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Wednesday, April 12, 2006

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Heroes Of Might And Magic V Previewed
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Gamespot recently posted a preview of the PC version of Heroes of Might and Magic V, the upcoming fantasy themed turn based strategy game from Nival Interactive and Ubisoft. The preview examines the new features added in this latest addition to the series as well as those which remain true to past HoMM games.

Like fans of the series have come to expect, Heroes V's single-player games can be played in two different ways: one-off scenario maps (though we were unfortunately not able to try any of these) or story-driven single-player campaigns. The campaigns in Heroes V are built on the brand-new lore and fiction that Nival and Ubisoft have created for the Heroes series (so there will be no mentions of Erathia, Armageddon's Blade, or Sandro the Necromancer in the new game), and they tell the tale of a world at war. In the version of the game we played, successive campaigns are locked until the earlier missions are completed, though the game doesn't seem terribly demanding at the lowest (normal) difficulty setting.

Heroes V's gameplay seems to include equal parts exploration, town development, and tactical combat. Exploration happens on huge overland maps, just like in previous Heroes games, though the new 3D landscapes can now be rotated and zoomed to be viewed more closely--and as we saw, you'll be rewarded for tweaking this perspective, since groves of trees and other obstructing scenery conceal treasures that you can't quite see from a fully zoomed-out view. The overland still houses treasure chests containing caches of gold that can either be converted to experience points for your active hero character or stored away in your coffers for later use.

The Mac version of HoMM V is currently in progress at Freeverse Software and should ship sometime after the PC version.

To read the rest of the preview head over to Gamespot at the link below.

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