First off, I recently joined PRIME just because I liked what was offered. Last night I downloaded the beta for Heroes 6 and in short I really love it.
AT A GLANCE
I played Might and Magic: Dark Messiah a few years back and I loved the game. Reminded me of the Elder Scrolls: Oblivion. I never played any of the turn based games however and now that I played Heroes 6, I feel silly I didn’t. The link above gives you a brief look at all the games that were released.
GOG.com is a great place to visit if you want some old classic rpgs. They seem to have all the previous Might & Magic games available.
BEFORE YOU READ ON – Being that I’m a new face here I certainly don’t expect my views to be taken highly. However I wanted to put them out there for what little it may be worth to some of you. I’m also NOT a professional writer for that matter and I don’t have the charisma to accrue three thousand followers. With that in mind, just bear with me.
Graphics – The game visually looks great. Take a look at some of the screenshots on my “graphics” link. Since I don’t have any previous M&M experience, I can’t compare them. Although I will say that in the beta comments in-game many fans had nothing but great things to say about it. The lighting and shadows are great. Splash effects from water and spells are awsome. Character movement is fluent and they did a great job with combat and spell visual effects as well. You can zoom in and out whether your exploring the map or in combat. Even at close range, the game, npcs, heroes, and environments looked clean and crisp. Character faces are also very well detailed and look just as good even when up close.
Sound FX – This has always been something to me that could make or break an rpg. Just my opinion of course. I have a surround system and even at half volume my basement was vibrating to the sound of Duke Slava’s horse riding across the terrain. It was awsome. So far from what I’ve seen, the combat and spell sounds along with the voice acting and other environmental effects were fantastic. When your soldier puts a spear though a monster you really feel the hurt from the sound effects and that’s what I love.
Gameplay – Won’t say too much here since obviously the game isn’t out and things can change. Basically you are allowed to move around the map for a certain period. Once that time is up, the enemy then makes their move. It’s the same while exploring the map and trying to find resources as well as combat. In combat however, you are taken to a “battlefield” where it’s like Final Fantasy Tactics for those of you who know. Trying to explain ALL the details here would require a small War and Peace novel. I’ll just say that it’s all about strategicly placing troops in the right area so you don’t get destroyed. At the end of each battle the game gives you the chance to either restart the fight or continue on with your losses. There’s also a “watch replay” function but it’s greyed out for me. Not that I’d want to re-watch my pathetic attempts anyway =p
OVERALL IMPRESSION – I’m really having a great time with it. Anyone who has access to the beta and hasn’t tried already, I encourage you to do so. If you’re NOT familiar with the series, be warned though. There is a LOT to take in. There are a great many options and paths to take when either leveling your hero or building your base. Combat may be a bit frustrating to a new player as well. I fought water elementals who continually cast a movement impairing spell so I could not move my troops period to attack. So for several turns my guys took a beating until the spell wore off. Exploring is important as well because you’ll find magical weapons are armor in addition to additional resources (i.e. gold, lumber, ore, etc). If you decide to give it a shot, then I hope you enjoy it.
Now I know what you’re thinking. You’re saying “What the HELL Robert! Why didn’t you make a video instead and talk about the game in GERMAN damnit!” Well firstly, I’m Puerto Rican with a little Italian and I can’t even speak spanish for that matter. HOWEVER… you CAN hear all about the craze in Germany HERE!
Thanks for your time!