Press Reviews

“Sword of Islam ensured you have more content to choose from, while keeping the challenge and fun at a similar, if not higher, level.”

“If you enjoyed Crusader Kings II then Sword of Islam is a worthy addition to your game.”

“Overall the expansion is a great addition to this great game and is definitely recommended to those that want to add even more hours to their play time. Its good value too at $10 on Steam.”

“If you’re looking for a game with deep and rewarding mechanics and are willing to take the time to get around the learning curve, this game might interest you. If you like alternative history and would like to see what the would world have looked like if the Seljuq dynasty pushed into Europe or if Lithuania became a vast empire stretching from the edges of each continent, this...

“If you enjoyed Crusader Kings II then Sword of Islam is a worthy addition to your game”

"This role-playing grand strategy game is full-featured and highly interactive: 8/8"

"Crusader Kings II is Paradox’s best game (and certainly the most accessible), as it presents more than enough to keep you busy as you attempt to become the greatest family in Europe."

"...Crusader Kings II is the most polished game from them to date..."

"Returning players to the franchise will find this is the game they always wanted to play, ever since the original was developed. Those just coming to the series will, with some patience, find a game that can entertain them for hours on end."

"Crusader Kings II is a bargain for...

“Crusader Kings is undoubtedly one of the most fresh and engaging strategy games on the market...”

"it’s simple exterior and complex approach makes it both an accessible game for a fan of the genre or a newcomer that just wants a go at putting their dynasty down in history. There is actually so little to fault the game on, so just do not be surprised when five...

“Crusader Kings 2 with its steep but rewarding learning curve gives the player a meaningful experience they would only get from a handful of other games in the Genre. “

“Crusader Kings 2 is a formidable game that no self-respecting strategist should pass on.”

“Crusader Kings II is a game that is well worth paying for.”

“All in all, Crusader Kings II is a great game with high replayability not only for the fact that there are so many characters to choose from but that there are also many different strategies to pursue in order to win.”

"...this game goes above and beyond all my expectations - in terms of great game play, gorgeous graphics, and pure gamer gratification."

“Crusader Kings II is really in a league of its own in strategy games.”

“...Crusader Kings II is definitely the most impressive Paradox game to date. The game mechanics are an interesting twist on a well-known genre, the code itself is highly polished, and it’s just a really fun and interesting game to play.”

"Crusader Kings II is a masterpiece of a game, and one that has reminded me of just what is possible in the world of PC gaming....Simply, Crusader Kings 2 is a game fit for a king."

“Crusader Kings II is incredibly accurate as far as historical detail and execution, and it will make any fan of grand strategy or historical gaming jump for joy.”

"Crusader Kings II isn't just the best grand strategy game that Paradox Interactive have published, rather, it's probably the best grand strategy game in years."

"Majestic and historic in any sense of the phrase."

"The folks over at Paradox have out done themselves and set the bar extremely high. If you are looking for a new strategy game to sink an insane amount of time into, then look no further.”

“It's an incredibly dynamic game that seems to perfectly simulate the state of flux that Europe and the Middle East were in during the Middle Ages. Crusader Kings II is exactly the...

"Crusader Kings 2 is phenomenal and one of the best strategy games on the market."

"Those new to the genre will face a bit of a learning curve.   I am learning new things about the game every day, but if you stick in there and learn what you are doing, I am sure you will love it."

“Crusader Kings II is a majestic feudal sandbox, the greatest generator of hilarious medieval soap opera ever created and Paradox Interactive’s best title to date.”

“Assassinating your immediate family never felt so good. “

“Paradox Interactive truly has made an epic strategy game, and from the many games I’ve reviewed from them they continually get better.”

“…once you start going the game is addictive and incredibly fun.”

"Crusader Kings II offers incredibly deep and rewarding gameplay."

“...Crusader Kings II transforms into the best example of its genre that I’ve ever come across...”

“It kept me up until the early hours of the morning and it got me telling people about the history I was rewriting...”

“It is quite nearly a perfect quintessence: when you play it, it tells you the rules and then steps out of the way.”

“PROS: Sublime strategy masterpiece, Near limitless character choice, Not as difficult as it first seems”

“... it quickly becomes evident that Paradox have done an admirable job of retaining accessibility in the face of such complexity.”

"Overall, Crusader Kings II is one of the most engaging Paradox strategy games to date.”

“ Other than that, the intricacies of politics, religion, and warfare as well as an appealing time period makes this a pretty addicting strategy game.”

"Crusader Kings II is the best video game, in pure gameplay terms, which Paradox Interactive has ever developed.”

“The historical detail that the team has included is impressive and the experience is more accessible than ever.”

"An excellent 'dynasty' simulator with solid RPG elemnts or, for those less interested in numbers and figures, an unforgettable historical 'soap opera'.

- Pros: the conspiracy and ambition system, lots of random events, great simulation of the feudal system.
- Cons: not so many plots."

“In short, Crusader Kings II is a majestic feudal sandbox, the greatest generator of hilarious medieval soap opera ever created and Paradox Interactive's best title to date.”

“If you are willing to put the time in to learn the idiosyncrasies of the game’s sometimes arcane interface, the joy that can come out of Crusader Kings II is significant, and well worth the time and effort.”

“There are few games where the stories emerge so completely and in such a fascinating way as they do in Crusader Kings II.”

“Crusader Kings 2 will own your soul and you’ll likely never get bored.  It’s one of the best games of 2012 so far–possibly of the whole year!”

“I highly recommend this game. If I can learn to love this game then so can anyone else. If does require effort at first but once things start rolling, it becomes seriously addictive and loads of fun.”

“The Paradox community is extremely helpful as well and it is worth making a post about the game.”

“With so many stories to be told, it potentially offers hundreds upon hundreds of hours of diplomacy, wars, plots and intrigue, and it’s possibly the best game Paradox have released.”

"...Crusader Kings II is a must-buy."

"...the attention to historical detail is truly astounding; if you take the time to explore this game, and to read the wikipedia entries of the characters you find interesting, you will probably learn more about medieval Europe than you would in a college course on the subject."

“An unforgettable wander through the bastions, banquet halls and bedchambers of Medieval Europe.”

“Even if they don’t, I can see myself enjoying the company of CK2 and its incomparable cast of bed-hopping, sibling-slaughtering, rodentmutiliating characters, for months – maybe years – to come.”

“VERDICT: An unforgettable wander through the bastions, banquet halls and bedchambers of Medieval Europe.”

"Paradox Interactive could just call this “All Your Plans Getting Fucked Up: The Grand Strategy Game” because, trust me, whatever bit of brilliance you have in mind to navigate the twisting world of medieval intrigue will have a holy wrench thrown into it by something”

“If you can survive an awkward introduction and free your imagination, Crusader Kings II will make you part of the family.”

“...Crusader Kings II is another excellent entry in Paradox’s repertoire. If you loved Europa Universalis or Victoria, then chances are you’ll fall in love with this game as well. 

“If you’re a newcomer to Paradox Grand Strategy games, then Crusader Kings II is an excellent title to jump in with its good tutorial and smaller scope....

“Crusader Kings II is a fun game to play. Unlike most strategy games the A.I. here is intense and brutal.”

“I have easily sunk 30 hours into this game within the last week and I still feel that I have only scratched the surface of Crusader Kings II — luckily, I am completely fine with the notion of dedicating more time to try and defame all those who stand in the way of my glorious genes.”

“This is truly one of the better games to come out from Paradox Development Studio...”

“...this game intrigues me enough to want to keep playing, and that is something indeed.”

"It’s one of those rare games that can show even the uninitiated what a traditionally complex genre is all about and for that Paradox should be wholeheartedly congratulated. Be brave and give it a try.”

“It’s one of those rare games that can show even the uninitiated what a traditionally complex genre is all about and for that Paradox should be wholeheartedly congratulated.”

“ If what you're seeking is a relatively clean grand strategy game that focuses on intrigue and diplomacy, this is your game.”

If you have nothing against a little sibling rivalry, love to indulge yourself in murderous plots and dream of grand conquests, then this is the best way to experience all that in the safety of your home.”

“This is a brilliant game, a masterful work by the people at Paradox. Perhaps the biggest praise I can give it is that I plan on playing it on a regular basis far beyond the time it takes to review it. It's rare when a game captures my imagination to this degree, but Crusader Kings II still has its hooks in me.”