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Crusader Kings II is back down to a right royal £7.49

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Jonathan Lester
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Crusader Kings II, Grand strategy games, PC games

Crusader Kings II is back down to a right royal £7.49

Crusader Kings II is utterly magnificent. It's still by far the best Grand Strategy game that Paradox have ever made, a brutal cutthroat game of thrones, bloodlines, fragile alliances and real people rather than numbers to crunch.

It's also frequently on sale for £7.49. If you missed the recent Steam weekend and GamersGate sals, never fear, because Bundle Stars are on point.

You can get all the DLC at a discount too. Ta, gooner!

 

GamersGate kicks off Paradox Interactive Week with Crusader Kings II deals

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Crusader Kings II, Paradox Interactive, PC games, Strategy games

GamersGate kicks off Paradox Interactive Week with Crusader Kings II deals

GamersGate have launched a new Paradox Interactive Sale, which will last all week with daily deals up for grabs.

Today's daily deals include the magnificent Crusader Kings II for £7.49, plus all of the DLC at knock-down prices.

"Forgive me if I haven't been myself recently," I wrote in our Crusader Kings II review. "Instead, I've been William The Conqueror. An obscure Polish Prince-Bishop. A Hungarian Duke. A widow queen. I've sired bloodlines that lasted a hundred years, waged brutal crusades, schemed my way to power, challenged the Pope and died, heirless, in ignominy."

"And all that without suffering from multiple personality disorder."

There's more too, such as the following:

And more besides.

Crusader Kings II gets free Steam week & 75% discount

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Crusader Kings II, Grand strategy games, PC games

Crusader Kings II gets free Steam week & 75% discount

Crusader Kings II is utterly magnificent. It's still by far the best Grand Strategy game that Paradox have ever made, a brutal cutthroat game of thrones, bloodlines, fragile alliances and real people rather than numbers to crunch.

But don't take my word for it. It's free to play on Steam this week, and if you like it, you can spend only £7.49 to own it at a 75% saving. Thanks to Panga @ HUKD!

"Forgive me if I haven't been myself recently," I wrote in our Crusader Kings II review. "Instead, I've been William The Conqueror. An obscure Polish Prince-Bishop. A Hungarian Duke. A widow queen. I've sired bloodlines that lasted a hundred years, waged brutal crusades, schemed my way to power, challenged the Pope and died, heirless, in ignominy."

"And all that without suffering from multiple personality disorder."

I can't recommend it highly enough. Neither can I. Nor me.

Crusader Kings II gets free Steam weekend & 70% bundle discount

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Crusader Kings II, Grand strategy games, Paradox Interactive, PC games

Crusader Kings II gets free Steam weekend & 70% bundle discount

Crusader Kings II is utterly magnificent. It's still by far the best Grand Strategy game that Paradox have ever made, a brutal cutthroat game of thrones, bloodlines, fragile alliances and real people rather than numbers to crunch.

But don't take my word for it. It's free to play on Steam this weekend.

If you want to buy it, however, pick it up in the Paradox Grand Strategy Collection, which also includes three other games for £6.90! I assume there must be a misprice somewhere, because it's cheaper than the solus game itself!

Europa Universalis IV Pre-Orders Include Crusader Kings II & Save File Transfer Tool

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Jonathan Lester
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Crusader Kings II, Europa Universalis IV, Grand strategy, Paradox Development Studio, Paradox Interactive, PC games, Pre-order bonus

Europa Universalis IV Pre-Orders Include Crusader Kings II & Save File Transfer Tool

Pre-ordering blind is a mug's game, but Paradox Interactive are trying to sweeten the pot for upcoming grand strategy game Europa Universalis IV with another grand strategy game. Pre-order customers will receive the magnificent Crusader Kings II for free, along with a save file transfer tool that lets them move their save file into Europa Unviersalis IV.

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The Pagans Are Coming! Crusader Kings II: The Old Gods Gets First Dev Diary

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Matt Gardner
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News
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Crusader Kings II, Crusader Kings II: The Old Gods, Dev diaries, Grand strategy, Paradox Development Studio, Paradox Interactive, Strategy games
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Crusader Kings 2: The Old Gods will be the fourth expansion in the series for Paradox's critically acclaimed dynasty-builder, and today the legends of beardy strategy unveiled the first dev diary (there'll be three in total) for the new add-on.

Check out the video above as project lead Henrik Fåhraeus explains how pulling the start date back two centuries has affected the game's dynamics. Crusader Kings II: The Old Gods will feature all of the key pagan nations and religions of the period including the Norse, Baltic and Slavic pagans as well as the Mongols.

It releases on May 28th.

Paradox Announce Crusader Kings 2: The Old Gods Expansion, Due Q2 2013

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Matt Gardner
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Crusader Kings II, Crusader Kings II: The Old Gods, DLC, Paradox Interactive, PC games, Strategy games

Paradox Announce Crusader Kings 2: The Old Gods Expansion, Due Q2 2013

Hot damn, Crusader Kings II is a fine strategy game, bristling with intrigue and duplicitous political machinations, forging familial bonds of blood in the hopes of siring a dynasty of lords and ladies, and perhaps even kings and queens. We love it in all of its enormous majesty.

And it's about to get bigger.

Paradox have just announced that another expansion pack is incoming, with The Old Gods reaching back into the Dark Ages for some pagan-tastic treatment.

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Game of the Year Awards 2012 | Best Strategy Game

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Matt Gardner
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Features
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Best Strategy Game 2012, Crusader Kings II, Defender's Quest, Endless Space, FTL: Faster Than Light, Game of the Year 2012, GOTY 2012, Orc Must Die 2, XCOM: Enemy Unknown

Game of the Year Awards 2012 | Best Strategy Game

Whether you were a hardcore fighting fan, or a more casual gamer who simply liked the genre, 2012 was a good year for flying fists. Namco and Capcom were on fine form, with their supreme mashup serving up a union that fans had been hungering after for years, with Tecmo Koei and Reverge Labs also providing cracking tournament support. PSASBR and Anarchy Reigns gave us some high-octane brawler action this year. It's just a shame that Persona Arena didn't reach us in time, really.

NB. Click on the thumbnails for price comparisons and the game's title for the relevant review where available.

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Game of the Year Awards 2012 | Best Strategy Game

Crusader Kings 2

Crusader Kings II ws an utter delight. Criticised in some quarters for a lack of accessibility in their traditionally highly-beardy strategy titles, Paradox delivered a game with a lower entry point for no compromise o depth in CK2. Machiavellian dynasty-building was the order of the day, with a much greater emphasis placed on diplomacy, espionage, tactical wedlock and political intrigue. Kickstarting a family in the Middle Ages had never been so much fun, nor so deeply engrossing.

Game of the Year Awards 2012 | Best Strategy Game

Defender's Quest

Defender's Quest was magnificent. Like Puzzle Quest and Runespell: Overture before it, Level Up Labs' creation took an already-popular genre to glittering new heights while refusing to compromise on the core gameplay. An unexpected indie gem, DQ provided near-perfect tower-defence mechanics alongside a deep and compelling set of RPG features too.

Game of the Year Awards 2012 | Best Strategy Game

Endless Space

A sensational 4X title, Endless Space was absolutely epic in scope, but packed with dense, enjoyable features and boasted an intuitive, palatable GUI. Its infinitely customisable sandbox gave us plenty of toys and things to occupy your time, providing profound choice and variety at every gameplay level. As Douglas Adams said: "you just won't believe how vastly, hugely, mind-bogglingly big it is."

Game of the Year Awards 2012 | Best Strategy Game

FTL: Faster Than Light

A bona fide Kickstarter success, FTL allowed us to take control of our own ship and live out our fantasies of become Captain Kirk/Picard/Reynolds/Hunt. In fact, the mod tools meant you could pilot the Enterprise, or Serenity if you really wanted. A little repetitive, and frequently punishing, FTL was nonetheless a genuinely thrilling, hugely rewarding, and deeply satisfying management sim. The bridge is yours, Captain.

Game of the Year Awards 2012 | Best Strategy Game

Orcs Must Die! 2

Orcs Must Die! 2 is the game Robot Entertainment wanted the original to be. More importantly, it's the game we all wanted it to be. Despite only nine months in development, this effortlessly superior sequel delivered addictive depth, massive content and sensational co-op multiplayer. Basically, Orcs Must Die! 2 was a must-buy if you had even the vaguest shred of interest in cooperative action, tower defence or RPGs.

Game of the Year Awards 2012 | Best Strategy Game

XCOM: Enemy Unknown

XCOM: Enemy Unknown was a sensational game and a truly exquisite reboot. We fell in love with the series all over again, even as Firaxis blew the classic turn-based formula wide open for new players to consume and enjoy. Sid Meier and co. gave us the freedom to make many terrible choices over the course of countless non-linear campaigns, but the first one was simple: buy the damn thing!

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Paradox Announce Mercantile Crusader Kings II Expansion Pack

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Matt Gardner
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News
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Crusader Kings II, Crusader Kings II: The Republic, DLC, Paradox Interactive, PC games, Strategy games

Paradox Announce Mercantile Crusader Kings II Expansion Pack

Blood counts for a lot in Crusader Kings II. In fact, it pretty much counts for everything, which is perhaps not surprising in a game all about building a dynasty across centuries. However, Paradox are to build upon their fantastic grand strategy title by introducing a spot of capitalism to proceedings, giving players the chance to become the head of a Patrician family in a burgeoning Merchant Republic, and build a mercantile empire to conquer the known world.

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Crusader Kings II | £8.75 | Gamefly | PC

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Crusader Kings II, Paradox Interactive, PC games, Strategy games
Crusader Kings II | £8.75 | Gamefly | PC

Crusader Kings 2 is a fantabulous grand strategy game: a historical sandbox where every emperor, ruler and vassal can become your playthings. Paradox Interactive has outdone themselves in terms of both quality and quantity (more details in our 9/10 review), bolstered by plenty of DLC packs over the last few months. Though we've occasionally seen it cheaper (Impulse's short surprise deal expired ages ago), Gamefly are currently the cheapest retailer around with a saving of over £5.

Crusader Kings II: Legacy of Rome DLC Trailered, Out Today

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Matt Gardner
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News
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Crusader Kings II, Crusader Kings II: Legacy of Rome, Grand strategy, Paradox Interactive, Strategy games

Crusader Kings II: Legacy of Rome DLC Trailered, Out Today

Crusader Kings II: Legacy of Rome, the Byzantine-oriented new expansion for the fiendishly addictive and critically acclaimed Crusader Kings II goes live today.

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Crusader Kings II | £6.24 | Impulse | PC

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Crusader Kings II, Paradox Interactive, PC games, Strategy games
Crusader Kings II | £6.24 | Impulse | PC

Crusader Kings 2 is a fantabulous grand strategy game: a historical sandbox where every emperor, ruler and vassal can become your playthings. Paradox Interactive has outdone themselves in terms of both quality and quantity (more details in our 9/10 review) - and £6.24 is an absolute steal. You'll save a packet, with Impulse's price even undercutting the Steam summer sale.

Crusader Kings II | £8.75 | Gamefly | PC

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Crusader Kings II, Paradox Interactive, PC games, Strategy games
Crusader Kings II | £8.75 | Gamefly | PC

Crusader Kings 2 is a fantabulous grand strategy game: a historical sandbox where every emperor, ruler and vassal can become your playthings. Paradox Interactive has outdone themselves in terms of both quality and quantity (more details in our 9/10 review) - and despite not quite matching Steam's summer sale, Gamefly are the cheapest retailer around.

Steam Summer Sale Daily Deals Round-up | 12th July

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Carl Phillips
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Deals
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Anomaly: Warzone Earth, Cave Story+, Crusader Kings II, Edge, Lone Survivor, Steam Summer Sale 2012, Terraria, The Baconing
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Steam Summer Sale Daily Deals Round-up | 12th July

Brace yourself folks, as Steam’s torrent of ridiculous deals are back and ready to raid your wallet. Nine games are fighting your attention on the front page at the moment, but here are three standout savings from the current offerings.

Crusader Kings II | £7.49

It’s one of the best strategy games of the year, and you can now get it for less than a tenner. As far as value for money goes, this one is right up there.

Steam Summer Sale Daily Deals Round-up | 12th July

Terraria | £1.49

The Castlevania-meets-Minecraft indie darling provides plenty of scope for players, and we rated it highly when it emerged last year. For less than the price of a pint, you can try it out for yourself.

Steam Summer Sale Daily Deals Round-up | 12th July

Indie Bundle I | £6.99

As the leaks predicted, here is the first of the indie bundles for you to feast yourselves on. Anomaly: Warzone Earth, Cave Story+, Edge, Lone Survivor, and The Baconing are the games included, and at £7 it’s definitely worth your attention.

Steam Summer Sale Daily Deals Round-up | 12th July

You can check out all nine of the currently listings by heading on over to Steam right now.

Top Ten Games So Far In 2012

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Matt Gardner
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Crusader Kings II, Dragon's Dogma, Draw Something, Fez, Gravity Rush, Journey, Kid Icarus, Mass Effect 3, Top Ten, Top Ten Games So Far In 2012, Top Ten Tuesdays, Vessel, Waking Mars

Halfway through 2012, now that the E3 backlog has been shifted, it's time to take stock of the past six months. We've had games aplenty and, although it seems everyone's saving nearly all of their big guns for the winter gridlock, the first half of the year has seen some fantastic games. Here are our highlights from 2012 thus far...

Honourable Mentions

Diablo III - It finally arrived, and is awesome. Apart from the DRM. And the lack of a proper end-game. And the fact that it was built around an auction house. And the fact that it wasn't properly stocked. And the persistent connection issues.

But that aside, Diablo III is absolutely brilliant.

Top Ten Games So Far In 2012

Sine Mora - The alliance between Digital Reality and Grasshopper Manufacture yielded an absolute cracker early this year with a steampunk SHMUP that managed to breathe some new life into a classic genre.

Total War: Shogun 2 – Fall of the Samurai - In an age of on-disc, day one DLC, in an age of publishers demanding that every last drop of gameplay is as fully monetised as it possibly can be, it's refreshing to find a company that still releases expansion packs as they used to be. There was so much brilliant content to this that frankly Creative Assembly could have released it at full price.

10. Waking Mars

Top Ten Games So Far In 2012

Sifting painfully through the endless swathes of poorly organised titles in the app stores for something of real quality can be frustrating. But every so often you come across a game like Waking Mars. A scientifically-minded platform-puzzler built around giving and creating life to the red planet rather than taking it away, Tiger Style's game proved to be a perfect synthesis of aesthetics and execution, delivering a strikingly complete and joyously satisfying experience.

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Crusader Kings II | £12.40 | Impulse | PC

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Jonathan Lester
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Crusader Kings II | £12.40 | Impulse | PC

Crusader Kings 2 is a fantabulous grand strategy game: a historical sandbox where every emperor, ruler and vassal can become your playthings. Paradox Interactive has outdone themselves in terms of both quality and quantity (more details in our 9/10 review) - and Impulse Driven's £12.40 price tag is the cheapest price around by miles.

Crusader Kings II 'Ruler Designer' DLC Announced

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Jonathan Lester
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Crusader Kings II 'Ruler Designer' DLC Announced

We heaped steaming dollops of critical praise onto Paradox Interactive's latest grand strategy game in our Crusader Kings II review, describing the experience as both "majestic and historic." New DLC is now on the way in the form of a 'Ruler Designer' creation suite, that allows players to create their very own monarchs and vassals rather than sticking to the (enormous) list of real-world rulers. Or modding their own characters into the game.

The Ruler Designer DLC pack is slated for April 17th. We've got a trailer below.

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Crusader Kings II Preview | All's Fair In Love, War And Antipopes

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Jonathan Lester
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Crusader Kings II, Games previews, Gamescom 2011, Paradox Interactive, PC games, Strategy games
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Crusader Kings II Preview | All's Fair In Love, War And Antipopes

Crusader Kings is one of Paradox Interactive's most respected grand strategy franchises; taking the Europa Universalis framework and using it to tell an epic saga of dynasties, machinations and all manner of dynamic, real-time skulduggery. The sequel is set to be one of the most historically accurate games ever made, so with my thinking cap firmly on, I sat down with Paradox to see how Crusader Kings 2 development is coming along.

Put simply: family comes first. Arranging the right marriage and securing heirs is more important than waging epic battle - though excitingly, you'll have as much trouble keeping your scheming spouses, courtiers and sons in line as you will with rival rulers.

The broad premise is much the same as before. Four hundred years of European history (starting from the auspicious year 1066) provides players with a sandbox playground full of disparate provinces, regions and fiefdoms to ally with and conquer. You'll raise taxes, raise armies and raise hell in the Holy Land in the time-honoured fashion... but that isn't really what Crusader Kings II is all about. Rather, it's about establishing a successful lineage, with the objective being to secure a bloodline that rules for many generations.

Crusader Kings II Preview | All's Fair In Love, War And Antipopes

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