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Monday, May 22, 2006

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Heroes of Might and Magic V Reviewed
7:36 AM | Cord Kruse | 2 comments

Hooked Gamers has posted one of the first reviews of the recently released PC version of Heroes of Might and Magic V. The latest game in the HoMM series, HoMM V introduces 3D graphics as well as a variety of new gameplay elements. Hooked Gamers gave the game a score of 8 out of 10.

From the review:

The most notable change however (besides the graphics of course) is in the AI. Remember how, with careful planning, your underdog army managed to pull off a victory against a much larger force? Well, that can still occasionally happen, but it has become much more difficult. Decisions made by the AI are often exactly the same decisions I would have made myself and the AI carefully weighs its targets, what spells it should use and how to approach the battle. In the random encounter battles, this is hardly an issue but as soon as you take the field against another experienced hero with a decent army, you'll know you're fighting an opponent that is not to be underestimated.

One new addition isn't as new as it appears. On some of the screen screenshots, you will see a bar with unit icons. This is the initiative bar and shows you which unit will become available next. Its mechanics are very similar to how the old games worked. The main difference is that this bar actually shows you what is happening. Now you can clearly see that some of your attacks actually slow down the enemy, pushing them back along the initiative bar. Every time a unit attacks, its initiative is recalculated and is placed back in the queue. A fun and very useful addition indeed.

The Mac version of HoMM V is in progress at Freeverse Software. To read the rest of the Hooked Gamers review click on the link below.

Hooked Gamers: HoMM V Review
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