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Heroes of Might and Magic V (PC DVD)
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- Cutting-edge visual technology: For the first time, experience the world of Might & Magic in a full, breathtaking 3D animated world supported by a consistent and modern graphic style
- A more mature & consistent heroic fantasy universe: Includes all the features that made the series successful in a completely revamped and more mature universe with six unique factions and over 40 different creatures and spells
- Complete strategy experience and RPG gameplay: During six campaigns and more than 30 missions, explore and conquer territories, manage your cities, recruit armies and raise and upgrade your heroes through a user-friendly yet deep turn-based system
- Complete scalable turn-based battle system for challenging and tactical combats: Discover the combat system that made the Heroes series successful or experience the brand-new dynamic battle system that transforms a chessboard into a lively battlefield
- Competitive, addictive, and intense multiplayer mode: Play five different online modes via hot seat, LAN or the Internet. Challenge your friends in furious battles and create your own level with the editor.
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It appears HOMM V has been developed to suit a 3D environment, which is quite attractive. Nevertheless, this has not worked out too well due to the resources not being managed well by the programming of the game.
I like big maps and scenarios that take absolute ages to finish. Well, it takes ages for each player to take their turn no matter what machine you have. This is really bad. After 5 turns you understand you do not have the time to waste on this.
Furthermore, the storyline would be ok if there were no voices (atrocious) but you'd get lost in the constant misspelling of words in the writing, let alone the few words that are simply skipped.
Unfortunately, I am extremely disappointed with HOMM V because it shows it has not had the adequate investment of time in it to get a good review. I have not had very little fun playing it, and I only insisted on playing it a bit more (with auto battle) because I love the series of this game. If I was someone who had never played HOMM before I would never go near it again (and would give it 1 or 2 stars). Quite a shame really.
5/10. Stick to HOMM IV or III.
I got suckered in by the hype about this game but I hope others won't be similarly misled. Even if a patch comes out to address the technical issues it is unlikely it will address the poor gameplay.
It seems that the handoff from the once mighty 3DO to Ubisoft has revived the game back to its' former glory!
The general 'exploring' mapview is much as previously remembered (although obviously the graphics are improved), but this time we have the desirable and practical ability to be able to move the camera in-out and rotate it to our hearts content. This proves to be not only useful but necessary at times, as the monsters are sometimes tucked away behind tress/foliage etc and you get a surprise encounter...
The 'strategic' battle side of things has been streamlined a wee bit too; the battlegrid is smaller, the hero can take part in the battle (casting spells and charging groups of monsters) but cannot be targetted/injured...which is a change from the much maligned HOMM4.
Battles seem quicker now than I remember (although still turn based combat obviously), and when you attack you often get nice closeups of the units battering each other....you can move the camera up/down/round as much as you like in battle mode...which again is a nice improvement.
The storyline accompanying the campaign (there are several but I'm still on the first) is fine, and comes with some nice graphics and speech to set the scene - you're then straight into the game, although the initial levels are admittedly very easy to ween new players of the series into the game.
All in all, if you liked any of the previous HOMM games and hated HOMM4, you'll be delighted with this - it's a gem!
It seems that either you like HOMM III and dislike HOMM IV, or vice versa. I am one of those who much prefers HOMM IV, because the storylines were so compelling, and the rpg aspects were so much more interesting.
This installment is no improvement over the 4th one and a big backpedal if you preferred 4. I stopped playing it fairly early on because I just lost interest in it, after having already played the third episode.
The creatures have really come to life in this game because of the different attacks they can do. Plus explosive animations throughout the chess like battles that take place.
The story is a little weak but its because of the brilliant gameplay that you will be addicted to this great game.
So, great return in the series really worth the buy! 10/10