Stronghold Crusader 2 is the long awaited sequel to the original castle sim. After 12 years Stronghold returns to the desert with a new 3D engine and powerful Havok Physics. Crusader 2 recaptures the original game’s addictive, fast-paced gameplay and authentic castle simulation.
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发行日期: 2014年9月22日

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4月7日

April Update

Size - 3.4 MB
Version - 1.0.22670

We have released a small update to address a couple of issues.

Change Log
  • Fixed the "Fetchez La Vache" achievement.
  • Added an options_override file for players experiencing issues when saving game options. (See below for full details)

Some players have reported that the game does not allow them to load and save games properly. This appears to be because the game cannot access their Documents\Stronghold Crusader 2 folder for an unknown reason. To remedy this we have released an update allowing players to change the directory in which Stronghold Crusader 2 stores all options, saved games, maps etc.

In order to use this players can edit the file in \bin\win32_release\options_override.xml, located in their installed directory. Please read the instructions within the file before editing it.

We strongly suggest only using this override if absolutely necessary, in cases where the default directory cannot be used. Do NOT use this override option if you experience no issues when saving options, progress or saved games within Stronghold Crusader 2.

Please Note: Steam Cloud will not work if you use an override path. Steam Cloud only works with the Documents\Stronghold Crusader 2 folder.

This update should download automatically when you launch the Steam client. To confirm whether or not the download was successful, check the version number displayed in the bottom left corner of the main menu screen when launching Crusader 2. If the number displayed is not 1.0.22670 please restart Steam until the update downloads.

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4月1日

Free Weekend

Play for Free & Get 80% Off!

The full Stronghold Crusader 2 base game is currently FREE to download and play this weekend, with 80% off until Monday. Every player with a Steam account currently has access to the single player campaigns, multiplayer and all secondary modes, such as free build!

How to Play

  1. Install Steam.
  2. Download Crusader 2 for free.
  3. Repel the infidel!

For a limited time only we are giving you and your Steam friends a free ticket to the latest and greatest 3D entry in the Stronghold series. Face old rivals like Richard the Lionheart and Saladin in a series of dynamic, fast-paced skirmish matches, challenge your friends in the unforgiving multiplayer arena or build the world’s grandest castle in free-build mode.

Already own the game? Then invite your friends! Show no mercy in a brutal multiplayer showdown or teach them the ropes using the game’s unique co-op mode.

Crusader 2 will remain available for free until Sunday April 3rd at 20:00 GMT, giving you several full days to enjoy the definitive 3D Stronghold. The 80% off sale will run until Monday 17:00 GMT.

http://store.steampowered.com/app/232890/

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评测

“Crusader 2 is a triumphant evolution of the game that they've held dear for the last twelve years.”
8/10 – GameWatcher

“Minecraft power-users will marvel at the sophistication and visual clarity of its castle-building engine.”
8/10 – Empire

“Unique, fast-paced castle-building action the way it was meant to be.”
8/10 – Hooked Gamers

特别版

  • Digital Soundtrack Composed by Robert Euvino
  • 'The Art of Stronghold Crusader 2' Digital Art Book
  • Stronghold Crusader HD: Full game on Steam - Already own it on Steam? Gift it to a friend!

Special Edition Customers


To access your digital art book and soundtrack please install the game, navigate to the game folder and open up a folder titled ‘Special Edition’.

By default this is located at:

C:\Program Files\Steam\steamapps\common\Stronghold Crusader 2\Special Edition

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Stronghold Crusader 2 is the long awaited sequel to Stronghold: Crusader, the original 'castle sim'. After 12 years Stronghold returns to the deserts of the Middle East circa 1189, with a new 3D engine and realistic castle destruction powered by Havok Physics. Crusader 2 will recapture the original game’s addictive, fast-paced gameplay and authentic castle simulation.

True to its roots this new Stronghold will define old school real time strategy, combining RTS and city builder gameplay. Playing as a brutal Crusader Knight or Arabic freedom fighter, you must use a deadly array of troops and destructive siege equipment to decide the fate of the holy lands. Lead your forces into battle as either Richard the Lionheart or the Sultan of Syria in two historic single-player campaigns, with dynamic events such as tornados and locust swarms. Become the greatest Lord by managing your desert economy and seizing control of vital oases.

To dominate the battlefield you will need to command more than 25 unique unit types, mastering their special abilities. Raise morale with the Sergeant at Arms, charge in with the Sassanid Knight, use Archers to launch an arrow volley or scale castle walls with the deadly Assassin. Once your skills have been perfected put them to the test in skirmish mode or take the battle online with up to eight human and AI players. Create teams, choose different AI opponents and design your own map in the ultimate skirmish or multiplayer game!



  • Build the Ultimate Castle - Design mighty strongholds and fill them with fiendish traps to crush your enemies!
  • Skirmish Mode - Lay siege to your enemies in fast-paced custom skirmish matches against the AI.
  • 8 Player Multiplayer - Mix and match human and AI players, maps and game modes to set up your ideal multiplayer game.
  • Battle a Wide Range of AI Lords - Classic AI characters return alongside new blood, each with distinct personalities, castles and play styles.
  • Challenge the Crusader Trail - Test your mettle across a range of increasingly tough skirmish campaigns.
  • Co-op Play - Share control over castle building, troop control and resource management in Co-op Mode.
  • Castle Sandbox - Dive into the Map Editor or Free Build mode and construct the ultimate castle without fear of attack.

系统需求

    最低配置:
    • 操作系统: Windows XP/Vista/7/8/10 with latest service packs
    • 处理器: Intel Core2 Duo 2Ghz or equivalent
    • 内存: 2 GB RAM
    • 图形: NVIDIA GeForce 8800GT 512MB or AMD Radeon HD 2900XT 512MB or better
    • DirectX 版本: 9.0c
    • 网络: 宽带互联网连接
    • 存储空间: 需要 4 GB 可用空间
    推荐配置:
    • 操作系统: Windows Vista/7/8/10 64-bit with latest service packs
    • 处理器: Intel Core i5 or equivalent
    • 内存: 8 GB RAM
    • 图形: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 1GB or AMD Radeon HD 5830 1GB or better
    • DirectX 版本: 9.0c
    • 网络: 宽带互联网连接
    • 存储空间: 需要 4 GB 可用空间
    • 附注事项: This is the minimum spec recommended for hosting a multiplayer game.
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sirmalathos
( 5.8 小时(记录在案的) )
发布于:5月4日
I wouldn't pay full price for this. Maybe if it goes on sale. $10 at the most. It just doesn't feel right. Inferior to other Stronghold games in my opinion.
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Матиас
( 16.3 小时(记录在案的) )
发布于:5月3日
Positive:
>All DLCs are cheaper than the game
>Can rotate every angle
>Some characters are back in SC2 (love the nostalgia)

Negative:
>Can't focus on attacking 1 single target
>Switching formation is making the movement slow
>When attacking using Maceman, they're running fast to approach the enemy
>You need at least 1 or 2 space to use the stairs through the wall

This game is dedicated to 1 of my friend. As I enjoyed playing this game, I really wish that firefly could fix the bugs and some errors.
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The Typical Australian Wanka
( 2.1 小时(记录在案的) )
发布于:5月3日
To buy, or not to buy. If it is the craving for the style of the old stronghold games that you are looking for, you will be massively disapointed. If it was a fun and involving strategy game that you are looking for, again, you are to be disapointed. If you are looking for an in depth city/castle builder, unless you've played all the Anno, Age Of Empires, and earlier stronghold games until you simply cannot stand to play them any longer, then this MIGHT be worth the buy if it is on sale.

I bought this game whilst it was on sale, undetered by the overwhelmingly negative reviews i had read earlier, I foolishly bought the game with the low expectation that it would be at most a poorly re-done stronghold 3. Even with those low expectations I was still let down. The campaign takes well over an hour of unskippable grinding gamplay that inst even remotely interesting before you even get to do anything remotely interesting. To make matters worse, there was no mention or easily recognisable option that would speed up the game speed, and so it was almost when i was at the end of my patience when i discovered that the only way to change game speed is with the hotkeys "+ or -", making this game a hell of a drag for the beginning of any single player match

The multiplayer is barely any better, it shows none of the fast paced action of stronghold 2 or its predecessors, and the matchmaking was very poor and scarce.

In summary, unless you have played every other strategy game you own until you cannont bear to play them for one moment longer, do not buy this game. I would instead recommend watching the opening cinematics for AOE1 in 240x 180p than recommend somebody actually buy this game and play it
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Denis
( 192.6 小时(记录在案的) )
发布于:5月2日
Great game but after almost 2 years it still have bugs on assassins & other things.
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Soyaman
( 8.9 小时(记录在案的) )
发布于:4月30日
By the sounds of it you're unable to play with your friends if they bought the game from another platform (GOG)
Also the game has weird disconnect issues after like 30-60 minutes of play.

That's not even mentioning the mediocre bland remake and DLC hogging which adds practically no content.
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Derek54u
( 0.9 小时(记录在案的) )
发布于:4月28日
Overall, this game is just another wanna-be AoE. It fails.
It doesn't even have unit stats as far as I could see, though I didn't play it much at all so I could be wrong.
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X-07
( 162.9 小时(记录在案的) )
发布于:4月28日
Not bad at all
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pakteri
( 7.1 小时(记录在案的) )
发布于:4月27日
Great game like the first one. So much fun!
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RuneBaNe
( 61.8 小时(记录在案的) )
发布于:4月26日
If you are a true RTS fan, this game is for you. Great economy system too. Its a little bit tougher than some rts's but thats what makes it fun. If you like any of the age of empires game or the anno series, its like a combination of the 2. Greatest Medieval Rts there is so far.
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thesilentassassin
( 0.4 小时(记录在案的) )
发布于:4月25日
I liked the game but it wasnt as good as the classic stronghold crusader. Bit of a let down compared to the first game which was a childhood favourite
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| BEBO | LAPAR |
( 28.6 小时(记录在案的) )
发布于:4月23日
This game is beautiful. Not the best Stronghold Games so far, but still, its beautiful. Endless possibility with map editor, community map is better and absolute bigger map than the previous titles, Castle sim mode is the best, unlimited building, YES UNLIMITED BUILDING, i've gotten to 700 population in castle sim mode and let my peons pay super high tax XD.

ignore the bad reviews, if you are truly follows stronghold, you shoul try this one, BE AWARE though if you have slow pc, I do not recommend it. It's going to be a laggy adventure for you.
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anyinggucheng
( 1.4 小时(记录在案的) )
发布于:4月22日
没有多种语言是最大缺点
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slapmamma69
( 17.8 小时(记录在案的) )
发布于:4月22日
SORT YOUR MULTIPLAYER WTF IS WRONG WITH U ITS 2016 WHY WHY WHY !!!!!!!! JESUS CRIST MY LORD SORT IT OUT ! MORE LAG MY LORD ! MORE LAG MORE LAG MORE LAG MORE LAG MORE FLIPPING LAG MY LORD ! SORT IT OR REFUND EVERY 1 U MUG OFF WITH URE CRAP U CALL A GAME USELESS1
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Dragon Alien
( 16.3 小时(记录在案的) )
发布于:4月21日
I upgraded to Windows 10 and now the game won't run you guys need to fix this now. Because all it does is pop-up the little box that says Stronghold Crusader 2 is running then kicks me out of the game before it even has a chance to run!
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Bunnybear
( 14.5 小时(记录在案的) )
发布于:4月21日
Seems like a fun game. I'm not personally into that type of combat. I prefer turn based games. The builder part was fun though. Never got past the tutorial Ambush
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Starfox
( 2.1 小时(记录在案的) )
发布于:4月21日
Stronmghold Crusdader 0.5
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timmyester
( 31.7 小时(记录在案的) )
发布于:4月20日
Took 3 hours for 3 AI to kill 4 other AI
- 10/10 IGN
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Draaaaaaven
( 0.4 小时(记录在案的) )
发布于:4月20日
I like Stronghold Crusader HD 1 better.
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Triple A
( 201.7 小时(记录在案的) )
发布于:4月19日
love the game/ but i think theres some building that havent added, and why there is no siege tower?
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0.4 小时(记录在案的)
发布于:4月25日
I liked the game but it wasnt as good as the classic stronghold crusader. Bit of a let down compared to the first game which was a childhood favourite
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6.6 小时(记录在案的)
发布于:4月6日
Nice game. However it gets quite frustrating to build up again and again everytime you start a new campaign.
Most certainly not as nice as AOE2.. but still worth trying out for crusade era lovers.
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发布于:4月21日
Seems like a fun game. I'm not personally into that type of combat. I prefer turn based games. The builder part was fun though. Never got past the tutorial Ambush
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3.0 小时(记录在案的)
发布于:4月9日
I played it during the free weekend with some friends and it was okay, but in my opinion never worth any money. Playing gets boring really fast and I would never ever play it solo.

I can't recommend it, you'll have more fun with Age of Empires 2...
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1.4 小时(记录在案的)
发布于:4月9日
DOGSHITE

Clunky and boring. Only get this if it's dirt cheap or else youre an idiot.
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23.3 小时(记录在案的)
发布于:4月8日
New Stronghold games are not getting much positive reactions, and for Stronghold III I can only say that I agree with that. Now however, Stronghold Crusader II is not that well received either, which is not just.

For a successor of Stronghold Crusader I, this is just a decent game. Why?

-Decent graphical updates
-Lots of free content, many campaigns
-New units and buildings
-More advanced AI
-Many detailed improvements

Now, sure, there are some cons as well. There still could be more variety in castle structures, controls are not always in favour of the player and eventhough it got a nice graphical update, it still is behind on the latest standard. Nonetheless, it is just a fun game. It makes you relive the Stronghold Crusader nostalgia, and the campaign makes you lose track of time.
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28.6 小时(记录在案的)
发布于:4月23日
This game is beautiful. Not the best Stronghold Games so far, but still, its beautiful. Endless possibility with map editor, community map is better and absolute bigger map than the previous titles, Castle sim mode is the best, unlimited building, YES UNLIMITED BUILDING, i've gotten to 700 population in castle sim mode and let my peons pay super high tax XD.

ignore the bad reviews, if you are truly follows stronghold, you shoul try this one, BE AWARE though if you have slow pc, I do not recommend it. It's going to be a laggy adventure for you.
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发布于:4月21日
Stronmghold Crusdader 0.5
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16.3 小时(记录在案的)
发布于:4月21日
I upgraded to Windows 10 and now the game won't run you guys need to fix this now. Because all it does is pop-up the little box that says Stronghold Crusader 2 is running then kicks me out of the game before it even has a chance to run!
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0.3 小时(记录在案的)
发布于:4月9日
Even if it's 99% off, go buy a candy bar.
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0.3 小时(记录在案的)
发布于:4月12日
I returned this game and here's why.

It was honestly one of the worst things I have ever played. The user interface looks ugly and so are the graphics, the voice acting is terrible and villagers no longer speak when you click on them which was one of the best small details of other games. The economy, happiness and resource sides of the game are very simplistic and add nothing to the game. I only played it for a short time and knew that it was no good.

Ignore the screenshots and videos, they are fake as hell. If you want a good Stronghold experience go buy Stronghold 2 for €4. This game isn't even half as good as that is.
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9.5 小时(记录在案的)
发布于:4月13日
To be clear, I had this game as soon as it came out. I was quite reluctant to give so much money for a blind leap, so I won't comment where or how I got it. I bought it as soon as it came to Steam and I had money at hand, hoping that the reviews and negativism were rather exaggerated. Sadly, my hopes were in vain.

It is sad to see that this "new" take on our beloved series fail our expectations so hard. That which could have been a new breath of life for the classic series, with all technologies and possibilities at hand somehow managed to fail miserably.

The content does hardly bring anything new. Many things seem clumsy and broken. "Fortifications" feel like paper, unless you set walls to 2x health (Which does not affect hoardings and such, still being pulled down by about 10 arrows). We may have 3d graphics and quite smoothly running engine, but the mechanical and gameplay details which were taken out are not even worth it. Take the worst aspects of SH2 (which even flawed I somehow managed to enjoy) and the theme of SHC. Ta-da!

Where are the iconic monks? Mill boy can't keep up with wheat production of the mill itself, his wheat piles up on the elevator... and why is he sole? Slaves able to survive several arrows with slave drivers at hand, bruning all to cinder faster than you'd get cavalry out? Hoardings on walls not deflecting arrows, and the additional ones you purchace fall apart -to actual arrows-? Moats, please? Siege towers? Ladders? Useful horse archers? Entertainment or torture? Amusing citizen responses? No? Very well... a castle builder where castle is absolutely redundant.

Oh, where are the times that towers actually did protect your units... or when siege actually could fail if you brainlessly bashed against enemy's walls. If templar knight is sturdier than walls of a castle, I think something is a bit off. Since walls have proven worthless waste of time, we simply turned to units. Did it work? Yes. Not a single tower, not a single wall. At some point, we did not even have to try since enemy kept charging lion dens and dying out, completely ignoring us.
Alas, I could go on for countless lines...

Considering that the devs in interview said that they wished to make this game on their own terms, unlike SH3, not being pressed to deadline so that the game itself could provide quality entertainment. Shame, if this is the quality you sought.
Surely we have interesting variety of troops, mayhap not quite balanced... oh wait... no, it is roughly the same amount only with ridiculously overpowered choices... but variety nevertheless (With knights who can stand in fire for minutes and take countless arrows and bolts while tearing down the walls brick by brick). We also have quite poorly animated lord responses and *cough* 'beautiful' artwork... oh, lords. Of course, we have those, even though half of them is in DLCs 5 bucks each, thank you very much.

I can't tell how much laughter and venomous jokes stirred by disappointment and irony dripped from our mouths as we played this with friend. After the painful chore of fighting the not-so-smart-♥♥♥♥ AI, we absconded this game for it's predcessor.

Want to buy this? You'd be better off with Crusader HD.
Or maybe you would like to laugh your lungs out. That works too.
My subjective opinion, your choice of purchase.

At least Robert Euvino did his job as well as would be expected of him.
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0.2 小时(记录在案的)
发布于:4月15日
This game is a piece of ♥♥♥♥
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0.4 小时(记录在案的)
发布于:4月20日
I like Stronghold Crusader HD 1 better.
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13.3 小时(记录在案的)
发布于:4月16日
The Firefly team has been slowly going downhill, backwards. Even if I had not started with Stronghold 1, I would not
reccomend this game.

- Difficulty. The programmers confused cheating with difficulty. What this essentially means is the moment you have finally breached the castle walls, the AI will instantly spawn a very large amount of troops to flood you, then instantly repair the breach.
- Economy. While you certainly have to tend to yours, the AI does not. Destroying farms, mines, quarries, food, does nothing to slow down or stop the AI. While it appears they are spending money, they are not and can always afford anything.
- Rushes. The campaign is an exercise in defending against rushes. Remember the cheating thing? Combine that with a rush. Takes 30 seconds for a fully grown AI to be outside your castle with catapults, torches, and enough to kill your Lord, meanwhile your fletcher has not even gotten to his workshop yet.
- Defensive ability. All you have to defend yourself are walls. That is it. No moats. Hoarding is killed by a couple arrows, and arrows tend to simply pass right through it. No real way to create a defence besides building more walls. Walls that have to constantly be tended to due the the sheer catapult rush the AI throws at you. No engineers to help either. And Walls are super expensive to build, which wouldnt be an issue if I did not require so much time to tend to them.

It wants to be good, but falls flat. Play Stronghold 1, 2, and Crusader 1.
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19.6 小时(记录在案的)
发布于:4月7日
Cant place that there m'lord
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2.5 小时(记录在案的)
发布于:4月1日
在一小时的游戏历程中,出现了两次花屏现象,只能选择切断电源
除此之外,还有选择菜单莫名切换至建筑菜单的问题
目前尚不知原因
是因为3DM汉化的缘故,官方语言无此问题

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我觉得无论一个游戏是否好玩,你是否喜欢,至少你要先玩过才能好好评价
虽然我目前也只玩了一个小时,也说不出太多东西,暂且做一个推荐的评价,日后可能有所改动
但是那种只玩了0.1个小时,然后居然说这是回合制游戏的人
Excuse me ?
您玩的是您自己开发的游戏么?
这0.1个小时里您真的玩过么?
还是进不了游戏不知所措?
只能祝您身体健康
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发布于:4月1日
本来我
以为它
只是一坨屎
结果是
这玩意
连屎都不如
童年不再
要塞已亡
被水淹没
不知所措
祝萤火虫
提前射精
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4.8 小时(记录在案的)
发布于:4月2日
-worse balance;
-lack of some of game elements;
-unreasonable game rhythm;
-Stiff movement;
+brings memories;
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+plus one.
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48.0 小时(记录在案的)
发布于:4月2日
First things first, let me tell you that I'm a veteran stronghold player/fan from the old days, ever since the first stronghold came out I've played all stronghold titles except stronghold 3 and stronghold kingdoms up to this point. And also I've played this game both before the optimisation patch came out and after that. And I must say, I really can't join the obvious hate train on this one. Maybe you'll dismiss me after these words, but first hear me out.
Not only will I bring some closure on some of the infamous aspects the other reviewers have pointed out about the game in it's early stages, but I will also recommend you which Stronghold game you should look for according to your interests.

About the claims saying that this game is unbalanced. Let me point out that this game, is both warfare-wise and economy-wise, is more balanced than any other stronghold game that I've played. In older games, bread production was the way to go in all situations, and sword production was the thing you should go for, simply because all other melee units were simply trash compared to swordsmen and knights, removing the reason/need for more than half of weapon workshop options and the soldier options. Mantlets and horse archers were simply overpowered, and it was the best choice to amass them. In Stronghold 2, siege engines were so broken that you could defend a "castle" without building a single wall, or you didn't need to actually move in your melee units to kill advancing swordsmen, because they couldn't even get close. But in this game, you can see that all of those issues I mentioned above don't exist anymore.

In first crusader game, everything was so cheap that money virtually didn't cost anything after you've set your core economy in place, having thousands upon thousands of gold and not even being able to find a way to spend all of that was simply meaningless, and at the same time arabian units were simply way too expensive to train early on. But in this game, you can always feel the pressure of being short for money, from all the way from beginning to the endgame, as it should be. And this doesn't mean that it's impossible to build a rich settlement, there are actually new features that immensely help with that!

For example, in this game a market is not required to sell or buy goods, but still there is a market building option. Why? Because this market building provides autosell and autobuy options. And stockpile, granary and armory buildings have unlimited space. Honestly, these are the most important reasons why this game is actually superior to any other stronghold game (stronghold 2 didn't have unlimited stockpile). Anyone who've played enough stronghold games can know, that it's a pain in the ♥♥♥ both trying to manage the stockpile by selling excess stone so that your bread production chain won't crumble upon itself, and trying to command your units in battle at the same time. Let's say that you don't have iron reserves but you really need some armor in your armory. But you cannot stop what you are doing and buy iron because the enemy is keeping you busy all the time. Worry not! Just set some iron to autobuy, and the system is already set in stone. You just set your autosell and autobuy options and sit back and enjoy warfare while the money counts itself. The new minimap and UI are also way better than the older games. It's easier to spot units on map, and UI is customizable and you can see how much goods you have in your stores at the top of your screen all the time, if you wish so. The new popularity chart is vastly superior to the older games, aside from the default popularity displays, you can see both the daily income and consume of food, ale, and candles, so when you increase the rate of rations you don't have to pay attention to your granary all the time to figure out if they are declining or not. Which makes setting taxes and setting your economy a lot easier than it was in older games. Another example that points out that it's still easy to have a rich settlement: the default tax rate is "low taxes" now, and it doesn't exert a negative effect in your popularity.

Roughly all buildings are more than 2 times as expensive than it was in older games, and that is a welcome addition. It's a bit harder to spam quarries to get rich early on, and it's still possible. Now there is a reason to set up other types of food farms as well, and even at the beginning you are still able to set up bread production if you play right. And also multiple food types provide way more popularity bonus than it did in original games, now you can raise your tax rate by one level just by having all food types in your granary. So having multiple types of food production is relatively not something so useless contrary to how it was in original games.

Now, there are 2 more important melee fighter options alongside swordsmen. Sergeant at arms and templar knights, which (other than armor) requires pikes and maces, respectively. Sword production is not the only important weapon production anymore. In this game, european archers are better than arabic archers, so opting to craft regular longbows are not obsolete anymore. Horse archers are way more squishy and fire way slower while on the move, all archers are way more accurate and they do not miss horse archers anymore. Mantlets are way weaker to arrow damage, it's not possible to just create 100 mantlets and have an invincible army. Mantlets cannot go on walls anymore, so you can't just build one tower and a few archers and a mantlet, and have the most unbreakable defense ever. Knights, sergeant at arms, and arabian melee cavalry are all very expensive units, so training swordsmen does not become something obsolete when you are short on money. Some siege engines are way more expensive than they were in original games, and some of them are also even cheaper, making them relatively more balanced. If you want to have a strong army, you will have to train some of those expensive units, and that will constantly keep your economy in check and you won't be swimming in meaningless amounts of gold. Gold will be important throughout the game. All of the things I've counted by now clearly shows how more balanced and therefore, a better gameplay this game provides compared to previous games.

The siege engines do not knockback units they hit as they did in Stronghold 2 anymore. Even though it was fun to watch your hapless enemies in that situation, it was inarguably overpowered. However, siege engines do knock soldiers down from walls when they hit them, and that is an instant kill regardless of what type of soldier it is. (and in Stronghold 2, crossbowmen would survive those falls) This is much better, and more realistic.

Did I mention that the game got an optimisation update roughly more than 6 months ago? Yes, I already did. I must admit, the game looked promising but it was literally unplayable before the patch came out because of the massive FPS drops in skirmish games. But now, that's all gone, it only happens rarely when you are nearing the maximum number of buildings limit in a full on 8 player game. And it mostly depends on how strong your computer is, really. If your system cannot run some of the games that came out last year, it might as well be pretty normal that you are having problems while trying to run this game. For that, I would only advise you to upgrade your machine. Other than FPS problems, a lot of bugs the reviewers have pointed out are also gone as well, sure still a few might happen from time to time like cross positioned models, knights not being able to mount horses and archers not being able to mount war wagon while they are moving, but it occurs rarely and doesn't make the game anything short of enjoyable.


-Because of the maximum word count Steam review system enforces, I will continue my review in this review's comment section, and you can read there if you are interested-
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