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  • Summary: The castle-sim and siege-warfare RTS game Stronghold, the sequel to the award-winning titles Stronghold and Stronghold: Crusader, brings the series to life in glorious 3D. Stronghold 2 also offers players a "castle-life" campaign, enhanced multiplayer capability and a new, innovative andThe castle-sim and siege-warfare RTS game Stronghold, the sequel to the award-winning titles Stronghold and Stronghold: Crusader, brings the series to life in glorious 3D. Stronghold 2 also offers players a "castle-life" campaign, enhanced multiplayer capability and a new, innovative and exciting single player campaign. [Global Star Software] Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 33
  2. Negative: 4 out of 33
  1. The vastly improved graphics are a joy to behold, the new punishment stations add a dimension to gameplay and the various modes will keep you playing 'til doomsday and beyond. It's almost perfect atmosphere-wise, and I could not have wished for anything more.
  2. It is a breeze to get started and there are helpful hints to aid those new to the genre.
  3. Manages to provide an engaging combination of simulated medieval warfare and peasant life without getting too lost in the mundane details that can easily wreak havoc on such a title.
  4. Game Informer
    68
    Neither the RTS-style combat nor the castle sim elements of the game live up to today's standards. [June 2005, p.135]
  5. Just doesn’t feel like a finished game.
  6. In the end, though, there's just not enough fruit underneath all the rind. If it's an all-in-one medieval strategy game you're after, just Alt-Tab really quickly between "Medieval: Total War" and "Castles II"--that'll come closer than Stronghold 2 does.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 67
  2. Negative: 26 out of 67
  1. Oct 27, 2011
    10
    Stronghold 2 isnt quite as good as stronghold 1, but is still actaully a pretty good game, the graphics are good and I really enjoyed theStronghold 2 isnt quite as good as stronghold 1, but is still actaully a pretty good game, the graphics are good and I really enjoyed the campaign. i play the multiplayer LAN alot and I love it. Stronghold 2 is one of my favourite games and is a must-have for strategy enthusiasts. Expand
  2. Oct 5, 2022
    10
    This game is one of the best game in series I don't know why this game is so get hated
  3. ShaneC
    Apr 21, 2005
    9
    Excellent game.
  4. Sep 13, 2014
    6
    Well first off the campaigns are quite enjoyable although voice acting are mediocre at best. The A.I isn't a challenge unless you don't have aWell first off the campaigns are quite enjoyable although voice acting are mediocre at best. The A.I isn't a challenge unless you don't have a good grasp of strategy. There are some bugs with units and occasional saving but they shouldn't be too bothersome. I only really criticize the A.L for being weak and the bugs in the game that occasionally hamper game process in campaigns but other than that I enjoyed free build mode and the campaigns. Expand
  5. Jul 3, 2013
    4
    The A.I. is retarded, and the bugs are ridiculous. Crossbows shoot faster than bowmen, a small rock from a mangonel causes an area of affectThe A.I. is retarded, and the bugs are ridiculous. Crossbows shoot faster than bowmen, a small rock from a mangonel causes an area of affect attack that sends men flying, and knights are useless on foot due to the fact they have to sheath and then redraw their sword every time they kill an enemy and move on to a new one. Just stick to the original, you cry from disappointment, despite the new features. Expand
  6. Jul 29, 2013
    2
    Game management AI is hit and miss freezes even graphic quality turned down Com AI is not very stable attacking randomly predictableGame management AI is hit and miss freezes even graphic quality turned down Com AI is not very stable attacking randomly predictable failures brought on by civilians Sub par voice acting. Expand
  7. ClarenceF.
    Jun 21, 2005
    0
    I can't even install it. It installs Disk1 for several minutes, and then sees disk2 as corrupt or not there, even though I can view the I can't even install it. It installs Disk1 for several minutes, and then sees disk2 as corrupt or not there, even though I can view the contents! Their tech support is absolutlely worthless! Expand

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