Stronghold Crusader 2 - Special Edition

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Stronghold Crusader 2 - Special Edition 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.
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About 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.

Game Details

Release Date:
October 02, 2015
Developer:
FireFly Studios
Publisher:
FireFly Studios
Rating:
ACB rating of 15
ESRB rating of 13
PEGI rating of 12
USK rating of 12
Supported Languages:
English +
Franchise:
Stronghold
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Product Requirements

Minimum:

  • OS: Windows XP/Vista/7/8 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
  • Hard Drive: 4 GB available space

Recommended:

  • OS: Windows Vista/7/8 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
  • Hard Drive: 4 GB available space
  • Additional Notes: This is the minimum spec recommended for hosting a multiplayer game.

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Ah, the humble real-time strategy soldier. Alone, he or she is nothing but a tiny dot on a vast map. But a mass of soldiers forms a blob of incisive power that can cut a swath of blood and destruction across the countryside in whatever direction you see fit. Stronghold Crusader 2 embraces this blob warfare, offering a plethora of different units you can choose from to form your attacking force while your personal castle--the Stronghold series' signature element--hopefully stays safe from harm. But though its parts come together to form a solid strategy game, the uninteresting options at your disposal never raise the game above being one where opposing blobs crash into each other until one splatters. Stronghold Crusader 2 puts you in the shoes of either King Richard's or Saladin's forces during the Crusades, as you square off against the other in self-contained battles raging across the desert landscape. The goal is the simplest one in strategy game history: defeat the enemy Lord and take his castle. But lest you think you're merely expected to churn out soldiers and crash them into the opposition, the game requires you to establish an intricate economy so you can actually afford these soldiers and build structures that will let you make different kinds of units. So far, so familiar. Where the game gets a bit more interesting is when it asks you to attract people to your castle to live and work. You start out with a set population that increases as you become more popular with your subjects. You can make them happier by decreasing taxes (even going so far as outright bribing them), increasing their rations, or building them inns and places of worship so that they can drink and pray. Likewise, you can adjust consumption in the other direction to conserve resources and gain more gold, but you'll be less popular as a result. These concerns are controlled with a convenient panel that lets you change values and tells you the popularity bonuses or penalties you get from each adjustment. Tying popularity and population growth to troop production gives the game a simulation element, and lends the flow of your economy extra texture. At the same time, the fact that you only need to keep track of one statistic ensures that the sim portions don't bloat and consume the rest of the game.
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Best of the Stronghold series, good for bursts of gaming

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This game is fun though not the best for LONG periods of gaming. For a game I can just hop on and have fun, it's great, it's decently balanced though the difficulty does spike pretty fast and if you're not ready you will be stuck. It runs smoothly though, the setting is good, the levels are fun, and the free rounds work very well. Definitely the BEST of the Stronghold series.
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Frequently Asked Questions

There are 2 editions. They are Standard Edition and Special Edition
Available DLCs for Stronghold Crusader 2 include The Jackal and The Khan DLC, The Emperor and The Hermit DLC, The Princess and The Pig DLC, and The Templar and The Duke DLC
According to ACB, Stronghold Crusader 2 - Special Edition is suitable for players aged 15 and above.
Yes, Stronghold Crusader 2 - Special Edition is not fully Steam Deck Verified but the publisher says it is "Playable" on Steam Deck.
Minimum:
  • OS: Windows XP/Vista/7/8 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
  • Hard Drive: 4 GB available space
Recommended:
  • OS: Windows Vista/7/8 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
  • Hard Drive: 4 GB available space
  • Additional Notes: This is the minimum spec recommended for hosting a multiplayer game.
Stronghold Crusader 2 - Special Edition was released on October 02, 2015
Stronghold Crusader 2 - Special Edition is published by FireFly Studios
Stronghold Crusader 2 - Special Edition was developed by FireFly Studios

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