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The Dark Ages might be drawing to a close, but Europe is still in turmoil. Petty lords vie against beleaguered kings who struggle to assert control over their fragmented realms. The Pope calls for a Crusade to protect the Christians in the Holy Land even as he refuses to relinquish control over the investiture of bishops - and their riches. Now is the time for greatness. Expand your demesne and secure the future of your dynasty. Fill your coffers, appoint vassals, root out traitors and heretics, introduce laws and interact with hundreds of nobles, each with their own agenda.
A good lord will always need friends to support him. But beware, as loyal vassals can quickly turn to bitter rivals, and some might not be as reliable as they seem... Stand ready, and increase your prestige until the world whispers your name in awe. Do you have what it takes to become a Crusader King?
Crusader Kings II explores one of the defining periods in world history in an experience crafted by the masters of Grand Strategy. Medieval Europe is brought to life in this epic game of knights, schemes, and thrones...
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I looked at their website recently and saw that they instituted a search funtion finally, as if that was a big deal or something. But I noticed that Paradox remains a Swedish company that performs some of the worst customer service that you will receive. The arrogance and the talking down to people... I read what some of their moderators and game designers wrote, and at first I tried to give them the benefit of the doubt - maybe they just suck at English. But I read other posts from honest customers who got the same treatment. So there was no way I was going to post anything on there again, and that basically meant that I wanted nothing to do with Paradox.
Besides running their company like a bunch of ingrates, the games that Paradox Interactive releases are intentional cheapshots. What I mean by that is that they are blatantly trying to make money off those who are willing to be less than smart with their money. In other words, Paradox Interactive is exploitive. While they are free to do what they want, what they choose to do is so trashy, if you will. For example, they release a video game that is not complete and has a few bugs. They might patch it once. Then they release an expansion pack for it. The expansion includes things that make you think, "Why didn't they just release this with the original game? Why did they intentionally hold it back?" The reason: they are just trying to milk you. While they are free to do so, it is just a cheap way to do business and makes Paradox look greedy and desperate.
With Crusader Kings II, you can see this trashiness. Check out how many expansions they have and how much DLC is out there. The DLC seems less of a cheapshot, as they are supplemental, while the expansions are blatant attempts to release the game in pieces to see how much money this Swedish company can make off its fans. For example, you might be wondering why spending $40 on a game is a good idea and why spending $80 is not. Well, if you want to be able to play more than 400 years in Crusader Kings II, then you will have to buy $10 expansions here and there. Then you ask yourself, why not just make a game release it? Why put a game together, then take things out in order to formulate an expansion pack?
I would think a logical, reasonable person would deduce two things after having dealt with Paradox Interactive:
1) If you want to give this wreckless Swedish company your money, then wait until the "complete" or "gold" version of the game comes out, where everything is included: base game, expansions, DLC, and whatever else. Never give Paradox Interactive money upfront so that they can continue the bad business practice of exploitation and cheapshots. The power is in your hands to make them do what you want. Don't reward bad behavior.
2) Maybe you were insulted like I was. Maybe you don't like putting up with stupid people on a company's website who are abusive - even employees of the company! Never mind the dweeb Europeans that are jealous of Americans - when the moderators and designers post things that are offensive or just stupid, you realize this is a poorly run company. And maybe you don't tolerate cheapness, such as overt attempts to milk you when you've played their games for years, and then they try to stick it to you. And maybe you don't like false advertising - another cheapshot - such as putting the word "complete" on a non-complete version. And maybe you don't want to play the non-video game games, such as waiting for them to internally fix themselves or to invest money into their community, such as providing better customer support and forums. Instead of putting up with their crap, you instead decide to boycott this bad company.
Whatever the case, when I checked back with Paradox Interactive recently, I saw that they were the same bad company as when I first met them a few years ago. Nothing has changed. And I look at their ridiculously long line of expansions and DLC for this one game, Crusader Kings II, and realize that they want us to spend $80 on a game that is worth between $20 and $30, complete. When will the complete version come out? Will it actually be complete, or will they expand the complete version? Why don't you ask them on their forums page? What if you have problems with bugs and things - should you post on the forums?
I have had enough with this Swedish company, and they will not get my money. Not ever. I made this decision based on the way they do business, which is cheap and often rude. Just a trashy lot. Let them figure it out when their sales diminish. Don't reward stupid behavior.
Bought the game from Amazon, installed it and was unpleasantly surprised that it is bundled with Steam - this is a piece of junk that hides the game on your PC and tries to force you to connect to their network whenever you play the game. They make money every time you start the game by showing you adds and selling add-ons, they don't give you an option to play the game unless connected to the internet, they slow significantly your computer, they listen to you via the PC microphone and you cannot stop them from doing so ...
I know they claim the Steam junk is supposed to work offline - it is only supposed to do so - it has a bug and it doesn't - a bug engineered in the Steam business plan I guess.
There is a checkbox not to store your Steam password and force yourself to connect to Steam every time you start the game. Even with the checkbox unchecked you have to connect to Steam before starting the game in a single player mode - I guess they don't make enough money when people play offline.
There is a silver lining though - there is a way to bypass Steam. Unless you can figure how yourself, try connecting to their support staff and asking for help. Write a comment on your epxerience.
Crusader Kings II is probably the latest and greatest example of this issue, as it is a fantastically detailed game with tons of information - everything from the historical background of your characters and their relationships to the amount of gold you receive from a single building in a single holding in a single county within your country is available to be seen. And, perhaps more importantly, those details can be directly influenced in a myriad of ways to affect the outcome of your game. Other reviewers have more exhaustive information about what is present in the game, so I won't go into it here. Suffice it to say that the sheer breadth and depth is quite exhaustive and impressive.
Unfortunately, all of this information is never organized well from a player experience perspective. The data you need is always a half-dozen clicks away, navigating between important pieces of information to evaluate them is clunky and repetitive, and actually performing specific actions (even those that are directly related) always seems to involve multiple screens when they should only involve one or two. All of these issues are exacerbated by the fact that there is no meaningful tutorial of the game. There is something called a tutorial, but it is actually an interactive manual, and literally has you clicking from one paragraph of text to another without having you actually doing anything in the game. The first lesson of instruction is that people learn by doing - investing in a live-world tutorial is never a bad thing when it comes to strategy games of this vein.
People will tell you that if you can get past the clunky interface and figure out how the game actually works, it can be quite rewarding. Indeed, it is quite alluring to know that you can influence seemingly-minor details such as the relationship bewteen a minor vassal and his liege lord in order to eventually manipulate the downfall of their king, who is your real enemy. Unfortunately, it takes dozens (if not hundreds) of hours to actually learn the game in order to enjoy it properly, even for seasoned veterans of other strategy games (I, for example, have grown up playing franchise such as Civilization, Galactic Civilizations, Total War, Sins of a Solar Empire, Master of Orion, SimCity, etc. etc. etc.). This is, quite frankly, unacceptable. It would be different if the learning process were somehow fun, but by and large it isn't - discovering that you have wasted 20+ hours of gameplay because you didn't realize that your vassals were scheming against you because that information is buried under four screens is not fun. It's just kind of lame. And, when it comes down to it, is just plain bad game design.
In addition, once you cut through the clutter and the noise, the game is actually quite simple. Much of the incredibly minute detail is actually not really all that meaningful. For example, you can have a dozen holdings within a region, which themselves contain dozens of buildings (each of which can be researched and improved). However, in terms of gameplay dynamics, there is no meaningful difference between the individual buildings and the holdings. You're just going from a building that produces 5 gold to a holding that produces 50 gold, with the ridiculous number of interfaces between them. Having to click through 20 building improvements instead of 2 is a matter of scale and abstraction, not a matter of fun gameplay. The game Spore, for example, is a great counterexample of this phenomenon - it lets you manage everything from an individual organism to entire galaxies, and each layer is different but can affect the other in meaningful ways.
I really, really wanted to like this game, so I invested quite a bit of time in trying to figure it out, including going to the official game forums and reading the dozens of threads there dedicated to getting people up to speed. At the end of the day, it just isn't worth it. The sheer amount of brute click-work and screen navigating you have to do in order to evaluate necessary information or get basic tasks done as the game progresses is just too menial to be enjoyable, and the payoff is very rarely worth the effort.
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