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Still, a lot of work was done to correct the various flaws after release. As many as four patches were issued (and are still available online), and the two expansions also added some degree of stability. In addition, fans of the Heroes series eventually stopped complaining about the games' shortcomings and started doing something to correct the situation themselves. Various fixes, tools and mods were created, and a mass of custom made scenarios and campaigns started appearing on different fan sites.
Today this game is one of the more celebrated items in the Heroes series, due to the innovating features like caravans and heroes' direct participation in combat. These innovations were controversial and many fans didn't appreciate the direction the series was going at all, which is the main background for any negative review or comment you may have heard of. Nevertheless, the game is probably better than you have been led to think. You'll get thousands of hours of playing time from this one after downloading campaigns from the web, and the balance issues are taken care of with a mod called Equilibris.
You should get hold of this one. It's already a classic. It's already legendary.
What's good? The ability to actually use the heroes in combat in a real and immediate way; The massive reajustment and overhaul of magic and abilities, and their accompanying benefits - for example, the benefit offered when a Knight becomes a General or Field Marshal - These guys actually ARE heroes this time round, instead of one-spell-a-turn immobile sprites; The way you have to plan your building to create an army that can actually hurt someone; etc, etc. All good.
What's bad? Not that much. I suppose some of the campaigns stream your character into being unable to develop properly (particularly the chaos one; man that annoys me!), but that's a challenge to be overcome.
I really recommend this - I suspect it won't be eternally replayable, but it's charming enough to be addictive. Get the expansions with it, too!
But I was horribly let down. Not only have towns merged (for example 'Necropolis' and 'Inferno' as one) but also they have actually removed a number of creatures (as well as all upgraded creatures) from the previous games.
Furthermore, there were these other ridiculous changes:
- Only one type of creature dwelling (from a selection of two) can be created every tier, as opposed to the seven single building tiers in each of the 8 original towns of Heroes III (original version).
- The world doesn't feel as epic, with castle assaults reduced to hitting a small wooden gate with a sword.
- The new creatures (peasants, leprechauns etc.) are too ridiculous for words: hunchbacks with pitchforks and small green Irishmen. The old ones have also had a 'major revamp'. The devils now have what looked like toasting forks attached to their forearms.
- Creatures can now wonder around everywhere without the aid of heroes. Some may say that this is a good thing, but it rather takes the heroes out of 'Heroes of Might and Magic' doesn't it?
- Animations are stupid, with your horse-mounted heroes jumping around like men possessed.
I could say much more, but I think I should just end with this: don't get this game. Rather, get the previous three games and play them instead. I promise that you'll get far more fun out of them.
I await Heroes of Might and Magic IV in the hope that it will be somewhat better and returned to its old style.
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Heroes of Might and Magic II was my favorite. This one was ok. In comparisson the graphics are more complex and different to plal, but it wasn't as fun as the older ones.Published 8 months ago by Vanessa Bettencourt
i love this series and have 3 and 5 already cant stop playing a good all round game- very good servioce-Published 16 months ago by Ron Maslen
HOMM IV tends to get a bad rap, especially from fans of the other games in the series: the units no longer have upgrades to build, the hex combat maps of the old games have been... Read morePublished on 6 Feb. 2011 by Grakkus
I liked the old Heroes games much better! The cute graphic, the mood - everything was better.Published on 27 April 2010 by Line Skov Mikkelsen
Despite being now quite dated, this remains one of the few original and gripping fantasy games I had the luck to come across. Read morePublished on 25 Nov. 2005 by v