This is the best part of Stronghold. After Stronghold 1 were released, everyone wished a Stronghold which you can use a " skimirsh " mode and " crusade-mode " in it, there we go ! This is the first Stronghold with skimirsh. It has a nice historical campaign and is definitely the Stronghold with most fun, all Strongholds released in later times were some sort of buggy and laggy, this is why many players fall back and continue playing this game. Multiplayer is also quiet busy, but you have to download Game Ranger to use the multiplayer, which is not complicated and should not really matter ! This game has a nice relaxing but when in a fight also motivating atmosphere, live in a medieval castle back in ages of crusades is shown pretty accurate and historical correct. The structure and castle management is also pretty realistic. The main fact is, Stronghold Crusader is a game which is complex but on the other hand very easy to learn and very comfortable to handle. The graphics are not the newest but for a game released many years ago, it is still possible and to play even on W7,W8,W8.1. I am playing Stronghold since Stronghold 1 and I've been playing every other Stronghold game that ever game out too, and I must say that for me, this Stronghold ( Stronghold Crusader ) and Stronghold 1 are definitely the best ! They are this good that I've actually stopped playing every other Stronghold... after many many years of gameplay, I am still not bored playing Stronghold 1 and Stronghold Crusader 1. Everyone who is really interested in medieval life and warfare, will definitely have fun in this game. Everyone who is looking for a high-end graphic game like the most games from 2015, will not find fun in this game. This game has a good graphic, but survived because of it's opportunity,tactical and strategical wide-range of options, and realistic medieval atmosphere,castle-management and economy factor and options.
All I can say... go for it ! It's more worth it's price, it's even more worth than the price you have to pay. I would still pay like 30-40 pounds to get this game !