Stronghold 2

Stronghold 2 was created by Firefly Studios and published by 2K Games on 2005-04-18. Stronghold 2 is a Real Time Strategy (RTS) game.

Stronghold 2 is a real time strategy computer game released in April 2005 in which the player develops a stronghold in the medieval ages. It is the sequel to Stronghold, released in 2001, also by Firefly Studios.

The game engine was enhanced over the original Stronghold to provide full 3-dimensional graphics. Other changes include new military and peace campaigns and the addition of crime and punishment, allowing players to torture unruly peasants. A number of new characters were also introduced.


In the game, the player plays as a knight who rules over a medieval castle. With his available resources, the player places building or features, including many different kinds of food production, industry, civil, or military buildings and defences. Available peasants automatically choose jobs whenever a building requires one, so player micromanagement is minimal, he mostly needs to set up the various buildings in an efficient way while providing safety for his peasants. Military units are directly controlled individually or in groups, sometimes quite large with sieges or battles involving many hundreds on each side. One welcome addition to the original stronghold is the inclusion of estates, that a player can "buy" with his accumulated honor (gained by popularity, holding feasts, dances, jousting, etc.). Estates are semi-independent villages (without castle fortifications) that produce their own goods that the owner can send through carts to his castle or his allies. The inclusion of fully 3D-rendered graphics allowed Stronghold 2 to include tower interiors as battlegrounds for units, and the ability to go observe castle inhabitants very closely, which is useful considering the new features of waste & rat management. As in the original Stronghold, players can choose very different styles of play modes: Kingmaker, Siege, War Campaign, Peace Campaign, Freeplay, Custom scenario, and in Multiplayer (Hosted by Gamespy). An extensive map editor allows for endless replayability.


The story is set in the Medieval ages, Sir William recruits Matthew Steele (the player) as his page. Sir William was captured by unknown enemies but was later saved by Steele. Managing to escape, Sir William and Steele returned to his encampment. Sir William then teaches Steele how to manage his own town and castle (as you progress you can upgrade your encampment with better fortifications) he assigns you two non-playable advisers who guide you through the rest of the game. (1) Tom Simpkins who guides you economically, giving advice such as "build a number of farms to produce food". (2) Constable Briggs who guides you in battle by warning about attacks and advising on strategy in sieges and such. At the time of Steele being taught how to run a successful town, Olaf, leader of the Norse led his army to the lands where people had settled. During that time, Steele has to find a way to escape Olaf's army. After he defeats Olafs troops Sir William then takes him to the castle of Lady Seren aka the Lamb, were you then have to siege the keep and free Edwin (aka An English Traitor), Edwin then makes you a knight and gives you some land for the next mission. When you arrive in the borderlands you see that there are many problems there, one being that Sir Grey is under siege, some monks are being trapped by wolfs, and there are many bandits harassing the towns. After you relieve the monks, Sir Grey, deal with the bandits, and assault the Bull, you go back to the monastery, only to find Olaf entrenched in a fortress there. When Olaf's fortress is leveled, you are attacked by Edwin. You track Olaf to Edwin's county. There you kill Olaf, conquer six or more counties, and siege Edwin, who begs you to spare his life. You honor his request, putting him in the stocks. Shortly after you move into Edwin's castle, you are assaulted by the Hawk, Lamb, and Hammer. In the midst of battle, The Lamb changes sides. When the enemy is defeated, you are posed with a choice. Follow the Hawk and the Hammer, or the Lamb and William.

If you follow the Hammer, you will first have to kill The Lamb. After, you defeat Sir William. Last, you have to make a race to kill the king before the Hawk or the hammer do so to achieve the Crown and gain rule over the country.

If you follow Sir William, you will have to save the Abby of the Lamb from being captured by the Hawk and the Hammer. After, you will have to help William in his fight against the Hawk. The Hawk is killed in this battle, but the Hammer fires a crossbow into sir Grey's chest, killing him. In the next mission, you siege the Hammer and capture him. In the ending cutscene, the Hammer is seen in a wooden cage, suffering as a child throws vegetables at him.

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