Опубликовано: 27 января
The title Crusader Kings 2 falls under the so-called grand-strategy games. The term is well-earned in this case and before you start the game be warned that there is a steep learning curve. Do not pick up this game if long-winded games that requires hours of hours to finish is not your thing. Do pick it up if you like games like Civilization, Alpha Centauri, or Europe Universalis. Having said that, and perhaps you do not know these titles, lets get into what Crusader Kings 2 actually is.
Like all grand-strategy games Crusader Kings 2 is (but need not be, I will get back to this) for instance about creating a dukedom, kingdom, or empire, keeping those under you happy less they revolt, and creating a proper army. Unlike many other grand strategy games (outside of other Paradox titles) this game is actually historically correct for medieval europe, the middle east, and India. That is right, did you ever want to play as William the Conquerer? This game gives you that opportunity.
That immediatly leads to 'need not be' clasule I said before. Unlike other grand strategy games you do not play a 'faction' or a 'nation', but you play as an individuel e.g. Ghengis Khan. The game doesn't end when you die, however, no it follows the rise (and fall) of your family as your dominion grows on the map. Depending on your succesion laws you might be playing as your oldest, youngest, or even a random family member. You might even go super modern and have daughters rule on purpose, not 'just because' the male line ended as was more the case in the time period between 769-1452 AD (which how long the games played out assuming you have two DLCs).
The game features cultures (e.g. German, Anglo-Saxon, Berber, Russian, Visigothic, and Tamil) as well as religions (e.g. Hindu, Catholic, Coptic, Karasite, Tengri, Sunni, and Germanic) and this including with recently conquered, traits of a person, your history with them perhaps, can all influence what people think of you. Wil you marry out a daughter for an alliance, or perhaps with that genius of a man so you can get him to court and get a good advisor? This is all dependent upon you.
Thanks to all these features, as well as the fact that once the game starts randomness kicks in and the historical accurate timeline is lost, means that you will never(!) play the same game ever again. Mechanics wise yes, but give it enough time and the map will look quiet different from last time, different kings and emperors, and perhaps e.g. the Byzantine empire might have fallen by 1100. What will you do? How will you influence medieval Europe? I say it is time to find out and play Crusader Kings 2 for yourself.