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WindowsNetjak (Jul 13, 2004)
The Middle Ages were a time of constant war and shadow politicking; intricacies such as waging wars and forging alliances in a feudal system of government can make one killer game. Luckily, Paradox Entertainment, the makers of Hearts of Iron, a quality war game set during WW2, created a game that brings forth the governments of Medieval Europe. Crusader Kings focuses on the ruler of parcels of land called a demesne, whether you are a king, a duke, or simply a lowly count. You forge alliances, wage wars, and play shadow games to become the most powerful ruler in Europe.
WindowsWorth Playing (Sep 28, 2004)
Crusader Kings by Paradox Software has perhaps been one of the most painful reviews I have ever experienced. Mind you it wasn't a bad gameplay experience that kept ruining my day, but rather getting the game to run which was driving me (and my Editor) insane. Thankfully with the help of Paradox I was able to tool up a work-around that allowed me to finally clock some time on this game. I'm glad that I finally did.
WindowsGame Chronicles (Jul 10, 2004)
It is ironic that in this age of information, falsehoods and absurd misconceptions of history often perpetuate themselves through the media and other outlets into the minds of unsuspecting 21st century citizens. Time has a way of distorting the truth behind events long passed, usually replacing them with the stuff of myth and legend. Often when we hear of the Middle Ages, we envision knights in glimmering platemail and a civilization built on ignorance and savagery. Rarely are we granted a glimpse into its true past, into an era of dawning enlightenment, empires risen and fallen, and brutal reality.
WindowsGameSpot (Jun 10, 2004)
Tired of Europa Universalis? Paradox Entertainment hopes that you're not, because the Swedish developer has just issued its seventh variation on the critically acclaimed real-time game of grand strategy. Crusader Kings may turn the clock back to the early medieval era, but the design focus is still solidly on historical accuracy. While casual gamers will feel like they've been plunged into a maelstrom of names and dates, anyone with a love of history will appreciate the rigorous attention to detail and epic scope.
WindowsNext Level Gaming (Sep 08, 2004)
Crusader Kings is a very deep and rewarding game play experience if you are willing to put in the time and patience to learn all of its intricacies. While casual gamers may be put off by its complex political focus, sim and history buffs will love the accuracy this game portrays of medieval politics.
WindowsGameSpot (Belgium/Netherlands) (Jun 22, 2004)
Crusader Kings sluit naadloos aan bij de uitstekende Europa Universalis-reeks. De toevoeging van speelbare karakters is leuk en zorgt er onder andere voor dat het historisch draagvlak van dit game nog groter wordt. Anderzijds is het gebruikersvriendelijker voor nieuwkomers in de reeks, hoewel een tutorial nog steeds ontbreekt. Kortom: Crusader Kings is er weer eentje voor de geboren strategen die de geschiedenis willen herschrijven.
WindowsGameZone (May 25, 2004)
Crusader Kings is the latest sim published by Strategy First and developed by Paradox, the creators of the acclaimed Europa Universalis series. The game uses the Europa Universalis engine, and the result is an extremely deep and complex strategy game. While the sheer amount of things to do will be overwhelming to some and may turn off casual gamers, hardcore sim fans will find something to love here.
MacintoshInside Mac Games (IMG) (Oct 19, 2005)
Crusader Kings is still a good addition to your strategy library. If you are a hardcore history or strategy buff, this game will appeal to you. If you only have a passing interest, but you like longer board games, like Risk or Monopoly, this may be the right game for you. I honestly can't recommend it to real-time strategy fans, as the action simply isn't there, and you would be better served with Warcraft III and its ilk. Crusader Kings is a welcome addition to the EU II and Victoria line-up, with the already formidable diplomacy engines of the above games greatly enhanced. Deus Vult!
WindowsGame Watcher (Jun 18, 2004)
In conclusion, I found Crusader Kings to be a lot of fun, despite some serious flaws. The worst thing is the naval aspect, Muslims and Christians can zip about the world at little cost, so you have medieval d-days all over Europe. The Muslim states are a little too powerful, and the crusades themselves have to be addressed, as the piety loss is a major problem. I could have gone into even more detail, such as the dreaded and unstoppable Golden Horde, and the intricate web that is dynastic marriage and the interaction of vassals, but I will leave those for the players to discover on their own.
WindowsIGN (Sep 24, 2004)
Crusader Kings is the latest sim published by Strategy First and developed by Paradox, the creators of the acclaimed Europa Universalis series. The game uses the Europa Universalis engine, and the result is an extremely deep and complex strategy game. While the sheer amount of things to do will be overwhelming to some and may turn off casual gamers, hardcore sim fans will find something to love here.
75 (Jun 29, 2004)
L'excellente série des Europa Universalis a enfin trouvé un titre à sa hauteur ! En effet, Crusader Kings dispose de toutes les qualités requises pour combler tout amateur de wargame qui se respecte. Le nombre de paramètres à gérer est très important et les parties sont réellement passionnantes du fait de la qualité de l'intelligence artificielle. Bref, si tant est que vous appréciez ce genre de jeux, vous passerez de longues nuits blanches à tenter de dominer l'Europe.
WindowsComputer Gaming World (CGW) (Aug, 2004)
Crusader Kings is a good game, but its convoluted interface, some minor bugs, and lack of a detailed manual make it a tedious and frustrating game to learn for both old-school Europa fans and newbies alike. There are rewards to be had here—but you're going to need to put in some time to reap them.
WindowsGame Captain (Jul 07, 2004)
Im Vergleich zu Two Thrones ist Crusader Kings ein Fortschritt aber gegenüber Hearts of Iron oder Victoria ein Rückschritt. Zum einen wegen der geringeren Komplexität. Zum anderen kommen noch ein Haufen Programmfehler dazu wodurch das Spiel insgesamt zu instabil läuft. Weitere Punktabzüge resultieren in einer, meiner Meinung nach, zu schwachen bis unfairen KI. Auch der Netzwerkmodus für bis zu acht Spieler ändert nicht viel an diesem Gesamteindruck. Mich hat dieses Spiel jedenfalls nicht richtig überzeugt, und ich würde anderen Alternativen (Hearts of Iron, Super Power, Victoria) den Vorzug geben, da sie in den Bereichen Forschung, Ressourcenmanagement und Kriegsführung (Super Power) wesentlich mehr Spieltiefe aufweisen.
WindowsAdrenaline Vault, The (AVault) (Aug 27, 2004)
Like all Europa Universalis-based titles, Crusader Kings is more historical undertaking than strategic video game, complete with names, dates and events. There are many fans of the series that will love it and give it a permanent home on their hard drives, extolling its virtues the whole day long. I have to say that I have enjoyed Crusader Kings a far sight more than I did its sister release, Victoria, but I still wouldn’t recommend it to anyone who doesn’t have a lot of patience and an almost fetishistic attitude toward history. Crusader Kings is a tour de force of chronometric detail and almost bottomless options, but the glaring lack of a tutorial, criminally sparse documentation, paucity of things you can directly control and frequent crashes to the desktop doesn’t make playing it any more fun for the uninitiated. If you’ve already been indoctrinated into the detail-heavy world of Europa Universalis, however, you’ll be right at home with Crusader Kings.
WindowsGameSpy (Jun 08, 2004)
Add to this the standard litany of problems that accompany all of Paradox's releases: inadequate documentation, a sad assortment of bugs and instability, and a weak A.I. The problems with documentation can be addressed by poring over the official forums. Some of the bugs have been fixed in the two patches since the game's release, but there's still enough of a tendency to crash to desktop that you won't want to play without saving frequently. As for the weak A.I., it remains to be seen whether Paradox can address that. Some of its earlier games have come a long way. Here's to hoping that eventually Crusader Kings lives up to the promise of its premise.
WindowsPC Games (Germany) (May 01, 2004)
Paradox Entertainment macht es Spieletestern nicht einfach. Crusader Kings ist der vierte Aufguss von Europa Universalis 2 und daher ist es schwierig für einen Redakteur, nicht auch den vierten Aufguss des Tests von Europa Universalis 2 abzuliefern.
WindowsGameStar (Germany) (May, 2004)
Das Spiel aus der Europa Universalis-Familie lässt Sie in pausierbarer Echtzeit eine europäische oder muslimische Provinz zwischen 1066 und 1453 führen. Die Anzahl der Mächte ist unübersichtlich groß: 1066 existieren 364 Parteien! Diese Vielfalt freut allerdings nur Profis, die sich in die trockene Materie einarbeiten.
WindowsArmchair Empire, The (Aug 18, 2004)
I’ve found very few games that can daunt me in concept, objective and gameplay. Crusader Kings is one of those few games that has. Booting up the game for the first time, I was at a complete loss as to what to do and this was after pouring through the manual. Quite simply this game has left me dumbfounded.
49 (Sep 10, 2004)
Deja Vu?!? Hab ich das Spiel nicht vor geraumer Zeit schon einmal getestet? Zumindest hatte es einen ähnlichen geschichtlichen Hintergrund und war auch von Paradox. Und eigentlich könnte ich das Fazit von damals gleich direkt für Crusader Kings übernehmen, denn Änderungen sind nur sehr spärlich zu finden. Da wäre zum Einen die zahlreichen historischen Charaktere mit unterschiedlichen Eigenschaften und Fähigkeiten, oder etwa der höhere Schwierigkeitsgrad, der aber eher auf die kaum durchschaubaren und komplexen Zusammenhänge und die teilweise sehr unfairen Zufallsereignissen zurückzuführen ist, als auf die schlaue KI. Und auch wenn ich mich Wiederhole: Europa Universales II bleibt für mich noch immer das beste historische Strategiespiel und das gibt es schon seit geraumer Zeit als Budgettitel.
WindowsPC Action (May 12, 2004)
Eigentlich sollte ich Paradox Entertainment dankbar sein. Beinahe jeden Monat so gut wie das gleiche Spiel unter einem anderen Namen zu veröffentlichen, sichert meinen Arbeitsplatz. Erwarten Sie bitte vom komplexen Crusader Kings nichts Neues.
WindowsGame Shark (Nov 18, 2004)
Crusader Kings is an interesting title from Paradox Entertainment. The one thing that stand out the most is that it feels very retro. A throwback to the early days of strategy games when intelligence and gameplay held sway and economy management was still in its infancy.
WindowsJoystick (French) (Jul, 2004)
Une bonne idée mais des défauts techniques pénibles, une interface exaspérante et un gameplay très limité. C'est très lent, largement aléatoire et on s'ennuie vite si on n'a pas assez d'imagination pour transformer chaque partie en saga épique.