5 of 16 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars
Worst Game Ever., Sept. 10 2006
If you like waiting 5 minutes for the actual game to load, then you will love this game. If you like having to restart your computer every 10-15 minutes, then you will love this game. If you enjoy observing the gameplay at an intense, astounding frame rate of 4 frames per minute, then this game is for you, my amigo. If you like arguing with technical support, or just beging customer service for a refund, buy this game, and you will fulfill your dreams. Simply put, this game is a premature fetus in all its soaking glory. Released from its womb too early, it has a wide selection of problems to scratch you head over. The autorun function simply doesn't work, the actual game literary takes 5 minutes to load, the amount of lag is hilarious, and to top it all of, we have a nice random crash sequence. The graphics are amazing, and so is the sound negglecting the fact that the villagers sound like a demented hippo. But if you enjoyed playing the first Stronghold, then you will hate this game. Stronghold 2 has everything Stronghold 1 did and more, more units, more buildings, more options, more bugs, more lag, more crashes. The storyline is simply challenging due to the fact that the bigger your town, the slower the game runs, and higher chance of a crash. It is pretty challenging trying to beat the campaing, and keeping you town population under 40 or else it's a crash. Even freebuild is challenging, with all the lag. Seige maps? Forget about it, huge map, huge army, huge castle to defend or attack, the game crashes as soon as you try to scroll down the map. Another advantage this game has over the original Stronghold is that you don't have to save, because everytime you load a saved game, guess what? CRASH. And NO I am NOT trying to run this game on a Pentium Pioneer 0.004HZ, with Windows 45 Victory Edition, I have a top of the line machine. After such an amazing display from FireFly studios, I don't think anyone will purchase the upcoming Stronghold Legends. How can that game be any better? It runs on the same game engine as this one. It does have the potential to be a great game, but until they fix the crash and lag (which I doubt they will ever achieve, after 3 patches, no improvement at all), it belongs in the trash.