Posté le : 22 novembre
Crusader Kings II
is a medieval politics grand strategy game. Maneuver nobility relations as you seek to expand the power and prestige of your dynasty, generations after generations.Pros
: Where to begin? There are countless characters (thousands): barons, counts, dukes, kings, courtiers, family members and everything in between for every city, barony, county, tribe, sheikdom or other political region denominator. Relationship behaviors are based off a multitude of character and personality traits. You manage a character, and upon death his heir, then his heir, through centuries of history as kingdoms and empires rise and fall, acquiring lordship over titles through conquering armies, political weddings, intrigue and backstabbing. The base game is set specifically for Europeans during the crusades, while expansions add Northern Africa, Middle East, Scandinavia, Western Asia and India, with each distinct culture and religion having its own tribal, feudal and monarchic mechanics. Many random events allow you to determine what type of person your current character becomes, engrossing you in the story of each of them, influancing and determining the fate of any trivial or world changing event. The game is regularly and constantly being updated: I'm not only referring to the multitude of DLCs that add historically accurate ethnical portraits and cultural armoury, but actual core mechanics are regularly revised, enhanced and added to by the developers. The game is fully open-ended, and leaves you to determine your political goal. Do you wish to rebuild the Roman Empire? Unite Great Brittan? Overcome ennemies in a world-wide crusade? Overthrow the Pope? Found Ukraine? Survive the Mongol onslaught? Endless possibilities!Cons
: The game has a high learning curve, and new comers must be willing to put in hours of learning, trial and error, and tutorial reading to understand how every mechanic works. Graphics are passable, barely enough to serve the game's purpose. Even at easier levels, difficulty remains high and players must be willing to go through constant frustrations as you are limited to decisions your character makes as a single person, which means there is no direct control over the outcome of battles, plots and events. The game can be slow at times, sometimes requiring months, years, decades and even generations of in-game time to bring any plan to fruitation.Verdict
: This game isn't meant for everyone. It requires a lot of patience and dedication. But the game can also be immensly rewarding when you successfully achieve your goals. This game left me retelling the tales of how, as a count, I married my firstborn son to a duchess so that my grandson would inherrit the king's throne (and expected to play that character two generations later), just to have my second son get branded as a kinslayer for killing his eldest brother, becoming my new heir and throw my entire plan to smithereens! The game is addictive, so if you have the patience to play through Cruisader Kings II
's demo tutorial, you just have to get the entire game!