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Heroes VI - a great game
on November 26, 2011
Not sure if there were a lot of bugs when the game first came out, because I see there are a lot of bad reviews here on Amazon. I'd like to add my voice to the other side of the spectrum and say that as a long time fan of the Heroes of Might and Magic series (I played 2, 3, and 5... A LOT), I think this game is by far the best of the series.
I have windows 7, and did the digital download of the deluxe version. No bugs or issues for me so far except I had trouble connecting on multiplayer with a friend the first time we tried. No issues since.
I believe that they must have worked closely with fans as every single thing that bothered me about past games has been addressed in this one.
The battle screen has been carefully revamped to ensure that all relevant data is at the player's fingertips. Everything that was confusing before is fixed - they now show you how many creatures each stack started with as well as how many are left. They show all positive and negative bonuses more clearly with colored arrows so you can tell how certain bonuses work better than before. Each creature's special abilities and the heroes abilities are easy to get to and pop right up on the screen when they are available. I also like that the hero can go at any time during each turn of combat - seems to make more sense that they are not considered one of the creatures and have to wait in line.
For hero upgrading upon level ups, I love the new system. I think it is a great idea to allow the player to choose which direction to take. The old way of providing only two choices, sometimes neither of which you want, was outdated. Now there are a myriad of choices and you can customize greatly both in abilities for map exploration and general skills, might, or magical powers. The blood vs tears thing is a tad weird, not sure if that's really worth it, but it doesn't hurt gameplay at all. And it is a bit funny to have to decide if you're a good guy or bad guy in letting creatures run away or chasing them down.
For the main adventure map interface things are pretty similar to before. I am ok with how they have simplified the number of resources. It did seem silly that there were so many various types of mines before. I'm also fine with the forts and castles controlling the surrounding mines. It was very annoying before how enemy heroes could waltz in and grab mines and run away... which the computer loved to do with crappy heroes.
Graphics are excellent, I'd say they took the good 3d graphics of heroes v and brought them up to more modern standards. The backgrounds are really lush and exquisitely detailed. I'm also impressed by the creature design. Very cool looking creatures.
In terms of the selection of new and changed creatures, I'm happy to see the new ones. There are some of our old favorites but for the most part they've really gone to some trouble to make all the creatures better. Tier 1 and 2 units are no longer totally useless without a large stack, they have many more hit points and seem more worth the investment. Having there be three tiers with several units in each tier is neat, and makes for some interesting choices upon the new week when your coffers are a bit too low to just buy them all.
For the various factions, so far I've played three of them, and very much like them all. Haven is pretty similar to before, and so is the necromancer race. The sanctuary race is very cool. Their new creatures are a refreshing addition and their special abilities are fun to behold. Very visually appealing design.
For multiplayer, the interface seems to have been improved, I like the new look and the system of signing in sort of like battle net for starcraft is fine by me. Seems like it keeps track of things pretty well. I also like the in game chat window, it's better than the on screen chatting of heroes v that slowly faded away.
Anyway, I could probably go on all night about this game... but it should suffice to say that I love it, and it is most definitely a worthy addition to the heroes lineup!