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You can play through entire games of Crusader Kings 3 while barely noticing certain elements. One such element is culture, which might seem insignificant but can have a massive impact on your strength and relationships with other rulers. However, you can't just change cultures on the fly in CK3; it's a major decision that can have serious consequences.

Below is a brief overview on what culture does in Crusader Kings 3 and why you may want or may not want to change cultures.  

Crusader Kings 3: How to Change Cultures

Before we talk about how to change cultures, we first need to go over a few of the mechanics that are influenced by culture and the potential consequences that may arise when you change cultures. 

What Does Culture Do in Crusader Kings 3?

There are two aspects of Crusader Kings 3 affected by culture, and thus two main reasons you may want to change.

The most important aspect is innovation. Switching cultures will automatically grant you the innovations of that culture. If you are far behind another ruler, deciding to change cultures can grant you some new upgrades that could have otherwise taken years to develop.

The other aspect of the mechanic relates to diplomacy. If you find yourself in control of several counties that are a different culture than you, you may find that your vassals distrust and dislike you. Peasants could rebel more, for example. Essentially, you'll be seen as an outsider. You could always change cultures to the most prominent and reap the benefits.

For our money, though, it's a better idea to bend your vassals to you. But we aren't about to tell you how to run your empire!

How Do I View My Culture in Crusader Kings 3?

To look at the different cultures across the world of Crusader Kings 3, you'll need to adjust your map view. In the bottom right corner of the screen, there are several icons that change the way the world is displayed: by realms, duchy titles, empire titles, etc.

You'll want the icon that looks like a candle; if you hover over it, you'll see the word Cultures pop up alongside a brief description. Likewise, if you click on or hover over a county in question, that county's culture will appear in the tooltips that appear.

If you want to view the culture of an individual, that's also simple. Click on the character you're interested in, then look toward the middle of the panel that pops up. You'll see their faith and culture right next to their statistics.

How Do I Change My Culture in Crusader Kings 3?

Occasionally, events will give you the option to change cultures, but like many events in Crusader Kings 3, you never know when you're going to see these. If you don't want to wait for the fickle finger of fate to point your way, you'll want to save up a little extra Prestige.

When you're ready to change cultures, you'll need to move your capital to a county that has the culture you want. Then, open up the Decisions menu. It's on the right-hand side of the screen and looks like a quill and inkwell.

At the cost of a few hundred Prestige, you'll see a decision called Change to Local Culture. Once you select this option to change cultures, any vassal that controls counties of the new culture will have the ability to change as well. Each character can only do this once in their lifetime, so use it sparingly.

That's all you have to do to change cultures in Crusader Kings 3. To counter any uprising you may have, you'll need to know how to replenish Levies. And to do that, you'll need to make money. If you need some more help with Crusader Kings 3, check out our dedicated guides page for more tips and guides to making the most of your kingdom!

GameSkinny's Best Games of 2020 Thu, 31 Dec 2020 09:00:02 -0500 GS_Staff

To look back on the year that was in video games, we've collected our highest-reviewed games of 2020 into a "best of" list. We're a small staff at GameSkinny, so going the traditional "staff voting route" doesn't really make a whole lot of sense for us. The most democratic way to make a list like this is to include any game with a score of "8" or higher. So that's what we've done. 

This list will not include DLCs (such as The Foundation or AWE for Control), expansions (such as Destiny 2 Beyond Light), or hardware reviews. It will contain ports and remakes of games. 

Here are our best games of 2020, starting with a real good one and getting better from there. 

13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim

Publisher: Atlus
Developer: Vanillaware
Platforms: PS4
Rating: 10/10

What we said: 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim mixes smart design with superb storytelling, then slathers the whole package in gorgeous style. 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim spins a web of mystery around you, then chuckles smugly as you think you've found your way out only to realize you're in the middle of a maze.

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A Fold Apart

Publisher: Lightning Rod Games
Developer: Lightning Rod Games
Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One, Switch, iOS
Rating: 9/10

What we said: A Fold Apart is about hope and how love can get us through even the toughest of times. In that way, it's timeless. 

The game is so incredibly charming and so accurately depicts the rigors and pleasures of being in love that I can't help but adore it. The first title from Lightning Rod Games isn't perfect by definition, but even with a few tiny blemishes, it's only a fold apart. 

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Amnesia: Rebirth

Publisher: Frictional Games
Developer: Frictional Games
Platforms: PC, PS4
Rating: 8/10

What we said: Though its scares don't reach the heights of the original, Amnesia: Rebirth remains a must-play horror game for delivering a story more akin to a brilliant novel.

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Among Us

Publisher: Innersloth
Developer: Innersloth
Platforms: PC, Switch, Mobile
Rating: 8/10

What we said: Flaws aside, Among Us is a clever game that deserves its time in the spotlight. It works a surprisingly complex concept into a simple and accessible package where matches are quick, fun, usually hilarious, and sometimes even intense.

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Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Publisher: Nintendo
Developer: Nintendo
Platforms: Switch
Rating: 10/10

What we said: The latest Animal Crossing is also the best, full of life, charm, and near-endless ways to make your very own island paradise.

New Horizons is bursting with personality and charm, with opportunities to create something new and completely you. It's compelling and also one of the most chilled out games you'll ever play. In short, there's nothing quite like Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

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Assassin's Creed Valhalla

Publisher: Ubisoft
Developer: Ubisoft Montreal
Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, Stadia
Rating: 8/10

What we said: Assassin's Creed Valhalla builds its world around a familiar formula, but with a compelling story and plenty of things to do, it's a game series fans will find inviting.

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Astro's Playroom

Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
Developer: Team ASOBII
Platforms: PS5
Rating: 9/10

What we said: Astro's Playroom proves that the DualSense's haptics and adaptive triggers are for real — and that Astro Bot could have a very bright future on PlayStation 5. Though it's short and may lack enemy variety, Astro's Playroom makes up for it in character and heart. 

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Atelier Ayesha: The Alchemist of Dusk DX

Publisher: Koei Tecmo
Developer: Gust Co. Ltd
Platforms: PS4, Switch
Rating: 8/10

What we said: Atelier Ayesha DX is a solid entry starting off the Dusk trilogy, with compelling crafting and gameplay loops, as well as plenty of loveable characters. Overall, Atelier Ayesha DX is a great entry in the series whether you're new to it or just finding it now. 

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Atelier Escha and Logy: Alchemists of the Dusk Sky DX

Publisher: Koei Tecmo
Developer: Gust Co. Ltd
Platforms: PS4, Switch
Rating: 9/10

What we said: Atelier Escha & Logy DX refines the formula Ayesha laid out and other new features that make it not just the best in the Dusk trilogy, but one of the best Atelier games in general. All in all, Atelier Escha & Logy DX is easily the best entry in the Dusk trilogy  With refined mechanics, better combat, and seriously compelling crafting systems, it even stands among the top entries in the Atelier series on the whole.

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Atelier Shallie: Alchemists of the Dusk Sea

Publisher: Koei Tecmo
Developer: Gust Co. Ltd
Platforms: PS4, Switch
Rating: 8/10

What we said: Though Atelier Shallie falls short in some ways, it's still a solid package with compelling crafting and combat systems. Atelier Shallie is the weakest part of the Dusk trilogy. It's ambitious in doing away with the time system and trying for a more flexible approach. But there's just not enough worthwhile content to make the freedom and flexibility a satisfying trade-off for the systems it does away with, and it doesn't make good use of its own strengths.

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AO Tennis 2

Publisher: Big Ant Studios
Developer: Big Ant Studios
Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One, Switch
Rating: 8/10

What we said: AO Tennis 2 feels like a sports sim built first and foremost to correct its predecessor's mistakes, and that's a directive that pays off for tennis fans. Not without issues, AO Tennis 2 is my pick for the best tennis game on the market today. There's obvious room to grow, but this has quickly become Big Ant's best series in their ever-expanding catalog of sports titles.

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Before We Leave

Publisher: Balancing Monkey Games
Developer: Balancing Monkey Games
Platforms: PC
Rating: 8/10

What we said: Before We Leave is a relaxing take on the post-apocalypse and city building, with enough benefits to overcome its hiccups.

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Publisher: Paper Cult
Developer: Paper Cult
Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch
Rating: 9/10

What we said: Bloodroots is a high-speed slash-and-bash extravaganza that always makes you want to beat "just one more level." A good game can be really fun when things are going well and you feel skilled and empowered. A great game remains fun when you feel like a useless idiot who can't do anything right. Bloodroots is a great game. 

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Blood Rage

Publisher: Asmodee
Developer: Exozet Games
Platforms: PC
Rating: 8/10

What we said: Blood Rage: Digital Edition is a strong port of the popular tabletop game that's challenging for both newcomers and veterans alike. Blood Rage: Digital Edition is a really strong port of a popular tabletop game. 

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Publisher: Xbox Game Studios
Developer: Rare
Platforms: PC, Xbox One
Rating: 8/10

What we said: Battletoads returns after 26 years, and it's a love letter to gaming past and present. The urgency at which it propels you through its runtime is both a blessing and a curse, as it’s hard to put down but ultimately a short affair. 

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BPM: Bullets Per Minute

Publisher: Awe Interactive
Developer: Awe Interactive
Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One
Rating: 9/10

What we said: BPM: Bullets Per Minute is a challenging rhythm shooter that’s difficult to master but highly satisfying. It's not a forgiving experience, and though it's difficult to master, BPM proves surprisingly easy to pick up and play. 

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Bubble Bobble 4 Friends

Publisher: ININ Games
Developer: Taito
Platforms: PS4, Switch
Rating: 8/10

What we said: Bubble Bobble 4 Friends is, for the most part, exactly what fans would have hoped for. It’s a modern classic that keeps all the charm we loved about the original 80s game. There’s a significant graphics improvement of course, but the gameplay itself is largely identical.

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Cake Bash

Publisher: High Tea Frog
Developer: Coatsink
Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One, Switch, Stadia
Rating: 8/10

What we said: There’s a lot to love about Cake Bash, and High Tea Frog has made an excellent party game for their debut title. With a variety of entertaining games, some lively stages, and good replayability, it’s a fun experience, especially with friends. We only wish there was more of it on offer. Though some minigames feel a little finicky, it’s otherwise a sweet treat all around.

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Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War

Publisher: Activision
Developer: Treyarch, Raven Software
Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X
Rating: 8/10

What we said: Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War is full of content that series fans will enjoy and offers a few unexpected surprises along the way. The vast amount of content at launch is enough to draw players in, while the promise of more will keep players around. 

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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Remastered

Publisher: Activision
Developer: Beenox
Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One
Rating: 8/10

What we said: Modern Warfare 2 Remastered is a mostly commanding return of the game's classic single-player, though not without a few hiccups. It is a functionally updated retelling of a story millions know and played in their formative years. The characters and politics are somehow as relevant today as they were back when the game first released, and it still sounds, plays, and looks better than most shooters on the market.

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Captain Tsubasa: Rise of New Champions

Publisher: Bandai Namco
Developer: Tamsoft
Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch
Rating: 9/10

What we said: Captain Tsubasa: Rise of New Champions is legitimately the best arcade sports title to come out since Rocket League. The simple, easy truth here is that if you're craving an arcade soccer game, you really should buy Captain Tsubasa: Rise of New Champions. 

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Publisher: Devolver Digital
Developer: Phobia Game Studio
Platforms: PC, Xbox One, Switch
Rating: 8/10

What we said: Carrion is a beautifully orchestrated symphony of blood, guts, and dismembered limbs. While Carrion won't win any awards, it plays out much like a late Friday night feature, full of gruesome horror and satisfying effects. More importantly, it doesn't outstay its welcome.

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Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time

Publisher: Activision
Developer: Toys for Bob
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One
Rating: 8/10

What we said: Ultimately, Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time had a lot riding on it. Being the sequel to a 22-year-old game likely presented Toys for Bob with some developmental challenges, but the development team nailed nearly everything about this sequel. The Crash series has seen its fair share of mediocre (or even bad) entries, but Crash 4 is a big step in the right direction, and the future of the series couldn't be more exciting. 

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Crusader Kings 3

Publisher: Paradox Interactive
Developer: Paradox Development Studio
Platforms: PC
Rating: 9/10

What we said: Crusader Kings 3 is the best looking and most accessible the series has ever been. If you've always been intrigued by the idea of Crusader Kings but bounced off of it, Crusader Kings 3 is the best way to get started. 

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Deliver Us the Moon

Publisher: Wired Productions
Developer: KeokeN Interactive
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One
Rating: 8/10

What we said: A narrative journey through space so intriguing and full of compelling puzzles that it easily papers over some minor cracks in execution and major leaps it asks the player to make.

Just as the interesting minutiae of the plot are enough to overcome some of the issues I had with the macro-level concept, the overall experience was more than enough to make up for having one or two bouts of irritation.

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Demon's Souls

Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
Developer: Bluepoint Games
Platforms: PS5
Rating: 9/10

What we said: Demon's Souls is an instant classic, one of those rare retellings that stands triumphantly alongside the original as an essential experience. This remaster stands as a shining example of how transformative reimaginings can be, and how, with loving dedication, a remaster can be just as revolutionary and memorable as its source material.

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Desperados 3

Publisher: THQ Nordic
Developer: Mimimi Games
Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One
Rating: 8/10

What we said: Desperados 3 is a much-belated sequel that strikes the right balance between classic gameplay mechanics and modern sensibilities. It's a welcome return for the series. Mimimi Games has proven once again that they know the genre, as both Desperados 3 and Shadow Tactics demonstrate.

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Devil May Cry 5: Special Edition

Publisher: Capcom
Developer: Capcom
Platforms: PS5, Xbox Series X|S
Rating: 9/10

What we said: Devil May Cry 5: Special Edition makes a great game even better with a new character, new modes, and overhauled visuals for next-gen consoles. Devil May Cry 5 may not have a whole lot that's truly new to offer, but what it does add and change manages to elevate an already excellent action game into the upper echelon of the entire genre.

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Dirt 5

Publisher: Codemasters
Developer: Codemasters
Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, Stadia
Rating: 8/10

What we said: Dirt 5 continues Codemaster's tradition of creating some of the finest racing games around that have neither the words "Gran," "Forza," or "Speed" in the title.

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Disgaea 4 Complete+

Publisher: NIS America
Developer: Nippon Ichi Software
Platforms: PC
Rating: 9/10

What we said: Disgaea 4 Complete+ is the definitive version of the game, with upgrades galore, tons of content to get lost in, and one of the strongest casts in the series. Disgaea 4 Complete+ is one of the stronger entries in the series, with its outlandish cast and relevant, if loose, story.

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Doom Eternal

Publisher: Bethesda 
Developer: id Software
Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One, Stadia, Switch
Rating: 9/10

What we said: Doom Eternal absolutely delivers on all-fronts by blasting us with one of the most intense and satisfying single-player shooter campaigns in years. From the moment you kill your first enemy with the starting shotgun to when you revel in the explosion of blood from your final enemy, Doom Eternal is a nearly non-stop thrill ride that exceeds almost every expectation.

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Dragon's Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age Definitive Edition

Publisher: Square Enix
Developer: Square Enix
Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One, Switch
Rating: 10/10

What we said: Dragon Quest XI Definitive Edition makes one of the most joyous and downright wonderful gaming experiences of all time even better. The Definitive Edition of Dragon Quest XI is the perfect salve. It's a game unashamed to be a video game, and it's one that embraces its roots in a charming, beautiful way. It's unashamedly jolly and light, but most importantly, it's comforting.

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Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
Developer: Media Molecule
Platforms: PS4
Rating: 9/10

What we said: On one hand, Dreams is a bottomless bag filled with toys, vignettes, and indie games. On the other, Dreams is a must-own for anyone who's ever been curious about game design. Dreams is the best platform for anybody who loves playing tons of indie games, or who would like to make one themselves, or even just those who'd like to network into a game development community.

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Fall Guys

Publisher: Devolver Digital
Developer: Mediatonic
Platforms: PC, PS4
Rating: 8/10

What we said: Despite unbalanced team-match dynamics and pesky server issues (which the developers are ironing out) sometimes interfering with the fun, the simple approach of Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout makes these negatives seem meaningless in the long run. This is not only the game we want in 2020 — but it's the game we need. Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout is a comfort blanket that provides some warm, friendly fun with friends.

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Final Fantasy 7 Remake 

Publisher: Square Enix
Developer: Square Enix
Platforms: PS4
Rating: 10/10

What we said: Final Fantasy 7 Remake faithfully updates Midgar and the original’s enigmatic cast of antiheroes for a new generation, masterfully weaving its own grand tale in the process. In fact, it could be the best Final Fantasy game I've ever played — period.

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Fort Triumph

Publisher: All In! Games
Developer: CookieByte Entertainment
Platforms: PC
Rating: 9/10

What we said: Fort Triumph expertly blends genres into a strategy experience that's infinitely fun and endlessly charming. Fort Triumph is just a lot of fun, and the charm oozes from every arrow wound, spell singe, and sword strike, making it a very easy recommendation indeed. 

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Publisher: NCSOFT
Developer: Harmonix
Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One, Switch
Rating: 9/10

What we said: FUSER would be an incredibly special game if it came out last year. But now, in late 2020, it almost seems necessary. This game is already something very, very special, and it's only going to get better as the community grows. After all, it's always better to make music with friends.

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Gears Tactics

Publisher: Xbox Game Studios
Developer: The Coalition
Platforms: PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S
Rating: 8/10

What we said: Gears Tactics takes the intense third-person action of the console game into the realm of PC-centric turn-based tactical strategy. Thanks to intuitive controls, Gears Tactics is easy to get into even for players who have never played a turn-based tactical squad game before. It’s just a shame there’s not more here.

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Get Packed

Publisher: Coatsink
Developer: Moonshine Studios
Platforms: Stadia
Rating: 8/10

What we said: Get Packed is strangely not the only indie co-op arcade game about moving furniture to launch recently, but it ends up standing out with its own kind of hilarious chaos. Get Packed is playable for up to four players in local or online play and across several modes, including a campaign, versus, and destruction. Whichever you choose, the colorful and bubbly characters and levels you've come to expect from games like this are back once more.

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Ghost of Tsushima

Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
Developer: Sucker Punch
Platforms: PS4
Rating: 8/10

What we said: Ghost of Tsushima offers an amazing open-world experience and satisfying combat, only mildly held back by its writing and characters. Ghost of Tsushima does a lot of things right. Its got fun combat, a wonderfully designed world, and top-notch sound design. Neither the story nor the characters moved me in any real way, even though I could tell both were trying.

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Publisher: 505 Games
Developer: One More Level
Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One, Switch
Rating: 8/10

What we said: In Ghostrunner, a single slash divides life and death. It's fast, frenetic, and, even in the face of its weaker moments, endlessly satisfying. Ghostrunner offers satisfying combat in a well-constructed, beautiful cyberpunk world. You will feel more and more powerful as the game moves on, and moving through the world is always a wonderful experience.

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Publisher: Supergiant Games
Developer: Supergiant Games
Platforms: PC, Switch
Rating: 10/10

What we said: Hades is everything great about the roguelite genre all but perfected. Few games aim as high, and fewer still reach their goals. Hades does, exceeding even the loftiest expectations.

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Half-Life: Alyx

Publisher: Valve
Developer: Valve
Platforms: PC
Rating: 10/10

What we said: While the "VR-only" part may alienate many current PC gamers, it's a triumph that a VR title as excellent as Alyx exists at all.

The release of a VR game like Half-Life: Alyx is a momentous occasion. Not only is this one of the very first AAA VR games to break the bubble, but it's also a revival of one of the most beloved game franchises on the planet, following up on a nearly 13-year hiatus that left us all on a very inconvenient cliffhanger.

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Publisher: Coffee Stain Studios
Developer: Easy Trigger Games
Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One, Switch
Rating: 9/10

What we said: Huntdown is a throwback run and gun shooter that cares about style and rewards precision. Huntdown understands the genre and its influences, and it carves its own path. It's short enough that you can play through it in a single sitting, taking four to six hours, depending on the difficulty you choose. 

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Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity

Publisher: Nintendo
Developer: Omega Force
Platforms: Switch
Rating: 9/10

What we said: Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity is a heck of a Warriors game and a fantastic love letter to Breath of the Wild and Zelda in general. Maybe Age of Calamity is a stop-gap to tide fans over until Breath of the Wild 2, but no effort was spared in making it a quality game.

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Iron Harvest

Publisher: Deep Silver
Developer: King Art Games
Platforms: PC
Rating: 8/10

What we said: Iron Harvest leverages its unique setting and strong design into an impressive and memorable RTS. If you're looking for a strong, single-player RTS with a unique world to explore, Iron Harvest is a perfect option. 

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Immortals Fenyx Rising

Publisher: Ubisoft
Developer:  Ubisoft Quebec
Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, Switch, Stadia, Amazon Luna
Rating: 8/10

What we said: It may look like a Breath of the Wild clone, but Immortals Fenyx Rising has a lot of unique charm that makes it a must-play for fans of the genre. Immortals Fenyx Rising has undeniable charm. Your mileage may vary, but don't sleep on this one. It's worth the adventure.

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Journey to the Savage Planet

Publisher: 505 Games
Developer: Typhoon Studios
Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One, Switch
Rating: 8/10

What we said: Journey to the Savage Planet is a satirical and colorful Metroidvania that survives its corny jokes thanks to fun traversal and worthwhile exploration. With an intriguing world and creature design, the right amount of retro principles, and a surprisingly long post-credits tail worth chasing, Journey to the Savage Planet is a light-hearted, charming debut from a promising new studio.

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Kingdom Hearts: Melody of Memory

Publisher: Square Enix
Developer: Square Enix
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, Switch
Rating: 8/10

What we said: Melody of Memory is a nostalgic, rhythmic celebration of Kingdom Hearts that fans of the series and the genre will adore. Drawing upon a rich soundtrack that ranges from original songs to Disney hits, there’s a lot to love in this new spin-off, but don’t expect any major story developments.

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Kingdoms of Amalur: Re-Reckoning

Publisher: THQ Nordic
Developer: Kaiko
Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One
Rating: 9/10

What we said: Kingdoms of Amalur: Re-Reckoning changes little from its original release because it doesn't need to. This is immediately one of the best RPGs you can play this entire generation.

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Publisher: The Arcade Crew
Developer: TurtleBlaze
Platforms: PC, Switch
Rating: 8/10

What we said: Classic components come together to form a stellar slashing platformer, with the titular kunai providing a particularly high note.

Metroidvania games remain a popular niche in the gaming community with good reason, and KUNAI is a worthwhile addition to the genre. It's easy to pick up and get going, but it provides enough escalation as you progress to keep you interested as you move from sector to sector, picking up new toys and perks along the way.

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Publisher: Tripwire Interactive
Developer: Tripwire Interactive
Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, Switch
Rating: 9/10

What we said: Maneater's deep combat and deeper oceans provide just the type of blissful escapism we need right now. Even if it wasn’t on your radar at all, Maneater is a title that will gobble you up for a few hours of blissful escapism. 

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Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales

Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
Developer:  Insomniac Games
Platforms: PS4, PS5
Rating: 10/10

What we said: Insomniac wanted to please Miles Morales fans with their latest Spider-Man adventure. The result is a damn near perfect action-adventure game. It’s also close to being perfect when it comes to representation. Black and brown people fill out most of the roles and do so with gusto. Their performances, at times, eclipsing what came before. I’m thoroughly pleased with what Insomniac has accomplished.

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Magic: ManaStrike

Publisher: Netmarble
Developer: Netmarble
Platforms: Android
Rating: 8/10

What we said: Magic: ManaStrike is a very familiar strategy game that includes some classic characters to make for an all-around fun time. There is a constant stream of rewards for those who don't want to spend money, too, so you never feel hamstrung for not wanting to buy in-game items. It's fun and has enough depth to make for some interesting strategies, the more you play. 

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Mega Man Zero/ZX Legacy Collection

Publisher: Capcom
Developer: Capcom 
Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One, Switch
Rating: 8/10

What we said: Mega Man Zero/ZX Legacy Collection is an excellent little package that is sure to please fans both old and new.

Overall, you'd be hard-pressed to beat the Mega Man Zero/ZX Legacy Collection. All of the games are enjoyable, the new features make them far easier to consume for modern players, and the love to the series spills out of every frame. It's just a very good collection of very good games, even if the title is utterly absurd. 

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Metro Redux 

Publisher: Koch Media
Developer:  4A Games
Platforms: Switch
Rating: 8/10

What we said: Metro Redux arrives on the Nintendo Switch with a bombastic statement: absolutely nobody's safe from Switch-ification. 

Metro Redux on Switch feels like one of those rare Switch games that shouldn't exist. I mean that in a very, very good way. I also mean it in the sense that, thematically and technically, it doesn't seem like it would be a great natural fit for Nintendo's portable gaming console.

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MLB The Show 20

Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
Developer: SIE San Diego
Platforms: PS4
Rating: 8/10

What we said: MLB The Show 20 doesn't rewrite the script, but its numerous tweaks to gameplay, modes, and options makes it the best baseball game around. MLB The Show 20 still feels like the most complete baseball title available — comfortably so, in fact. But it doesn't feel like a significant evolution over last year's entry in the series. 

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Mortal Shell

Publisher: Playstack
Developer: Cold Symmetry 
Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One
Rating: 8/10

What we said: Far from being a pretender, Mortal Shell is a sometimes exceptional entry to the genre. Its stumbles are noticeable only because there is so much to enjoy.

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Moving Out

Publisher: Team17
Developer:  SMG Studio
Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One, Switch
Rating: 8/10

What we said: Moving Out's familiar brand of local-multiplayer party-game fun lets everyone join in on the fun, laughter, and cursing. Whatever your preference is, Moving Out certainly provides the same flavor of co-operative tension and burst-out-loud laughter as Overcooked. 

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Murder by Numbers

Publisher: The Irregular Corporation
Developer: Mediatonic
Platforms: PC, Switch
Rating: 9/10

What we said: Murder by Numbers is an exquisite detective puzzler with wonderful writing, gorgeous graphics, and masterful music. The comparisons to the Phoenix Wright series are instantly evident. Not only do the visuals share the same motif of hand-drawn 2D sprites, speech boxes, and thick lines, but the gameplay is very similar, too. 

The soundtrack is lively, bouncy, and upbeat. It's inspirational and uplifting when the moment is happy, it's imposing and harsh when the pressure is on, and it's cold and gloomy when the protagonist doubts themselves. 

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My Hero One's Justice 2

Publisher: Bandai Namco
Developer: Byking 
Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One, Switch
Rating: 8/10

What we said: My Hero One's Justice 2 is a lot like the original, with a few minor adjustments that might entice you to enter the arena once again. Make no mistake, My Hero One's Justice 2 is a good, fun arena brawler on its own merits. Taken on its own, the game really does provide an amazing adaptation of the My Hero Academia franchise.

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NHL 21

Publisher: EA
Developer: EA Vancouver
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One
Rating: 8/10

What we said: NHL 21 provides more of the same, and with the uncertainty of the real world season, even less of what few changes fans come to expect of yearly releases.

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Nioh 2

Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
Developer: Team Ninja
Platforms: PS4
Rating: 9/10

What we said: Nioh 2 takes everything great about the first game and dials it up. Despite a few returning gremlins, this is an instant hit for fans of the series. Nioh 2 is essentially more Nioh, but better. Fans of the series will find plenty to enjoy here, and newcomers won't feel like they had to play the first game to appreciate what it has to offer.

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Not for Broadcast

Publisher: TinyBuild Games
Developer: NotGames
Platforms: PC
Rating: 8/10

What we said: Who knew that overseeing a bunch of media personalities who say so little by saying so much could be so fun? Not For Broadcast is excellently paced. As soon as you pull up behind the switchboard, you're presented with a smorgasbord of screens, buttons, and switches. While it would be easy to overwhelm new players with options, the game takes it slow.

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One Piece: Pirate Warriors 4

Publisher: Bandai Namco
Developer: Koei Tecmo
Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One, Switch
Rating: 8/10

What we said: One Piece: Pirate Warriors 4 is not only one of the best One Piece games but possibly one of the best Musou games around. When you throw in the ability to grind out your skill trees and chase ever more impressive kill counts, One Piece: Pirate Warriors 4 is a game with an incredible level of replayability.

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One Step From Eden

Publisher: Humble Bundle
Developer: Thomas Moon Kang
Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch
Rating: 9/10

What we said: One Step From Eden is a fantastic rogue-like deck-building game that is a few small tweaks away from perfection. Like most roguelites, One Step From Eden is brimming with replay value but can easily be played in short stints, too; each run takes 30-60 minutes to complete — or, more often, 5-10 minutes to lose.

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Ori and the Will of the Wisps 

Publisher: Xbox Game Studios
Developer: Moon Studios
Platforms: PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, Switch
Rating: 9/10

What we said: Ori and the Will of the Wisps is another triumph return for the series — a beautiful game with only the smallest blemishes to its luster. If you want to play a beautiful, often difficult Metroidvania with some of the most satisfying combat and traversal mechanics the genre has to offer, Ori and the Will of the Wisps will give you plenty to be excited about.

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Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One, Switch
Rating: 8/10

What we said: Othercide is a modern gothic take on turn-based tactics. It's stylish, difficult, and a solid addition to the genre. If you want a tough take on turn-based tactics, Othercide is a great pick-up. If you've tried the genre before and bounced off because of the gameplay, it isn't going to change your mind.

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Orcs Must Die 3

Publisher: Google
Developer: Robot Entertainment
Platforms: Stadia
Rating: 8/10

What we said: Though its name offers no way around it, the creative ways you dispatch foes makes Orcs Must Die 3 perhaps the most addictive Stadia exclusive to date.

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Orwell's Animal Farm

Publisher: The Dairymen
Developer: Nerial 
Platforms: PC
Rating: 8/10

What we said: Orwell's Animal Farm faithfully recreates and even reinvents the classic allegory at a time when it's never been more relevant for some players. There's absolutely an audience for this game, and if you find yourself in it, Orwell's Animal Farm is a timely, effective reimagining of one of the last century's most notable allegories.

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Paper Mario: The Origami King

Publisher: Nintendo
Developer: Intelligent Systems
Platforms: Switch
Rating: 9/10

What we said: Despite a combat system that gets old quickly, Paper Mario: The Origami King's writing, puzzles, and worldbuilding make it the best entry since The Thousand-Year Door.

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Persona 5 Royal

Publisher: Atlus USA
Developer:  P-Studio
Platforms: PS4
Rating: 10/10

What we said: Persona 5 Royal improves on the original in almost countless ways, big and small, to deliver a top-notch RPG for new and old fans alike. If you haven't played Persona 5 countless times, you're in for a real treat. Persona 5 Royal is easily the best Persona game yet and one of the best RPGs available right now.

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Pikmin 3

Publisher: Nintendo
Developer: Eighting 
Platforms: Switch
Rating: 9/10

What we said: Pikmin 3 Deluxe is the best the series has to offer, a showcase of creative design and smart strategy. It's one of the most enjoyable experiences on the Switch.

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Pumpkin Jack

Publisher: Headup
Developer: Nicolas Meyssonnier
Platforms: PC, Xbox One, PS4, Switch
Rating: 8/10

What we said: With levels reminiscent of beloved 3D platformers and an irresistible audiovisual experience, playing Pumpkin Jack this Halloween is exciting and youthful like trick-or-treaters finding the house giving out full-size candy bars.

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Rune Factory 4 Special

Publisher: XSEED
Developer: Neverland
Platforms: Switch
Rating: 9/10

What we said: Rune Factory 4 is an abundant RPG, full of fun characters, things to do, and a compelling network of interlocking systems. While Rune Factory 4 might not reach the epic heights of Xenoblade Chronicles 2 or Dragon Quest 11 S, and as a simulator, it might get overlooked for Animal Crossing: New Horizons. However, Rune Factory 4 manages to be something else entirely and manages it very well.

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Resident Evil 3 Remake

Publisher: Capcom
Developer: Capcom
Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One
Rating: 8/10

What we said: Resident Evil 3 is a decent horror-action game that falls short of the Resident Evil 2 standard. To be fair, though, RE3 is trying some new things. It's much more of a straightforward action game than RE2, keeping a lot of the trappings of survival horror while emphasizing RE4-style shoot-'em-up gameplay. 

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Robotics;Notes ELITE & DaSH

Publisher: Spike Chunsoft
Developer: Mages Inc.
Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch
Rating: 8/10

What we said: Robotics;Notes ELITE & DaSH give fans lighthearted adventures with the Robot Research Club in the Science Adventure universe. Fans of the Science Adventure series, and visual novels in general, will enjoy Robotics;Notes ELITE. While it doesn’t quite reach the incredibly soaring highs of Steins;Gate, it is more enjoyable than the underwhelming Chaos;Head.

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Sackboy: A Big Adventure

Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
Developer: Sumo Digital
Platforms: PS4, PS5
Rating: 9/10

What we said: After a six-year absence, PlayStation’s knitted icon returns in stunning form in one of the year's best platformers. With an A-list cast, superb visuals, and some strong co-op gameplay, Sackboy: A Big Adventure successfully proves that Sackboy can thrive without LittleBigPlanet’s creation mechanics, all while still paying homage to his roots.

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Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin

Publisher: XSEED
Developer: Edelweiss
Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch
Rating: 10/10

What we said: Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin is a bold genre fusion that pays off with superb farming and combat systems plus a cast of characters you'll remember for a long time to come. It might ask you to take it on its own terms from time to time, but that's a small price to pay when the experience is this rewarding and unique.

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Sakura Wars

Publisher: SEGA
Developer: SEGA 
Platforms: PS4
Rating: 8/10

What we said: Sakura Wars' unique LIPS system, thoroughly charming cast of characters, and great writing more than make up for its less than stellar combatIt's a strong reboot, and one I truly hope heralds an encore for the series. There's nothing else quite like Sakura Wars, and that's a compliment.

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Samurai Shodown

Publisher: SNK
Developer: SNK
Platforms: Switch
Rating: 8/10

What we said: 2019's Samurai Shodown is finally available for the Switch, bringing one of the foundational Japanese fighting games to a brand-new audience. Samurai Shodown has managed to make the trip to the Switch without sacrificing more than a little bit of graphical fidelity. 

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Sayonara Wild Hearts

Publisher: Annapurna Interactive
Developer: Simogo 
Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One, Switch
Rating: 10/10

What we said: In its one-hour runtime, Sayonara Wild Hearts transcends video games and becomes not just a playable pop album, but a hypnotic self-help soundtrack. It's an endorphin factory. Sayonara Wild Hearts is more than a game for me. It's a catharsis vessel. It's a story of self-love. It's a reminder that some things break but that doesn't make us broken. It was once a dream and now forever a memory. It's transcendent and undying, but, of course, it is. Wild Hearts Never Die. 

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Serious Sam 4

Publisher: Devolver Digital
Developer: Croteam 
Platforms: PC, Stadia
Rating: 8/10

What we said: Serious Sam 4 is a delightfully old-school first-person shooter that doesn't bring a ton of new stuff to the table but still hits all the right notes. Serious Sam 4 is a strong, polished, old-school shooter. The massive, open-air firefights are a fairly unique element to first-person shooters, and panicked kiting of hundreds of enemies is the name of the game.

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Shantae and the Seven Sirens

Publisher: WayForward
Developer: WayForward
Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One, Switch
Rating: 8/10

What we said: Shantae and the Seven Sirens is a welcome return of a now-classic platforming series. Shantae has been weaving her magic for nearly 20 years and still feels distinctive amidst the sea of other platformers. Her latest romp might not feel quite as fresh as Half-Genie Hero, but it’s still a worthwhile, highly entertaining adventure.

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Publisher: Thunder Lotus Games
Developer: Thunder Lotus Games
Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One, Switch, Stadia
Rating: 10/10

What we said: Spiritfarer is a finely crafted piece of artistic commentary on what it means to let go, and it's far and away one of the best games to come out of 2020.

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Star Wars Squadrons

Publisher: Motive Studios
Developer: EA
Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One
Rating: 9/10

What we said: Star Wars Squadrons is an instant classic and an ode to the space combat sims that came before it. Squadrons does a lot of things right. And it's the closest thing to a new X-Wing or Tie Fighter we're going to get. Though it's a stand-alone game, it's also a fantastic complement to Battlefront 2's starfighter assault mode, giving aces new and old two very good options to choose from. 

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Stories Untold

Publisher: Devolver Digital
Developer: No Code
Platforms: Switch
Rating: 9/10

What we said: Stories Untold is a boundlessly smart and stylish adventure game that both celebrates the past while changing the future. Stories Untold is a unique adventure game smothered in atmosphere. Switch players will have to contend with the port's less-than-ideal UI, but provided they can get over that relatively small hump, the rest of the game is an unsettling, intelligent, fourth-wall-breaking success.

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Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town

Publisher: Natsume
Developer: Marvelous Interactive
Platforms: PC, Switch
Rating: 9/10

What we said: Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town might not re-invent the wheel, but it's an excellent reminder why the formula the original helped create is so beloved and long-lasting.

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Streets of Rage 4

Publisher: Dotemu
Developer: Dotemu
Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One, Switch
Rating: 8/10

What we said: Streets of Rage 4 is a surprisingly decent return to form for a franchise that's been collecting dust for over 25 years. It plays a bit of a trick on you if you’re a fan of this sort of game, where you fall into your old patterns almost immediately, but the game is built to smack you down if you do. Instead, it’s got a simple combat system with some real depth to it, and which only gets more fun as you add players in co-op.

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Surgeon Simulator 2

Publisher: Bossa Studios
Developer: Bossa Studios
Platforms: PC
Rating: 8/10

What we said: While some sequels fail to build upon the entries that came before them, turning into bloated, convoluted messes, Surgeon Simulator 2 reshapes the original idea into something entirely new. 

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Super Mario 3D All-Stars

Publisher: Nintendo
Developer: Nintendo
Platforms: Switch
Rating: 8/10

What we said: Little effort was put into modernizing Super Mario 3D All-Stars, and somehow, that's still more than enough. Super Mario 3D All-Stars is a satisfying gift for the series' 35th anniversary.

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Super Mega Baseball 3

Publisher: Metalhead Software
Developer: Metalhead Software
Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One, Switch
Rating: 9/10

What we said: Super Mega Baseball has never been given the accolades it's deserved, but this is the year baseball fans will finally notice this all-star. Don't let a lack of MLB licensing turn you away. This is a serious baseball sim in every way except for the silly naming conventions of its athletes.

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The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel 4

Publisher: NIS America
Developer: Nihon Falcom
Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch
Rating: 9/10

What we said: Trails of Cold Steel 4 brings the Cold Steel series to a spectacular conclusion with some of the best storytelling in the genre and improvements to every gameplay system.

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The Last of Us 2

Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
Developer: Naughty Dog 
Platforms: PS4
Rating: 8/10

What we said: The Last of Us 2 is an emotional rollercoaster that doesn't always hit the mark with what it tries to pull off. It does, however, provide enough amazing highs to outweigh its unfortunate lows.

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The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners

Publisher: Skydance Interactive
Developer: Skydance Interactive 
Platforms: PC, PS4
Rating: 8/10

What we said: The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners would be a great game even if it wasn't in VR. Suffice it to say Saints & Sinners definitely suffers from some modern-day VR problems, but it's still a great sign of the immersive and exciting things to come.

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Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1+2

Publisher: Activision
Developer: Vicarious Visions
Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One
Rating: 8/10

What we said: Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 + 2 makes good on its promise of revitalizing a legendary franchise, but it's modern twists aren't all clean landed.

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Vitamin Connection

Publisher: WayForward
Developer: WayForward
Platforms: Switch
Rating: 9/10

What we said: Vitamin Connection is one of the best games on Switch. It's extremely fun, creative, and great with a friend. An easy pill to swallow. To bring this love-letter in disguise to a close: Vitamin Connection is a game that everybody should play. 

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Void Terrarium

Publisher: NIS America
Developer: Nippon Ichi Software
Platforms: PS4, Switch
Rating: 9/10

What we said: There's a lot to love about Void Terrarium, with its touching story and unique approach to the mystery dungeon genre, even if does occasionally frustrate. Void Terrarium is special for how it balances challenge and accessibility to create its own unique identity, a balancing act many other games struggle with. If you're new to the genre, it's a great place to start.

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Wasteland 3

Publisher: Deep Silver
Developer: InXile Entertainment
Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One
Rating: 8/10

What we said: Wasteland 3 invokes feelings of classic RPGs such as Fallout and manages to nail the feel and tone perfectly in a modernized setting. While the game often falls into some of the genre's more vexing traps, such as percentage damage idiosyncrasies and lackluster character models, it’s hard to deny its engaging power. 

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Watch Dogs: Legion

Publisher: Ubisoft
Developer: Ubisoft Toronto
Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, Stadia
Rating: 8/10

What we said: Watch Dogs: Legion throws out a decade of Ubisoft's cluttered-map open worlds in favor of exciting systems that deliver unique emergent moments consistently. Watch Dogs: Legion drastically revises the Ubisoft open-world blueprint it has leaned on for over a decade. 

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Wintermoor Tactics Club

Publisher: Versus Evil
Developer: EVC
Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One, Switch
Rating: 8/10

What we said: The indie strategy game Wintermoor Tactics Club is one of the better children's books I've ever played. Kids will love it, but adults may find it too simple. Really, the highest recommendation I can make for Wintermoor Tactics Club is that it’s a funny, weirdly true-feeling interactive children’s book, with just enough tactical action to keep you interested throughout.

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Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition

Publisher: Nintendo
Developer: Monolith Soft 
Platforms: Switch
Rating: 9/10

What we said: Xenoblade Chronicles Definitive Edition makes one of the best RPGs even better, despite not spreading its improvements evenly over the whole package.

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Yakuza: Like a Dragon

Publisher: SEGA
Developer: Ryo Ga Gotoku Studio
Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S 
Rating: 10/10

What we said: Yakuza: Like A Dragon isn't just a great Yakuza title — it's legitimately one of the best modern role-playing games there is. Yakuza: Like A Dragon is an uplifting and hopeful story told with heart, supported by satisfying RPG gameplay and a host of entertaining side-missions and minigames. 

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Ys Origin

Publisher: Dotemu
Developer: Dotemu 
Platforms: Switch
Rating: 9/10

What we said: Ys Origin on Switch is one of the most focused, fluid, and exhilarating action RPGs around. Read our review to see why it absolutely should be on your radar.

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Zombie Army 4: Dead War

Publisher: Rebellion 
Developer: Rebellion
Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One
Rating: 9/10

What we said: Ever wanted to dodge zombie sharks while on a quest to destroy the undead animated by evil wizard-Hitler? Well, it doesn't get much better than Zombie Army 4. The game's shooting mechanics, its level design, and its ranking system come together in a much more satisfying way [than the core Sniper Elite series]. 

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That's it for our list of the best games of 2020. What were your favorite games? Let us know in the comments below! 

Crusader Kings 3 Mods: Best Mods on Steam Workshop Tue, 06 Oct 2020 12:59:23 -0400 Jordan Baranowski


Princes of Darkness


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Of all the total conversion mods for Crusader Kings 3, Princes of Darkness is perhaps the most realized and game-changing of all. It takes the massive world of CK3 and fits it into the framework of the equally massive World of Darkness, which, of course, encompasses games like Vampire: The Masquerade.


Here, you're running around Europe as a literal creature of Hell.


Princes of Darkness comes from the "Dark Pack," an officially sanctioned fan-creation branch of the World of Darkness universe. That means there's a ton of detail and official jargon in this mod. If you're a geek for both CK3 and WoD, you've probably got this one already. If you aren't overly familiar with Vampire or the other associated properties, you'll still find a ton to enjoy here.


The lore and new gameplay mechanics brought to Crusader Kings 3 through this mod do a great job of introducing you to what's happening, and interacting with (or playing as) vampiric characters adds a ton of fun new wrinkles to the CK3 formula.


That's our list of best Crusader Kings 3 mods. As the community grows larger and more players jump into the world of CK3, there are sure to be more mods. We'll keep this list updated as more become available! 


VIET Events  A Flavor and Immersion Event Mod


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In our review of Crusader Kings 3, we wrote that one of the best aspects of the game is its sandbox RPG feel. Even though CK3 is ultimately a grand strategy game about conquering bits of the world and trying to fight off your rivals, it's remarkable how well CK3 forces you to care about the ruler you're controlling.


Events trigger about lost loves, missed opportunities, tiny triumphs, and, of course, very good dogs. If you're looking to expand on that aspect of the game, this is the mod you need.


VIET Events ((an acronym for "Very Immersive Events and Tales") lets you add to the stories in your headcanon, bringing with it a huge number of events (as of this writing, over 200) that flesh everything out.


These events are sometimes very small, touching on little things like an encounter with a stranger or a new experience with food, but sometimes they're massive, giving your character an entirely new outlook on life.


VIET is a wonderful mod for bringing the stories of CK3 to life.


Title-Ranked Portrait Borders


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This CK3 mod packs a lot of useful information into a small package. Though it only changes the borders around character portraits, it helps you see how powerful a ruler or family member is at a glance. Normally, you can glean this information from the tiny portrait icons or by hovering over a character, but this mod allows you to quickly identify political power at a glance.


Title-Ranked Portrait Borders won't fundamentally alter your game experience in any way, but it is nice to know a person's power before you attempt a risky scheme or fire off a barbed comment that may lead to war. In the world of Crusader Kings 3, knowledge is power. This mod gives you just a little more knowledge in a little less time.




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One element of Crusader Kings 3 that's always a little tough to keep track of is who each character is. Sometimes, events will trigger and a bunch of names will get thrown at you before you're asked to make a huge decision. "I don't know! I guess I'll execute Hafdir van Bryllgenson for this."


Whoops! That was your brother-in-law, and now you're going to war with the person who was formerly your closest ally!


Once you start playing Crusader Kings 3 with the Nameplates mod, you'll be hard-pressed to play without it. All it does is place a nameplate under each character model when events trigger, giving you some context about who is who in the constantly shifting political climate of CK3, but it's very useful.


It also helps you answer questions like "Oh, that's my wife's name?" Which... is probably something you should be aware of.


Fullscreen Barbershop & Brighter Portraits


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Some people play Crusader Kings 3 to test their mettle against some of history's greatest minds. Others want to model their new queen or take impeccable screenshots of their rulers. If you're in the latter camp, these mods are for you. 


We grouped them together because if you're the type of player who wants one of them, you probably want them both.


Fullscreen Barbershop is much more than just expanding the barbershop window. It allows you to edit any character model in the game as you see fit and set them in different poses against different backgrounds. If you want to screenshot your new family (or get an HQ image of your rival for... reasons), you'll need this mod.


Brighter Portraits is a simple mod that does exactly what it says. However, if you're going to be taking lots of screenshots, you want all those accessories and features to pop. This does just that, making your screenshots look even better.


Shattered World


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One of the most satisfying runs in Crusader Kings 3 is when you start with a character on the lowest rung of royalty and work your way to a dynasty controlling the known world. Becoming the Holy Roman Emperor after starting with just a single title to your name is about the closest you can get to "beating" CK3.


So, what if every character had to do that?


That's the concept behind Shattered World. This mod allows you to break up every kingdom and empire into individual counties.


A slider at the beginning of the game lets you achieve different levels of "shattering," but the key is that Shattered World puts everyone on a level playing field: one ruler, one county.


From there, it's a scramble to see who can conquer foes and amass enough power to stay afloat faster. It's a fascinating new way to start a game of CK3.


Daddy Pika's Cheat Menu


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There are plenty of cheat codes you can use to edit your games of Crusader Kings 3  check out our full list right here  but console commands can be a bit unwieldy to the uninitiated. If you want all the omnipotence of the CK3 command console but don't want to learn the intricacies of inputting variables and understanding the scripting language, then this is the mod you need.


Daddy Pika's Cheat Menu basically takes the in-game cheat codes you normally access through console commands and transforms them into easier to navigate menus.


The mod allows you to manipulate the game in a variety of ways: instantly kill characters, move titles around, switch to an entirely new dynasty, fill your coffers with riches, and much more.


As with The Bronze Age: Maryannu, it's constantly being updated, and new cheats find their way in all the time. This mod is a great way to experience CK3 in entirely new ways, creating any scenario you can dream up.


The Bronze Age: Maryannu


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There aren't a ton of total conversion mods for Crusader Kings 3 out there yet. They take a lot of work to build and also need to be updated every time Paradox pushes out a game patch, so it's often well into a game's lifecycle before we see too many.


The Bronze Age: Maryannu, though, is the exception. It's still recognizable as CK3, but this total conversion mod does some very interesting things with the game's systems and takes players to an equally fascinating time period.


This mod was built from the skeleton of a popular CK2 mod, and it shows. There are plenty of gameplay tweaks that help shift the game's perspective from the Middle Ages to the Bronze Age where ancient pharaohs Babylonians reign.


The Bronze Age: Maryannu is updated frequently to add new content, and a team of artists is constantly updating character models, events, and other game content to make things fully immersive. If you want to experience CK3 in a new but familiar light, this is a great place to start.


SarcFa's Custom Ruler Designer


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If you've exhausted your options when creating the perfect ruler, or if you just want to create yourself and see how far you go in the world of Crusader Kings 3, this is the mod for you.


It allows you to design a custom ruler and immediately take over any house you like, going through an event dialogue tree that fits in with most of the events in the game.


With Custom Ruler Designer, Download the mod hereyou'll pick things like age, appearance, traits, attributes, and skill levels. There's even a rule you can turn on so you only have a certain number of skill points to allocate (if you're worried about keeping things fair).


Once you are finished with the in-game event, which triggers to get all of the gears moving, the mod kills off the ruler you started with and disinherits their immediate heirs, putting your custom ruler in charge. Good luck out there, newbie.


99 Immersive Loading Screens


Download the mod here


If you're the type of person who loads up Crusader Kings 3 all the time, you've probably gotten sick of the game's loading screens. They feature some pretty impressive artwork, but there just aren't that many of them.


Variety is the spice of life, so switch things up a bit with the 99 Immersive Loading Screens mod.


This CK3 mod is pretty much exactly what it sounds like. It adds a number of thematic, high-quality images to display while you wait for your next Ironman run to load. It doesn't change things in a massive way, but CK3 is a game that wants you to load it up again and again.


With that in mind, you'll be happy for some variation on your 1,066th game, especially if you're like us and find joy in choosing the most difficult starting rulers.


What do you mean I died of tuberculosis and don't have an heir? I just started! At least this new loading screen is pretty ... 


Crusader Kings 3 is such a sandbox for weird scenarios that it seems practically impossible to see and do everything, even in the base game. But one of the biggest draws for Paradox's epic strategy game is its fully-functioning mod support and strong modding community. All you have to do is head over to the CK3's Steam Workshop page and start browsing through tons of add-on content.


Some of the Crusader Kings 3 mods available are extremely simple, changing up a few graphical options or making minor quality of life changes. Some mods, though, are much grander in scale, including total conversions, dramatically reshaping the game's systems and mechanics.


Since there's so much to parse through, we thought we'd do the heavy lifting and find the mods that stand out as essential so you can search from them directly.


Mods often disable achievements or put save files at risk. Be aware that most CK3 mods will disable your ability to earn achievements, and they might muck with your saved games if you don't start fresh. Even developer-supported modding is still manipulating the game files, so there may be some troubleshooting necessary on your end.


If you're unsure if a mod will work with certain aspects of your CK3 game, leave a comment on the mod's Steam Workshop page. Most modders are fairly active and will probably have an answer for you fairly quickly. 

Crusader Kings 3 Guide: How to Fix the Crashing Bug Fri, 11 Sep 2020 16:39:36 -0400 Sergey_3847

Since launch, Crusader Kings 3 players have been plagued with crashing issues. The crashes could be caused by a lack of updates or by bugged files. Crashing mostly happens at startup, but in either case, this guide will provide you with four possible fixes.

This Crusader Kings 3 guide will start with the simplest solutions for potentially fixing the crashing bug, then move on to more in-depth fixes that require a little bit more work. 

How to Fix the Crashing Bug in Crusader Kings 3

Crashing Fix 1: Verify Your Crusader Kings 3 Game Files

Steam files don't always download properly. Sometimes, files will break or contain errors. The first solution you should try in any crashing situation is to verify the game files using the Steam app. 

  1. Open the Steam Library.
  2. Find Crusader Kings 3.
  3. Right-click on the game and choose "Properties".
  4. Select the "Local Files" tab.
  5. Click on "Verify Integrity of game files".
  6. Wait for the verification to finish.
  7. Restart the game.

If you are playing Crusader Kings 3 on Game Pass, you need to:

  1. Go to "Windows Settings" in your Start menu.
  2. Select "Apps & Features".
  3. Find Crusader Kings 3 and click on it.
  4. Select "Advanced options".
  5. Choose "Repair" option.
  6. Wait for the repair to finish.
  7. Restart the game.

Crashing Fix 2: Use the Game EXE File

Some players have reported that launching Crusader Kings 3 from the Steam app ends up crashing the game.

If this is the case for you, launch Crusader Kings 3 from the game folder using the original .exe file:

  1. Close the Steam app.
  2. Restart your PC.
  3. Go to "/Steam/steamapps/common/Crusader Kings III/binaries" folder.
  4. Launch the "ck3.exe" file manually.

This simple action should launch Crusader Kings 3 without crashing.

Crashing Fix 3: Install Microsoft Visual C++

Microsoft Visual C++ is essential and must be updated regularly if you want your software, including games, to run without errors such as crashing.

Here's how you can install and update your Visual C++ system libraries:

  1. Go the official Microsoft Visual C++ website.
  2. Download either an x86 or an x64 "vc_redist" file from the "Visual Studio 2015, 2017 and 2019" category.
  3. Install libraries.
  4. Restart your PC.

Crashing Fix 4: Run Crusader Kings 3 as Administrator

Other players have reported that the crashing issue with Crusader Kings 3 has been fixed by simply launching the game as an administrator.

Here's how you can launch the game as an administrator on PC:

  1. Go to Crusader Kings 3 folder.
  2. Right-click on the "ck3.exe" file.
  3. Select "Run as Administrator" option.

That's all you need to know about keeping Crusader Kings 3 from crashing. If you are looking for ways to replenish your levies or for a complete list of cheats or all of the game's console commands, take a look at our CK3 guides and tips hub page.

Crusader Kings 3 Traits Guide & List Thu, 10 Sep 2020 16:48:21 -0400 Jordan Baranowski

Traits are a huge part of how characters tick in Crusader Kings 3. They can be acquired through several different means, such as genetics, education, random events, and more. Traits can be positive or negative, and they affect the choices and events you'll see during a given playthrough.

Here is a list of all the known Crusader Kings 3 traits and the effects they have on your character. They are broken up by trait type.

Crusader Kings 3 Traits

Childhood Traits

Characters between the age of 3 and 15 in Crusader Kings 3 have one childhood trait. These traits give you a bonus to two skills and, if an education focus is on one of those two skills, will make them more formidable when they come of age. They also make children struggle in another education skill.

  • Bossy: +1 Martial, Stewardship  Struggles with Diplomacy
  • Charming: +1 Diplomacy, Intrigue — Struggles with Stewardship
  • Curious: +1 Diplomacy, Learning  Struggles with Martial
  • Pensive: +1 Stewardship, Learning  Struggles with Intrigue
  • Rowdy: +1 Martial, Intrigue  Struggles with Learning

Commander Traits

Menu showing the reckless commander trait.

Commander Traits will give a benefit to an entire army if their leader has the given trait.

  • Aggressive Attacker: +25% enemy casualties
  • Cautious Leader: +4 minimum battle roll, -2 maximum battle roll
  • Desert Warrior: +5 advantage in desert, desert mountains, drylands, and oasis, no desert supply limit penalty
  • Flexible Leader: -50% enemy defensive advantage
  • Forder: Crosses water without advantage penalties
  • Forest Fighter: +5 advantage in forest and taiga
  • Holy Warrior: +10% faith hostility advantage
  • Jungle Stalker: +6 advantage in jungle, -50% jungle attrition, no jungle supply limit penalty
  • Logistician: +100% supply duration
  • Military Engineer -30% siege phase time
  • Open Terrain Expert: +4 advantage in farmlands, plains, and steppe
  • Organizer: +25% movement speed, -20% retreat losses
  • Reaver: +100% raid speed, -75% hostile county attrition
  • Reckless: +6 maximum battle roll, -4 minimum battle roll
  • Rough Terrain Expert: +4 advantage in hills, mountains, and wetlands
  • Unyielding Defender: -25% friendly casualties

Congenital Traits

Menu showing the comely congenital trait.

Congenital traits can appear at birth and can be passed down to future generations. Inbreeding can increase the chances of seeing many of these traits.

A few of these traits are leveled, meaning they come in multiple strengths and can give multiple levels of positive or negative boosts.

  • Albino: +15 natural dread, +10 same trait opinion, -10 general opinion
  • Bleeder: -10 vassal opinion, severe health penalty
  • Club-footed: +10 same trait opinion, -10 attraction opinion, -2 prowess
  • Dwarf: +20 same trait opinion, -20 attraction opinion, -4 prowess
  • Fecund: +50% fertility, +5 years life expectancy
  • Giant: +6 prowess, +5 vassal opinion, +1 tribal ruler opinion, +20 same trait opinion, -5 attraction opinion, minor health penalty
  • Hunchbacked: +10 same trait opinion, -30 attraction opinion, -10 vassal opinion, -2 prowess
  • Lisping: +10 same trait opinion, -5 attraction opinion, -2 diplomacy
  • Lunatic: +10% hostile scheme resistance, +10 same trait opinion, -10 attraction opinion, -10 vassal opinion, minor health penalty
  • Melancholic: -1 diplomacy, martial, stewardship and intrigue, -10% fertility, moderate health penalty
  • Possessed: +10% monthly learning lifestyle experience, +15 same trait opinion, -10 attraction opinion, moderate health penalty
  • Pure-blooded: +10% fertility, -50% inbreeding chance, small health boost
  • Scaly: +10 natural dread, +10 same trait opinion, -10 vassal opinion, -30 attraction opinion, -20% fertility
  • Spindly: -1 prowess, -10 attraction opinion, minor health penalty
  • Sterile/Barren: -50% fertility
  • Stuttering: +10 same trait opinion, -2 diplomacy
  • Wheezing: -10 vassal opinion, tiny health penalty
Leveled Congenital Traits

These are all different levels of the same trait, which grant bonuses or penalties based on how severe they are. A few of these traits have variations depending on your gender

  • Beauty Traits  Hideous, Ugly, Homely, Comely, Attractive/Pretty/Handsome, Beautiful
    • Diplomacy -3/-2/-1/+1/+2/+3
    • Attraction opinion -30/-20/-10/+10/+20/+30
    • Fertility -30%/-20%/-10%/+10%/+20%+30%
  • Intellect Traits  Imbecile, Stupid, Slow, Quick, Intelligent, Genius
    • All skills -8/-4/-2/+1/+3/+5
    • Monthly lifestyle experience -30%/-20%/-10%/+10%/+20%/+30%
  • Physique Traits  Feeble, Frail, Delicate, Hale, Robust, Amazonian/Herculean
    • Prowess -6/-4/-2/+2/+4/+8
    • Attraction opinion -10/-5/+0/+5/+10/+15
    • Health severe penalty/moderate penalty/minor penalty/small boost/medium boost/huge boost

Coping Mechanisms

Menu showing the inappetetic coping mechanism.

You receive a coping mechanism trait if you suffer a mental break from stress and want a stress reduction. All these traits grant a +20% Stress Loss and have other effects. Most are negative, but there are a few positive coping mechanisms in Crusader Kings 3.

  • Athletic: +1 prowess, small health boost
  • Comfort Eater: -1 stewardship
  • Confider: +1 diplomacy
  • Contrite: -2 intrigue
  • Drunkard: +10 same trait opinion, -2 stewardship, -2 prowess, tiny health penalty
  • Flagellant: -2 prowess, moderate health penalty
  • Hashishiyah: +10 same trait opinion, -2 stewardship, -2 learning
  • Improvident: +1 diplomacy, -15% monthly income
  • Inappetetic: -1 diplomacy, -3 prowess
  • Irritable: +2 prowess, +10% dread gain, -2 diplomacy, -1 martial, -5 attraction opinion
  • Journaller: +1 learning
  • Profligate: +0.5 monthly piety, -10% monthly income
  • Rakish: +5 same trait opinion, +1 intrigue, -1 diplomacy, -5 attraction opinion
  • Reclusive: -2 diplomacy, -1 stewardship

Criminal Traits

Menu showing the witch criminal trait.

Criminal traits all have to do with how they are viewed by your faith. They can be accepted, shunned, or even get you arrested/executed. You get criminal traits due to the choices you make and how certain events play out.

  • Adulterer: +10 same trait opinion
  • Cannibal: +2 prowess, +15% stress loss, +20 natural dread, +35 same trait opinion
  • Excommunicated: -50% monthly piety
  • Fornicator: +10 same trait opinion
  • Deviant: +25% stress loss, +35 same trait opinion
  • Dynastic Kinslayer: -5 dynasty opinion
  • Familial Kinslayer: -5 dynasty opinion, -5 close family opinion
  • Kinslayer: -5 dynasty opinion, -10 close family opinion
  • Incestuous: +20 same trait opinion
  • Sodomite: +10 same trait opinion
  • Witch: +1 intrigue, +1 learning, +20 same trait opinion, -1 diplomacy

Dynasty Traits

Menu showing the Sayyid dynasty trait.

Dynasty traits can be given or taken away by members of the same dynasty. They often have to do with interesting elements of birth or disputes over lineage.

  • Bastard: +5 same trait opinion, -15 dynasty opinion, -1 diplomacy, can't inherit titles
  • Bastard Founder: (Gained a title as a Bastard) -1 diplomacy, can't inherit titles
  • Born in the Purple: (One parent owned Barony of Constantinople, Byzantine Empire or Roman Empire title) +0.5 monthly prestige, +5 vassal opinion
  • Child of Concubine/Consort: -1 diplomacy
  • Denounced: -1 diplomacy, -1 monthly prestige, members of dynasty can rightfully imprison this character
  • Disinherited: -5 dynasty opinion, can't inherit titles
  • Disputed Heritage: -1 diplomacy, -10 house opinion
  • Legitimized Bastard: -10 dynasty opinion, -1 diplomacy
  • Reincarnation: (4% chance at birth if faith has Reincarnation tenet) +1 monthly piety, +5 same faith opinion
  • Twin: (2% chance at birth) +15 twin sibling opinion
  • Wild Oat: -1 diplomacy
Descendant Traits

These are dynasty traits that are passed down once they are founded.

  • Saoshyant: +1 diplomacy, +2 learning, +2 prowess, +5 same faith opinion
    • Saoshyant Descendant: +1 learning, +5 same faith opinion
  • Sayyid: +5 same faith opinion (same trait is passed down)
  • Paragon: +20 temple vassal opinion
    • Consecrated Blood: +10 temple vassal opinion
  • The Savior: +10 same faith opinion
    • Divine Blood: +5 same faith opinion

Education Traits

Menu showing the thoughtful thinker education trait.

Each character in Crusader Kings 3 gets an education trait when they reach adulthood based on how successful their education was. They are each leveled.

  • Diplomacy  Naive Appeaser, Adequate Bargainer, Charismatic Negotiator, Grey Eminence
    • +2/+4/+6/+8 diplomacy, +10%/+20%/+30%/+40% monthly skill lifestyle experience
  • Martial  Misguided Warrior, Tough Soldier, Skilled Tactician, Brilliant Strategist
    • +2/+4/+6/+8 martial, +10%/+20%/+30%/+40% monthly skill lifestyle experience
  • Stewardship  Indulgent Wastrel, Thrifty Clerk, Fortune Builder, Midas Touched
    • +2/+4/+6/+8 stewardship, +10%/+20%/+30%/+40% monthly skill lifestyle experience
  • Intrigue  Amateurish Plotter, Flamboyant Trickster, Intricate Webweaver, Elusive Shadow
    • +2/+4/+6/+8 intrigue, +10%/+20%/+30%/+40% monthly skill lifestyle experience
  • Learning  Conscientious Scribe, Insightful Thinker, Astute Intellectual, Mastermind Philosopher
    • +2/+4/+6/+8 learning, +10%/+20%/+30%/+40% monthly skill lifestyle experience
  • Prowess  Bumbling Squire, Confident Knight, Formidable Banneret, Famous Champion
    • +1/+2/+3/+4 prowess

Health Traits

Menu showing the infirm health trait.

Health traits are gained through events and battles.

  • Blind: -6 martial, -2 stewardship, -2 intrigue, -10 prowess, -10 dread, -10 attraction opinion, small health penalty
  • Brutally Mangled: (curable) -4 martial, -4 intrigue, -8 prowess, -20 dread, -75% fertility, 100% dread loss, -20 attraction opinion, large health penalty
  • Impotent: -50% fertility
  • Inbred: -5 diplomacy, martial, stewardship, intrigue, and learning, -2 prowess, -30% fertility, -30 attraction opinion, small health penalty
  • Incapable: -6 diplomacy, martial, stewardship, intrigue and learning, -12 prowess, -25 dread, -100% fertility, 100% dread loss, medium health penalty
  • Infirm: -3 diplomacy, martial, stewardship, intrigue and learning, -6 prowess, -15 dread, -30% fertility, 100% dread loss, small health penalty
  • Maimed: -2 diplomacy, martial, stewardship, intrigue and learning, -4 prowess, -15 dread, -50% fertility, 100% dread loss, -10 attraction opinion, medium health penalty
  • Severely Injured: (curable) -2 martial, -2 intrigue, -4 prowess, -15 dread, -25% fertility, 100% dread loss, -10 attraction opinion , medium health penalty
  • Sickly: (curable) -20 dread, 100% dread loss, medium health penalty
  • Wounded: (curable) -1 martial, -1 intrigue, -2 prowess, -10 dread, 100% dread loss, small health penalty

Dieseases are health traits that can be passed from character to character. If a Crusader Kings 3 character is cured of a disease, they become immune to it in the future.

  • Bubonic Plague: (curable) -2 diplomacy, stewardship and learning, -3 martial and intrigue, -10 prowess, -30 dread, -50% fertility, 100% dread loss, -20 attraction opinion, severe health penalty
  • Cancer: (curable) -15 dread, -20% fertility, 100% dread loss, medium health penalty
  • Consumption: (curable) -2 diplomacy, -1 stewardship, -2 intrigue, -2 prowess, -10 dread, 100% dread loss, -10 attraction opinion, medium health penalty
  • Great Pox: (curable) -1 diplomacy, martial, stewardship, intrigue, and learning, -20 dread, -20% fertility, 100% dread loss, -10 attraction opinion, small health penalty
  • Gout Ridden: (curable) -2 diplomacy, -1 martial, -2 prowess, -5 dread, -15 attraction opinion, small health penalty
  • Ill: (curable) -4 prowess, -10 dread, -20% fertility, 100% dread loss, small health penalty
  • Leper: -8 prowess, -20 dread, -95% fertility, 100% dread loss, -35 attraction opinion, medium health penalty
  • Lover's Pox: -5 dread, -20 attraction opinion
  • Pneumonia: (curable) -2 diplomacy, martial, stewardship, intrigue and learning, -8 prowess, -10 dread, -50% fertility, 100% dread loss, medium health penalty
  • Smallpox: (curable) -2 diplomacy, -1 dtewardship, -2 learning, -10 prowess, -15 dread, -25% fertility, 100% dread loss, -10 attraction opinion, large health penalty
  • Typhus: (curable) -1 diplomacy, -2 stewardship, -1 intrigue, -2 learning, -4 prowess, -15 dread, -20% fertility, 100% dread loss, -10 attraction opinion, large health penalty

Lifestyle Traits

Menu showing the whole of body lifestyle trait.

You unlock Lifestyle traits through the final perk of each lifestyle tree or by lifestyle decision events.

  • Administrator: +1 diplomacy, +3 stewardship, +5 vassal opinion
  • Architect: +2 stewardship, -15% building and holding construction time, -10% building and holding gold cost
  • August: +2 diplomacy, +1 martial, +1 monthly prestige
  • Avaricious: +2 stewardship, +15% holding taxes
  • Celibate: +1 monthly piety, +10 clergy opinion, -10 opposite trait opinion, cannot have children
  • Diplomat: +3 diplomacy, +20 independent ruler opinion, +25% personal scheme power
  • Gallant: +2 martial, +4 prowess, +20% monthly prestige, +20 attraction opinion
  • Overseer: +2 martial, +2 stewardship, +50% monthly control growth
  • Patriarch/Matriarch: +10 house opinion, +15 close family opinion, +20% fertility, +20% stress loss
  • Schemer: +5 intrigue, +25% hostile scheme power
  • Scholar: +5 learning, +15 monthly development growth, +10 hostile and personal scheme success chance
  • Seducer/Seductress: +3 intrigue, +20% fertility, +40 attraction opinion
  • Strategist: +1 diplomacy, +3 martial, +25% enemy casualties, cross water without military advantage loss
  • Theologian: +3 learning, +20% monthly piety
  • Torturer: +4 prowess, +50% dread gain, +25% hostile scheme resistance, +10% levy size
  • Whole of Body: +25% fertility, -25% stress gain, medium health boost
Leveled Lifestyle Traits

These can be increased through further events.

  • Aspiring Blademaster, Blademaster, Legendary Blademaster
    • +3/+6/+12 prowess, small/medium/large disease resistance boost
  • Novice Hunter, Hunter, Master Hunter
    • +2/+4/+6 prowess, +10%/+15%/+20% stress loss
  • Wise Woman/Wise Man, Mystic, Miracle Worker
    • +1/+2/+4 learning
  • Eager Reveler, Famous Reveler, Legendary Reveler
    • +2/+3/+4 diplomacy, +1/+2/+3 intrigue, +10/+15/+20 same trait opinion
  • Novice Physician, Physician, Renowned Physician
    • +1/+2/+4 learning, small/medium/large disease resistance boost

Personality Traits

Menu showing the forgiving personality trait.

Personality traits affect your stress and most characters have three of them. Most are also tied to an opposite trait that will change how they feel about characters who possess that trait.

  • Ambitious: +1 diplomacy, martial, stewardship, intrigue, and learning, +1 prowess, +25% stress gain, -15 opinion of liege, -15 same trait opinion
  • Arbitrary: +3 intrigue, +15 natural dread, -50% stress gain, -2 stewardship, -1 learning, -5 vassal opinion
  • Arrogant: +1 monthly prestige, -5 opinion of vassals, -5 opinion of liege, -15 opposite trait (Humble) opinion
  • Brave: +2 martial, +3 prowess, +5 vassal opinion, +10 attraction opinion, +10 same trait opinion, -10 opposite trait (Craven) opinion, +100% likelihood of capture or death in battle
  • Callous: +2 intrigue, -20% tyranny gain, +25% dread gain, +25% dread decay, -2 diplomacy, -5 attraction opinion, -5 close family opinion
  • Calm: +1 diplomacy, +1 intrigue, +10% stress loss, +10% scheme discovery, +50% dread decay, +10 same trait opinion, -10 opposite trait (Wrathful) opinion
  • Chaste: +2 learning, -25% fertility, +10 same trait opinion, -10 opposite trait (Lustful) opinion
  • Compassionate: +2 diplomacy, +5 attraction opinion, -15 opposite trait (Callous & Sadistic) opinion, -2 intrigue, -15 natural dread, +100% dread decay
  • Content: +2 learning, +10% stress loss, +10 opinion of vassals, +20 opinion of liege, +20 same trait opinion, -1 intrigue
  • Craven: -50% likelihood of capture or death in battle, +20 same trait opinion, -2 martial, -3 prowess, -5 vassal opinion, -10 attraction opinion
  • Cynical: +2 intigue, +2 learning, -20% faith conversion cost, +10 same trait opinion, -10 opposite trait (Zealous) opinion, -20% monthly piety
  • Deceitful: +4 intrigue, -2 diplomacy, -10 opposite trait (Honest) opinion
  • Diligent: +1 diplomacy, martial, stewardship, intrigue and learning, +20% stress gain, +10 same trait opinion, -10 opposite trait (Lazy) opinion
  • Fickle: +1 diplomacy, +20% hostile scheme resistance, -2 stewardship
  • Forgiving: +2 diplomacy, +1 learning, -2 intrigue, +15 prisoner opinion, +10 same trait opinion, -10 opposite trait (Vengeful) opinion
  • Generous: +3 diplomacy, -10% monthly income, -15 opposite trait (Greedy) opinion
  • Gluttonous: +10% stress loss, -2 stewardship, -5 attraction opinion, +10 same trait opinion, -10 opposite trait (Temperate) opinion
  • Greedy: +15% monthly income, -2 diplomacy
  • Gregarious: +2 diplomacy, +5 attraction opinion, +15% personal scheme power, +10 same trait opinion
  • Honest: +2 diplomacy, -4 intrigue, +10 same trait opinion, -10 opposite trait (Deceitful) opinion
  • Humble: +0.5 monthly piety, +10 opinion of liege, +10 opinion of vassals, +10 clergy opinion, -15 opposite trait (Arrogant) opinion
  • Impatient: +20% monthly prestige, +15% hostile scheme power, -2 learning, -5 vassal opinion, -5 liege opinion, -15 opposite trait (Patient) opinion
  • Just: +2 stewardship, +1 learning, -3 intrigue, +5 vassal opinion, +10 same trait opinion, -10 opposite trait (Arbitrary) opinion
  • Lazy: +15% stress loss, -1 diplomacy, martial, stewardship, intrigue, and learning
  • Lustful: +2 intrigue, +25% fertility, +10% seduction scheme power, +10 same trait opinion, -10 opposite trait (Chaste) opinion, -50% asexuality chance
  • Paranoid: +3 intrigue, +25% dread gain, +10% scheme discovery chance, -25 enemy personal scheme success chance, -1 diplomacy, +100% stress gain, -10 vassal opinion
  • Patient: +2 learning, +10 hostile scheme resistance, +5 vassal opinion, +5 liege opinion, -15 opposite trait (Impatient) opinion
  • Sadistic: +2 intrigue, +4 prowess, +35 natural dread, -10 general opinion, can use hostile schemes against their own children
  • Shy: +2 learning, +15% hostile scheme resistance, +15 same trait opinion, -2 diplomacy, -5 attraction opinion, -15% personal scheme power
  • Stubborn: +3 stewardship, -5 liege opinion, -5 vassal opinion, small disease resistance boost
  • Temperate: +2 stewardship, +10 same trait opinion, -10 opposite trait (Gluttonous) opinion, small health boost
  • Trusting: +2 diplomacy, -2 intrigue, +15 opinion of liege, +15 opinion of vassals, +15 enemy hostile scheme success chance
  • Vengeful: +2 intrigue, +2 prowess, +15% dread gain, +15% hostile scheme success against rivals, -2 diplomacy
  • Wrathful: +2 martial, +20 natural dread, -1 diplomacy, -1 intrigue
  • Zealous: +2 martial, +20% monthly piety, +15 same trait opinion, -10 opposite trait (Cynical) opinion, -35 different faith opinion, +20% faith conversion cost

Physical Traits

Menu showing a life event, every man for himself, that will lead to acquisition of a physical trait.

Physical traits are obtained through a variety of events.

  • Disfigured: -4 diplomacy, -20% fertility, -20 attraction opinion, +100% likelihood of capture or death in battle
  • Dull: -2 diplomacy, martial, stewardship, intrigue, and learning
  • Eunuch: -20 attraction opinion, cannot have children, cannot inherit titles, cannot marry
  • One-eyed: +1 learning, +10 dread, -2 prowess, -5 attraction opinion, +100% likelihood of capture or death in battle
  • One-legged: +1 learning, -10 dread, -4 prowess, -10 attraction opinion, +100% likelihood of capture or death in battle
  • Scarred: +0.1 monthly prestige, +5 attraction opinion
  • Shrewd: +2 diplomacy, martial, stewardship, intrigue, and learning
  • Strong: +4 prowess, medium health boost
  • Weak: -4 prowess, -10 attraction opinion, -10 vassal opinion, medium health penalty

Other Traits

These traits can be obtained through various events throughout Crusader Kings 3. Some have many names, depending on factors like culture, religion, etc.

  • Adventurer: +1 martial, +1 prowess, +10 same trait opinion, -1 diplomacy
  • Augustus: +0.5 monthly prestige, +10 vassal opinion
  • Berserker: +2 martial, +5 prowess, +10 same trait opinion, -2 diplomacy
  • Chakravarti: +2 diplomacy, +1 martial, +2 learning, +20 same faith opinion
  • Crusader: +2 martial, +1 prowess, +15 clergy opinion, +15 same faith opinion
  • Devoted (multiple names): +0.3 monthly piety, +5 same faith opinion, cannot inherit titles, cannot marry
  • Greatest of Khans: +2 diplomacy, +2 martial, -1 stewardship, +2 prowess, +50 natural dread, -25% dread decay, +10 same culture opinion, +25% hostile scheme resistance, -20 enemy hostile scheme success chance, +20 vassal limit
  • Heresiarch: +2 martial, +2 learning, +2 prowess, +5 advantage against co-religionists, +10 same faith opinion
  • Holy Monarch: +3 martial, +2 prowess, +5 faith hostility advantage, -20% retreat losses, -15% friendly casualties, +50% monthly control, +35 popular opinion, +15 same faith opinion, +10 same trait opinion, Ignore negative culture opinion
  • Mujahid: +2 martial, +1 prowess, +15 clergy opinion, +15 same faith opinion
  • Murderer: -15 general opinion
  • Order Member: +1 martial, +4 prowess, +15 same trait opinion, cannot inherit titles, cannot marry
  • Peasant Leader: +10 popular opinion, +25 same trait opinion, -10 general opinion
  • Pilgrim: +10% monthly piety, +5 same faith opinion
  • Pregnant: -2 prowess
  • Raider/Viking: +2 martial, +3 prowess, +0.3 monthly prestige, +5 same trait opinion
  • Saint: +2 monthly piety
  • Varangian: +1 diplomacy, +2 martial, +2 prowess, +10 same trait opinion
  • Warrior of the Faith (multiple names): +2 martial, +1 prowess, +15 clergy opinion, +15 same faith opinion

And that's that! Every known trait in Crusader Kings 3. For more guides on the game, including how to declare war or how to change cultures, check out our tips and strategies page!

Crusader Kings 3 Guide: How to Reinforce, Replenish Levies Thu, 10 Sep 2020 16:32:00 -0400 Jordan Baranowski

If you're looking to go to war in Crusader Kings 3, you're almost certainly going to need to raise your levies in order to do it. But if they aren't replenishing, you need to know how to get them back to strength. Levies are the bread and butter of your army. Unlike men-at-arms, they're untrained and relatively weak, but they do their damage through sheer numbers rather than skill-at-arms. 

In general, the more territory you control, the bigger your levies. However, like many systems in Crusader Kings 3, there are a few intricacies to building up more significant levies and reinforcing them faster. Here's what you need to know.

How to Reinforce and Replenish Levies in Crusader Kings 3

Before we get into the meat of reinforcing Levies, there are a few foundational topics we need to cover. 

What are Limits on Levies?

If you want to send larger levies off to war, there are a few ways to build them up. First, it would help to familiarize yourself with why your levy limit is set where it is.

Hitting the "F3" key or clicking the red shield icon on the right-hand side of the screen will pull up your Military menu. From here, you can see the basics of how many levies are currently available for your territory, how large the maximum number is, and how much their maintenance cost is. You can also see your knights, your men-at-arms, and many more details about your military on this screen.

If you click the large Levies icon (the one with men holding pikes), you can see further details about them. You can see things like bonuses they may have accumulated and their strengths. Finally, the buttons at the top of this screen will allow you to raise and disband your troops all at once, which we'd usually recommend if you're fighting a war.

If you want to know why your levy limit is where it is, you'll want to start exploring your holdings.

If you click on a territory with a holding (meaning it has a town or bailey on it, instead of an empty circle), it will pull up details about that particular holding. If you hover over the levies near the lower right, it will pull up details about why that specific holding has that number of troops.

All manner of things affect this number in Crusader Kings 3:

  • Your martial skill.
  • Holding type.
  • The technology you've developed.
  • Military buildings.

Here's how you can increase it.

How Do I Increase My Levy Size in Crusader Kings 3?

There are too many ways to increase your levy size to touch on them all, but here are the basics.

Build Military Buildings

One way to ensure you have larger levies for a long time is by building military buildings in your holdings.

Click on a holding, then look for the "+" icons at the bottom. Each of those icons indicates a building you can construct, such as a barracks or military camp. Each building shows what upgrades it provides. Build (or improve) some war camps or a similar construction to increase your levy size.

Hone Your Martial Skill

Your leader's martial skill will add or subtract a percentage to your levy size. Set their focus to martial abilities and add perks to increase the size of your levies further, or marry someone with high martial skill to add to your own.

Put Your Marshall to Work

Your Marshall is a member of your council. Their martial skill will also affect your levy size. They also have an action you can apply called "Organize Levies." Using this ability will add a percentage to your levy size. It's the icon on the Council menu that looks like soldiers in armor.

How Do I Reinforce and Replenish My Levies?

If you send your troops out to war in a neighboring duchy or kingdom, some of them aren't going to come back. Luckily, levies in Crusader Kings 3 are pretty easy to reinforce back to full strength.

Well... they're designed to be.

Levies automatically replenish over time, which means that fighting too many wars over a short period will leave your military running on fumes. If you open your military menu and hover over the "Total Soldiers" section. It will tell you how quickly your levies will build back up.

Unfortunately, there is also a bug in the early builds of CK3 (as of this writing, that's build 1.0.3) that seem to prevent levies from reinforcing over time.

There's no clear indication of what triggers this bug/glitch, but those who encounter it report that their reinforcement rate sits at 0/month, even if it should not be.

The main fix seems to be raising your army and then disbanding them immediately. It seems likely this bug will be fixed quickly, as it significantly hampers the game. For now, that seems to be the only way around it should you encounter this issue.

That's all you need to know about how to reinforce and replenish your levies in Crusader Kings 3. Doing so is perhaps the foundational element of declaring war. To make your armies run smoothly, you'll need lots of money; here's how to make more faster. Make sure to check out our tips page for more guides to help you conquer the world.

Crusader Kings 3 Guide: How to Make More Money Wed, 09 Sep 2020 15:17:12 -0400 Jordan Baranowski

No matter what you do in Crusader Kings 3, you're going to need money to do it. Raising and supplying armies, fabricating claims, entertaining your court, or ransoming your heir, they are all going to cost you. Consequently, gold coin is an extremely valuable resource. So, how do we get more of it — and fast?

Luckily, there are a lot of ways you can earn more money in Crusader Kings 3. You'll discover more as you play, but here are some foolproof methods to start rolling in coin sooner rather than later.

Collecting Taxes

The council menu showing various council members, including a bishop who can endorse for more coin.

As your realm grows in Crusader Kings 3, you'll start to accumulate more taxes. Pressing the "F2" key or clicking the green crown near the top right of the screen will pull up your Realm menu, which gives you lots of information on how your domain makes money.

On the Domain tab of this menu, you can see how much each holding you control brings in in taxes.

On the Vassals tab, you can control how much you tax each of your vassals (provided you have any). Differences in religion, culture, and traits will also affect how much money comes in.

The Stewardship Skill

One of the main attributes that changes how much tax money you bring in is your Stewardship skill. Both your character's stewardship rating and the rating of your Steward, a member of your small council, will change this amount.

Your Steward also has an action you can select from the Councilor menu called Collect Taxes that will increase the amount of taxes you collect by a certain percentage. 

If your spouse has an especially adept Stewardship skill, you can have them help your Steward as well, increasing gains and potentially acquiring windfalls or boons, such as having extra money at the end of any given year.

Religious Holdings

Religious holdings operate a little differently, as they will only pay you taxes if your Religious Head (Realm Priest, Court Chaplain, etc.) has a positive opinion of you.

Look at your council and check the person in the top right. If their opinion of you is less than zero, you should probably start a Sway Scheme or find some other way to increase their opinion. Otherwise, you won't make as much money as you should.

Government Type

Finally, taxes change depending on your government type. If you are a vassal, you will have a contract with your liege about how much you must pay them, and this can change due to a variety of factors.

If you are a Tribal government, the taxes vassals pay are based on the prestige of their liege. In a Clan government, it depends on how high a vassal's opinion is of their liege.

Going to War

The military menu showing levies that can be raised to go to war.

Going to war is expensive, but it can also raise a ton of money if you're on the right side of it.

Besieging holdings and winning battles will give you coin and raise your prestige. Joining your liege's wars and contributing to their war score will usually earn you a share of the profits.

Holy Wars and Crusades can earn you a ton of money if you perform well in them. Finally, taking VIP prisoners, like members of the royal family, and ransoming them back after the war is over can raise a lot of money.

How to Raid

One way to make some quick money is by raising your military levies as Raiders. To do this, open the military menu by pressing "F3" or clicking the red shield button on the right side of the screen.

Near the top of your military screen will be a button to Raise All As Raiders. If you meet the requirements to do so, you will be able to send your soldiers to nearby territories to lay siege to them, even if you aren't at war. Complete the siege and return them home to disband, and they'll have plenty of loot for you.

Make Improvements for Long Term Income

Menu showing different ways that a holding can be improved, such as with war camps or markets.

Improving the baronies, counties, duchies, kingdoms, and empires you control will cost a fair share of money, but it will start snowballing to further improve your dynasty down the line.

Building new holdings in territories you control will greatly increase your monthly income, and building or upgrading improvements is an essential tactic for succeeding in the later stages of Crusader Kings 3.

How to Construct a New Holding

Click on an empty territory you control, and an info panel will pop up for it. At the bottom of this panel, you will see a button that says "Construct New Holding."

These are extremely expensive upgrades, but they will further improve your territories and give you a new title to play with.

you can choose to construct a castle (bailey) or a new town. Some improvements and upgrades overlap with baileys and towns, but each has unique improvements and upgrades worth exploring — some that provide more taxes. 

Improving Holdings

If you click a territory that already has a holding (your main territory, for example, will always have one), you will see a '+' icon near the bottom of the panel. That means there is space for an improvement, such as a farm or a war camp.

Click the symbol and a menu will appear showing the different improvements and their effects. Most increase your income, your levy size, or both. You can also upgrade existing improvements if your culture's technology level is high enough or if you know a specific innovation.

Generally, you'll want to spend money building up the territories that you and your heirs will always control. If you spend money building up the outskirts and newly conquered areas of your realm, they are just as likely to reap benefits for someone else down the line.

There are lots of other ways you can make money in Crusader Kings 3, too. Getting married, for example, usually gives you the option to collect money to help pay for the celebrations, and lots of random events can give you a chance to make some extra coin. If you need some more help with Crusader Kings 3, be sure to check out our growing hub for all sorts of tips and guides!

Crusader Kings 3 Guide: How to Declare War Wed, 09 Sep 2020 15:26:17 -0400 Jordan Baranowski

You've gotten married and produced an heir. Now it's time to expand your realm. One of the quickest ways to gain new territory is by conquering other territories, but war in Crusader Kings 3 isn't as simple as just sending an army somewhere. There are a few steps you need to take in order to actually get your troops going and declare war.

Understanding how wars work, and how declaring war works, in Crusader Kings 3 is vital to your success and your line of succession. If you're wondering how to declare war, you've come to the right place. Here's everything you need to know.

How Do I Declare War in Crusader Kings 3?

A cursor hovering over a liege's coat of arms to see information about a current war.

The actual mechanics for declaring war are fairly simple, and there are two main ways to do it.

Join Another Ruler's War

If you're a smaller ruler in a large empire, you'll probably notice your liege going to war quite a bit. Look at the bottom right of the screen to see any ongoing wars.

If your liege or ally is in a war you can "declare war" by:

  • Clicking the icon.
  • Right-clicking on the portrait of your liege or ally.
  • Under the Diplomacy section, clicking Offer to Join War.

This is often a good way to accumulate some gold, prestige, and favor if you have a decent military but no reasons to declare war on your own.

Declare War on Your Own

You can also declare war directly on certain characters. To do so:

  • Right-click their portrait.
  • Click Declare War.

You will then choose your Casus Belli and the war will begin. If the Declare War option is grayed out, it's because you have no valid Casus Belli. So, how do you fix that?

What is Casus Belli in Crusader Kings 3? 

The council menu showing the various council members, and the bishop who can fabricate claims.

The term Casus Belli literally just means "reason to go to war." It's the justification for raising troops to try to conquer or kill an enemy. There are several different Casus Belli options in Crusader Kings 3, and they can be triggered in a variety of ways.

One of the most basic Casus Belli options is to send your religious head to an area to Fabricate a Claim there. This is especially useful for tribal rulers who don't have a ton of power or sway yet, as their options to expand their realm are usually limited. We have a whole guide on Fabricating a Claim that you can check out right here.

There are a lot of different Casus Belli available throughout the game. They often come up through alliances, religion or culture differences, or claims on titles, either pressed or unpressed.

As you become more powerful, you'll often be able to declare wars of conquest, so keep an eye out for new areas to take over.

Rally Points and Troops

A map of forests and rivers showing a rally point for troops.

Once you're at war, you'll need to get your troops moving. To do so, hit the "F3" key or look on the top right side of the screen for the red shield icon. This brings up your Military menu.

The first thing you'll need to do is set your Rally Points. Troops will spawn at the rally point nearest to their home holding, so Rally Point will usually do. Just make sure you set it near the area they're marching to so they can get there quicker.

Also, you cannot raise troops in a holding that an enemy currently occupies, so you may have to move a Rally Point if you are responding to an invasion.

On the military menu, click the Raise All Armies button to rally your troops. They will take up arms and be ready to battle.

Men-at-Arms, Mercenaries, and Raiders in Crusader Kings 3

The mercenary menu showing the mercenary armies a player can hire for gold.

A few notes on these specialty troops you'll use when declaring war in Crusader Kings 3


Men-at-Arms are professional soldiers, as opposed to levies, which are citizens who take up arms. You can create Men-at-Arms regiments based on your rank as a ruler and your military skill, and each can be classified as a certain type of troop.

Some regiment examples and their creation costs include: 

  • Light Footmen (50 gold)
  • Bowmen (75 gold)
  • Light Horsemen (115 gold)
  • Pikemen (100 gold)
  • Armored Footmen (125 gold)
  • Onagers (80 gold)

Each category will also include what a unit's full and unraised maintenance costs are, as well as the units they are most well suited to fight and what terrain types they are best used for. 


Mercenaries are also professional soldiers, but you must hire them. They are usually extremely high quality and can help turn the tide of a battle, but they cost a lot of money.

By clicking on the Mercenaries tab in the Military menu, you can see a list of mercenary armies, as well as their affiliations, soldier count, soldier type, and cost. 


Raiders can be raised to invade territories you aren't at war with. This is a nice way to earn some gold and prestige, and maybe even take some valuable prisoners.

However, only certain types of leaders (tribal being the main type) can actually raise raiders. Raiding a holding also makes it unavailable to raid again for a set amount of time.

That's all you need to know about how to declare war, raise armies, raid, and rally troops in Crusader Kings 3. Go forth, noble leader, and may all quake before your might! You'll need to know how to raise tons of money from the populace; here's how to do so quickly. You'll also want to know how to replenish your all-important Levies. For more tips on Crusader Kings 3, check out more strategies here.

Crusader Kings 3 Guide: How to Fabricate a Claim Tue, 08 Sep 2020 14:22:51 -0400 Jordan Baranowski

If you're trying to expand your realm and declare war in Crusader Kings 3, you're going to want to know how to fabricate a claim. Maybe you've got a nice, vulnerable neighbor, a huge army at your disposal, and enough coin to hire mercenaries in case something goes wrong. The only problem is you don't have a claim on the territory you want.

Crusader Kings 3 can be a labyrinth of menus if you aren't accustomed to it, and it can be easy to forget where certain declarations are located. And even if you know how to find them, there are sub-actions you have to take to set them in motion.

Here's how you can and why you need to fabricate claims in Crusader Kings 3.

Fabricate a Claim to Get a Cassus Belli

A player character selecting fabricate claim in the small council menu by speaking with the bishop.

There are rules about when you can go to war in Crusader Kings 3, especially if you aren't an extremely influential leader.

You need a Casus Belli to go to war, and those don't just fall out of the sky for minor Counts or Countesses in the Holy Roman Empire. Pressed claims are only useful for certain territories, counties, or realms you have a legitimate claim to through marriage or blood. Unpressed claims are more general in nature. 

One of the easiest ways to get a Casus Belli is by fabricating a claim on a territory. It will cost you a bit of gold (and will piss off the actual ruler of the territory), but it will allow you to go to war and, hopefully, add a new territory to your realm.

If the old ruler is in prison or something else befalls them, who cares if they don't like you?

How to Fabricate a Claim in Crusader Kings 3

The player character making a claim on a neighboring county on the map view.

You'll often see a tooltip suggesting you fabricate a claim, but you can't trigger it through just clicking the tip like you can with some other actions in Crusader Kings 3.

To fabricate a claim, you need to go through your council.

First, you need to open up your Council overlay. This can be done by hitting "F4" or by looking to the icons on the right side of the screen. Underneath the green crown icon and the red military icon, you will see a light blue icon that brings up your council.

The councilor in the top right of this screen is your Court Chaplain (or religious equivalent, such a Bishop). This is the representative of religion on your small council.

There are a few icons on their picture. One looks like a hand grabbing a shield. This is the "Fabricate a Claim" action.

Click that, then click the territory you want them to begin working on a claim for. For the claim to be fabricated, the territory, barony, county, etc. must be within diplomatic range, which means it needs to be close to your realm.

You can then return to this screen to see how much progress your councilor has made and about how much time is left until the claim is complete. The higher the councilor's Learning skill, the faster the claim will be made and the less likely that bad side effects, like loss of vassal opinion or an upset target ruler, will occur.

What Happens When I Fabricate a Claim?

Once the councilor's progress hits 100%, you will receive the option to approve the false claim. Doing so will cost you some gold coin, and refusing will cost you some prestige. Since it's going to cost you either way, make sure you're ready to pay the piper when the fabricate claim action concludes.

Once the action is complete, your ruler will have an Unpressed Claim on the territory you selected with the action. You can then declare war on that territory with the claim as your Casus Belli. If you are able to win the war and enforce your demands, that territory will fall under your control.

That's all you need to know about how to fabricate a claim in Crusader Kings 3 to create a Cassus Belli for war. Make sure to check our Crusader Kings 3 guides page for more tips, tricks, and strategies. Good luck on your conquests! 

Crusader Kings 3 Console Commands List Thu, 03 Sep 2020 14:22:53 -0400 Jordan Baranowski

Even though Crusader Kings 3 is a massive game with a seemingly infinite number of possibilities, leave it to PC gamers to always want more. If you've mucked about with CK3 enough already and really want to start meddling with your neighbors' affairs, you're going to want to unleash console commands.

To enable console commands in Crusader Kings 3, you'll need to run the game in debug mode. To do this (in Steam):

  • Right-click the game in your library
  • Click Properties
  • Click "Set Launch Options" under the General tab
  • Add the command -debug_mode.
  • Restart the game

Now you can open the console by pressing the `/~ key (the tilde key next to the number 1). Some of these console commands take some fancy know-how of variables and basic programming, as they'll send scripts into action. Some of them can also crash the game if you get too crazy, so experiment a bit and do your research before you go nuts with it!

If you're looking for cheat codes in Crusader Kings 3, we've got you covered there as well. Good luck!

Crusader Kings 3 Testing Commands

Before we get to more traditional scripting commands, here's a brief list of the testing commands you can use in Crusader Kings 3.

These are typically used by developers to iron out bugs or to work on new patches, but they can be really handy for modders as well.

Anything in brackets calls for a variable. If you need a specific ID, you can usually get it by hovering over the character/territory/etc.

  • clear - Clears the console history
  • effect [effect script] - Runs a scripted effect
  • faction_spawn [faction type] - Spawns the faction if able
  • generate_cadet_coa - Creates a new coat of arms
  • help [command] - Displays the description of any command
  • instamove - Armies move one space per day
  • map_editor - Opens the map editor
  • nomen - Makes AI characters refuse every request
  • observe - Toggles observer mode
  • play [character ID] - Switches the player character to the selected character
  • portrait_editor - Opens the portrait editor
  • run [file name] - Runs the commands in a file. The file must be located in Documents/Paradox Interactive/Crusader Kings III
  • set_is_ai [character ID] - Allows the AI to control the character
  • set_is_player [character ID] - Disallows the AI to control the character
  • yesmen - Makes AI characters accept every request

Crusdaer Kings 3 Scripting Commands

Alright folks, here you have it: the full list of Crusader Kings 3 console commands. You'll need to flex some of your programming abilities to make these work in the right variables as needed, but they'll help you modify the game however you need.

  • add_dynasty_modifier - Adds a dynasty modifier
  • add_dynasty_perk - Adds a dynasty perk
  • add_dynasty_prestige - Adds prestige to a dynasty
  • add_dynasty_prestige_level - Increases the level of dynasty prestige
  • remove_all_dynasty_modifier_instances - Removes all instances of a modifier to a dynasty
  • remove_dynasty_modifier - Removes a dynasty modifier
  • add_house_modifier - Adds a modifier to a house
  • remove_all_house_modifier_instances - Removes all instances of a modifier to a house
  • remove_house_modifier - Removes a house modifier
  • add_scheme_modifier - Adds the specific scheme modifier
  • add_scheme_progress - Adds progress to the scheme
  • end_scheme - Ends a scheme and removes it with no effect
  • expose_scheme - Reveals a scheme to the target
  • expose_scheme_agent - Exposes the target as being involved in a scheme
  • remove_scheme_modifier - Removes a modifier from a scheme
  • scheme_freeze_days - Halts a scheme for a number of days
  • add_county_modifier - Adds a modifier to a county
  • change_county_control - Changes the title control of a county
  • change_de_jure_drift_progress - Change the progress of title drift
  • change_development_level - Changes the level of a title's development
  • change_development_progress - Changes the progress of a title's development
  • change_development_progress_with_overflow - Changes the progress of a title's development and adds any remaining progress to the next level
  • clear_title_laws - Remove all laws from a title without applying removal costs and effects
  • clear_title_laws_effects - Remove all laws from a title and applying removal costs and effects
  • copy_title_history - Copy history from one title to another
  • remove_all_county_modifier_instances - Removes all instances of a modifier from a county
  • remove_county_modifier - Remove a modifier from a county
  • reset_title_name - Sets name and adjective of a title back to its key
  • reset_title_prefix - Sets the prefix of a title back to its key
  • revoke_lease - Revoke the lease of a title
  • set_always_follows_primary_heir - Sets whether a title always goes to the primary heir
  • set_capital_county - Sets the capital county of a title
  • set_color_from_title - Sets color of a title to the color of another title
  • set_county_culture - Changes culture of a county
  • set_county_faith - Changes faith of a county
  • set_de_jure_liege_title - Set a new de jure liege title
  • set_definitive_form - Sets whether a title should use a definitive form name
  • set_delete_on_destroy - Sets whether a title is deleted entirely when destroyed
  • set_destroy_if_invalid_heir - Sets if a title is destroyed on succession if no heir is available
  • set_destroy_on_succession - Sets if a title is destroyed on succession
  • set_landless_title - Allows a title to be landless
  • set_no_automatic_claims - Sets if a title only allows claims by script
  • set_title_name - Sets the name of a title
  • set_title_prefix - Sets the prefix of a title
  • title_create_faction - The title creates a faction against a target
  • title_join_faction - The title joins a faction
  • title_leave_faction - The title leaves a faction
  • end_story - Ends a story and runs its ending effect
  • make_story_owner - Makes a character a story's new owner
  • add_innovation - Add innovation to a culture
  • add_random_innovation - Add random innovation to a culture
  • get_all_innovations_from - Discover all innovations from a culture
  • get_random_innovation_from - Get a random innovation from a culture
  • add_character_flag - Adds a flag
  • add_character_modifier - Adds a modifier to the character
  • add_courtier - Add a character to another character's court
  • add_diplomacy_lifestyle_perk_points - Adds diplomacy lifestyle perk points to a character
  • add_diplomacy_lifestyle_xp - Adds diplomacy lifestyle XP to a character
  • add_dread - Add dread to a character
  • add_gold - Add gold to a character
  • add_hook - Add a hook on a character with a toast to the player character
  • add_hook_no_toast - Add a hook on a character that doesn't send a toast
  • add_intrigue_lifestyle_perk_points - Adds intrigue lifestyle perk points to a character
  • add_intrigue_lifestyle_xp - Adds intrigue lifestyle XP to a character
  • add_joined_faction_discontent - Adds discontent to the factions a character is in
  • add_knows_of_killer - Reveals the killer of a dead character to another character
  • add_learning_lifestyle_perk_points - Adds learning lifestyle perk points to a character
  • add_learning_lifestyle_xp - Adds learning lifestyle XP to a character
  • add_martial_lifestyle_perk_points - Adds martial lifestyle perk points to a character
  • add_martial_lifestyle_xp - Adds martial lifestyle XP to a character
  • add_opinion - Adds a temporary opinion modifier
  • add_perk - Adds a perk
  • add_piety - Adds piety
  • add_piety_experience - Adds piety XP
  • add_piety_level - Adds a level of piety
  • add_pressed_claim - Gives a character a pressed claim
  • add_prestige - Adds prestige
  • add_prestige_experience - Add prestige XP
  • add_prestige_level - Adds a level of prestige
  • add_realm_law - Adds a law to the character's realm
  • add_realm_law_skip_effect - Adds a law to the character's realm, but doesn't apply costs of passing effects
  • add_relation_flag - Adds a flag to an already existing relation
  • add_scheme_cooldown - Sets a cooldown on schemes for a character
  • add_secret - Adds a secret
  • add_stewardship_lifestyle_perk_points - Adds stewardship lifestyle perk points to a character
  • add_stewardship_lifestyle_xp - Adds stewardship lifestyle XP to a character
  • add_stress - Adds stress
  • add_targeting_factions_discontent - Adds discontent to every faction targeting a character
  • add_to_scheme - Adds a character as a scheme agent
  • add_trait - Adds a trait
  • add_trait_force_tooltip - Adds a trait and shows a tooltip, even if the trait cannot be added for some reason
  • add_truce_both_ways - Sets a truce both ways against a specific character
  • add_truce_one_way - Sets a truce against a specific character
  • add_tyranny - Adds tyranny
  • add_unpressed_claim - Gives a character an unpressed claim
  • add_visiting_courtier - Add a character as another's guest
  • allow_alliance - Allows an alliance that has been previously broken
  • allow_in_scheme - Allows a character to join a scheme
  • apply_ai_vassal_obligation_liege_most_desired - Applies a new level for the most desired AI obligation level a liege wants
  • apply_ai_vassal_obligation_cassal_most_desired - Applies a new level for the most desired AI obligation level a vassal wants
  • assign_council_task - Assigns a character to a council task
  • assign_councillor_type - Assigns a character to a council position
  • banish - Banish a character
  • becomes_independent - Becomes an independent ruler
  • break_alliance - Breaks alliance with a character
  • cancel_truce_both_ways - Ends a truce against a character and the character they're in a truce with
  • cancel_truce_one_way - Ends a truce against a character
  • change_current_weight - Change the weight of a character
  • change_first_name - Change the first name of a character
  • change_government - Change government of a character
  • change_liege - Make a new liege
  • change_prison_type - Change character's prison type
  • change_target_weight - Change the target weight of a character
  • clear_forced_vote - Clear forced votes
  • consume_banish_reasons - Removes all reasons a character would have to banish another
  • consume_divorce_reasons - Removes all reasons a character would have to divorce another
  • consume_execute_reasons - Removes all reasons a character would have to execute another
  • consume_imprison_reasons - Removes all reasons a character would have to imprison another
  • consume_revoke_title_reason - Removes one revoke title reason a character would have on another
  • copy_inheritable_appearance_from - Copies the inheritable appearance attributes from one character to another
  • create_alliance - Creates alliance between two characters
  • create_cadet_branch - Character creates a cadet branch of their house
  • create_faction - Character creates a faction
  • create_story - Starts a story cycle with a character
  • death - Kills a character
  • depose - Deposes a character
  • destroy_title - Destroys a title
  • end_pregnancy - Ends a pregnancy
  • execute_decision - Triggers a specific decision
  • finish_council_task - The councilor successfully finishes their task
  • fire_councillor - Character fires a councilor
  • forbid_from_scheme - Won't allow character to join a scheme
  • force_add_to_scheme - Adds a character to a scheme
  • force_vote_as - Character must vote with target
  • get_title - Gives a title to a character
  • give_nickname - Gives a character a nickname
  • join_faction - The character joins a faction
  • join_faction_forced - The character is forced into a faction for a set amount of time
  • join_faction_skip_check - The character joins a faction without a check on if they can join it
  • leave_faction - The character leaves a faction
  • make_claim_strong - Makes a claim strong
  • make_claim_weak - Makes a claim weak
  • make_concubine - Makes the target character a concubine of another
  • make_pregnant - Makes a character pregnant
  • make_trait_active - Activates an inactive trait and won't show a tooltip if the character can't have it
  • make_trait_active_force_tooltip - Activates an inactive trait and shows the tooltip even if the character can't have it
  • make_trait_inactive - Makes an active trait inactive and won't show a tooltip if the character doesn't have it
  • make_trait_inactive_force_tooltip - Makes an active trait inactive and shows the tooltip even if the character doesn't have it
  • make_unprunable - A character is no longer prunable after death
  • marry - Marries a character to another
  • marry_matrilineal - Marries a character to another matrilineally
  • move_to_pool - Character leaves their court
  • move_to_pool_at - Character leaves their court and moves to the pool of a specific province
  • pay_long_term_gold - Character pays gold to another under the long term budget
  • pay_short_term_income - Character pays gold under the short term budget
  • play_music_cue - Plays a specific music cue
  • recalculate_scripted_relation - Recalculates a scripted relation effect
  • recruit_courtier - Recruits a character to become a courtier
  • refund_all_perks - Refunds every perk of the character
  • refund_perks - Refunds the perks of one lifestyle
  • release_from_prison - Releases a character from prison
  • remove_all_character_modifier_instances - Remove all instances of a single modifier
  • remove_character_flag - Removes a character flag
  • remove_character_modifier - Removes one modifier from a character
  • remove_claim - Removes a claim
  • remove_concubine - Removes a character as a concubine
  • remove_courtier_or_guest - Removes character from a court
  • remove_decision_cooldown - Remove the cooldown on taking a decision
  • remove_hook - Removes a hook on a character
  • remove_interaction_cooldown - Remove cooldown on an interaction
  • remove_interaction_cooldown_against - Remove cooldown on an interaction against a target
  • remove_long_term_gold - Removes gold from a character from the long term budget
  • remove_nickname - Removes any nickname
  • remove_opinion - Removes a temporary opinion modifier
  • remove_perk - Removes a character perk
  • remove_realm_law - Removes a law from a character
  • remove_relation_best_friend - Removes the best friend relationship
  • remove_relation_bully - Removes the bully relationship
  • remove_relation_court_physician - Removes the court physician relationship
  • remove_relation_crush - Removes the crush relationship
  • remove_relation_flag - Removes a flag from a relationship
  • remove_relation_friend - Removes the friend relationship
  • remove_relation_guardian - Removes the guardian relationship
  • remove_relation_intrigue_mentor - Removes the intrigue mentor relationship
  • remove_relation_intrigue_student - Removes the intrigue student relationship
  • remove_relation_lover - Removes the lover relationship
  • remove_relation_mentor - Removes the mentor relationship
  • remove_relation_nemesis - Removes the nemesis relationship
  • remove_relation_oaf - Removes the oaf relationship
  • remove_relation_potential_friend - Removes the potential friend relationship
  • remove_relation_potential_lover - Removes the potential lover relationship
  • remove_relation_potential_rival - Removes the potential rival relationship
  • remove_relation_rival - Removes the rival relationship
  • remove_relation_soldier_friend - Removes the soldier friend relationship
  • remove_relation_soulmate - Removes the soulmate relationship
  • remove_relation_student - Removes the student relationship
  • remove_relation_victim - Removes the victim relationship
  • remove_relation_ward - Removes the ward relationship
  • remove_scheme_cooldown_against - Remove cooldown on using a scheme against a character
  • remove_short_term_gold - Remove gold from the short term budget
  • remove_trait - Removes a trait and doesn't show a tooltip if the character doesn't have it
  • remove_trait_force_tooltip - Removes a trait and shows a tooltip even if the character doesn't have it
  • reset_beneficiary - The character stops having a beneficiary
  • return_to_court - Returns the character to court
  • reverse_add_opinion - Adds a temporary reverse opinion modifier
  • scriptedtests_recalculate_character_modifier - Recalculates the modifier of a character
  • scriptedtests_recalculate_succession - Recalculates the line of succession of a character
  • send_interface_message - Sends a message to the player then executes any effects
  • send_interface_toast - Sends a message to the player then executes any effects
  • set_beneficiary - The character becomes a beneficiary
  • set_character_faith - Changes a character's faith
  • set_character_faith_history - Changes a character's faith without executing effects
  • set_character_faith_with_conversion - Changes a character's faith as if they had converted
  • set_child_of_concubine_on_pregnancy - Sets a child to be a child of a concubine
  • set_council_task - Sets a councilor's task
  • set_culture - Set a culture for the character
  • set_culture_same_as - Sets a character's culture to the culture of another
  • set_death_reason - Sets the death reason and killer of a character
  • set_default_education - Sets a default education focus
  • set_designated_heir - Sets the character as a designated heir
  • set_employer - Add a character to a court
  • set_father - Sets the father of a character
  • set_focus - Sets the character focus
  • set_house - Sets a character's house
  • set_immortal_age - Changes when a character became immortal
  • set_killer_public - Sets a character's killer as publicly known
  • set_known_bastard_on_pregnancy - Sets a child to a known bastard
  • set_num_pregnancy_children - Sets a number of children
  • set_override_designated_winner - The character will put their beneficiary on the throne
  • set_player_character - The character's player will take over a new character
  • set_pregnancy_assumed_father - Set the assumed father of a pregnancy
  • set_primary_spouse - Sets a primary spouse
  • set_primary_title_to - Sets a character's primary title
  • set_real_father - Changes a character's real father
  • set_realm_capital - Sets a new realm capital
  • set_relation_best_friend - Sets the best friend relationship
  • set_relation_bully - Sets the bully relationship
  • set_relation_court_physician - Sets the court physician relationship
  • set_relation_crush - Sets the crush relationship
  • set_relation_friend - Sets the friend relationship
  • set_relation_guardian - Sets the guardian relationship
  • set_relation_intrigue_mentor - Sets the intrigue mentor relationship
  • set_relation_intrigue_student - Sets the intrigue student relationship
  • set_relation_lover - Sets the lover relationship
  • set_relation_mentor - Sets the mentor relationship
  • set_relation_nemesis - Sets the nemesis relationship
  • set_relation_oaf - Sets the oaf relationship
  • set_relation_potential_friend - Sets the potential friend relationship
  • set_relation_potential_lover - Sets the potential lover relationship
  • set_relation_potential_rival - Sets the potential rival relationship
  • set_relation_rival - Sets the rival relationship
  • set_relation_soldier_friend - Sets the soldier friend relationship
  • set_relation_soulmate - Sets the soulmate relationship
  • set_relation_student - Sets the student relationship
  • set_relation_victim - Sets the victim relationship
  • set_relation_ward - Sets the ward relationship
  • set_sexuality - Sets a character's sexuality
  • set_to_lowborn - Sets a character to lowborn
  • set_vassal_contract_modification_blocked - Blocks a vassal contract from being modified
  • spawn_army - Spawns an army for the character
  • start_default_task - Force the councilor to return to default task
  • start_scheme - Starts a scheme
  • start_war - Starts a war
  • stress_impact - Stress impact according to specific traits
  • use_hook - Uses a hook if a character has it
  • vassal_contract_decrease_obligation_level - Decrease the obligation level of a vassal contract
  • vassal_contract_increase_obligation_level - Increase the obligation level of a vassal contract
  • vassal_contract_set_obligation_level - Set the obligation level of a vassal contract
  • visit_court_of - Add the character as a guest
  • add_faction_discontent - Adds discontent to a faction
  • destroy_faction - Destroy a faction
  • faction_remove_war - Stops a war associated with the faction
  • faction_start_war - Faction starts a war against target
  • remove_special_character - Removes a special character from the faction
  • remove_special_title - Removes a special title from the faction
  • set_special_character - Sets a special character to the faction
  • set_special_title - Sets a special title for the faction
  • add_attacker - Adds a character to a war as an attacker
  • add_defender - Adds a character to a war as a defender
  • end_war - Ends a war with a certain winner
  • remove_participant - Removes a character from a war
  • set_called_to - Sets the character as already called to a war
  • set_casus_belli - Sets a casus belli for a war
  • activate_holy_site - Activates an inactive holy site
  • add_doctrine - Adds a doctrine to a faith
  • change_fervor - Changes the fervor of a faith
  • remove_doctrine - Removes a doctrine from a faith
  • remove_religious_head_title - Removes the religious head title of a faith
  • set_religious_head_title - Sets the religious head title of a faith
  • start_great_holy_war - Starts a great holy war
  • set_add_claim_on_loss - Any title losses will add claims to previous holder
  • set_title_and_vassal_change_type - Sets a type of change
  • add_secret_participant - Adds a participant to a secret
  • disable_exposure_by - Forbids a character from exposing a secret

Take a deep breath  that's a lot of info! Now that you know all of the game's console commands (and cheat codes if you clicked on the link to our other list near the top of this guide), you can truly reshape the world in your own image. If you need more on Crusader Kings 3, check out our tips and strategies page here!

Crusader Kings 3 Cheats List: All CK3 Cheat Codes Thu, 03 Sep 2020 11:17:28 -0400 Jordan Baranowski

Crusader Kings 3 gives you plenty of chances to be chivalrous. But do so at your own risk: not every knight of the realm is bound by honor, and many will take advantage of you if you give them half the chance. If you're tired of playing by the rules, then you've come to the right place. Here there be a complete cheats list! 

To use a Crusader Kings 3 cheat code, you'll have to start the game in debug mode

Opening Debug Mode in Steam

If you're playing on Steam, this is an easy setup:

  • Right click Crusader Kings 3 in your library
  • Click Properties 
  • Go to the General tab
  • Click Set Launch Options
  • Add the command -debug_mode
  • Restart the game
Opening Debug Mode in Xbox Game Pass or Using Win 10

Getting debug mode to run through other launchers is a bit more complicated, but not much. If you're playing CK3 for free through Game Pass or have purchased the strategy game through the Microsoft Marketplace for Windows, you'll need to jump through a small hoop. 

Open a text editor (notepad works) and input this command: 

  • start shell:AppsFolder\ParadoxInteractive.ProjectTitus_zfnrdv2de78ny!App -debug_mode

Save the file and rename the extension to a .bat file by directly editing the file on your desktop. Double-click the file to start Crusader Kings 3 in debug mode.

You can also create a shortcut for Crusader Kings 3 and edit the Target by going into the shortcut's properties menu and adding -debug_mode. 

How to Use Cheats in CK3 

You should now be able to open the cheat menu in-game by pressing the `/~ key (the tilde next to the number 1 on most keyboards). 

Console commands differ from cheat codes in that the former are generally used to test game states for debugging and balancing purposes, while the latter are just ways to give yourself or others unfair advantages.

We have a separate list of console commands you can find right here. If you're looking to forego that chivalrous attitude, then here's what you need to cheat to win. Eddie Guerrero would be proud.

Crusader Kings 3 Cheats List: All CK3 Cheat Codes

Crusader Kings 3 map focusing on Barcelona, Spain, with the council menu up.

To activate cheats, type exactly what's in bold, except anything in brackets. If something is in brackets, the input is calling for a variable.

For example, you wouldn't type "gold [number]." Instead, you would type "gold 200" to add 200 gold.

If you need an ID (many codes call for a character ID, for instance), just hover your cursor over the character in-game and the ID will appear.

For most cheats, if no character ID is specified, it will apply automatically to the player character. For most numbers, typing a negative number will decrease the amount.

A few of these codes allow you to hit the "Tab" key to pull up a list of applicable IDs. Most of them can be disabled by simply reentering it, but some of them will require a game restart.

Cheat away, friends!

  • age [amount] [character ID] - Adds the amount of years to a character's age
  • add_claim [title ID] [character ID] - Adds a pressed claim to the character
  • add_doctrine [doctrine ID] [faith ID] - Adds a doctrine to the specified faith
  • add_dread [amount] [character ID] - Adds an amount of dread to a character
  • add_maa [regiment ID] [character ID] - Gives a Men-at-arms regiment to the character
  • add_perk [perk ID] [character ID] - Gives the perk to the character
  • add_piety [amount] - Adds piety to the player character
  • add_prestige [amount] - Adds prestige to the player character
  • add_realm_law [law ID] [character ID] - Passes a realm law to the realm of the specified character
  • add_realm_law_skip_effects [law ID] [character ID] - Adds a law to the realm of the specified character, as if it had already been in place
  • add_relation [relation ID] [character ID] [character ID] - Adds the specified relationship between the two characters
  • add_secret [secret ID] - Gives the secret to the player character
  • add_stress [amount] [character ID] - Adds the amount of stress to the character
  • add_title_law [title ID] [law ID] - Adds a succession law to a title
  • add_trait [trait ID] [character ID] - Adds a trait to the character
  • add_lifestyle_xp_all [amount] [character ID] - Adds experience to every lifestyle of the character
  • add_diplomacy_lifestyle_xp [amount] [character ID] - Adds experience to the diplomacy lifestyle of the character
  • add_intrigue_lifestyle_xp [amount] [character ID] - Adds experience to the intrigue lifestyle of the character
  • add_stewardship_lifestyle_xp [amount] [character ID] - Adds experience to the stewardship lifestyle of the character
  • add_martial_lifestyle_xp [amount] [character ID] - Adds experience to the martial lifestyle of the character
  • add_learning_lifestyle_xp [amount] [character ID] - Adds experience to the learning lifestyle of the character
  • change_culture [county ID] [culture ID] - Changes a county culture
  • change_development_level [amount] [county ID] - Increase a county's development
  • change_fervor [amount] [faith ID] - Adds fervor to the faith
  • change_diplomacy [amount] [character ID] - Adds to the diplomacy skill of a character
  • change_martial [amount] [character ID] - Adds to the martial skill of a character
  • change_stewardship [amount] [character ID] - Adds to the stewardship skill of a character
  • change_intrigue [amount] [character ID] - Adds to the intrigue skill of a character
  • change_learning [amount] [character ID] - Adds to the learning skill of a character
  • change_prowess [amount] [character ID] - Adds to the prowess skill of a character
  • clear_character_modifiers [character ID] - Removes all character modifiers from the character
  • clear_title_laws [title ID] - Removes all title succession laws
  • clear_traits [character ID] - Removes all traits from the character
  • discover_all_eras [character ID] - Discovers all innovations for the culture of the character
  • discover_era [era ID] - Discovers the specified era for the player character's culture (pressing Tab shows era IDs)
  • discover_fascination [character ID] - Discovers the current fascination for the culture of the character
  • discover_innovation [innovation ID] [character ID] - Discovers the innovation for the culture of the character (pressing Tab shows innovation IDs)
  • dynasty_prestige [amount] [dynasty ID] - Adds renown to the dynasty
  • end_schemes - Every scheme targeting the player character is abandoned
  • event [event ID] - Triggers a specific event
  • gain_all_dynasty_perks [character ID] - Grants all legacies for the character's dynasty
  • gain_all_perks [character ID] - Grants all lifestyle perks to the character
  • give_title [title ID] [character ID] - Grants a title to the character
  • gold [number] - Adds gold to the player character
  • instabuild - All holdings and buildings take a single day to finish (remains active - input it again to disable it)
  • instant_birth - Pregnancies last a single day (remains active - input it again to disable it)
  • join_era [era ID] - Enters the specified era for the culture of the character
  • kill [character ID] - Instantly kills the character
  • know_schemes - Reveals all schemes targeting the player character
  • merge_culture [culture ID] [culture ID] - Changes the culture of all counties from the first culture input to the second culture input
  • pregnancy [character ID] [character ID] - Impregnates the first character by the second character
  • remove_doctrine [doctrine ID] [faith ID] - Removes the doctrine from the faith (pressing Tab shows doctrine IDs)
  • remove_nick [character ID] - Removes the nickname of the character
  • remove_relation [relation ID] [character ID] [character ID] - Removes the relationship between the two characters
  • remove_trait [trait ID] [character ID] - Removes the trait from the character
  • set_culture [culture ID] [character ID] - Changes the character's culture
  • set_dread [amount] [character ID] - Sets a character's dread to a certain amount
  • set_faith [faith ID] [character ID] - Changes a character's faith (pressing Tab shows faith IDs)
  • set_focus [focus ID] [character ID] - Sets a character's focus
  • set_nick [nickname ID] [character ID] - Gives the character a nickname
  • set_sexuality [sexuality ID] [character ID] - Changes the character's sexual orientation
  • set_stress [amount] [character ID] - Sets a character's stress
  • set_diplomacy [amount] [character ID] - Sets a character's diplomacy skill
  • set_martial [amount] [character ID] - Sets a character's martial skill
  • set_stewardship [amount] [character ID] - Sets a character's stewardship skill
  • set_intrigue [amount] [character ID] - Sets a character's intrigue skill
  • set_learning [amount] [character ID] - Sets a character's learning skill
  • set_prowess [amount] [character ID] - Sets a character's prowess skill
  • yesmen - AI characters accept every proposal (remains active - input it again to disable it)

There you have it: all of the Crusader Kings 3 cheat codes in one handy list. You'll be stomping across the world of CK3 in no time, bending the peasants to your will via the power of cheats! If you can't get enough of Crusader Kings 3, check out our full review. Stay tuned, as we'll have even more tips, tricks, and strategies on the game as we and the community dive further in.

Crusader Kings 3 Tips Guide for Getting Started Tue, 08 Sep 2020 16:43:39 -0400 Jordan Baranowski

Welcome, young squire! I see you've read the reviews and decided to plunge into the devious world of Crusader Kings 3. Well, pull up a seat, and let's talk about how to navigate the labyrinth of intrigue at your disposal.

Crusader Kings 3 can be a daunting strategy game: it has a massive map, loads of systems, and a huge number of characters operating on their own. It can be tricky figuring out exactly what you can do and how you access all your options, so this tips guide will put you on the right foot.

We'll start with a few ways to get help with things, then walk through the main screen, and what each menu holds so you can see who you're allied to, their opinion of you, and so much more. 

A key thing to remember in Crusader Kings 3 is that the game offers a lot of help if you know where to look.

Learn the Lay of the Land

Issues Menu

All those little question marks and icons that pop up along the top of the screen are usually offering tips and advice.

The multicolored icon to the left to your gold (the one with the number in it) is the Issues menu. This usually offers direction on tasks that are directly available, such as wars you can declare, titles you have a claim on, and other similar items of intrigue, such as if powerful vassals want positions on your council. 

Always explore these options and, if it's something you don't want to worry about, right-click it to dismiss it. If it's still an issue after some time has passed, it will pop back up.


Another thing to remember is the expanding tooltips that are available in Crusader Kings 3. These are denoted by blue and, sometimes, green text in a text box. 

Any time you want to learn more about something, hover your pointer over it for a few seconds, and you will see the dialogue box highlight. You can now move your mouse into the dialogue box and hover over other items, which will pull up even more tips.

Feel free to fall down the rabbit hole.

Crusader Kings 3 Encyclopedia

Finally, if you're looking for a specific tip on something, look at the bottom right of the screen to the left of the date. The little icon that looks like a book will open up the Crusader Kings 3 encyclopedia, which allows you to literally search for info on all the game systems, rules, and idiosyncrasies, such as traits, how to declare war (Cassus Belli), and how other characters form their opinions of you. 

Understand Your Resources

The top of your UI is not just for tips and issues. This is also where Crusader Kings 3 lists the resources at your disposal.

From left to right, they are:

  • Gold
  • Prestige
  • Piety
  • Renown

To the right of Renown, there are also indicators for your military strength and the size of your realm. Hovering over any of these will bring up further details about each category, and a few also give you access to other options and menu screens.


Hovering over the Gold menu will quickly show you the taxes you are bringing in from your domain, as well as the taxes that are being paid to you by your vassals and church holdings. You will also be able to see the taxes you are paying to your liege. 

Clicking on the Gold menu does nothing. 


Hovering over the Prestige menu will let you see the amount of Prestige you are collecting each month. If you hover over the amount you are making each month (X/month), you will see your sources of prestige, such as if you are the head of a house or dynasty, or the prestige gained from certain holdings such as a barony or kingdom. 

This is also where you can see your Level of Fame and the progress towards the next level. Fame level provides certain buffs and effects to your character. 

Clicking on the Prestige menu does nothing. 


Hovering over the Piety menu will show you how much Piety you are generating each month and from what sources. It will also show you your level of Devotion, which influences faith leaders and other adherents.

Clicking on your Piety will bring up the religion menu, which allows you to do things like view your holy sites, look over your religion's doctrines, or even create a new faith.


Hovering over the Renown menu will show you your current Renown, as well as how much Renown you are generating each month and from what sources. You can also see your Splendor level here, which influences your entire dynasty. 

Clicking on the Renown menu will bring up more information about your dynasty and royal house. From here, you can view the members of your family tree (both living and dead) and also unlock powerful legacies, which affect every member of your dynasty across history.

Military Strength

Hovering on your Military Strength menu shows you the number of knights and levies you currently have, as well as the quality of the knights at your command. 

Clicking on your Military Strength menu brings up more information on your forces. Here, you can view your knights and levies in more detail, create Men-at-Arms regiments, set up new rally points, and hire mercenaries. You can also see the prowess of your knights, call new knights to your court, and force knights to participate in battle or not. 

At the bottom of the menu, you can select to reinforce your Men-At-Arms and see how much it will cost you monthly. 

Realm Size

Finally, the icon in the far right shows your Realm Size. It indicates how many holdings you have and the maximum number of holdings you can have before penalties set it. Clicking on this will pull up more details about the areas you control.

You can see if you are in control of a barony, county, duchy, kingdom, or empire (our your culture's equivalent) details on your Crown Authority, information on your liege and vassals, and how your line of succession is currently set up. 

Managing Your Realm

Along the right side of your screen, you'll find several different icons that help you manage various aspects of your realm. There are multiple ways to access certain menus, so don't fret about there being two places to check out your military.

The Outliner

Starting at the top, just below your realm size, is a scroll that opens your outliner. This keeps track of three things:

  • Raised armies
  • Your domain holdings
  • Your pinned characters

The armies and holdings become extremely important when you're managing a large realm, so you don't forget about anything. Armies will quickly show you how many levies, knights, and regiments are in a specific army, as well as how supplied it is, who its leader is, and whether they're moving or not. Holdings will quickly show you the names of your holdings, if they are baileys or towns (for example), their surrounding terrain, and their supply limit. 

If there's a character you want to keep track of for any reason, simply right-click them and look in the top right of the menu that appears. You can "pin" that character so you can keep tabs on them.

Council, Court, Intrigue, Factions, and Decisions

Going down the right side of the screen, you have your realm and military tabs, which are identical to the ones you could find by clicking the top of the screen.

From there, you have Council, Court, Intrigue, Factions, and Decisions.

  • Council allows you to assign and change councilors, such as your chancellor, steward, marshall, or spymaster. You can assign them specific tasks, such as collecting taxes, training commanders, finding secrets, and more. This menu also allows you to see who serves on your liege's council.

  • Court shows you everyone who serves at your court and allows you to recruit new members to your court, such as knights and a court physician. This is also where you can find (and ransom/execute) any prisoners you have.

  • Intrigue lets you view schemes you are running or have discovered. Here, you can see at what percentage your sway or murder plots are, or if there are plots against you. It also allows you to peruse the hooks you have on characters or secrets you could use to gain a hook.

  • Factions is where you go if you're trying to form a group of likeminded people, like if you're seeking independence from another ruler. It also allows you to know if someone is forming one against you!

  • Decisions allows you a variety of small and large prospects that can affect you in various ways. Having a feast or organizing a hunt to gain a little prestige, looking for a court physician, or even founding your own Holy Order. Again, some of these menus overlap. 

Keep the World Running

In the bottom right of the screen, there are a few things to keep an eye on.

This is where you can:

  • Change the way the overall map is displayed
  • Adjust the game speed (or pause things entirely if you need to think)
  • View the date

Icons appear above the date that indicate a variety of things. The two most common are:

  • Any current scheme you're running
    • Hovering over it will tell you your progress and chance of success
  • Any wars involving you or your liege.
    • If a war hits 100% either direction, the side that has achieved their goal can enforce their demands, such as giving a vassal a new claim and title over a land
Joining Wars

If your liege has a low opinion of you, a good way to raise it is by opening up one of the wars they're involved in, right-clicking on your liege's character, and selecting Offer to Join War under the Diplomacy section.

You can't just sit back and do nothing afterwards, though: you'll have to raise an army and try to help. Picking the right wars can give you all sorts of benefits, even if you aren't directly declaring them.

Know Your Role

The last section of note on the main Crusader Kings 3 UI is what's located to the lower left, which is everything about your character and dynasty.

There are buttons near your character portrait that give you information on your houseculture, and religion. There are also a few other elements to pay attention to.

Lifestyle and Perks

Directly below your character's face is an icon showing your lifestyle and any perks you've gained over that character's life. Perks aren't carried over from one character to the next, so choose wisely!

Title and Line of Succession

The standard in the lower-left corner shows information about your title and line of succession. It will tell you your succession law as well.


The little meter on the left side of the screen next to your character's head shows your stress. Making decisions that go against your traits build up your stress level, and getting too stressed can cause mental breaks. Depending on your traits or lifestyle choice, certain deaths may increase or decrease your stress as well. 

Character Portrait

Finally, clicking your character portrait brings up all sorts of information about your family, court, vassals, and the like. There is a ton of information to explore in this panel, and you should do your best to be aware of your character's traits, attributes, and relationships when you're making big decisions.

Little more here about the submenu itself. 

How to Change Your Appearance

Fun fact about your character panel: did you know you can change the appearance of your character and their direct family members? Right-click on your portrait and look in the top right of the menu that appears. Near the pin option is icon for the barbershop. You can customize your appearance (and the appearance of your spouse and children) here.

A Sizable Realm

This is just the tip of the iceberg for where to find things in Crusader Kings 3. Click around and keep in mind that the first few games, you'll still be figuring things out. Eventually, you'll be capable enough to bring even the mighty Holy Roman Empire to its knees!

We'll have plenty more guides on Crusader Kings 3 over the coming weeks, so check our guides and tips page often for more tips and guides!

Crusader Kings 3 Review: A Crown for a King Mon, 31 Aug 2020 10:10:28 -0400 Jordan Baranowski

Here's a typical scenario in Crusader Kings 3.

I take over as a 65-year-old Count in the Holy Roman Empire named Christian. My only son, Wichmann, is only four, but he's already addicted to gambling. I decide that making my realm a little less boring is what Wichmann needs to kick his gambling habit and eventually take over as a good ruler. So, of course, I start building farms. 

Unimpressed, Wichmann wanders about the castle, where a young woman named Agnes begins bullying him. I tell him to stand up for himself. He does, pushing Agnes down the next time she picks a fight. She gets up and beats the hell out of him, which causes Wichmann to carry the "wounded" trait alongside his "covetous gambler" trait. He now carries a scar across his face as a constant reminder.

It's these background roleplaying bits that make Crusader Kings 3 so much fun. The point of the game, as in Crusader Kings 2, is to lead your dynasty to glory by building up your kingdom over several generations, conquering vast swaths of Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia.

What sets it apart, though, are these bits of humanity. They create all sorts of roleplaying scenarios that only support an already excellent strategy game. It's a lot, but it's also really, really good. 

Who says we can't have quality and quantity? 

Crusader Kings 3 Review: A Crown for a King

If you're not familiar with the Crusader Kings series, it might at first strike you as a historical, 4X strategy game in the vein of Civilization. It has some similar concepts to the Sid Meier franchise, but Crusader Kings 3 is much more about the long con. Any longtime fan will know that rather than controlling an entire people through generations of war and technology, you focus on one dynasty through the ages.

In my game with Count Christian, I play until he dies. When he does, I take over as Wichmann, his heir. When Wichmann dies, I'll take over as his heir.

Each new character has different traits, hang-ups, stats, and more, and the ultimate goal is to scheme, conquer, and buy your dynasty into the history books. If that sounds a bit Game of Thrones to you, then you're right on the money. 

It all looks great, too. You can zoom all the way out of the enormous map in Crusader Kings 3 and apply a variety of filters to see all the kingdoms and the various alliances therein. You can also zoom incredibly far in, getting a sense of each little city in each small territory. Everyone brims with character, as the animated, 3D models have much more personality than the portraits of old.

Characters often show aspects of their personality in their models. A drunkard might have rosy cheeks, and I even encountered a nudist parading around the castle naked as a jaybird.

What's great about the RPG elements that weave through all of CK3 is that they can be a focus of gameplay or not. Sometimes, you'll just want to conquer territories and build up your realm. You don't have to pay attention to these additions if you don't want to. 

So Many Options

All of this glorious scheming and conquering is backed by tons of stuff to do. Crusader Kings 3 is great at reading any given situation and presenting you with little nudges in the right direction. If you have a small kingdom, it may suggest trying to drum up a claim on a neighboring area. Second in line for a particular title? Crusader Kings 3 may suggest a murder plot. You'll be next in line in no time!

It can be daunting at times, though; there are plenty of actions I've taken over and over but still have trouble locating in the menus. However, things are much more accessible in CK3 than they have been in past iterations. A big part of that is because many of the options that arrived with CK2's expansions are here from the get-go. 

It also helps that the game does a good job of teaching you its systems as much or as little as you like. You can hover over pretty much any message to open tips about it, then hover over those tips to open even more. You could spend hours just learning about how the different systems play off of one another, or you could rush in and seed some chaos.

Some of your actions are simple, such as organizing a feast or hiring a physician; a few simple clicks later, and you're watching the wheels turn. Some of your other actions are extremely complex and involve multiple schemes and plates spinning at once. Trying to start a new branch of Catholicism (and not get murdered because of it) takes a lot of effort. Setting yourself up to succeed a terrible liege requires a lot of wheeling and dealing.

Oh, and just when everything starts to come together, the Pope comes calling. Didn't you hear? We're going Crusading! Pack your bags and summon all your troops; it's time to march to the Middle East!

Ways to Play

All of these options help make Crusader Kings 3 a blast no matter how you decide to play. As long as you've got an heir lined up, anything goes, and it can be even more fun to kick the whole house of cards down than to actually build it up. It's a special kind of game that makes you literally pause to think about what to do in any given situation. 

There are lots of ways that Crusader Kings 3 works its roleplaying aspects into its strategy elements, as well. Though events are somewhat random, traits can be inherited through genetics or upbringing. Going against your traits also results in characters accumulating stress. If you are a cruel character, for example, you get stressed out by being nice to people.

There are a ton of systems in play at once, and the main thing that made it fun for me was seeing how those systems could change and evolve as my characters did. It welcomes full chaotic play, full strategic play, and anything in between.

The only gripes I have with CK3 are that it's a bit easy to bounce off of, and sometimes things become a little too random. I can handle missing an "85% chance to hit" shot in XCOM, but it can be frustrating to bite on an "85% chance of success" scheme in Crusader Kings 3, where failure can wreck your family for generations to come.

I know that's the way the world works, but it's the one aspect about CK3 that feels too gamified.

The Bottom Line  Crusader Kings 3 Review

  • Tons of ways to play
  • The most accessible Crusader Kings has ever been
  • Looks great
  • Roleplaying aspects are frequently hilarious and make you think
  • Easy to dive into the rules for specific aspects
  • Some systems are still a bit obtuse
  • Some elements can be a bit overpowered

If you've always been intrigued by the idea of Crusader Kings but bounced off of it, Crusader Kings 3 is the best way to get started. It looks and feels great, and it already has a ton of available content at launch. DLC will indeed run thick, but it doesn't feel like the base game is missing aspects out of the gate.

At the same time, CK3 is great for veterans. A lot of fan-favorite elements that were added to CK2 over a decade of DLC are already here, and most of the systems are close enough to the same family tree that you shouldn't have trouble taking kingdoms over.

Just watch out for those childhood traumas and what you do to "fix" them. They may just leave a mark on your face... and your heart.

[Note: Paradox Interactive provided the copy of Crusader Kings 3 used for this review.]

Crusader Kings 3 Preorder and Editions Guide Thu, 21 May 2020 14:30:49 -0400 GS_Staff

Crusader Kings 3 has been a long time coming. Grand strategy fans have dutifully played the amazing Crusader Kings 2 since 2012, and to date, that game has seen a whopping 71 DLC packs, including new portraits, music, and scenarios. To say its time for a new ruler to ascend the throne is quite the understatement. 

Releasing on September 1, 2020, for PC, Crusader Kings 3 will be a more complete experience than CK2 at launch, according to Paradox Interactive. Though that potentially means less DLC than Crusader Kings 2, that doesn't mean there won't be expansions and other DLC packs for CK3 down the road. 

Read on to see what each edition of Crusader Kings 3 contains, as well as what additions can be expected after the game launches. We also break down how much the expansion pass and DLCs will be separately. 

Crusader Kings 3 Preorder and Editions Guide

Crusader Kings 3 Standard Edition

The Standard Edition of Crusader Kings 3 comes with the base game and the Garments of the Holy Roman Empire preorder bonus. It will set you back $49.99 and is currently available on several storefronts, including the Paradox Store and Steam: 

Crusader Kings 3 Royal Edition

The CK3 Royal Edition comes with the base game and the Garments of the Holy Roman Empire preorder bonus, as well as the game's expansion pass. It costs $74.99 and is available on: 

The expansion pass gives you access to three DLC packs and the Fashion of the Abbasid Court pack, which contains Middle Eastern and North African clothing sets. 

What's in the Crusader Kings 3 Expansion Pass? How Much Does It Cost? 

As of this writing, Paradox hasn't shared very little information about the content planned for the expansion pass. According to a blog post on the Paradox website, players can expect to receive: 

  • Two flavor packs
  • One major expansion

For those who do not pick up the Royal Edition of Crusader Kings 3, the expansion pass will be available on September 1. It will retail separately for $34.99

How Much are the Crusader Kings 3 Expansions and Flavor Packs? 

Of course, all of the Crusader Kings 3 expansions and flavor packs will be available for purchase separately when they release. According to Paradox, here's what they will cost: 

  • Flavor packs: $6.99 each
  • Major expansions: $29.99 each
  • Garments of the Holy Roman Empire: $2.99
  • Fashion of the Abbasid Court: $2.99

As the developer points out, it's far more cost-effective to purchase the Royal Edition of the game because it includes all of the above for a fraction of the cost. 


That's it for our Crusader Kings 3 preorder and editions guide. For more on the upcoming grand strategy title, be sure to check out our hands-on impressions here

Crusader Kings 3 Hands-On Preview: Steel Yourself for Battle Thu, 14 May 2020 12:17:34 -0400 Jordan Baranowski

Crusader Kings 2 had grown exponentially since the base game released in 2012. It can be daunting to browse through the game's available DLC and figure out what's what. With that in mind, it's high time that Paradox put out a proper sequel. Enter Crusader Kings 3

The CK series is part of the "grand strategy" genre. It looks similar to Civilization 6, for example, but there are some key differences between the two franchises. The main difference is that in the Crusader Kings franchise, you control a family through the ages, rather than a nation or culture. This means Crusader Kings is all about the long game, setting up your descendants to claim titles and eventually rule the world.

Paradox Interactive, the game's developer and publisher, recently walked us through what we can expect to see when we get our hands on the game later this year. We also got a few days to take the current build for a spin, utilizing all the lessons we learned watching Game of Thrones in order to conquer the world.

Here's what we thought of Crusader Kings 3.

Keep in mind, this is the game as it is right now: much of this is subject to change over the coming months. We also found out when the game is releasing, so read on to the end to find out when you can get your hands on CK3.

Crusader Kings 3 Hands-On Preview: Steel Yourself for Battle

Paradox told us right away that CK3 has two central design philosophies: be more character-driven and be more accessible. Let's start with the character focus, as this is what really sets Crusader Kings apart from other strategy titles.

Rather than helping guide a chosen nation to world dominance, Crusader Kings 3 is initially concerned with a single character. That character may be extraordinarily powerful  the ruler of a massive empire, perhaps. They may also be some meddling Duke on some far-flung rock. Either way, you have a massive map to explore, invade, and eventually annex available from the start: Europe, northern Africa, and regions far into Asia are all represented.

As soon as you begin — before even unpausing the game to get properly started — you have a lot of options at your disposal (which we'll get into shortly).

You'll also notice how good everything looks. CK3 has a fancy new graphics engine, with full 3D ruler portraits and all sorts of other neat graphical bells and whistles.

But once you reel yourself in from that, you'll need to get cracking on your to-do list. And it's a long one that veterans will find familiar. You should probably get married: if your character dies and you don't have an heir, it's game over. You may have some empty spots to fill on your small council, and you should probably figure out who your allies and enemies are. Oh, and you should give your character a quick once over to figure out their personality.

That last part is especially important because it plays a huge role in the ebb and flow of Crusader Kings 3. Your ruler has a set of defined traits, and you can influence these in subsequent generations by who raises your progeny  and how.

You are welcome to go against your personality, but it causes stress if, say, your ruler is kind but you continually torture prisoners. Stress will negatively impact various abilities, meaning it behooves you to generally play to type.

Fit for a King

There are plenty of other ways to customize and influence your dynasty than just your personality. The Lifestyle system adds a massive, branching skill tree to the game, giving you plenty of chances to change your realm. Every five years, you can adjust your character's lifestyle focus, with different paths coinciding with in-game statistics. As you earn experience in those paths, you'll be able to add perks to your character.

This helps you plan out your dynasty in the long run. Maybe you have a few different generations featuring characters who are particularly adept with money. As you build your coffers over time and bribe your way to good standing with the right benefactors, you set up your dynasty. Eventually, a ruler comes along who is an impressive battlefield commander. Your previous generations saved the money (using a series of perks to help), and now you've got someone who can put it to use conquering.

Again, it's all about the long game in Crusader Kings 3. 

Playing toward that, there are also special "legacy" upgrades you can earn from particularly impressive feats and having a world-renowned family. These legacy upgrades affect every single member of your dynasty across the game. If you aren't in good standing with your family down the line, some of the more devious members may come back to bite you using the very upgrades you unlocked for them!

Take Me to Church

Another system getting a major overhaul in CK3 is the religion system, now dubbed the Faith system. As of right now, there are 99 different faiths across the continents in Crusader Kings 3. One of the developers joked that they will try to add one more, just to get it to an even 100, but we'll have to wait and see.

Faiths have all sorts of systems attached to them  tenets and doctrines that change the way your government operates. They also have "fervor" attached to them, making larger, more cumbersome faiths harder to maintain and more likely to incite heresy. This gives smaller faiths a way to maintain some power and identity, even as larger faiths spread across the globe.

The faith system is yet another way the developers of CK3 want to give power to the players. You can even set up your own religions. If you don't like a particular doctrine of the faith, you can name your own religion, assign traits to it before recruiting others into it. Just know that you'll most likely make enemies of your old faith.

You can probably expect to see a "Holy Crusade against the Church of Fart Ass" if you don't think things through before breaking off.

Easier to Handle

If it sounds like there's a lot going on in Crusader Kings 3, that's because there is. All of these systems are layered on top of several other systems, making for an intimidating prospect for new players. Luckily, this difficulty is also at the forefront of the game's design. The developers want to be extremely conscious of not overwhelming players and making information easily accessible. 

One of the new systems at play is the fantastic "Issues" widget at the top of the screen. There were similar things in CK2, but the Issues section gathers pertinent information into one convenient place. It also gives you suggestions based on your strengths and current placement in the world.

In an early playthrough as a Scandinavian ruler, the Issues section would remind me that I hadn't sent out a raiding party in a few years. In a different game, it suggested that I fabricate a claim on weaker neighbors to enlarge my empire.

This is a wonderful addition for beginners and experts alike. You can quickly dismiss or turn off these suggestions, but it's great to get a push in the right direction when you're still getting your sea legs beneath you. This section also compiles the usual Crusader Kings popups in one convenient place  "Assign a guardian," "Get married," "There's a plot to murder you!". 

Another welcome addition is the way tool tips are handled. In CK2, if you hovered over your monthly income, for example, you would be bombarded by information. If you already did not understand where your money was coming from, such a system was unlikely to fix that.

Now, hovering the cursor over something will bring up a small amount of info. Often, items inside will show up in bold. Move into the tool tip and hover over the bold options and a new tool tip will appear. You can seemingly fall down the rabbit hole with these tool tips, going as deep into the information as you want, but you're always doing it at your own pace.

It sounds like a tiny thing, but it's extremely helpful in learning how the systems all play with one another in Crusader Kings 3.

A New Chapter

We only got a short demonstration and a few days to tinker with a preview build of Crusader Kings 3, so we only scratched the surface of what to expect from the strategy game. However, it looks like this entry already addresses many of the issues players had (and still have) with Crusader Kings 2. 

In that way, CK3 should be able to distinguish itself from other grand strategy games with its focus on RPG elements and the "medieval soap opera" aspects that it's so good at putting forth. There is a lot more available out of the box, too, so hopefully, CK3's eventual DLC will be more manageable than its predecessor's. 

You'll be able to take over the world when Crusader Kings 3 releases on September 1, 2020. It will launch simultaneously on Windows and Mac and is available for preorder now.

If you've always wanted to try out Crusader Kings but never pulled the trigger, CK3 is shaping up to be a great option for newbies and experts alike. We'll have more on the game as its release approaches, and we'll definitely have a full review as soon as we can. Check back often, and start scheming now!

Crusader Kings 3 Adding RPG Elements With Revamped Lifestyles Fri, 31 Jan 2020 13:43:55 -0500 Ty Arthur

Looks like Crusader Kings 3 is going to see the injection of a major roleplaying element with an updated Lifestyle System, which is the subject of this month's development update.

At this stage in development, there are now these five Lifestyle categories, which all include three different skill trees:

  • Diplomacy
  • Martial
  • Stewardship
  • Intrigue
  • Learning

After selecting a Lifestyle, players will move onto a specific focus within that category. Lifestyle Events will then pop up from time to time based around that focus. Here's what the developers had to say about the changes:

The lifestyles of CK3 have very little in common with those in CK2. The system has been changed and is vastly improved and much more interactive than CK2’s system. In fact, we have proper skill trees now, much like those you would find in an RPG.

You will gather experience and unlock perks, which conveys all kinds of bonuses to your character! This allows you to tailor your character to your needs, immerse yourself in their story, and provides a lot of replayability, as it’s not only about what perks you get, but also when you get them.

Further info can be found in the development video update above. Crusader Kings 3 is currently expected for a 2020 release date, although we don't have a specific launch window at this time.

10 Upcoming Strategy Games to be Excited About in 2020 Wed, 11 Dec 2019 10:00:02 -0500 Jordan Baranowski


Phantom Brigade


Developer: Brace Yourself Games
Platforms: PC
Release Date:


A hybrid of turn-based and real-time strategy, Phantom Brigade sees you leading a team of mechs to war in a desperate, last-ditch attempt to retake your home. Big, stompy robots running through neighborhoods and firing lasers at one another. Need we say more?


We can: destructible environments, customizable mechs, and a series of tough decisions that will help you tell a unique story every time you play. Phantom Brigade is shaping up to be a tricky, tactical puzzle with some serious details to keep you crunching numbers even after you've shut the game down.


It's not Mechwarrior 5 or Battletech, but something altogether interesting in its own right. 




2020 is shaping up to be a great year for strategy gamers, with several different genres and settings to pick from. This was by no means a comprehensive list of titles, either.


If you're looking for the most anticipated horror games, FPS games, survival games, MMORPGs, or Nintendo games in 2020, be sure to check out the list of related articles below: 


What 2020 strategy releases are you most looking forward to? Sound off in the comments below. 


Evil Genius 2: World Domination


Developer: Rebellion
Platforms: PC
Release Date:


The original Evil Genius was a game that had an amazing premise but stumbled a bit in execution. It released way back in 2004, and developer Rebellion is hoping to knock it out of the park with the sequel 15 years later. 


Evil Genius 2: World Domination sees you roleplaying as your own psuedo-James Bond villain, while building a secret lair, hiring goons, killing spies, and taking over the world. El Presidente would be proud. 


Evil Genius 2 has a bit of Dungeon Keeper vibe to it. Your main priority is building your evil lair gather enough resources to take over the world. It's a game that looks to offer a variety of silly objectives (one asks you to "Bake Alaska") and features a satirical romp through the world of super-villainy.


Grab your sharks with lasers attached to their heads: it's time to rule to world. 


Empire of Sin


Developer: Romero Games
Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Release Date:
Spring 2020


"What if XCOM, but with mobsters?" is the general elevator pitch for Empire of Sin. This strategy game sees you taking over a crime family during the Prohibition-era, controlling your illegal empire with a variety of underlings, and entering turn-based battles to whack your enemies and expand your influence.


Alcohol is used as currency, and you control a variety of illicit businesses like casinos, speakeasies, and brothels. Empire of Sin also looks to offer plenty of replayability, with random character generation and a map that relocates important landmarks every time you play.


If you're sick of being the do-gooder and saving the world, then Empire of Sin might be your ticket to the top.




Developer: Amplitude Studios
Platforms: PC
Release Date:


Humankind, not to be confused with Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey, is a bold move. It a strategy game looking to topple the king of the "Historical 4X" mountain: the Civilization series. However, if any team can take on Sid Meier's giant franchise, it's Amplitude Studios.


Amplitude created the Endless series: Dungeon of the Endless, Endless Space, and Endless Legend. Of those three, Endless Legend generally got the most accolades and is in the same genre as Humankind, which has a ton of big ideas and looks to be the next "one more turn" strategy title.


Humankind's big draw is that rather than playing through history as an existing civilization, you get to create your own culture by drawing in elements of several different historical empires. If it fires on as many cylinders as Endless Legend does, it has a good shot to become one of the big dogs of the 4X world.


The Settlers


Developer: Ubisoft Blue Byte
Platforms: PC
Release Date:


Technically, The Settlers should have an "8" at the end of its title since it's the eighth game in the long-running series. However, The Settlers is the first entry the franchise in almost a decade and is serving as more a "brand reboot" than a true sequel. At least according to Ubisoft, who has also developed the Anno series, including Anno 2070 and Anno 1800


The Settlers is a city-building game that sees you build up your township through time, adding upgrades and trying to juggle your resources as you go. It's kind of (sort of) like a period Cities Skylines with combat.  


The Settlers is said to feature a few real-time strategy elements in some battles, but it is mostly a low-key affair about building your settlement and optimizing it.


It's a game more about managing your population and making things as efficient as possible, and it's certain to appeal to the lizard-brain project manager in many a strategy gamer.


Astra Exodus


Developer: Atomic Kaiser
Platforms: PC
Release Date:
2020 (possibly the end of 2019, but probably not)


Astra Exodus is another strategy title that was supposed to come out in 2019 but seems very unlikely. Instead, it's looking more and more like 2020 for this one, too.


Don't let the low-fi graphics of Astra Exodus fool you. The game looks to involve an impressive and deep level of strategy, a ton of ways to play, and more than enough meat to keep you busy for dozens and dozens of hours.


Astra Exodus has a narrative campaign. It has a deep sandbox mode. It has hero units, massive space battles, and tactical ground battles. It builds unique galaxies and has a randomized, massive tech tree each time you play. It even has mod support and a framework that gives you the ability to design your own spaceships in-game.


Warcraft 3: Reforged


Developer: Blizzard Entertainment
Platforms: PC
Release Date:
2020 (Possibly the very tail end of 2019)


Remakes are a tough one to deal with on a list like this, but Blizzard properties are always big enough to get a nod. Warcraft 3: Reforged, an HD remaster of Warcraft 3, was supposed to see a full release in 2019, but that seems more and more unlikely as the end of the year approaches. Instead, it looks like we can expect it in early 2020.


While Reforged is a remaster, there are plenty of elements to be excited about. The game will see a balance overhaul, and those who still own Warcraft 3 will see the same changes.


You will be able to play either version in competitive matches, so the rerelease should bring an influx of new players to the fold. The single-player mode will feature some changes to the plot as well, and Blizzard has promised improved mod support.


Basically, if you missed Warcraft 3's original run (or you just miss playing it), Warcraft 3: Reforged will be a good excuse to head back to Azeroth.


Wasteland 3


Developer: inXile Entertainment
Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Release Date:
May 19, 2020


If you have grown tired of the post-apocalyptic shooter trend and prefer a more strategic post-calamity world, Wasteland 3 might be just what you're looking for. InXile's sequel to Wasteland 2 moves the action from the deserts of the American southwest to the frigid plains and mountains of Colorado.


Luckily, though, it still promises plenty of tactical warfare.


Wasteland 3 will have you put together a squad of rangers, building their stats and skills as you construct a base and make important, plot-altering decisions. Just surviving is difficult enough, but you will also have to figure out who to trust and how to balance your squad's abilities.


Tough as nails tactical combat and both singleplayer and multiplayer modes promise a lot of bang for your buck.


Crusader Kings 3


Developer: Paradox Development Studio
Platforms: PC
Release Date:


One of the granddaddies of grand strategy, Crusader Kings is set to see a full-fledged sequel in 2020 with the release of Crusader Kings 3


Crusader Kings 2 released back in 2012, and developer Paradox has kept expanding that game through a massive DLC campaign. It will be good to go back to square one with the massive strategy franchise with the newest entry.


Crusader Kings 3, like earlier games in the series, is a dynasty simulator set in Europe during the Middle Ages. You take on a variety of historical figures, then go about enhancing your dynasty by any means necessary.


Ally yourself through marriage with powerful monarchs. Betray your family members to get ahead. CK is about as close to Game of Thrones politicking as you can get. We don't have an exact release date yet, but CK3 is supposed to storm the gates in 2020.


Iron Harvest


Developer: KING Art
Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Release Date:
September 1, 2020


Set in an alternate 1920s Europe, Iron Harvest is a real-time strategy game about the threat confronting Europe after World War I. In addition to controlling the era-accurate troops you'd expect, Iron Harvest has a huge number of dieselpunk mechs for you to build and blow up. 


If you're a boardgamer, the art of Iron Harvest might look similar to that of Scythe. Indeedboth Scythe and Iron Harvest are based on the art of Jakob Rozalski. Though, the gameplay found in here is obviously very different from its tabletop cousin.


Iron Harvest promises a full-fledged single-player campaign alongside casual and competitive multiplayer gaming. KING Art, the developers behind the game, have also promised regular updates and free DLC after release.


When you like to outthink, outflank, and outclass your opponents, you're looking for a strategy game to scratch that itch. There are a lot of different subgenres under the strategy umbrella, but 2020 is shaping up to be a year full of strong, upcoming strategy games to look forward to.


Whether it's real-time, turn-based, or any other type of strategy game, games like Iron Harvest, Wasteland 3, and Empire of Sin have you covered. Heck, there's even a remaster (supposedly) coming in Warcraft 3: Reforged.


Here is a small sample of the strategy games you should be looking forward to at the start of the new decade.