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Friday, April 28, 2006

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IGN recently examined the PC version of Heroes of Might and Magic V, the latest in the long running fantasy turn based strategy series. This latest incarnation introduces 3D graphics and unique additions to gameplay.

The heroes in the game are important not only because you need one to lead any army over the overland map, but they grant all kinds of huge boons to the army they're in charge of. They'll grant power bonuses, defense bonuses, help recruitment, increase the chances of enemies joining their army, and learn a variety of spells that can significantly increase the chances of victory in the tactical gameplay mode. Every time enemies are defeated in battle, experience will be granted to a hero. When new levels are gained these skills and abilities are chosen one at a time. There are a limited number of slots each hero can potentially fill with perks and abilities so some thought has to be put into the choices.

Heroes can also pick up items scattered around the world to augment their power even more. These items are things that can be worn on the body but all have different attributes. For instance, one type of shield might grant luck while another simply grants a high defense bonus. There are nine slots total which a hero can use simultaneously with an inventory to carry any extra items. Any allied heroes can feel free to trade these items back and forth to get the right fit of character type and item.

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