Now available for PC and Mac! Stronghold 3 Gold arrives with the new Blackstaff 5 mission single player campaign and bonus Historical Sieges.
User reviews: Mostly Negative (926 reviews)
Release Date: May 25, 2012
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Stronghold 3 Gold Now Available!

Now available for PC and Mac, Stronghold 3 Gold arrives with the new 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

    • 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
    • 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
Helpful customer reviews
94 of 129 people (73%) found this review helpful
40.4 hrs on record
sadly this game has better graphics and worse gameplay. not sure what they did but it doesnt work. keep the graphics and bring back the old play modes
Posted: April 11
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26 of 40 people (65%) found this review helpful
12.2 hrs on record
I took a chance with my four dollars plus change and got it. Glad I did. In spite of all the hate that has been heaped on this game, it has a certain appeal. That is, if you like town/castle building, hoarding resources, ordering peasants around, and seeing your enemies crushed and driven before you; while listening to the lamentation of their women.

Soundtrack is fitting for a feudal lord, but John Barley Corn tends to play a tad too often, and the lyrics remind me of brave Sir Robin. Graphically, the landscapes are rendered like impressionistic oil paintings, which is fitting for this genre, although not for this time period. Also, if you've got a hankering for medieval architecture, you'll be treated to variety of historically accurate building styles; a few have given me ideas for building defenses in other games like 7 Days to Die.

The one thorn in my crown over this game is multi-player because I can never connect. However, for the sale price the single player modes are worth it, and real feudal lords didn't have an internet for their multi-player games either. I give it two forks up! (Note: One of the forks is somewhat bent from jamming it in my ethernet port while trying to get multi-player to work.)
Posted: June 4
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14 of 19 people (74%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
i loved stronghold 2, but this game is buggy and downright horrible. Troops can hack at walls with swords and knock them down, and there is no skirmish mode. I bought this game for $5, and I wouldn't get it again if you paid me. The AI for your troops is downright awful, as well. 0/5 would not recommend. I'm off to play SH2 and get the taste of this steaming turd out of my mouth.
Posted: August 18
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25 of 41 people (61%) found this review helpful
2.1 hrs on record
AI still broken and unit movement in general is clumsy as hell!
Posted: June 20
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
11.9 hrs on record
While Stronghold 3 is the worst received entry into the franchise to date, don't let the negative reviews stop you from picking it up for under $5 on sale and enjoying the second chapter of a story started over 10 years previous with the original Stronghold.

I personally find the game frustrating and enjoyable in equal parts, yes, there are bugs in the game which can make you want to pull your hair out at times, the difficulty of some missions is not for the faint of heart and on some level appeals to the inner masochist.

This is a game you must play for yourself to truly appreciate the ambitions never fully realized due to it's broken state at release, cry the beloved castle.

The Good:
+ The price, on sale I got it for less than $5
+ The graphics, I personally love the weathered impressionist atmosphere of the game world
+ The single player campaigns by themselves are lengthy enough to keep you occupied for a dozen hours or more
+ Includes map editor for you to create your own eyecandy scenarios or MP skirmish maps
+ The removal of the grid means building placement looks more natural, good for those who love eyecandy
+ Great flexibility in designing the medieval castle of your dreams

The Bad:
- The dynamic castle design (post grid) was never fully completed and you'll have units getting stuck in the walls which is annoying as hell
- The story is told through the use of hand drawn illustrations, if they had been full color the presentation would have been superb. As is, the black and white charcoal smudges feel somewhat unfinished.
- The leaderboard for mission scores is offline with little likelihood of being restored
- Peasants can get stuck in buildings
- Killing pits are all but invisible, good luck deleting them if you want to put another building in your minefield.
- The game is prone to unpredictable crashes, sometimes when you are creating a game save.

After experiencing first hand the problems with this game I can understand why players who bought this game full price are still seething. That said, I do recommend picking this game up on sale if you've played and enjoyed Stronghold 2 or even if only to understand why the release was such a disaster.
Posted: August 20
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181 of 211 people (86%) found this review helpful
10.6 hrs on record
Stronghold 3 absolutly ruins the formerly great franchise by destroying everything great about the older ones. First of all, for me anyway, the multiplayer doesn't work, period. There is a limit to how many men and buildings you can have on the map at a time which kills the ablility to build however you want. There is no "skirmish" mode which in older titles would let you build a castle and army to face off against opponents doing the same thing on the same map, no longer. The only thing this game has that is better than Stonghold 2 is the the graphics are slightly better. If you want a good castle building game, buy Stronghold 2 instead.
Posted: November 25, 2013
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