Crusader Kings II
Price: £29.99 from fave.co/2M1s0Qu
Paradox’s grand strategy games are a good choice for someone who wants to install one game, then play it for hundreds of hours. Spanning centuries of history, of warfare, political manoeuvring and religious conflict, there’s a lot to dig into.
Crusader Kings II is probably your best entry point despite its age. Taking a more personality-driven approach to history, you’ll play as a feudal leader, as low as a Count or as high as an Emperor. What you do with that power is up to you. Foster deranged sons, send your daughters off to your enemies, assassinate your brother, marry your horse – it’s one of the most elaborate sandboxes ever devised.