Now available for Linux, PC and Mac! Stronghold 3 Gold arrives with the new Blackstaff 5 mission single player campaign and bonus Historical Sieges.
User reviews: Mostly Negative (1,092 reviews)
Release Date: May 25, 2012
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Stronghold 3 Gold Now Available for LINUX!

Now available for PC, Mac & Linux, Stronghold 3 Gold contains the Blackstaff 5 mission single player campaign and bonus Historical Sieges.

Set during the events of Stronghold 3’s military story, the Blackstaff campaign follows Thomas Blackstaff as he hunts down the three escaped sons of The Rat. Travel across the sea to Greyshore Island to battle the Evil Brotherhood.

Bigger than ever before, the world’s favorite castle sim now contains 3 core campaigns (including the new Blackstaff Campaign), 4 multiplayer modes (including the new Coronation mode), a free build sandbox mode and 12 historical sieges.

About This Game

Stronghold 3 is the long-awaited third installment in the award winning castle-building series. Set 10 years after the original, the Wolf it seems, has cheated death and during his painful recovery he’s become even more bitter and twisted. Now he seeks revenge. Raiding villages and towns during the dead of night, the Wolf has created a tide of panic and you and your allies are the only force that stand against him. In this stunning new update to the world’s favorite Castle Sim - will you triumph by day or die by night?

Key features:

  • Build and manage mighty castles with an improved building system allowing unprecedented levels of realism and intricacy
  • Realistic physics and cutting-edge graphics make siege warfare more brutal than ever.
  • Watch your village spring to life in an amazing depiction of medieval village life
  • Story-driven gameplay engages players across two campaigns: combat or economic
  • Dramatic night time sieges add a new dimension to the Stronghold franchise
  • Besiege other players’ castles or defend your own in a range of action-packed online multiplayer modes
  • Attack or defend accurately re-created castles from the pages of history. Will you succeed where others failed?

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows® XP SP3/ Windows® Vista SP2/ Windows® 7
    • Processor: Dual Core CPU – 2.0GHZ
    • Memory: 2GB RAM
    • Graphics: 256 MB ATI HD2600 XT or better, 256 MB nVidia 7900 GS or better
    • DirectX®: DirectX 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 5 GB space free
    • Sound: DirectX 9.0c-compatible sound card
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows® Vista SP2/ Windows® 7
    • Processor: 1.8 GHz Quad Core CPU
    • Memory: 4GB RAM
    • Graphics: 512 MB ATI 4800 series or better, 512 MB nVidia 9800 series or better
    • DirectX®: DirectX 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 5 GB space free
    • Sound: DirectX 9.0c-compatible sound card
    • OS: 10.6.8 and above
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo (Dual-Core) Quad Core Recommended CPU Speed: 2.4 GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Hard Disk Space: 8 GB
    • Video Card: Radeon HD2600, Geforce 8600, with 512 MB VRam or better
    • Additional: Two Button Mouse
    • Supported Video Cards: NVIDIA GeForce® 8600, 8800, 9600M, GT 120, 320M ATI Radeon HD 2600, HD 3870, HD 4670, HD 4850, HD 5670, HD 5750
    • OS: Linux, Ubuntu 14.10, Mint 17 supported
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo (Dual-Core) Quad Core Recommended CPU Speed: 2.4 GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Hard Disk Space: 8 GB
    • Video Card: OpenGL 2.1 capable card, nvidia and fglrx supported
Helpful customer reviews
27 of 44 people (61%) found this review helpful
26.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 23
About as fun as masterbating with sandpaper
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 30

2/10
Overall, don't buy the game. Its terrible... It doesn't live up to the Stronghold series. Don't even buy it on a sale even if its $7.49. Go buy a small game with 8 dollars, you can probably find something with more playability. Go ahead and buy those cheap DLCs or cosmetics you've been wanting for your other games. Go ahead... its much better to buy cosmetic DLCs or small packs then it is to buy this game.
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Graphics8/10 The games graphics are probably the best in the Stronghold series, but there are problems stated about this below
Modes3/10 The lack of modes is terrible, there is no more skirmishes, there is a great lack of siege battles (and those siege battles are pathetic). There is no built in editor either.
Campaign5/10 The campaign is terrible! I haven't even got through the first mission it was SO poor!
Building placement3/10 This is a true horror. They added a nice new way to rotate buildings, but the downside is, it takes longer to place buildings now! But whats worse is the spaceing! You can't place buildings closer than 6 feet now! Buildings are so spaced, but the maps (which I won't do a category on) are also terrible! You can only place buildings on 1/4 of the map, because of the elevation, and the strict limits! You have to be careful of where you place, and you can only place so few buildings because of the stupid placement system.
Bugs and crashes4/10 I myself haven't saw much bugs (but I have heard of a lot) But crashes, theres a lot of that too. Not even 2 hours, and I already had a crash. The first Stronghold is more stable with crashes, even though I have Windows 8 and no compability mode on!
How it runs4/10 LAG LAG LAG and low FPS. I really don't know if its my computer or the game, but it has a low FPS. Other people have stated there was lag though. But it is bad... I can run 800 people with a small castle on the map in Stronghold 2 on high graphics, here I can't run 100 people on the map with even medium graphics. Avoid.
ExtraOnce, a Youtuber named DiplexHeated said,"The buildings are terrible. It all just feels like a village, unlike a castle you'd see in Stronghold 2."
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 10
Rember how great Stronghold was?
Remeber how Stronghold 2 caught that same magic, just refined it down. Wasn't 100% the origional, but it brough its own things to the table.

Stronghold 3 is an attept to capture the elements of the first two games with updated graphics. However it feels like it was made by a completely differt studio. This game is just not the same. It looks the same, the core concepts are there, but it's not. Ever see John Carpenters "The Thing"....yeh, and then the new one? Just like that, keep the origionals and don't spoil your memory
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 26
A terrible grab at money. I would barely say this glitchy, buggy, lazy and poorly optimized game is worth a purchase on sale, especially to fans of the franchise. Now I was alright with Stronghold 2. It was fun enough. Same with Legends. They had their issues but they were still decently fun games. This game is not fun. It isn't enjoyable. It brings nothing to the table. It's just broken and wonky. Units phasing through walls, shooting through walls, extreme lighting bugs and crashes to where I feel like a computer demon is clawing it's way out of my computer screen. The game doesn't have that "Hey I'm not the best game but I have enough charm to be fun" type of gameplay that 2 and Legends have. I am extremely disappointed with what was done to this franchise, and Stronghold 3 has made it so i will never buy anything full price from FireFly ever again.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
38.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 5
Shame on firefly. Money grabbing ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥s to ruin a great series with a broken mess that is SH3t. They never fixed the game because its unfixable and are still trying to sell this pos on steam. Shame on Steam too. Firefly will never see another dollar from me.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
13.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 27
nothing like the original camara angles make playing the game almost impossible , crappy map editor , boring single play
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 28
Never, ever play this game. Interest in Stronghold series ? go for the first and second installment
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 31
This game gets a 2.1 out of 10. (Very Bad)
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 31
the original stronghold game is one of my favourite city builder games but unfortunetly none of the follow ups matched this. could not get into this one unfortunetly, but maybe need to give it a few more hours.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
Look, ever since Crusader I, Firefly studio has been taking steps backward. This is the worst. Literally every single part of this game is bad. There is not a single part that I can say was enjoyable AT ALL. So bad.

so so bad....


SHC2, however, was pretty great. A HUGE step in the right direction to redeeming the Stronghold franchise.

Save your money, buy SHC2 instead. Or hey, SH and SHC HD remakes.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 3
Schlechtester Teil der Reihe
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 4
Do not like video setup. it is too 3 dimensional and too close to tthe ground making it hard to move troops easily.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
28.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 24
This game is fu***d ... It's the heaven of LAGGS and BUGS. It's a very very nice story as always in Stronghold and a nice option of troops and buildings, but to play with a big amount of troops in multiplayer is nearly NOT possible. It's lagging a lot and the Multiplayer is not working most of the time.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
14.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 31
The developers should be shot for this and wasting my time and money.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
20.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 14
the makers of this game failed to actually do anything with it. it is so basic and limited it never should have come out
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 24
Another company misleading the public into sales.

Marked off the list for me.
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6 of 11 people (55%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
It is (almost) so good!!! Stronghold 3 is a generally good game, It has a balanced system of progression and a good castle building system; but, the lack of skirmmish may be a deal-breaker for many. That's right, this game has no skirmmish. Except for some (generic) campaigns and a tutorial, this game has NO singleplayer. So if you don't have some reliable friends I would sadly not recommend this game, but I you have a network of friends and they have this game, you could have a LOT of fun.
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7 of 13 people (54%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 23
No skirmish mode no thank you.
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7 of 13 people (54%) found this review helpful
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 25
Multiplayer doesnt work on mac at all and on windows (using two diff computers) had to manually go into files and fix them to play multiplayer.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
6.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 23
trerrible game that was never finished
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