Review: Crusader Kings III

With Crusader Kings III, Paradox Interactive have once again brought a great strategy game to the market. Will the latest installment live up to the reputation of its predecessor? In this review, we'll take a look at what Crusader Kings III has to offer fans of the series in addition to stunning graphics.

At the start of the game, players can choose from a number of different medieval royal houses competing on a world map that stretches from Iceland to India. Those who would like to learn the game first through a tutorial can try their hand as an Irish earl who wants to fight for the unity of Ireland, which can be achieved both militarily and at the negotiating table.

Just as important as the administration of your own country is your own family. The player can marry and have children, but also arrange for his own children and siblings to marry into other houses. He can make friends and have affairs, but he can also organize assassination plots and torture. Once your character dies, the game does not end, but continues in the role of heir to the throne. Since the game follows historical guidelines very closely, the throne does not necessarily have to be passed on to the eldest son if there was a different procedure in the respective culture.