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Stronghold 3 (PC DVD)

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Platform : Windows XP, Windows Vista
2.4 out of 5 stars 46 customer reviews

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  • Platform:   Windows XP / Vista
  • BBFC Rating: Suitable for 12 years and over Suitable for 12 years and over. Not for sale to persons under age 12. By placing an order for this product, you declare that you are 12 years of age or over.
  • Media: DVD-ROM
  • Item Quantity: 1

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  • ASIN: B0052WS6VG
  • Release Date: 25 Oct. 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 2.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,231 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

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Stronghold 3 is the long-awaited third instalment 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 a stunning new update to the world’s favourite Castle Sim, will you triumph by day or die by night? Stronghold 3 builds upon the phenomenal success of its predecessors with numerous game-play elements including:

  • 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?


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I have never before commented on a computer game and in fact have not played that many.
However, I do have the Stronghold series and have always enjoyed Stronghold 2 in particular. I have read, with obvious interest, the many reviews of Stronghold 3 and therefore did not buy it last year.
This year there have been a number of patches and some of the comments were that it was much improved although there is still a lot of criticism.
Someone wrote that he felt this game was now on a par with ANNO 1404, my favorite game by a wide margin.
This comment prompted me to purchase Stronghold 3 on 15th May 2012.
Steam was not an issue, although I personally consider it to be a massive mistake, the problem is the game is so very bad.
For someone to compare this with the ANNO series is seriously misleading folks like me.
The graphics are awful, the landscapes are awful the game play is awful, the comic bits are awful, and is a shadow of the Stronghold 2 and Legends games.
Firefly have blown it completely, the launch was a disaster and whilst the patches have enabled one to sort of play it, with no skirmish mode there is no further game play after the campaigns have been played. Multiplayer is a no go as there is nobody to play!
My own impression is that, what staff are left at Firefly, are very amateurish indeed, as any professional outfit would never have put this on the market and taken money for it. I cannot blame Amazon, they allow comments that would normally allow one to make there own mind up.
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As posted on Fireflys own site and the Steam user forum (11th June 2012):-

"We released 10 patches for Stronghold 3 along with the DLC, which is free to owners who purchased before May 2012. There will be no more patches for this game".

So the games current state (still bug ridden and missing features) will be its final form, Firefly have abandoned it.

This is how the Lords of the Realm game series ended (one very poor final version).

Buy at your own risk.

There is still a huge interest in Castle building Sims, sadly Firefly will not be satisfying this large group of players with Stronghold 3.
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I loved Stronghold 1. Stronghold 2 was just as much fun and I really liked Legends.(I'm still to play Crusader)

Stronghold 3 is the worst, most unfinished game I have ever played. I feel like my money has literally been stolen from me. £30 has disappeared and it's like I've received nothing for it. To summarise:

- Troops often don't auto attack, even in aggressive stance. There's more to this though unless specifically told to attack an enemy, they will just stand in place and wait to die. Also this means that once their target is dead they won't automatically attack a different enemy, they will just stand in place aimlessly letting the enemy walk right past to go for the king or a building.

- The zoom function is horrible. Once you zoom out so far the camera starts panning vertically, meaning you have to mess around getting it the right distance away without it going pointlessly and needlessly far and vertically away

- Buildings can now be placed on a 360 degree axis. This in theory is an improvement but it makes the game worse. Instead of spamming the rotate button until your building is pointing in the direction in which you want it to face, now you have to mess around with each building getting it placed perfectly in the exact direction you want it to face. It is slow, tedious and quite annoying.

- The maps are too small or the buildings are too big. You run out of space really fast, and with no grid layout anymore combined with the slow 360 degree building rotation, there is no fast way of placing buildings, just a slow rotation and needless aggravation.
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Having loved all the Strongholds I held off buying this one after the terrible initial reviews but gave it a go when the patches were aledged to have improved it. What a mistake. The gameplay is bad enough but it has just crashed on me yet again which adds insult to injury. I do not complain about the game being difficult but rather that it just does not work and it's impossible to achieve what i'm trying to do in each level. Even if I do make a bit of progress aginst the odds... it crashes again! I am so disappointed as this was my favourite series next to Civilization and I can't understand how it can be so dysfunctional after the developers have presumably spent time and effort on it; don't they test these things? Never mind the waste of money, don't waste your time and frustration on this disaster.
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Despite a fairly decent amount of hype and a much lauded 'return to basics' approach, Firefly have dismally failed in this appalling game. As one other review commented, it is quite literally the theft of £30. Take Stronghold 1, make shoddy graphics with unresponsive units, a boring campaign and a generally frustrating layout and you've got it.

I have to admit, I haven't even bothered to go past level 2 on the campaign and have already traded this back as it holds absolutely no appeal to me. The first problem I had was the lack of a proper auto-attack function, which is enraging, especially as you have to click EXACTLY on each enemy to make your troops attack it. If you have units nearby, good luck if you want to tell them to attack the baddie... It simply won't happen. Wolves cheerfully run around walls and ladders. Perhaps the most farcical thing was when I build a cow shed, a new cow was born and promptly 'baaa-ed' at me. I mean, seriously, if they can't make a cow saw 'moo' what CAN they do?!

The following part of this review has been found online, but I feel that it addresses many of the key issues:

'combat is unbelievably unbalanced in typical stronghold fasion. Archers on walls or towers gain no advantage, thus rendering the building of defences utterly useless. Wolves can climb ladders, and archers atop towers can be killed by enemy infantry at the bottom. Walls themseleves are hard to place, weak and work poorly in conjuction with other fortifications. Another flaw being the tiny size of maps, which are even smaller than stronghold one, which is just unacceptable considering the size of buildings has increased and the demand for room to support an economy which barely feeds your populace is lacking.
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