Stronghold 3 Gold now includes 11 new PC maps created by community users, including: 3 Siege Maps, 2 Freebuild Maps and 6 Multiplayer Maps.
Your castle walls are being smashed by siege engines, an enemy catapult surrounded by troops is rumbling ever closer, your villagers are starving, wolves have been spotted in a nearby cave and your barracks are desperately empty... just another typical day for a medieval lord in FireFly Studios' Stronghold® 3.
Since first launching in 2001, the Stronghold series has become one of the most respected in its genre thanks to its mix of precision village building, fastpaced real-time gameplay and dramatic sieges with hundreds of enemies swarming over your castle. Stronghold 3 promises to be the best yet, with a keep full of fantastic new features that ensure old and new fans alike experience a gritty slice of medieval life.
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Stronghold is one of my favourite RTS game franchises. I love the concept of building a castle and defending it (or taking your enemy's castle). I also adore that you can actually see how it all functions - when you zoom close enough you can see what every single citizen is doing and how it affects the economic growth in general. Sieges and battles are well created, too. The third instalment is not as good as the previous, because it has some unexpected issues related to glitches and bad controls. The music is the same as in the previous game. I would totally love some new middle-age tunes. The story was not very interesting, I stopped following it and played just for the gameplay. In conclusion, this game has a real potential and a good concept, but some issues need to be fixed. I'd definitely spend more hours in it if it was better executed.
I find this game appealing to be completely honest but there is this thing called "BUGS" this game has a lot. Firefly really messed up the series with this one. The game features and amazing story with the return of Wolf ( sorry for spoiling ) and a very well multiplayer, but the bugs... my my, thy just broke the game. I find myself playing, and for some reason, my units just get stuck on walls. Enemy archers spawning on my tiles... To bad firefly never fixed this game, it could be much more fun without the bugs
Stronghold is a pretty good franchise that just needs to find its voice and redeem itself. It has a fanbase, a good concept, and decent execution. The third one is pretty good (hence the low 70s), but needs to be used as a learning experience and springboard for the future.
However I still give it positive rating. Stronghold 3 actually looks pretty good, has some nice music, and voice acting isn't painful to listen to. Gameplay however... I got into economic campaign first. That was a good move, as it doesn't have too much combat. Because combat can be frustrating. Your units can be very passive, getting slaughtered by the enemy. Moreover, when you order a group of units to attack something, they focus on 1 target. In case of archers, you get a salvo at a single target! Whole salvo wasted at one enemy, then few seconds of waiting(rest of the enemies get to your walls)before archers let out another salvo. It shouldn't be like that. Combat feels bad. What's even worse, is the fact that units can get stuck in random places like ruins, buildings, gates... And you won't be able to move a stuck unit until the end of the mission. You can dismiss a solder, revert him to a peasant, but that solves nothing. That peasant will still stand stuck where he is. I still like Free Build, and play with it a lot, when I need to calm my nerves. I just enjoy building castles.
Honestly? I didn't give it much of a chance. Just, every once in awhile you play a game(that totally sounded good) but quickly realize it stinks. For me, that's this game. In the short time I played it, I encountered a glitch that prevented me from building. After I quit to main menu, it was fine. However, if only after 10 mins of playing a game, I bump into a semi major glitch, then I am done. The graphics aren't impressive the sound (and voice work) is atrocious and the game is incredibly over priced! I have never played another Stronghold title before this, and I can confidently say that I never will play another one again.
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