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. Hearts of Iron, their World War II simulation, was one of the most complex games I have seen so far. But Crusader Kings even beats that one.
Conclusion: All in all Crusader Kings 2 is still an astonishing game, easily deep enough to be a truly hardcore entry in the grand strategy genre but absolutely brimming with character and the possibility for emergent narrative. Its latest DLC builds on all these traits and is seamlessly integrated into the original despite adding a vast, unique new way to play. Forza la Serenissima!
Pros: Brilliantly realised Republican mechanics. CK2 still as good as it ever was.
Cons: None. Please improve the CK2 tutorial though.