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Conquer the Galaxy with this outer space themed Humble Bundle

By Grace Curtis, Tuesday, 1 December 2020 21:43 GMT The new Humble ‘Explore and Expand’ Bundle contains nine out-of-this-world games for just $10.This month the emphasis is on strategy and conquest, with the entry-level price ($1) netting you retro space RPG Hayclon 6, dystopian adventure Rain of Reflections, and civilizational simulator Sins of a Solar Empire. Tier two unlocks five more: four games from the Galactic Civilisations III series, plus spaceship battler Starpoint Gemini Warlords.  Get the Humble ‘Explore and Expand’ Bundle for $10 Stellaris as the top prize for those willing to pay the max entry fee. Released in…

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Preview: Empire Of Sin is a seamless blend of four different gangster games

There are two, pretty obvious, factors by which I judge strategy games: how immediately satisfying they are to play, and how well that satisfaction holds up in the long run. Success in the first respect is often a trade-off for success in the second, as the things that dazzle on day one become dulled by the cumulative effect of small design problems. It’s hard, then, to take the measure of a big ol’ strategy game during a limited preview play session. But after just a day with it, I have high hopes that Empire Of Sin, the extraordinary prohibition gangster…

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Crusader Kings 3 players have cannibalized a pope, had 40m+ kids, and instigated 1.4m+ holy wars

Crusader Kings 3 players have been busy in Paradox Interactive’s latest title, and ahead of the massive 1.1 update joining the game, the developer has shared some amazing stats.Paradox Interactive’s highly-anticipated follow-up to Crusader Kings II hasn’t even been out for a month yet and already players are achieving some remarkable things.In a press release sent out by the developer, a list of absurd and impressive feats are listed.They range from genuinely quite impressive (40,591,268 children have been born in-game since its September 1 launch!) to, frankly, quite gruesome (18,212,157 successful murder schemes have been executed).Away from the binary function…

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Crusader Kings 3’s patch 1.1 culls excessive bastardisation and other AI quirks

Medieval conquer ’em up Crusader Kings 3 will be pushing out a huge patch to fix all sorts of bugs and AI oddities. Really though, it almost feels like some of these bugs deserve to stay. They’re hard-working bugs, folks. The strategy simulation is adding fixes for overzealous spymasters, children with poor role models, and Popes with a taste for the flesh of the faithful. (more…)

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Crusader Kings 3 is getting a huge fantasy mod inspired by Dragon Age and The Witcher

One of the main reasons I’m not super into games like Crusader Kings 3 is that they’re based on proper history. I know, I know, how uncultured of me. What can I say? Magic and dragons in medieval settings just fire me up a bit more. That excuse won’t fly much longer, though, because some CK3 fans are making a mod inspired by the likes of Dragon Age, The Witcher, and Forgotten Realms. The setting is called Anbennar, and it’s already become a popular Europa Universalis IV mod. (more…)

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Crusader Kings 3 barbershop – how to customise your character

At the moment, Crusader Kings 3 only has character customisation for existing rulers and family members, rather than CK2’s more versatile ruler creator. That doesn’t mean you’re without choice though! You can easily make small changes to your character without the need for mods or DLC. Here’s how to access the barbershop in Crusader Kings 3. (more…)

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Crusader Kings 3 hits Australian Steam today after ratings board trouble

Good news, Aussie pals. After some issues with the Australian ratings board, Crusader Kings 3 is now available to you on the Microsoft Store, and it’s coming to Steam later today. When Paradox Interactive’s medieval strategy game launched on September 2nd, it didn’t come out in Australia because the Classification Board outright refused it a rating, effectively banning it. While no one’s really sure what went wrong, fortunately it all seems to be resolved now. (more…)

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Crusader Kings 3 spymasters plotting to murder themselves and other fantastic, emergent oddities

Crusader Kings 3  sounds absolutely lovely, but the harsh reality I’m currently facing is that I just won’t play it. I still need to finish Yakuza Kiwami 2, start Spiritfarer, and earn a crown in Fall Guys. I simply cannot fathom fitting medieval strategy onto my list of shame but I am riveted by the stories other folks are telling about their wayward conquering. I just want to funny bits of emergent storytelling without the centuries of campaign preceding them. Fortunate for me, then, that Crusader Kings 3 tales are almost best when stripped of surrounding context. Here, I’ll show…

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How fast can you die in Crusader Kings 3?

Yesterday, I dived into the magical world of themed Crusader Kings III playthroughs, with this sobering exploration of what a man’s life might look like if he cared for nothing except banging giants. I may return to my nightmare re-imagining of C12th Estonia at some point, but not today. You see, today, there’s science to be done. CK3 is, emphatically, all about planning for the long game. The fact you play as the successive inheritors of a medieval throne means you’re always thinking centuries ahead. Even within the lives of your individual rulers, you’ll almost always want to ensure a…

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Have you met the party baron of Crusader Kings 3?

Wait, you don’t know the Party Baron of Crusader Kings 3? Aw, mate, he’s only an absolute ledge. Best bants in all the kingdom, I tell ya, throws the best parties from here to the Holy Roman Empire. While it looks like he’s scarpered from the game’s final release, tales of the legendary host (and some fantastic placeholder art) appear to have helped shape the grand strategy’s tangle of plots, intrigue, and colourful characters. (more…)

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I’ve already made an Estonian giant farm in Crusader Kings 3

High Chieftain Andyamo doesn’t ask for much in life. In fact, he wants only two things. To live forever, and to bang every giant in Christendom. Crusader Kings 3, which comes out today, is a game where you very much get out what you put in. You get something, anyway. The sheer density and interconnection of the medieval RPG’s many simulations mean that, pretty much whatever you do, some consequence will come back to surprise you many years down the line. A butterfly flaps its wings; moments later, it is the pope. (more…)

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Crusader Kings 3 reviews roundup – all the scores

By Cian Maher, Monday, 31 August 2020 15:11 GMT Medieval grand strategy dynasty sim Crusader Kings 3 launches tomorrow, September 1 – here’s what the critics think of the game so far. Developed by Paradox Interactive, Crusader Kings 3 is the highly-anticipated follow-up to critically-acclaimed strategy titles Crusader Kings and Crusader Kings 2.It takes place between the Viking Age and the Fall of Byzantium, and tasks you with overseeing everything from the legitimization of bastards – like what Jon’s whole story is about in Game of Thrones – to instilling dread in potentially dissident vassals. Essentially, it pays attention to…

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Crusader Kings 3 review

Crusader Kings 3 review Crusader Kings 3 makes a fine execution of a daunting brief. I think I’ll need another year of playing it to work out exactly how good it is, but that’s another way of saying I want to play it for a year, so it must be pretty good. Developer: Paradox Development Studio Publisher: Paradox Interactive Release: September 1st 2020 On: Windows From: Steam Price: £42/€50/$50 The way I’d summarise Crusader Kings 3 depends heavily on where you’re coming at the game from. If you never played Crusader Kings 2, but were always interested, then I heartily…