||Stronghold 3 is a 2011 RTS developed by Firefly Studios. The game is the seventh version in the stronghold series. Another releases after Stronghold Crusader weren't so much successful specially the previous version Stronghold: Legend.
The story is consisted of two modes, One is based on fighting & wars and the other one is based on constructing, Castle affairs and controlling your territory. Also this game has an acceptable story which to prevent that from getting spoiled I avoid speaking more about it.
The game's origin is based on "Build" and surely FS's works are among the best strategy games through this genre. You need to build different constructions to run your territory. You need to produce different things for varied purposes, Foods for people, Materials for your castle and building affairs or Producing armaments to defend your castle or attacking to your enemies by making troops. The events will happen in your territory makes this title more and more getting close to reality. The happenings such as dying your animals or plaguing the fruits and so on that seem really unique. We've been seen these factors before in previous versions but this times with new innovations, But generally gameplay hasn't really changed so much. It's even used the elements of Stronghold 2. The first criterion of the gameplay in the beginning of the game is getting attraction of peasants satisfaction and increasing your popularity. After this you can designate them for different jobs. There are so many jobs in the game, Such as : Blacksmith, Mining, Carpentry (Wood cutters) and so on. The Number of the workers for each work is different, For instance mining need several workers and nothing special added to this part. Thieves are in the game as well and the player is able to catch them by putting watchers. There are dirt and diseases through the city, And you should always keep it clean. The important buildings also includes : Churches, Warehouses, Kitchens and Tax chamber. We have seen all of the mentioned places in the second version. Defending has been had a bit advance in the gameplay. You can defend your castle walls by sending archers and spear men. Through this, You can by making death traps or wooden rollers to remove a number of enemies. But it totally makes difference when it comes to "Attacking". You should reach the city by using techniques and destroying the deference lines of foe. The most important defect of this part is it's so easy. Unfortunately AI is still poor and foes seem weak on some issues, You can defeat them by using a bit of intelligence and enemies still show their debility by facing your archers. Another part could have added to game is "Autosave" feature but the game is lack of the ability and if you forget to save the game, everything unsaved will be lost.
Graphic looks good but hasn't really changed in comparison with previous versions, The only significant change you may feel is designing characters been improved. Another new thing will attract your attention is adding new weathers that is a new feature. It can rain and you can see a beautiful sunset as well but there is no sign of night, yet. Graphic still has the same bugs existed in other stronghold games, For instance your troops can be immersed into each other, Plus the dropping frame defect still remains. The maps are still smalls and limited that this issue annoyed me.
Sound seems unchanged on many parts and just some simple dialogues have been added, But unfortunately Music is kinda dropped off, You even sometimes prefer not to hear that.
Stronghold 3 has improved in comparison with Legend and Stronghold 2, But still many defects haven't been solved and this is a negative point. It rather amused me as an Stronghold old player but I doubt this title can attract so many new players. This game can remind a lot of old memories. The developers has insisted on using the old elements, This game is more like a reminder since there is no new elements through this.
Gameplay : 6
Graphic : 6
Sound : 7
Overall : 6.5