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  • Summary: Stronghold Crusader Extreme takes the addictive Crusader gameplay to a new level. Featuring massive battles, new outposts and tactical powers to master, Extreme carries on from where Crusader left off. The all new Extreme trail will provide a stiff challenge to any hardened Crusader player. For those new to Crusader, the original game has been provided too, in an updated form and with all the previously released limited edition content, such as the second crusader trail and all 8 new AI opponents. [FireFly Studios] Expand
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  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. Not only is Stronghold Crusader Extreme dated in terms of graphics and sound, but the interface is also slow and cumbersome.
  5. Rarely have I come across a set of RTS missions as mercilessly unforgiving as these. [Sept 2008, p.72]
  6. 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to play and has always had bags of potential, but this recent rehash does nothing other than highlight just how out of date it has become.
  7. 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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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! Expand
  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. Collapse
  3. RossC
    Aug 7, 2008
    Well, i loved the stronghold series, and was pleased when this one came out, after installing it, i played it - I was shocked, the graphics, were awful, stronghold 2 was much better than this, Firefly really need to fire those graphics producers. My opinion - Dont buy the game, its impossibly hard to complete missions, and its just battle battle battle, no twists or turns, no exploration ability like age of empires ( A great series may i add ) So yeah. Dont buy it. Its not worth it. Expand
  4. Sep 13, 2014
    The least favourite of the Stronghold games in my opinion. The graphics did not improve to any great extent and the A.I is very harder that other A.L I have faced in the previous games but at least it is more challenging for your enjoyment. I am just upset that this feels more of a "patch" than an actually game due to the only changes of troop limit and A.L. Although skirmish is somewhat enjoyable if you do want to try it. Expand
  5. pooolold
    Jun 7, 2008
    I like Stronghold Crusader but this addon is nothing. Miserable work guys from Firefly ( or bosses who save money).