Stronghold 3 Gold now includes 11 new PC maps created by community users, including: 3 Siege Maps, 2 Freebuild Maps and 6 Multiplayer Maps.
User reviews: Mostly Negative (1,629 reviews)
Release Date: May 25, 2012

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May 3

Stronghold 3 Steam Trading Cards

Steam Trading Cards are now available for the Stronghold 3 players. You can now collect and trade with your friends 9 Trading Cards representing different characters from the game, 5 Backgrounds with amazing in-game sightings and 5 emoticons to express anger or amusement using faces of different characters such as the Boy or Pig.

After you collect all 9 Trading Cards, you will be rewarded with a Badge. The badges are the heads of different Stronghold 3 lords, such as The Jackal, The Wolf, The Princess and so on. To collect the cards you must play the game. Show everyone the true strength of a true Stronghold 3 player!

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January 19

11 New Maps for Stronghold 3 Gold - Available January 26

Greetings Sire! This winter our kingdom expands, we’ve conquered the lands of our enemies. Two talented Stronghold 3 Community members Sorin and Dennis created 11 maps for us to enjoy:

• 3 Siege Maps (Ironforge, Thunderbluff and Chateau de Falaise);
• 2 Freebuild maps (so you can build a peaceful kingdom);
• 6 Multiplayer maps (for two and three players to show your skills in battle against other human players);

The update is free and available for PC version of Stronghold 3 Gold and it will automatically download on your computer.

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Stronghold 3 Gold - 11 new maps now available!

Stronghold 3 Gold now includes 11 new PC maps created by community users, including: 3 Siege Maps, 2 Freebuild Maps and 6 Multiplayer Maps.

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
232 of 242 people (96%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
74.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 26
I've had a few attempts playing this game, let me summarise:

At launch: a buggy mess, a festival of bugs and crashes and AI/UI issues. You could not place certain (crucial) structures like steps .. which would allow you to mount archers on the walls. Archers did not return fire as mace-men approached your walls. It was a ridiculous and frustrating mess. Only positive I can say is I liked some of the gritty art style.

A few months later: it seemed like the developer was as disappointed as most consumers .. there was apparently some advices saying they blamed the publisher who pushed for an early release, and that they would endeavour to give consumers the game that they deserve through patching and constant and consistent after-sale improvements. (Apparently the game we deserve is 'poo poo' because even with them working through the list of problems, the game, although playable in some ways, was still deeply flawed. Archers still wouldnt retaliate, still had issues placing simple things like stairs up to walls).

About a year after launch: I decide to give the game one last try. (Loved earlier Stronghold titles and the concept in general). They made some improvements to the game .. archers could fire back .. structures could be placed .. overall the game became somewhat playable .. BUT .. even after all that work they really barely achieve 'passable' .. archers may retaliate, but there's no mechanic for wall cover, and they get no elevation bonus to range or accuracy .. so basically 20 archers attacking a wall v 20 archers on a wall .. probably the attackers would win because they are clustered into one big kill-group, firing all their arrows together accurately, while the wall guys are scattered about and some would be out of range to attack... but yeah, basically the ones on the wall get no benefit). Also you'll place units on a wall and they will become un-movable. Just plain stuck.

So basically, despite a good legacy and concept, the game sucks.
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1,334 of 1,630 people (82%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 13
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235 of 263 people (89%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 30
Sorry,you are viewing the wrong site.
Go search "Stronghold Crusader Collection" or "Stronghold Crusader HD" instead m'lord.
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64 of 68 people (94%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 20
I'm just.. i don't know. I'm shocked.

Back in the days I played ALOT of Stronghold and Stronghold Crusader and it was totaly AWESOME.

This "game" here is just.. i don't know. What the hell where they thinking?! The unit movement makes you think you're playing on half if not quarter speed. The pathing is ABSOLUTELY stupid. Unit attacks aswell - an example: Lets say you have 50 Man-at-arms (spear throwing unit) and ORDER to attack a group of enemy units atleast 40 of these Man at arms will throw their spear although the enemy man at arms dies from 3 spears maximum thus making 37 Spears go completly into vain.


No skirmish mode just "User maps"

I was realy fighting with myself to make a pro/con list but i just can't. It's pointless. I hate to say it but i see no Pro's in this game and i'm realy an easy customer when it comes to games.

2/10 max. Wouldn't recommend it and I'm glad that i got this game through a Bundle for 3Euros instead of paying 29.99 for this piece of crap. Holy hell Firefly what happened? Sh1 and Crusader were awesome? How could you ♥♥♥♥ it up that much?!


Like i said 2/10 max. Would not recommend.
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67 of 74 people (91%) found this review helpful
24.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 24
Guess there isn't much I can say on this game. I bought it when it first released, and it was in a pitiful state. Fast forward three years, and the game is still not in any better state. There are plenty of bugs, and terrible design choices that should have never made it into this game. Many features that were promised never made it into the final release of the game, with much more being cut for one reason or another. Overall, I would not recommend this game to anyone who loves this series, and to go back and play the Stronghold Collection that comes with Stronghold, Stronghold Crusader(extreme), Stronghold 2, and Stronghold Legends which are all far superior games to this pile of rubbish.
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