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  • Summary: Besiege Great Khans, Imperial warlords and Shōgun commanders in Stronghold: Warlords, the latest 'castle sim' from Firefly Studios. Command AI warlords across the battlefield as you build a castle economy and new gunpowder-fuelled siege engines.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 25
  2. Negative: 1 out of 25
  1. Mar 8, 2021
    80
    Stronghold Warlords takes the winning formula of the series and returns to the original's near-perfect form while improving on almost all aspects of the game. The newly added warlords mechanic didn't strike my fancy in the way I suppose the developers would have wanted, but that's not because it's a bad addition, just that it needs some tweaking to make it a more integral part of the game.
  2. Mar 10, 2021
    80
    When it’s fun, it’s really fun. When it isn’t, it’s still totally competent. The final thought will have to come down to whether or not building and knocking down castles sounds like a fun way to spend an evening. If so, then perhaps Stronghold: Warlord is a castle worth besieging.
  3. Mar 8, 2021
    70
    If Stronghold: Warlords sees a little post-release love from the developers, it could turn into a great stepping stone for the franchise; there are some kinks that need to be ironed out, but it's got a strong base to build off of. If you're a long-term fan of the series or want something a little different with your next RTS, this might be what you're looking for.
  4. 70
    Stronghold: Warlords is an odd game. On the one hand, it’s a wonderful setting, and it has some of the most satisfying castle building I’ve found in a game. It’s a genuine joy to plan everything out, and it makes the fact that the actual strategy side of the game feels a bit outdated sting a bit more. It’s not bad, not at all, but it feels like a game that’s stuck in the past a little bit.
  5. Mar 8, 2021
    68
    Stronghold: Warlords isn't really a bad game, but antiquated mechanics and bland campaigns prevent it from standing out amongst a crowded strategy market.
  6. Mar 12, 2021
    65
    If we will deplore the fights of great classicism, an often routed AI, an insufficiently dense multiplayer mode or a campaign without flavor in terms of stakes, Warlords always retains the pleasant character of the series in its management aspect, and satisfactory when our army creates breaches in abundance in the enemy ramparts.
  7. Mar 23, 2021
    40
    This is a deeply flawed strategy game whose main selling point, the new warlords system, turns out to be a complete failure. After a few hours you’ll be itching to uninstall this new Stronghold - if only because it’s not particularly nice to look at.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 11
  2. Negative: 2 out of 11
  1. Mar 11, 2021
    10
    omfg, I really liked stronghold: under siege and this one looks very solid as well. Recommended.
  2. Mar 11, 2021
    10
    A very solid game, A solid new entry to the Stronghold series, definitely the best 3D one.
    no errors the game is fun and satisfying, I recommend.
  3. Mar 16, 2021
    8
    FIREFLY! Start syncing dialogue to the lips of your animated portraits.

    Having an animated character speaking to you while not even moving
    FIREFLY! Start syncing dialogue to the lips of your animated portraits.

    Having an animated character speaking to you while not even moving his mouth is just silly. You guys could get away with this back during 2001 with the original Stronghold. But guess what? It's 2021. This is just unacceptable in a modern video game.
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  4. Mar 19, 2021
    6
    Stronghold Warlords it's a sequel to the original game. Uses eastern historical facts as lore. It's not a bad game but isn't a remarkable one.Stronghold Warlords it's a sequel to the original game. Uses eastern historical facts as lore. It's not a bad game but isn't a remarkable one. It's only for RTS fans.

    ---> Positive points:

    . Retain some mechanics that made stronghold 1 so good.
    . Fixed some graphics and mechanics issues from predecessors

    ---> Negative points:

    . Not remarkable in any way. Mechanics are the same from 2001, lore is generic.

    . Graphics aren't bad. but for example: Warcraft 3 is 20 years older and has better graphics.

    . Bugs. The game crashes at random or if you save a lot in a short period of time.
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  5. Mar 29, 2021
    6
    Im not a fan of rts games because they all just boil down to who has more units, but the Stronghold franchise is probably the best of theIm not a fan of rts games because they all just boil down to who has more units, but the Stronghold franchise is probably the best of the genre.
    This game is exactly the same as the old ones with just different ethnics and now you can rotate the camera, a good game but doesnt do anything new and imo isnt as charming as Crusader.
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  6. Mar 23, 2021
    5
    Thoroughly mediocre or just bad in all aspects. I can't even think of something it does well now that I'm trying to... it's just THAT sort ofThoroughly mediocre or just bad in all aspects. I can't even think of something it does well now that I'm trying to... it's just THAT sort of game.

    I suppose you can say it's playable unlike some previous Stronghold games that seemingly never left the Alpha Phase of development, I guess? But at the same time it seems prone to crashing without even giving an error popup. It just vanishes from the screen. It also runs shockingly poorly for something that looks like it was unironically made in 2006.

    The new "Warlord" thing is also a gimmick and largely an inconsequential nothing outside of handicapping player resources or otherwise locking the Win-Trigger in singleplayer behind controlling all of the Warlords.

    Of which the singleplayer missions are also rife with literally non-functional AI that just gets waves of units spawned in at the map edge and cant even be bothered to maintain an economy or repair their crumbling destroyed castle. They just sit there as you wittle away at them and nonsensically spam armies that spawn in at the sides of the map at you. Sometimes so often in some missions that it's a test of patience and seeing if you can manage the amount of trash-tier meatshield spam you need and doing the actual objective.

    Literally a 5/10 game. Functional but barely. Almost feels like a Knock-Off Stronghold game.
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  7. Mar 10, 2021
    1
    A very bad game in itself. Just awful as a sequel to the legendary Stronghold. Lack of optimization, atmosphere, disgustingly inconvenientA very bad game in itself. Just awful as a sequel to the legendary Stronghold. Lack of optimization, atmosphere, disgustingly inconvenient interface, completely stupid AI. I do not even recommend it for acquaintance, so as not to get upset. Expand

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