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Stronghold: Crusader II

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Available on:PCSep 23, 2014

Publisher: FireFly Studios

Genres: Simulation, Strategy

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.

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Buttressed effectively but the foundations need work.

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Stronghold Crusader 2 brings smart army strategy, but squanders its most interesting asset: the castle.

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Firefly Studios hasn't quite made a new classic RTS game here, but they were extremely close.

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Overall, Stronghold: Crusader 2 does a lot of things well. Managing the economy is important, but it doesn't need to be constantly managed (although you do need to take the right resource path in order to succeed). Combat is the traditional RTS "smash into each other experience" but it works well (despite the questionable unit AI), and building your castle is incredibly pleasing despite the dodgy interaction with terrain. Irritating moments such as the enemy Lord fights and generally high difficulty detract significantly from the game, but it's still an enjoyable romp for any RTS fan.

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