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Essays 23 March 2020, 17:00

author: Bart Swiatek

A gamer, journalist, and tech enthusiast. Likes to dabble in different things and genres, but the RPG acronym is forever etched on one side of his heart. Hurts like hell, btw.

10 Long Single-player Games to Keep You Occupied in Quarantine

How to spend the quarantine? If you have too much free time and aren't sure what to do with it, playing video games is probably one of the best ways to keep you entertained. This time, we look at single-player productions that are really, really long.

Crusader Kings 2

  1. Reason to play: it's a great strategy, and it's available for free
  2. Completionist hour count: 320
  3. Dollars to hour ratio: it’s free

Creating and managing your own empire is an extremely absorbing activity – even if it's just a virtual empire. So, we wait for a better moment. And then, a newer, more interesting strategy appears, offering better graphics and improved mechanics. And so tracing back to some of these forgotten games becomes more unlikely with each month...

...until the publisher decides to make the game available for free, thus giving the game a second life. Ultimately, there's a finite number of iterations of tables and maps that a studio can come up with (and these games mostly consist of tables and maps), so is there point spending money on the latest installments? Take Crusader Kings 2 for example.

The strategy from Paradox Interactive is set in historical realities, the period between the 11th and 15th century to specific (there are also expansions that allow you to go back a few centuries more). The player becomes a Christian nobleman who seeks to build his own dynasty, using economics, espionage and diplomacy as well as the military might. The game is characterized by a very high degree of complexity and attention to details (also historical). It is worth noting that this isn't a turn-based game; it's a real-time strategy with active pause.

  1. More about Crusader Kings 2

Shortly before the outbreak of the pandemic, I decided I'd finally get on with Crusaders Kings 2. I'd wanted to play this grand strategy more for years, but I never had the time... As soon as I'm done with Animal Crossing, I'm gonna sit down with CK2.

Adam Zechenter

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