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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Mixed (121 reviews) - 66% of the 121 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Mixed (3,534 reviews) - 59% of the 3,534 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Sep 22, 2014

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April 7

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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April 1

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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Reviews

“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

Special Edition

  • 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

About This Game



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.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP/Vista/7/8/10 with latest service packs
    • Processor: Intel Core2 Duo 2Ghz or equivalent
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 8800GT 512MB or AMD Radeon HD 2900XT 512MB or better
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 4 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows Vista/7/8/10 64-bit with latest service packs
    • Processor: Intel Core i5 or equivalent
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 1GB or AMD Radeon HD 5830 1GB or better
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 4 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: This is the minimum spec recommended for hosting a multiplayer game.
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Dope Zebra
( 3.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 23
Product received for free
Yeah this game was really fun. Pretty much just like any other RTS game. MAYBE not worth the price though.
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Diakoptes
( 35.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 23
lots of people say crashes but i've never had that problem, couple of bugs nothing too major.

The game ruining part is the building +unit cap, each player gets 1000/no. players (for units) and 400/nomber of players (for buildings) which means no epic battles, small forts with limited production. The cap completly ruins the game.
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! (stҽamsharj.ir)
( 47.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 23
good game but i think a new perfect version beetween strong hold 1 and this should come out.
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R☯☮k↑E
( 128.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 22
I give 1.5 out of 5 stars to this game. It could be really a enjoyable game but there are lot of bugs in the game. Stronhold Crusader 1 was much better game. Lot of features were removed which were in the earlier game. I completely wasted my money on this game. Don't buy it :(
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Lithunanian SSRball
( 59.0 hrs on record )
Posted: July 21
Product received for free
Wow! i love this game! you can amke your own maps and you can fight 2 famus crusade era people and other made up stuff! i wish Firefly added computer only battles where al lords fight to the death and you dont envolve in that fight!
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Sir Walken
( 3.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 19
I bought this game because I liked the others quite a bit, but resource colletion and terrible AI really just ruined it for me.
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Like a BOWS {Fuck ALL}
( 20.4 hrs on record )
Posted: July 19
Welcome to the Stronghold Crusader II Review!

Starting words: I really dislike writing Reviews but for this game there are so many lack luster reviews it saddens me and they are not really reviews just garbage and people complainin about bugs, wich has nothing to do in a review but in the support forums of firefly and bug support.... so i was thinking my self i do a review.

First up, i do nor own the dlc's yet soon as i get them i will get to do a review on them aswell

Pro's and Con's:
______________________________________________________________
+The grafics arent as bad as everyone is claiming them to be, they are solid.[and Grafics are not really important for the amount of fun you can have with a game!!!]

______________________________________________________________+The AI is punishing especially on very low resources makes for some great game[the AI cheats but it does nowa days in everygame!) ______________________________________________________________+Map versatility there are a good amount of different maps to play with and it can be interessting fightin an all out last stand against 7 AI's ______________________________________________________________+Gameplay is far better than in other Stronghold's, battle is more intense more often and you can have a 500 strong man corps wich is very large! ______________________________________________________________+Music is just great, i don't get why people say it is not epic??? most of it is from the Original Crusader ______________________________________________________________+Multiplayer with AI( very important for me since i hate playing with random douches..) ______________________________________________________________+The UI is simple and easy to use/get used to, wich is great for newcomers ______________________________________________________________+It is actually dedicated to the Former Crusader fans therefore it is not a new supremecommander,Starcraft 2 or any other RTS it actually stays true to the FANBASE[ the universe can't comprehend this many Pro's i am giving for this fact!). ______________________________________________________________-The AI is using more and more little ambushing troops instead of massing units and siege you allout, wich makes it some times bothersome to play specific AI. ______________________________________________________________-Map's are not Large enough(for me that is) and there for no one needs horses ?!(and horses are lackluster). ______________________________________________________________-Ballista does not one shot units ????? i think it should no man or Woman can survive a 2 meterslong bolt throug their body?. ______________________________________________________________-Unit stacking on Towers(really really unencouraging people to build big nice looking castles and get people on the walls... ______________________________________________________________For me this is what i love and Hate bout the game, the AI is far Superior to Crusader, but only for the aggressive part dfeensive they are really not doing anything except using traps,(differs from AI to AI) the weak AI enemys are not utiilisyng anything that could let them survive a serious besiege'ing wich is.. sad. They are also not using the full potential of there Castels there are rarely any units on the walls.. ______________________________________________________________So why do you need to buy this game? ______________________________________________________________Well the Anwser is easy, really; It is a Great GAME that gives you alot of time to play around there is even a Map Editor wich you can play hours with it before actually creating you're own map and SHARE it on Steam Workshop, if you have friends you can have some tight battles against the ai if you combine different strength lvls on AI it is getting even more interesting. ______________________________________________________________ BTW: i did not encounter any bugs, they have been tended to, and been fixed. Please ignore those reviews who are just writting something on 1 Dislike basis and one stupid bug... games where never perfect and they just get more complex so they never will be perfect! ______________________________________________________________ i can Reccomend the vanilla game for full price, you won't regret it if you love building you're own castle and then battle it all out!
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Pépè
( 4.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 19
Very dissapointing.
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13 of 16 people (81%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
93.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 2
Stronghold Crusader 2:
I told myself after I bought Stronghold 3 that I would never again buy another Stronghold game, but once I saw this game I though I would give it a try.
I spent the full 60$ and would do it again. The AI is the best ever seen in a Stronghold game and the graphics are far superior. The new map editor allows the creation of great maps and I have spent 60+ hours on that alone.
Warning, do not buy this game if you want a strong campaing, there is only a series of skirmishes and very little/no story line. Also like the earlier stronghold crusaders there are no foods for feasts, and criminal punishments, so do not expect those, as they are special to the Stronghold games NOT Strongold Crusader.
9/10
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
20.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 19
Welcome to the Stronghold Crusader II Review!

Starting words: I really dislike writing Reviews but for this game there are so many lack luster reviews it saddens me and they are not really reviews just garbage and people complainin about bugs, wich has nothing to do in a review but in the support forums of firefly and bug support.... so i was thinking my self i do a review.

First up, i do nor own the dlc's yet soon as i get them i will get to do a review on them aswell

Pro's and Con's:
______________________________________________________________
+The grafics arent as bad as everyone is claiming them to be, they are solid.[and Grafics are not really important for the amount of fun you can have with a game!!!]

______________________________________________________________+The AI is punishing especially on very low resources makes for some great game[the AI cheats but it does nowa days in everygame!) ______________________________________________________________+Map versatility there are a good amount of different maps to play with and it can be interessting fightin an all out last stand against 7 AI's ______________________________________________________________+Gameplay is far better than in other Stronghold's, battle is more intense more often and you can have a 500 strong man corps wich is very large! ______________________________________________________________+Music is just great, i don't get why people say it is not epic??? most of it is from the Original Crusader ______________________________________________________________+Multiplayer with AI( very important for me since i hate playing with random douches..) ______________________________________________________________+The UI is simple and easy to use/get used to, wich is great for newcomers ______________________________________________________________+It is actually dedicated to the Former Crusader fans therefore it is not a new supremecommander,Starcraft 2 or any other RTS it actually stays true to the FANBASE[ the universe can't comprehend this many Pro's i am giving for this fact!). ______________________________________________________________-The AI is using more and more little ambushing troops instead of massing units and siege you allout, wich makes it some times bothersome to play specific AI. ______________________________________________________________-Map's are not Large enough(for me that is) and there for no one needs horses ?!(and horses are lackluster). ______________________________________________________________-Ballista does not one shot units ????? i think it should no man or Woman can survive a 2 meterslong bolt throug their body?. ______________________________________________________________-Unit stacking on Towers(really really unencouraging people to build big nice looking castles and get people on the walls... ______________________________________________________________For me this is what i love and Hate bout the game, the AI is far Superior to Crusader, but only for the aggressive part dfeensive they are really not doing anything except using traps,(differs from AI to AI) the weak AI enemys are not utiilisyng anything that could let them survive a serious besiege'ing wich is.. sad. They are also not using the full potential of there Castels there are rarely any units on the walls.. ______________________________________________________________So why do you need to buy this game? ______________________________________________________________Well the Anwser is easy, really; It is a Great GAME that gives you alot of time to play around there is even a Map Editor wich you can play hours with it before actually creating you're own map and SHARE it on Steam Workshop, if you have friends you can have some tight battles against the ai if you combine different strength lvls on AI it is getting even more interesting. ______________________________________________________________ BTW: i did not encounter any bugs, they have been tended to, and been fixed. Please ignore those reviews who are just writting something on 1 Dislike basis and one stupid bug... games where never perfect and they just get more complex so they never will be perfect! ______________________________________________________________ i can Reccomend the vanilla game for full price, you won't regret it if you love building you're own castle and then battle it all out!
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
16.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 13
For the longest time, I've ignored the "cheating" AI because I actually enjoyed the game. How ever I had something happen that I just cant ignore anymore when it comes to cheating AI... The AI built a siege camp right where my wall was, it made the wall disappear and they were able to come in as they wanted. I now longer recomend this game because of this even tho I still like the game.

evidence of my issue - http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=724089443
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11 of 20 people (55%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 3
if you expect a gameplay like first Crusader you will be disappointed.
No epic musics and no epic battles !
I don't recommend it to classic Stronghold and Stronghold Crusader fans.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
47.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 23
good game but i think a new perfect version beetween strong hold 1 and this should come out.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 11
not very fun, very unorganized
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3 of 6 people (50%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 10
Not that good compared to stronghold crusader HD
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
48.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 19
I always was a big fan of Stronghold and I own EVERY existing Stronghold so far ( except Stronghold Legends I believe ).

After firefly kind of messed up Stronghold 3, they came up with a huge promise, they said something like " Stronghold Crusader 2 will be like the loved title Stronghold Crusader 1 and will be carefully overworked to not make it a mess-up like Stronghold 3 and as similar as possible to SHC1 " But what happened?

They messed it up, completely. Stronghold Crusader 2 is literally NOT playable, the game terribly laggs and even crashes when having more than a hundred or two-hundred troops on the battlefield, multiplayer so on is dying or even dead already.

The campaign is alright but nothing compared to the lore and story telling campaign of Stronghold 1.

As disappointed as it makes me feel, I have to NOT recommend this game, it's a total mess-up. If you want to play REAL-STRONGHOLD as it was born and created, go for Stronghold 1 and Stronghold Crusader 1. If you can deal with the outdated graphics, you will enjoy it a lot.

PS: Thanks for messing up one of the greatest game-series firefly.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
16.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 12
A very nice game.....continue in doing strategy games....I hope you will continue this series
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
34.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 16
TL/DR ---> THIS GAME IS GOOD!

If you liked any other Stronghold game I would think you'd like this too. I sure do. Myself I'm kind of new to the Stronghold Series, having only discovered Crusader HD about 2.5 months ago. After looking 1st at this game, the reviews sent me back to the older verison. Which I really enjoy. Also I scooped the original Stronghold game to refine my skills. But I kept looking at this game. Having watched a few vids I decided to risk $9.97 Cdn for the Special Edition with the soundtrack while the sale was on. It's been money well spent!

It runs just fine on my older system and I've not noticed any bugs myself. There are some differences from the past version, however for me at least, the crucial elements of the game remain. Having read a lot of reviews regarding this game it seems the tough AI's are putting some people off. It took me a few days practice and watching vids to " git gud " enough to beat the first 2 Skirmish Trail missions against The Shah and The Rat, which I did last night. Looking forwards to more Skirmishes.

Having got this at 85% off it's been a good buy. I did also splurg a little more and buy The Princess and The Pig DLC while the sale was still on. Currently have a Custom Skirmish raging on vs The Pig and am enjoying the heck out of it. The next Skirmish Trail mission has me vs The Shah and The Rat together. Ought to be fun. If you are rich buy this game with the soundtrack now! If you are like me and not rich, watch some youtube videos and wait for the next sale... It's worth it!
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