Ok guys this games been on the market for a while now but a lot of people I've spoken with have never heard of this game or know only a little bit about it. Well here's the deal
Stronghold is a castle sim set in medieval england. The game offers a massive amount of game play. The military story mode spans 16 missions. You start out with a small band of rouge's loyal to the old king. You must go from mission to mission along the story and bring down the tyrants who have stolen the kingdom. While its objectives will seem like another mindless task game there is more too it than that on the higher difficulties. You must gather resources to both build your castle and feed your people. All the while under the threat of attack. The later missions will require the player to think and manage a bit as a single attack will draw all enemies against your advancing troops and crush them. So wit and daring play off here as well as a bit of luck. The military story campaign is just the tip of the ice burg for this game. It also offers invasion theme scenarios where you are pitted against your enemies from the story missions in a fight for survival. Also it offers the chance to take charge of historical castles and defend them against a merciless wave of attackers. Or you can be siege the castle and do what conquerors of old could not. There are also economic missions you can play a short 5 part economic campaign or do single economic missions. Also the game offers a section known as Free build were you construct your stronghold to no end with out worry. Also open to the player is a scenario construction ability you can create your own siege invasion economic or free build scenarios. Online play is available for this sim as well you can siege your friends castle's or create a castle and have then siege it.
All around this is a good game though some of the later story mode missions will have you ripping your hair out with difficulty. They are beatable. With good graphics and a great story line and game play limited only to your time I give stronghold a 9.5 out of 10.
Ok I'm going for a review section so if any one has any comments on any thing I should add to future reviews to make them better please tell me.