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to play and has always had bags of potential, but this recent rehash does nothing other than highlight just how out of date it has become.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.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 39 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 5
  2. Negative: 3 out of 5
  1. unacomn
    Sep 3, 2008
    Although it doesen't really warant a retail release, it could have been launched as a free patch or something similar, Extreme brings the old Stronghold Crusader game back in the show. The missions may seem hard and unforgiving, but to all the reviewers who gave the game a bad score because of this I have only one thing to say: This game was made for people who actually know how to play it, not for you, so stop whineing and learn to play a game before you review it! Full Review »
  2. PureP
    Jul 18, 2008
    Stronghold Crusader is my favorite game and i highly recommend it yet... the "Extreme" version is pretty much the same thing but like playing "EVOLVES" on warcraft 3 and starcraft online. random outposts spawning random troops?!?!?!!?!? 3 letters... WTF anyway if you are a hardcore stronghold player who collects all of the games don't waste your money on this one. it feels like the horrible, horrible disappointment of stronghold 2 and stronghold legends. although this time instead of missing that little spark its missing EVERYTHING. Full Review »
  3. pooolold
    Jun 7, 2008
    I like Stronghold Crusader but this addon is nothing. Miserable work guys from Firefly ( or bosses who save money).