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The first two games were especially notable for their colorfulstorybook-style graphics, which lent either one a quirky sense of humor in spiteof the epic subject. You'd witness hundreds of peasants being slaughtered by,for instance, a pack of minotaurs. But because both the peasants and theminotaurs looked silly, and because their numbers were graphically abstractedonscreen with just a single unit representing the army, it was difficult to takethe combat too seriously.Even though it plays about the same, a veteran of the first two Heroes gameswill initially suspect that Heroes of Might and Magic III is a departure fromthe series because of its face-lift. Specifically, it tries to look a littlemore serious. Many of the units seem more dangerous than before, and at first,the look can put you off. The 3D-rendered units seem to lack some of the charmand character of the previous games, in part because the higher resolutiongraphics mean all the creatures appear smaller onscreen than before. Still,further inspection reveals that the old flame still burns - just take a look atthe new units like the devils (complete with scythes, ram horns, and sideburns)or the behemoths (lots of hair, teeth, and claws) and you'll see that the seriesstill retains its trademark sense of humor.While not all of the monsters in Heroes III look interesting, most of itsgraphics are beautiful, especially for a genre that typically neglects itsappearance for the sake of gameplay. Heroes of Might and Magic III sounds evenmore impressive, with incredible and well-suited orchestral themes for eachcastle, although the operatic vocals from Heroes II are conspicuously absent.The turn-based gameplay has you recruiting mercenary heroes, whom you thenguide about an overhead map jam-packed with resources, treasure, magicalartifacts, mysterious landmarks, monsters, and more. Using the resources yourheroes acquire, you augment your towns so that they can produce more powerfulunits, or still more resources. Meanwhile your heroes gain experience, skills,and spells, and you put them in command of the largest armies that you canafford in an ultimate effort to defeat the enemy mercenaries looking to conqueryou first. As your heroes earn experience through combat and exploration, you'llwant to utilize some for castle sieges, while others will make far better scoutsor magic users. All the while, you need to balance resources between recruitingnew troops and heroes, and building new facilities in your castles.Half the game is spent exploring and building, and the other half is spent inbattle. The overhead map switches to a side view when you engage in combat, atwhich point you must command your various creatures against their enemies,taking turns moving unit stacks one by one depending on their speed. You canhave up to seven types of creatures serving under a hero (as opposed to five inthe previous games), with seven unique creatures available in each of the eightcastles. Every creature can also be upgraded, making it more powerful yet moreexpensive to recruit. Each castle is meticulously balanced, and although theunits roughly correlate between castles, most of them are unique. In fact, manyof the creatures (both old and new) now have special abilities; archangels canresurrect their fallen comrades, unicorns create a defensive anti-magic aura,and cavaliers deal more damage if they charge their target. Combat plays outsimply, but a great deal of complexity lies beneath the surface, as your hero'sattributes and spells tend to sway the course of a battle.The single player game spans six campaigns detailing the war to claim thekingdom of Erathia from the perspective of good, evil, and mercenary leadersalike. The story isn't played up too much, but the campaign missions themselvesare well designed and appear deceptively small. In fact, many containsubterranean caverns as well as the usual overworld territory, often demandinghundreds of turns across many hours of play. And if you can finish the campaigns,you still have dozens of single player maps to try, with the promise of manymore to come thanks to the map editor included with the game. Meanwhile, HeroesIII is a much better multiplayer game than its predecessors, as you can scrollaround the map and review your forces when it's not your turn.Heroes of Might and Magic III doesn't alter the formula set forth by itsancestors, but represents a refinement and improvement on caliber with thefinest sequels ever released. The promise of much more of everything - heroes,castles, creatures, artifacts, skills, spells - is gracefully accomplished so asto accentuate the game's complexity, style, and strategy without making it feelexcessive. Much like its predecessors, Heroes of Might and Magic IIIsuccessfully combines a number of elements that are enjoyable and accessible ontheir own, but when combined and weighed as a whole, they add up to a gamethat's both entertaining and rewarding.--Greg Kasavin--Copyright © 2000GameSpot Inc. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part in any formor medium without express written permission of GameSpot is prohibited.
The board game is a hybrid of competitive deckbuilding and exploration, where 1-4 players travel around an overworld collecting cards to play in separate combat encounters. I do dig deckbuilding, but I suspect this might lack a little magic to anyone who isn't after a nostalgia kick.
When you encounter an enemy army, the map zooms into an eight-by-ten grid-based battlefield where your hero and his or her minions manoeuvre and battle. You move your units so that they strike or shoot your enemy while your general (in a nod to Heroes III) sits back from the battlefield, casting spells and causing small amounts of damage anywhere on the battlefield. Like Magic the Gathering, as your levels go up and your armies expand, battles get increasingly complex, Heroes and their magic become all the time more potent. After you win a battle, your hero gets experience and gets to level up and expand their range of powers. Then you can move some more heroes, gather more troops and hit the End Turn button to give your opponent(s) a go.
You can also recruit heroes and other units at your cities once a week. The city takes the form of a small town, though as you build more and more facilities it expands and fills out. Indeed, this is where Nival seems to have poured the majority of its innovation, with the end result a fulgent city that shines like a newly-minted Euro, displaying expansive turrets, mighty walls and fields as far as the eye stretches (about half an inch, if you've never tried stretching your eye). Much like any RTS base, it allows you to recruit better units (and upgrades of existing units) as you move certain buildings (and the city as a whole) up the tech tree. 2b1af7f3a8