such as Axis & Allies and Risk. Also if anyone owns March of the Eagles I would like your opinion on it too.
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WillScy09 Apr 22, 2013 @ 2:11pm 
Have you ever played Total war campaign games? it is like that but 100 times more complex and long. It's also not turn based, but real time

I love CK2, best strategy game released in years.

If you can manage to wait, they often do massive 75% off specials when new DLC is released, you could save yourself a bundle by waiting.
EVILJOUL Apr 22, 2013 @ 2:16pm 
today is one of the 75% sale days just go there will give you steam codes when you buy.
Last edited by EVILJOUL; Apr 22, 2013 @ 2:17pm
Thank you, eviljoul!
Not all DLCs are on sale today, but I was able to get The Republic!
That's great!! ;D

Btw. they also state on that sales page that you _only_ get Steam-codes. (I verified the Steam part before buying, because I depend on the Linux version, that is only available on Steam.)
AgrippaMaxentius Apr 23, 2013 @ 11:29pm 
It''s the best game there is. I'd pay 100$ for it, easy.
Tommy G. Apr 24, 2013 @ 6:34am 
I agree that it's one of the best games I've ever owned. It's completely engrossing. It's extremely detailed, and it has a personal flare, as you get really involved in the characters and their relationships. That said, I wouldn't really compare it to the Total War series though. Their strength is the massive battles and variety of units. The combat system in this game is pretty much a non issue. You don't actually command anything in a battle. Rather, you can assign leaders of your center and flanks, but the battle takes place as two solitary figures strike at each other while their statistics are taken into account, and the occasional flank attack or central thrust is employed based on depleating numbers. You don't ever see a battlefield, and the battles rarely last more than a minute in real time (often less).

So I'd say stick with Total War if you want to command units and lead your men in battle, but if you're looking for a diplomacy/strategy game, with well-rounded characters, plenty of intrigue, shifting policies and alliances and affairs and that feeling you get when you can't put down a good book, then this game is one you should own, and is well worth the full price. That said, I'd put it on your wishlist and save the 75% when applicable. Steam has their seasonal sales (Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter), as well as others, so you should be able to pick it up for $10 several times a year.
DaRealAngel Apr 24, 2013 @ 10:48am 
Originally posted by ;810922863421889338:
It''s the best game there is. I'd pay 100$ for it, easy.
If I had it I would also spend $100 easy. But with the exchange rate being what it is.. :P no such luck. I've broken the demo.. tried all the different starters (demo) Love this game. Wish I had it though.
THOR Apr 24, 2013 @ 10:59am 
Ok thanks, I will wait for it to go on sale.
{HYST} Merlyn Apr 28, 2013 @ 12:28am 
I agree, this game is amazing. My fav. to date and so much more life coming soon with the pagen DLC. If your straped for cash it goes on sale rather often in different places like a few have mentioned. If you can afford it though buy it full price! These guys deserve it.
I'd say tommy hit it rather well though.
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DaRealAngel Apr 28, 2013 @ 1:35am 
Well said.
James009 Apr 28, 2013 @ 2:52pm 
Given the games you listed I suggest you try Crusader Kings. I feel that it plays a bit like Civilization mixed with Total War and The Guild series given that it has more of a focus on the people in the gameworld.

Lastly, given your Elder Scrolls based username (I'm assuming), you'll need to try the Elder Scrolls mod. It's amazing!

tbh, modding makes this already good game into a totally amazing game.
billy Apr 30, 2013 @ 6:31pm 
It's a great game i have owned for ages but only started playing recently ( mainly playing the game of thrones mod which i love) .

OP i like the games you like so you will probably like this game . Though to be honest it's not really anything like those game , it's kind of a unique game . A lot of the focus is on the politics and diplomacy and plotting as much as fighting , probably a lot more so.

I didnt like it when i first played as it is difficult to grasp what you should be doing to achieve things. But with imagination and some patience i've grown to really like it . even though its real time it plays at the pace of a turn based game , you always have time to think and plot when you need it.
DaRealAngel May 1, 2013 @ 2:09am 
just bought it this morning. Downloading it now. Going to plunder some coffers later... :)
afinati May 7, 2013 @ 12:08am 
I'd add to all of this that, because the characters all act based upon their character traits, I like to really get down into imagining I'm this character and living in this world ... because it's all so organic. I also appreciate Paradox's consistent patches and DLC. Oh, and another draw is that after 560 hours, I still have stories to tell. Every campaign is different, and there are a bazillion little strategies to use and complications you have to face in very rewardingly medieval ways. Good luck, and if you get confused about something ... just ask. It took me many, many hours to get everything ... and even still, I'm tinkering with stuff. 560 hours in and I'm still a bit flustered by a couple things,
DaRealAngel May 7, 2013 @ 2:28am 
I Have no regrets buying this game. I bought the Republic dlc also, and then started as duchess Matilda of Spoleto. Ruined some duchies before running out of heirs. But got my score really high with some Holy wars. I want to try the sunset invasion dlc at some stage. To see what it feels like to be completely overrun.
Nef May 7, 2013 @ 3:25am 
You don't need Republics DLC to play as Matilida - I played as her in my very first game, over a year ago :)

She's an interesting historical character, Matilda of Tuscany, and in real life her death led to the creation of the Republic of Florence, since she died without an heir.
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