Stronghold 2 "Build Your Castle Strong"
I bought this game because I had heard that it was much better than the first. In essence it is, but I must say it is not what I thought it would be. They say that it is 3D but it really is not that much different than the first. But some of the great things that I like about the game is the added extras that you can purchase. Take for instance in castle structures, the burning logs (with these you hang them over the side of the castle wall and when the moment is right you click them and click release, this sends a bundle of burning logs down onto the enemy standing below), the stone tippers (similar to the burning logs except it's large stones instead), rock throwers (these are very handy because you can put them up on your wall and just put the peasants up there that you purchase from the barracks for cheap, they are not great warriors but with a rock in there hand they are very effective). There is also a Lady's Bedchamber (purchase one of these and in a few months your lord will get married). In siege equipment, there is the original equipment that was in the first one, battering rams, siege towers, catapults, trebuchets, etc., but in this one there are extras, such as the burning cart (you purchase these and two siege engineers will roll them to the spot commanded and you hit target and the will release the cart burning into the enemies structures, thus setting them on fire). In this you can also purchase a stone triple wall, rather than having to put layers after layers (saves a lot of time). I also like that in the campaign there is actually a storyline with this one rather than just traveling along a map like in the original. This one has video's of the enemies and allies conversing as well like when you complete a level or objective. That's a cool add-on. I do advise that you have a faster processor on your computer and plenty of memory because it plays kind of slow on mine because of this. Well that's about it on this review. Hope it's a great help. Also to anyone that has the original stronghold if you haven't gotten thru the game here's some advice. If you put the oxen (used to carry stone to your stockpile) in the openings to your enemies castle and put them to sleep the enemy will not leave the castle, thus letting you just go on about your business and them not attacking. However, I have found that some of the lord's will send men out to destroy your oxen, if they do this they will be able to leave. You also might want to place them around their towers because after a while they will tear them down leaving openings. If you need to haul stone you won't be able to do this.Read full review