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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on May 28, 2013
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
on June 17, 2013
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
on May 31, 2013
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
on May 28, 2013
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
on May 28, 2013
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
on November 1, 2013
When I first bought this expansion, I had the impression that I will be able to play as the Norse and do a lot of Viking raiding and conquering. I then found out after I bought it that it not only allows me to play as the Vikings, but the Mongols as well. The expansion also added some features to the technology system and supposively to the rebels system (as mentioned by the developers in a video diary, but I can't seem to see the difference)

However, I was a bit surpised that I have to purchase the Norse faces, hymns to the old Gods and nrose unit packs individually, since this expansion costed $5 more than the Republic and Sword of Islam (although I know that Paradox have practiced this marketing strategy since Hearts of Iron 3)

Overall, if you like the CK2 base game, this is one of those must-haves along with the Republic and Sword of Islam expansions.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on August 18, 2013
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on July 12, 2013
If you are a fan of the game then you'll enjoy this expansion and the ability to not only play as vikings but ANY pagan and to play another 200 years longer!
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on March 7, 2014
Best grand strategy game ever created. Option to play in steam's offline mode for when you can't commit a couple hours to multiplayer. Multiplayer does require some port opening on your local router.
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on February 14, 2015
Expands one of my favorite game of all time. Of you like crusader kings get as many expansions as you can!!!
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