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Crusader Kings II 


We have slowly been catching up on PC games over the past few months here at Family Friendly Gaming. One game in particular intrigued me - Crusader Kings II. Actually it is a little deeper than that. It horrified and intrigued me at the same time. I will work on explaining more of that later in the review.

Crusader Kings II lets us pick a king, duke or other such leader from Medieval Europe. We start in the year of our Lord 1066, and go forward 400 hundred years. Don't worry our character is not immortal. They get married, have children, and the children take over the crown. Which means we have to be concerned about successors.

Crusader Kings II allows us to arrange marriages, award titles, grant land, and take it away. We can also spread lies about our enemies, deal with bad language, and some violence. Yes we can go to war in Crusader Kings II. We can conquer our neighbors. We can threaten, educate, and more. The goal is to have the largest empire you can possible attain in those four hundred years.

If you are looking for an action game, then keep on speed skating past. Crusader Kings II is cerebral. It is like a monster game of Risk mixed with chess. Characters have opinions of you and of others. What transpires is dependent upon your actions. You can attempt to assassinate your enemies.

Does all of this sound complex? I know I initially found it intimidating. Crusader Kings II does include a comprehensive tutorial, and hints that will help you along the way. I strongly encourage you to check out the tutorial first. I tried playing first and declared war on my neighbor. I did not realize (at first) I needed to raise an army and send them over there. So what wound up happening is he raised a large army to defend so it was no longer feasible for me to go to war.

Diplomacy can be a huge thing in Crusader Kings II. Offering your daughter in marriage for example can provide a successor and create a stronger ally. Crusader Kings II is not for all ages of the family. The older members who appreciate history and are interested in feudal times will appreciate this PC game.

Throughout history there have been people who say they do things for God. Jesus Christ taught you will know a tree by its fruit so if they were oppressing someone then they could not have been a Christian. Yet God does allow evil people to do evil things. We Christians have long struggled with the history of the Crusades. Especially with all of the good Christians have done over the multitude of years. Were they doing God's will or not?
- Paul


Graphics: 61%
Sound: 57%
Replay/Extras: 85%
Gameplay: 69%
Family Friendly Factor: 58%
System: Personal Computer
Publisher: Paradox Interactive
Rating: ‘T’ - Teen
{Alcohol Reference, Mild Language, Mild Violence, Sexual}
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