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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 27
  2. Negative: 2 out of 27
  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
    Stronghold Warlords has a refreshing East Asian setting and satisfying castle building, but it looks and plays like an RTS that was asleep for most of the last decade or two.
  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It’s a genuine joy to plan everything out, and it makes the fact that the actual strategy side of the game feels a bit outdated sting a bit more.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 10, 2021
    67
    A decent if generic strategy game that lacks the big personality and siegecraft of earlier entries.
  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. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    Apr 12, 2021
    20
    This is yet another completely useless title from the Stronghold series, which actually does not bring anything interesting and simplifies the old proven principles even more. What lies behind the reasons for the release of such a game is a mystery to me, when, apart from the well-known brand, the game offers practically nothing and everything is incredibly sold out and rushed with a hot needle. [Issue#310]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 12
  2. Negative: 3 out of 12
  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 15, 2021
    8
    Big comeback of the series. Many uprgaded mechanics. Cool new devices and troops. Decent dyplomacy system. Units finally don't penetrate eachBig comeback of the series. Many uprgaded mechanics. Cool new devices and troops. Decent dyplomacy system. Units finally don't penetrate each other what makes clashes more realistic and tactical. Expand
  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. Mar 11, 2021
    5
    Outdated game in most aspects. A disappointment.
    Optimization at launch is not good at all too.
    Stronghold Crusader HD is a much better game
    Outdated game in most aspects. A disappointment.
    Optimization at launch is not good at all too.
    Stronghold Crusader HD is a much better game even right now. And Stronghold: Warlords is a very bad copy of it with nothing really new, except for setting and improved UI. And controversial Warlords mechanics is bad at least.
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  7. Jun 4, 2021
    0
    they are just trying to sell you old game in a new skin - nothing, pretty nothing changed much. when they say "classic" - it means "we havethey are just trying to sell you old game in a new skin - nothing, pretty nothing changed much. when they say "classic" - it means "we have done nothing to improve". when they say "descent" it means "we can't call it "good". lost 95% of players since launch. Expand

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