Crusader Kings II: Sword of Islam Expansion Released Today!


It didn’t take long playing Crusader Kings II for me to know that it would be among my favorite games of the year (see review). What I didn’t know was how much the game would improve with the passage of time, thanks to patches, awesome Game of Thrones mods, and now the Sword of Islam expansion, which launches today for $9.99 from Steam, GamersGate, Gamefly, or GameStop.

As its title implies, Sword of Islam allows players to take control of Muslim rulers, who will battle invading crusaders and expand Islam’s holdings in the Near East, North Africa, and beyond. Cultural contrasts are supported with brand-new mechanics that turn polygamy, “decadence” and complex succession practices into engrossing gameplay. A redesigned UI and a variety of tweaks and fixes make the expansion a tempting prospect at a reasonable price. What are you waiting for? Death to the infidel!

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