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Crusader Kings II: The Old Gods [Download]

by Paradox Interactive
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  • ASIN: B00CPS63E2
  • Release Date: May 28, 2013
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
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Europe is in turmoil. The land has been fragmented into petty fiefdoms. The Emperor is struggling with the Pope. The Holy Father declares that all who go to liberate the Holy Land will be freed of their sins.

Now is the time for greatness…

Crusader Kings II: The Old Gods is the fourth expansion for the critically praised strategy/RPG. Finally play as a Pagan or Zoroastrian ruler, with particular focus on the dreaded Vikings. Pillage and adventure according to true Viking tradition!

Main features:

  • Play as a Pagan chieftain and ravage your weak neighbors. If you remain at peace for too long, your people will grow restless...
  • The new, earliest start date is 867 AD. The Viking Rurik has founded the kingdom of Rus and the Great Heathen Army under the sons of Ragnar Lodbrok rampage through England
  • Play as a Zoroastrian lord and restore your ancient religion to prominence
  • Adventurers: Landless characters can gather armies and carve out new realms on their own
  • Prepared Invasions: Declare your intention to invade and watch your armies grow with adventurers and restless warriors, but don't wait too long to start your war or it might all fall apart...
  • Rebels with a Cause: Rebels are no longer a faceless menace – they are now led by characters with agendas
  • Loot and pillage provinces. Burn down cities and take their gold!
  • Sacrifice to Odin at the great Blot!
  • Christians and Muslims can dispatch missions to convert the depraved heathens
  • New beautiful Pagan interface skin
  • New events and decisions: berserkers, sejdr, curses, omens, divinations, runestones and much more



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Requires the base game Crusader Kings II to activate.


System Requirements
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OS: Win 7, Vista and XP
Processor: Intel Pentium IV 2.4 GHz or AMD 3500+
RAM: 2 GB
Hard Drive: 2 GB
Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce 8800 or ATI Radeon X1900 video card, 512MB graphics memory required
Additional Info: Direct X-compatible sound card, DirectX 9, 3-button mouse, keyboard, speakers, Internet connection for multiplayer
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars DLC is worth the extra cost-major expansion May 28, 2013
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I would first say that people need to ignore the reviewer who said it didn't install from steam. That was a misunderstanding of the delay for steam updating the game. It is now on steam and downloads and works fine. The expansion does what it advertises, and that is a bit more than previous expansions. Like the Sword of Islam and Republic expansions, it adds playable groups, this time the Pagans (Including norse, baltic, african, and mongol strains of pagans), as well as Zoroastrians. It also adds an earlier start date, something not done in previous expansion DLC. If you ever wanted to play as vikings, as Lithuanians, as mongols (including the great Genghis Khan and his descendants), or start at the beginning of some of the great dynasties in Europe, this is a well worthwhile DLC to get.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Hold off the Zerg Rush June 17, 2013
By Mvargus
I like this expansion and yet also hate this expansion.

Overall, the new mechanics are well balanced. You can now play pagans, and work with the limitations of the religion. for the Norse, this means you can't avoid having each of your children inheriting and having to go to war or raiding every year or 2. It makes for a lot of early conflict.

The game does try to help at first, as the initial Norse counties have high levels of troops and a few pre-planned invasions. This makes it easy to get some quick conquests in.

Of course, that has a flip side. If you are facing this onslaught (Scotland, England, Ireland, Holland, etc.) you end up facing 20-30 years of heavy conflict, and will likely lose quite a few provinces early. And if you want to play as an independent count in any Norse region or one they are likely to attack expect to end up conquered because they will hit hard at first.

But once their initial leaders start dying the kingdoms tend to come apart with internal conflicts. So they really only have a major effect on the game for the first 50 years and then it does down a bit despite their need to keep raiding. (by then its hard to raid from a single province and the fragmentation of their kingdoms means they don't have multiple provinces to use.)

Good, but it basically just sets up a huge Zerg-rush at the start and then it settles down to the old game.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome May 31, 2013
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I love this DLC package. I am able to play the Magyars and see if they can conquer their future homeland. I also get to pay East Roman Emperor Basil I the Macedonian. The new raiding/rebellion features forces you to keep on your toes for raiders/rebels.

The ONLY drawback is that you can only start from 867 AD. I hope that future patches to the Old Gods DLC will allow you start the game from concurrent dates. I WOULD lobe to be able to play Basil II the Bulgarslayer or Nicephoros II Phokas.

Keep up the great work Paradox.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun May 28, 2013
By Jetpack
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As noted by others, no issue with Steam installation.

A review on release day is a bit silly, but I'll expand as I go and cover the big parts.

If you play CK II now, this is probably worth getting just for the ability to start 200 years earlier. Note - I don't see a way to start between 867 and 1066, though.

The raiding feature as a Norse is just plain fun. Visit new and interesting people and steal their loot. Be sure to watch the loot toggle button. That threw me when I couldn't siege once. Being able to travel up rivers adds a lot of depth to a pagan character. Do NOT ignore that feature.

Something to keep in mind. Mercenaries can NOT pillage like your normal troops. Let that sink in. I understand why it was done that way, but sure sounds strange.

I'm not sure what I think of the reformed pagan option. Not keen on the need to change your pagan religion to being more like the monotheistic religions.

It's quite a shock as a reformed Norse the first time that you get raided.

Strangely enough, I don't think there are any disease events in the Old Gods period. I completely forgot about them until they started showing up again around 1066.

Edited from 4 to 5 stars - I really am getting my money's worth out of this.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Works fine, adds lots of great content May 28, 2013
By D. Gray
Contrary to another review, this installs and loads on Steam with no problem at all. The DLC adds some great features; I especially like having the earlier start date with all the world changes that brings. Makes it almost a new game for a pretty low price.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The old gods with some new features. August 18, 2013
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This was an excellent purchase! It was really fun to play as a Norse Viking and pillage my way around England. I was feeling daring, and even managed to send my15,000 blood thirsty men down to sack the holy land. Those suckers didn't know what hit em until we were back to where it snows. The new concubine system is neat in case you have a wife your character loves, but happens to be chaste. You can play as any of the pagans now, which is great because now EVERY region is playable now (If you have the right other expansions.) It was a blast playing the added features, and I look forward to punching your rotted teeth out and taking your wife as a concubine. Arg... or whatever we vikings are supposed to say.... I can't read the pillaging manual past the picture of burning villages...
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