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Heroes of Might and Magic IV (PC)

Platform : Windows 2000, Windows Me, Windows XP
3.5 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews

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  • Platform:   Windows 2000 / Me / XP
  • PEGI Rating: Ages 12 and Over Suitable for 12 years and over. Not for sale to persons under age 12. By placing an order for this product, you declare that you are 12 years of age or over.
  • Media: Video Game
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  • ASIN: B0007VHHAS
  • Item Weight: 45 g
  • Release Date: 28 Jan. 2005
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,596 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

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HEROES OF MIGHT AND MAGIC 4


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When Heroes IV was first released, it was considered a mediocre game at best, and fans cried their lamentations at the various shortcomings. In fact, upon release, the game did not even include a Multiplayer feature; this was to be added on at a later date. This it was, but the game remained full of bugs and balance issues, and the AI was thick as a post. Heroes IV was rushed out the door before it was finished; the producers were desperate to generate some revenues to keep their sinking ship afloat, but it was to no avail: 3DO, and NWC as its part, went bankrupt in May 2003.

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.
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By Sheb on 31 July 2006
Not really sure what the other reviewers problems are. Seems like a few, rather minor, concerns that differentiate this game from its predecessors are causing a hell of a problem for them. Fair enough, but this game IS fun - particularly if taken along with its expansion packs. I got it as part of the complete set, and it seems to me to be the best of the bunch. Everyone looks for something different, I suppose!

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!
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By A Customer on 3 Dec. 2005
As soon as I learned that a sequel to Heroes III was coming out, I jumped for joy. Heroes III has always been one of my favourite games and I looked forward to the next episode.
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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Let us be honest here. Heroes III was better. But Heroes IV was still good and gave loads of hours of fun. I didn't particularly fancy the innovations, but I could live with them. Outdated by now and if you're nostalgic and want to re-experience that Heroes feeling, you may want to take a look at the Kings Bounty series, which at least feels like it is the continuation of the series
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