This franchise is bleeding out. No skirmish mode - an impacting oversite, leaves little left for those who enjoy AI skirmish games. So if you don't intend to play real opponents (which there are very few of btw), this one's a bust. Too bad, looks like a good build otherwise...
about it (stronghold 3)
This game is recomended for good strategy players like me i love nothing but strategy and everything was so well put up, and the graphics my god the graphics were amazing. If you like strategy you will love this game.
Really just a graphics update at heart...yet...
missing several features (Kingmaker) and fiddling with some mechanics from Stronghold 2. Just like the film industry is doing, this is at heart really just a remake of a better game (in stronghold 2). I dusted off my copy of Stronghold 2, and played that until this release. I was VERY mistaken to have bought Stronghold 3. BUGGY is not strong enough a word for this thing. Once I realized that troops were dismantling my castle walls..... I simply uninstalled the game. After all of the crashes, I only had a few hours of game play in at that time (over four days). Honestly, I spent more time attempting to diagnose the problems, and restarting than actually PLAYING the game. Can I say I played the game enough to give it a fair review? maybe not..... but then again; I hated it so much after just a few hours I deleted it. Now I have the task of deciding who I could possibly hate enough to give this game to..... I don't think I hate ANYONE that much!
It's mistake - fake game...
This game is more buggy than possible. Youtube movies about this game are fake - real is soo bad...
The Real RTS Failed on Release
Well I am an old RTS fan from the beginning,War Craft,Star Craft, Ext. Stronghold did what none of the rest have done. But like every PC release it's released before it's ready. A fact is small companies have big great ideas with little money to get it done. I don't want a return, just please hurry and get it DONE. Other wise the DTB (Ditch The ?itch Weekend LAN) guys aren't going to buy to play. :)
Don't waste your money. Big letdown.
Super fast summary.
CONS: NO single player vs AI. Online Multiplayer is spotty, and D/C's in game (with no save on either end). The map selections are still tiny, just like previous games in the series. By the time your castle is built, you are in the other guys front yard. There is no way of changing the game's speed, (single player), and the beginning ( building up your resources and economy) takes literally an hour. Buggy AI in campaigns where animals can attack you on a tower and kill you instantly ala "super wolves". mouse cursor is still weird , in the sense that where you click is not where the cursor is selecting. Real fun in a battle..
PROS: Graphics are pretty, lighting and weather effects are cool. Still has some of the humor Stronghold 1 was famous for. I suppose you could play it as a SimCity esque castle building sim if you wanted to play the game badly enough..
I made the mistake of buying this on steam before a lot of reviews were out, and had I even bought the physical copy in store, I would likely feel bad giving the disc away for free to a friend.
Way to go, you ruined an awesome game! hats off to you!
Tisk Tisk. Fire Fly should be ashamed for putting this out. The biggest problem I have is there hardley any "in game settings". (Expert,Intermidiate,Novice) You dont have any time to establish your castle or stronghold before the enemy is knocking down your walls,marching in, and killing you. I put Archers on my towers and the enemys take them out in one shot like they were standing right in front of them without any cover. And your villagers must be on downers or something. They move very slow and do not produce product fast enough.Seems like i have to build 10 farms just to feed 20 villagers. And where are the linked trails like there was in Strong Hold Crusader!!!???? Spend your money elsewhere. :(
I am a big fan of stronghold 1, but not stronghold 2. I got this game today and so far I love it. I am a big medieval fanatic so that may be why, but still, it is fun. My only complaint is that the gameplay is a little slow, but that doesn't take away from me liking it. I would recommend this game to everyone!
This game is mistake..
Worse than 1 part, worse than 2 part... graphics are primitive. Please don't belive in YouTube trailer for this game. It's fake movies.