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Stronghold 3 Gold For Linux Released

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Fans of strategy games will be pleased. Stronghold 3 has been released for Linux and joins the ranks of the many.

This is now the second Linux port to use Virtual Programming's eON porting technology and it works really well with Stronghold 3 Gold.

Before anyone decides to complain about it not being a fully native port, eON has come on immensely since The Witcher 2's first version, and it shows. I've personally tested this port and found it to be acceptable, so I imagine a lot of others will.

Official About
Stronghold 3 is the long-awaited third instalment in the award winning castle-building series. Set 10 years after the original, the Wolf it seems, has cheated death and during his painful recovery he’s become even more bitter and twisted. Now he seeks revenge. Raiding villages and towns during the dead of night, the Wolf has created a tide of panic and you and your allies are the only force that stand against him. In this stunning new update to the world’s favourite Castle Sim - will you triumph by day or die by night?

The game itself does suffer from some rather annoying AI and pathfinding problems at times though. I've had soldiers stand around while wolves take them out one by one before without any of my other soldiers bothering to help, and that's annoying as hell. That aside the rest of the game isn't too bad.

Check out Stronghold 3 Gold on Steam now.
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coolbober 2 October 2014 at 1:31 pm UTC
Great!! Now I need to buy it. I love RTS!
GoCorinthians 2 October 2014 at 1:40 pm UTC
coolboberGreat!! Now I need to buy it. I love RTS!
Good to know that more and more RTS are still coming...but I want those great RPGs(Risen) too...
Orkultus 2 October 2014 at 2:05 pm UTC
Look at those reviews.....Mostly Negative?? Is the game that bad?
jsa1983 2 October 2014 at 2:05 pm UTC
QuoteBefore anyone decides to complain about it not being a fully native port, eON has come on immensely since The Witcher 2's first version, and it shows. I've personally tested this port and found it to be acceptable, so I imagine a lot of others will.

Well, I have some mixed feelings and thoughts regarding this game:

- I love backing devs who release on Linux.

- I really appreciate VP's effort and commitment to fixing The Witcher 2 (I own that game and have been testing the beta branch). However, the game is far from perfect and to be honest, it probably is not VP's fault, but rather CD Project's, which should have analysed whether emulation was the right way to go or not.

- This game is newer than The Witcher 2 (April 2012 vs May 2011) and probably less complex technically-wise. The source code, is thus probably still kept by the studio/publisher and easier to port than The Witcher 2. As a side note, Civ V is from 2010 and has been properly ported. Going forward I am not as inclined to buy non native ports.

- I prefer running native ports. I mean, I only have to take a look at the performance of, e.g., Civ V, Tropico 5, Wasteland 2 and Borderlands 2 on the mesa drivers. Those games run awesome at 1080p with all the fancy things turned on.

- Sorry but I am not going back to Catalyst. The extra performance needed to run highly demanding but yet resource inefficient games (due to emulation) is not worth the trouble and inconveniences of Catalyst (overall feeling in desktop usage, tearing, no video acceleration and so on).

- EUR 27.99 IS A LOT for a wrapped port. Sorry, but IMHO that money should go to Aspyr or Feral who do a proper job which entails a higher involvement with the project. I guess these guys have spent a good share of hours to get their things going. Surely much more than VP, who have not directly improved The Witcher 2, but the E.On infrastructure. Why is it that even after having paid EUR ~40 for BL2+DLCs and EUR 50 for BL TPS I still think Aspyr deserves a bigger consideration for their work, great community engagement and technical assistance? While these guys issued a hot fix in less than 24 hours upon release, it took quite some time for VP to react and IIRC CD Project is still missing in action about the The Witcher 2 release fiasco.

- Linux needs more games. A LOT MORE! And some developers may not be as promoters of 'nativeness' as others. Having a wide catalogue of game genres and topics is absolutely necessary for the sucess of SteamOS and Steam machines, and thus of Linux as a viable gaming ecosystem (sorry, but I do not see Linux gaming taking off without Valve).

So while I would like this kind of game (I love RTS and city builders so the mix is awesome), I'm still thinking what to do...

What are other GOL readers' thoughts regarding these items/topics?
coolbober 2 October 2014 at 2:13 pm UTC
Hmmm... Missing executable so far.
Samsai 2 October 2014 at 2:14 pm UTC
OrkultusLook at those reviews.....Mostly Negative?? Is the game that bad?
Based on my experiences it isn't too good. I'll be covering it in detail later on.
FergleFergleson 2 October 2014 at 4:17 pm UTC
jsa1983Well, I have some mixed feelings and thoughts regarding this game:

Actually, I think you summed up my opinion rather eloquently. I purchased, but haven't really touched, Witcher 2, but otherwise I think you hit the nail on the head. It's great to be getting more games in linux, but a non-native port/wrapper-based-port just feels like a half-measure.

For now, I think it's probably okay to support devs that do this. Supporting them and getting more games (and more sales) on our platform is, ultimately, in our best interest as linux-gamers. We should not accept a *bad* port or wrapper, but we should be willing to show some flexibility. Meet them half-way, at least until we can prove that this is a profitable place to release games.
ArminS 2 October 2014 at 5:36 pm UTC
I will not buy anything but I am happy to read this.
coolbober 2 October 2014 at 6:47 pm UTC
Now it's on sale and it's working.... I don't have time to test it unfortunately.
Imants 2 October 2014 at 8:05 pm UTC
With 85% of it was must buy for me
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