developer: FireFly Studios
publisher: FireFly Studios
Game mode: single / multiplayer
Multiplayer mode: Internet, players: 1 - 4
game language: English
game release date for PC:
Stronghold: Crusader 2 is a real-time strategy which is also a continuation of game created in 2002 by the British FireFly studies, which started the Stronghold series.
In Stronghold: Crusader 2 the players portray the commander of the army in the Middle East in the era of the Crusades once again. The player is a member of the Western knighthood or Arab forces. The main purposes of the game are managing castles, repulsing attacks and conducting military operations on a large scale. Similarly, to the previous version of the series, the players have to learn many elements connected with managing the stronghold. Some basic activities are for example, feeding the population and knights and providing them proper equipment, etc.
In the game has been developed many elements from the first part of the game. In this part, the players have to face with opponents that are more intelligent and make a use of new maps. What is more, the FireFly studio has introduced additional traps, units and plans of castles. The plans have been done on a very large scale so siege gains monumental proportions.
Crusaders and Arabs fractions have received ten new units - each of them is equipped with passive and active special abilities. Among new types of units, you can find: Sergeant-at-arms, the Templar Knight, Whirling Dervish, Slave Driver, Sassanid Knight, the Healer, the Fire Ballista and more.
Stronghold: Crusader 2 is powered by a new graphics engine. From the visuals point of view, the game world is presented very detailed with lots of effects and what is more, the game can show the extensive physics system off. There is also added the possibility of free rotation of the camera and there was improved user interface.
The participants of the game share common reserves of resources among controlled aspects of the game. There are wood, agricultural products and animals. The economic and military aspects are so powerful that the decision about sharing them is never obvious.
The game allows players to manage the castle jointly in a cooperative mode. They control only a castle and share responsibilities. One of the players is involved in managing the economic side and the other military. The communication between them is done using the integrated voice chat service provided by Steam.
Game score 7.985 / 10 calculated out of 1430 players' votes.
Expectations before the premiere: 9.3 / 10 calculated out of 1923 players' votes.
PC / Windows
Recommended: Core 2 Duo 2.6 GHz, 2 GB RAM, graphic card 512 MB (GeForce 8800 GT or better), 4 GB HDD, Windows XP/Vista/7/8