Excerpt: When I was little, I was an absolute maniac for dinosaurs. Everyone in my family — not to mention every teacher I had in elementary school — can attest to this. I had two illustrated dinosaur dictionaries, one of which was actually a collegiate textbook, all sorts of model figurines, and a handful...
Conclusion: This is a very welcome addition to the HPS Campaign series, and offers far more than its' distant predecessor, the Talonsoft Battleground games. The HPS engine provides the best representation of Civil War battles that I have played, and is both challenging and atmospheric.
Pros: Solid multiplayer options; varied maps; wide variety of battles.
Cons: Dated graphics; so-so AI opponent; no map editor.
Conclusion: Hardcore grognards are a very select group when it comes to their wargames. Fans of Paradox Entertainment games are, I feel, an even more niche group and most are finding Crusader Kings worthy to spend their money on.
Excerpt: Genre: Strategy Publisher: Paradox Developer: Paradox Release Date: September 28, 2004 Buy 'CRUSADER KINGS': PC A Patch, My Kingdom for a Patch! Crusader Kings by Paradox Software has perhaps been one of the most painful reviews I have ever experienced.
Excerpt: Like a young prince suddenly ascended to the throne, when I first started playing Crusader Kings, I was completely lost. This is without a doubt one of the most complex strategy titles that I have seen, and I have played them all. Paradox is known for in-depth strategy games.
Summary: I’m that rare gamer who actually sits down and reads through an entire instruction manual before playing the game, often before installation. I just like to have a good handle on things before I jump in.
Conclusion: Unfortunately, many of the major actions such as placing a legitimate claim on a piece of land or on a title can take a long time to execute. In the meantime there is an apparent wealth of actions to perform.