Your actions and the game's reactions change the flow and the story of the game. The game has a lot to do in it. Personal action based combat, including melee and ranged equipment. Equipment that changes how you play.
The ability to raise and command a relatively large army given vidya's current standards.
A simplified diplomatic system that changes how the game is played during the lord and king phases.
The ability to do so many things. You can become a rich trader, a lowly bandit, lords, travelling swordsman for hire, run the tourney circles, and even be a king by your own hand.
Then there's mods which improve the basic game. Mods that change the setting. There are even a few games that change the entire game, like TLD.
It's like a hundred games in one, truly.
Now I'm just waiting for l'Aigle and/or Bannerlord though
As far as the game with the most time invested, that would have to be TERA at around +1300 hours. I haven't played in months, but come December I'm sure it'll consume most of my time again.
>one more turn
I can confirm this.
made me fail freshman year in high school. played the game for years
its pretty much a perfect game for me. did you ever find a soj? im convinced they stopped dropping and propagated purely through dupes. i found almost everything in that game, including a zod rune on my way to baal during a run, but never a soj
>Have shitty 1mb internet
>Downloading Shadow of Mordor
>Play Warband Floris while waiting but plan uninstall after download is complete
>got to 1000 renown
>got in a duel for waifu afrid
>went rogue and started my own faction
>still conquering to this day
mfw I forgot about Mordor
You knew the market was filled with dupes when they introduced that uber diablo event.
>96 stones of jordan sold to vendor
Playing Path of Exile selffound now
>you'll never get to play all of these
I'll take the bait.
1. play the tutorials until you run into a broken one
2. start the game as Holy Roman Empire
3. mess around until you figure shit out
5. do it for free
either you'll get into it and like it or it really isn't a game for you
Well it's still getting new content on a regular basis.
I'm having fun with the master quests right now and Act 4 is only a few months away.
Pic is my most recent build
It isn't actually that hard, as someone who only started playing it and strategy games generally within the past few months, it is essentially just a dynasty management game.
Losing in the game is arguably a lot more fun than winning it. So it being hard isn't necessarily a bad thing.
In my first game I managed to rise accidentally to the top of the Byzantine Empire as a woman with gonorrhea, a penchant for impaling people on spikes and obsessed with blinding people. Swiftly I was deposed and became a mere duchess again on the edge of the Empire.
I still can't decide whether the community is autistic or awesome...
...the answer is probably 'both'.
That's a terrible thing to do for a new player. You will have tons of vassals to manage and no outside threats.
Good starts for beginners are small to medium sized kingdoms with few vassals and good possibilities for expansion. I suggest trying out Poland if you want it easy, or one of Spanish kings or dukes for some reasonable challenge.
Also, Ireland in 1066 bookmark is considered to be tutorial island. Start as one of counts or dukes and try to become the king.
Yeah 610 hours into this game but i cant currently stand it.
>paradox in charge of programming
The game get so slow after 400 years it takes like 30 seconds to save in IronMan mode
>play as a norman king of Sicily
>have 2 sons
>both are tutored to become brilliant commanders
>king dies, older son inherits
>second son hates me, keeps plotting
>he becomes ambitious, faction is formed to put him on the throne
>they push his claim and revolt
>put down rebellion, imprison all unruly vassals and my brother
>while he is in my dungeons, continously torture him, he gets maimed
>decide to banish him from the realm
>completely forget about him
>years later, Fatimids invade Sicily
>they land 30k stack, outnumbering me 2:1
>put my army behind the straight, assign my best generals and hope for the best
>battle is close, but still lost, Fatimids having 20k troops still alive
>notice that Call to Arms icon showed
>can call Robert "Half-Hand", King of England
>it's my banished brother who somehow claimed english throne
>ask for his help
>he accepts and arrives with 25k troops, personally leading them
>defeats the muslims and drives them off my land