Incredibly detailed game, but be prepared to spend the time needed to enjoy it.
2 weeks ago
Summary: I'm sure there are people who would love this game. There are literally thousands of little bits that can be analyzed and tweaked during your game. But for me it was just too much, too fast. I don't get a lot of time to play games these days, so I'm never going to have the time to focus on this long enough to make any progress, so it turns out to not be the right kind of game for me. It is a game that you are meant to obsess over and research every choice.
Summary: It's a pretty complex game with the economy and everything else. If you buy it it's going to take some time to learn and figure things out perfectly. I've done a few of the tutorials and most of the time i can pick games up like this instantaneously without tutorials, not CKII! It's obviously slow paced and you have to pay attention to every detail, so if you're going to purchase just be ready to learn and wait.
Summary: I had some fun with it here and there, but there is far too much just waiting around. I think it is probably the weakest out of the major CK2 expansions. If you want the financial benefits of a Republic without playing as a Republic, just give one of your landless courtiers a city (make sure and give them the city first!) and then give them a duchy or a kingdom. And voila, you have a Vassal Republic you can tax.
Summary: Having read several reviews prior to downloading, I expected a fair amount of frustration with the early hours of this game. I should have been prepared for more. Had I not kept at it, I would have rated it lower, but gradually things become more clear and the enjoyment of the game increased. Granted, it is not a game for someone who prefers a game like Medieval Total War 2, that allows the player to act on any whim to attack another province or kingdom.
Summary: This is a very fun game and can be quite addicting if played right. There are a lot of things on it I would like changed but for the most part everything is fine. All the controls are easy to use and labeled well. If you are in the a strategy game that takes thinking and planning ahead than this games for you.
Summary: The more I play Crusader Kings, the more I find myself thinking that the programmers think themselves entirely too clever. This DLC definitely helped dramatize that for me. The truth was that I found that this didn't add as much as I expected. With this expansion you can now play nations that start with an "Islamic" government. These nations operate under slightly different rules (such as receiving a prestige penalty for not having multiple wives.
Summary: I like this expansion and yet also hate this expansion. Overall, the new mechanics are well balanced. You can now play pagans, and work with the limitations of the religion. for the Norse, this means you can't avoid having each of your children inheriting and having to go to war or raiding every year or 2. It makes for a lot of early conflict. The game does try to help at first, as the initial Norse counties have high levels of troops and a few pre-planned invasions.
Summary: I've got to give the creators of this game some props. CK2 is a bold, innovative twist on the 4X genre. The title clearly advances beyond the territory charted by the "Europa Universalis" (EU)series (even if some of these advances are evolutionary rather that revolutionary). This is a solid entry in the strategic simulation genre. However, CK2 is not without its flaws.