Christmastime and the elves at Paradox Development Studio have crafted a new
toy for a King or Emperor to enjoy this Holiday Season. Released just a week
ago was “Way of Life” which is the latest expansion for their critically
acclaimed title Crusader Kings II.
Excerpt: In Crusader Kings II – Rajas of India, a player can choose from a variety of families, with three new religions and plenty of new ethnic groups, and then try, just as he did before in Europe, to become as powerful as possible using warfare, diplomacy, intrigue and events.
Pros: + An entire Indian subcontinent to play with, + Religions mechanics, + Tweaks to core mechanics
Cons: - India can feel a little empty, - Learning curve for newcomers
say right off the bat that I consider Crusader Kings II to be the best
grand strategy title out right now. Buried deep in its manifold layers of
character traits, character development, titles, and impressive realm
infrastructure is a game willing to entice the player with real sandbox...
Conclusion: At first I thought all the obscure mechanics and complexity meant I wasn’t having a good time, but then I checked the time. It’s easy to just let the game run and see what it throws at you, and hours later you emerge, still thinking about secret plots and county taxation.