Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 11
  2. Negative: 7 out of 11
  1. This game earns the name extreme, from the maps to the enemies to the combat.
  2. Though dated, Stronghold Crusader is a worthy addition to any RTS fan's library.
  3. I can only recommend this game to hardcore fans of the genre. Others would find it hard to get much enjoyment from it, especially when there are a lot of great RTS classics out there. This game is six years old and looks it m’lord.
  4. This edition of Stronghold Crusaders is one of those games that leaves us to wonder, what were they thinking?
  5. 48
    This is such a strange package to review, because essentially it's a rerelease of a six-year old game with a smattering of new content that's designed for hardcore fans.
  6. Not only is Stronghold Crusader Extreme dated in terms of graphics and sound, but the interface is also slow and cumbersome.
  7. Rarely have I come across a set of RTS missions as mercilessly unforgiving as these. [Sept 2008, p.72]
  8. Stronghold has always been a series that was pleasingly enjoyable to play and has always had bags of potential, but this recent rehash does nothing other than highlight just how out of date it has become.
  9. Old and almost impossible, Stronghold Crusader Extreme is hard to recommend even to diehard fans of this RTS series.
  10. Extreme is ugly, clunky, and lacking in any defensible reason why you should want to waste money on it. [Aug 2008, p.74]
  11. 16
    Other than the fact that you can wage 10,000-unit battles, don't expect much difference between Stronghold Crusader Extreme and the regular, nonextreme Stronghold Crusader.

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