Top Critic Average
Crusader Kings II: Conclave represents the best incarnation of the veteran grand strategy title from Paradox Development Studio, a great experience for any player who loves history and wants to explore the many what if situations of the past.
Although Conclave does require an unusual amount of hard work on the player's part, as well as the patience of a saint, the expansion is still mostly worthwhile (many of the bad changes were in the free patch, so there's no way to avoid them without reverting to a previous version).
It's really sad to see scores slowly slide down like this, but with Crusader Kings II seemingly starting to get stuck in a rut due to a lack of a desire to release things like new maps (hint: China/Japan or a fantasy-style alternate campaign), there wasn't really anywhere for Conclave to go that wasn't 'sequelitus.' As a content patch it would get an A, but as an expansion? Sadly, not so much.