Crusader Kings II is a grand strategy game set in the High and Late Middle Ages developed by Paradox Development Studio and published by Paradox Interactive as a sequel to Crusader Kings. It was released for Microsoft Windows on 14 February 2012 to positive reviews. A Mac OS X version, Paradox Interactive's first in-house development for Mac OS X, was released on 24 May 2012.The game contains numerous historical figures such as William the Conqueror, Harold Godwinson, Harald Hardrada, El Cid, Richard the Lionheart and Saladin
The game is a dynasty simulator where the player controls a Medieval dynasty from 1066 to 1453. Through the strategic use of war, marriages and assassinations amongst many other things, the player works to achieve success for his or her dynasty. The simulation is open-ended so the definition of 'success' is completely defined by the player. The only in-game objective is to obtain as many prestige points as possible in order to surpass the various historically relevant Christian dynasties in a fictional prestige ranking (the three most prestigious ones being the Capetian dynasty, the Rurikovich and the von Habsburg). Game over happens when the player dies and doesn't have an heir from his dynasty to succeed him.
The game employs a genetics and education system where children will inherit most traits, culture, religion and skills from their parents and guardian. This adds an additional strategy to marriages where a player will attempt to breed the best individuals to maximise the quality of future offspring.
While a player can choose almost any landed noble to play, there are some which are unplayable without the use of mods, notably: Republics (such as Venice), Theocracies (most notably The Papacy) and landed Holy Orders/Mercenaries (for example, the Templars or the Catalan Company). Pagans are unplayable at the start of the game but you can convert to a Pagan religion and play freely. Muslims are playable with the Sword of Islam DLC
Intel® Pentium® IV 2.4 GHz or AMD 3500+,
2 GB RAM,
2 GB free hard drive space,