Would you recommend Crusader Kings 3 to a tourist?
As this blog is mostly about games, I rarely mention my day job. But I do have a full-time job, and thus in an average week I spend more hours working than I spend playing games. Furthermore, on weekdays, I can only play in the evenings, after a full day at work. Which means that sometimes I am quite tired, and don't really have the energy to play something extremely complex or demanding.
Crusader Kings III was released earlier this month by Paradox. It has a 91% score on Metacritic, so I assume that it is a very good game. However, Paradox games in general scare me. I tried some of the earlier ones, and frequently ended up completely lost. A million different options and possibilities, and me scratching my head and having no clue what I was supposed to be doing. As a consequence I own only a few Paradox games, and I either played them very shortly and gave up, or didn't even dare to start. Basically, due to my day job, games that take a huge amount of effort to even understand the basics of don't really fit my life. I need mostly games that I can play as a tourist, having a bit of fun without a whole lot of investment. And usually Paradox doesn't make games like that.
Now the inaccessibility of Paradox tends to be reflected in the review scores. Thus the 91% score of Crusader Kings III suggests to me, that it is a bit more accessible than let's say Europa Universalis III (which I own on Steam and never started playing) with its 83% score. Furthermore over the last decade or so, learning how to play a game has become somewhat easier in general, because of YouTube. Complex games attract a lot of content creators making how-to video guides, which often are a big help compared to trying to figure a game out by yourself.
So now I am wondering whether I should take the plunge and try to play Crusader Kings 3. Is it even possible to play this "as a tourist", in some sort of "easy mode", without quickly becoming totally overwhelmed? If you have an insight into this, I would love to hear your recommendation.