Conclusion: Final Verdict: If you’ve ever wanted to get into the wacky historical simulation niche that Paradox has built up, Crusader Kings II is a perfect newbie gateway. It’s not as complex as other “grand strategies”, which may rankle vets. However, it’s a huge step forward for Paradox in terms of QA.
Excerpt: Crusader Kings II on first look seems like just another game styled after so many other well-known games that use an overhead map and a time period. That’s where things steer into a different direction. This game may well be the best game created by the game smiths at Paradox Development Studio. It’s a huge strategy game with layers. I would suggest running the tutorial in the game.
Excerpt: Paradox Interactive have become the publishers-in-chief for in-depth strategy titles over the past few years, and this year’s E3 saw them showcasing three of their biggest coming attractions, all sequels to successful titles with hordes of fanatical fans.
Pros: Historic 1337 Strategy, Sliders for Everything
Conclusion: In short, this is definitely worth the purchase if you’ve already exhausted the original Crusader Kings II , but I wouldn’t recommend an Islamic play-through to less experienced players; it’s best to try a few Catholic rules first. It’s more challenging than playing either a Catholic or Orthodox leader, and you won’t have as much fun if you’re constantly fighting off invasions and infidels.
Conclusion: We know that once you get into a grand strategy game they can be immensely rewarding. Winning a round of Call of Duty multiplayer is like winning a game of tig in the playground; ‘winning’ a grand strategy game is like wrestling an Olympic champion to the dirt before knocking out both Klitschko brothers with a single punch from each fist. Crusader Kings II gives that same feeling in spades, but it also provides brilliant narrative satisfaction as well.
Conclusion: The Short Version: Crusader Kings II isn't just the best grand strategy game that Paradox Interactive have published, rather, it's probably the best grand strategy game in years. New players may be turned off by its staggering depth, but veterans and history enthusiasts will revel in every minute, every sleepless night and every new sunrise they experience while caught in its thrall. Majestic and historic in any sense of the phrase.
Conclusion: Напоследок буквально пара слов о недостатках этой замечательной игры. Они совершенно незначительны. Порой AI ведёт себя нелогично, нападая на заведомо более сильного врага, и часто принимает нелогичные решения. Однако главный минус игры – отсутствие официальной локализации, без которой, порой, приходится весьма туго. В остальном же Crusader Kings 2: The Old Gods – идеальный подарок стратегу, который любит побеждать разумом, а не скоростью реакции.
Pros: Удачная реализация языческих наций, Судоходные реки, Множество новых построек, События, навыки, поводы к войне, Нужно грабить корованы!
Cons: Отсутствие официальной локализации, Скучноватая игра за зороастрийцев