Murder, treachery, resurrection, savage battles and ultimately-freedom!
When Erathia's King Gryphonheart is murdered by traitors he is resurrected as an undead warlord who leads a ruthless invasion of his former Kingdom. Little resistance is met until his daughter Catherine, Queen of Enroth, returns to her homeland commanding an army of elite Enrothian warriors. Meanwhile the Necromancers raise large hordes of undead and advance towards the Erathian capitol. Queen Catherine receives the aid of her father's survived generals and embarks on a crusade to reclaim her lost land.
You control the greatest heroes and fiercest creatures in a conflict of epic proportions, as Cathereine fights to restore her family's rightful reign, uncover her father's killers and free him from the dark prison of his undead body!
This is a must have for every Might and Magic series fan!
Age requirements: ESRB Rating: EVERYONE with Animated Violence.
Minimum system requirements: Windows XP or Windows Vista, 1 GHz Processor (1.4 GHz recommended), 256MB RAM (512 recommended), 3D graphics card compatible with DirectX 7 (compatible with DirectX 9 recommended), Mouse, Keyboard
Posted on 2009-08-25 09:54:11 byWolfox:
When I got Heroes of Might and Magic 3 (from now on called HoMM3), I barely heard anything about it. When I got to play it, I was immediately hooked. I never thought that a fantasy TBS game could be this much fun - and none has taken its place in my heart.
HoMM3 is a masterpiece. It is fun (lots of it), well balanced, and there's plenty of things to do, and tactics to learn. Combatread more is great, exploring is always rewarding, and it's challenging enough to make you never let your guard down. It's fantastically well designed, and it brings that whole "just one more turn" vibe that is the mark of the greatest turn-based strategy games.
But what won me, above all things, is the attention to detail. In the overland map, if you pass by a fountain, you can hear the water flowing. Music changes dinamically with the terrain, creatures are well drawn and animated, and the cities make you feel like you are there. It draws you in like no other TBS game, in a way that makes everything feel more "personal". You play the game, and you keep thinking about it when you stop playing - and all the while, there's always some detail you never noticed, some new tactic to explore, one more hero to develop, one more turn to play.
The expansions add some nice features to the whole package - a new town type (bringing the city types to 9), new heroes, artifacts, creatures, a good random map generator, and enough campaigns to keep you busy for a long time.
For all that, HoMM3 is in my top list of favorite games ever - and, most likely, will be in yours too, if you're even remotely interested in a good TBS game. Make yourself a favor and get it - it is as good as it gets.
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Posted on 2009-08-25 09:34:44 byPeligroso:
I think over the years I've spent $100+ on various HoMM3 games/expansions...and here I am buying it again (I'm playing on a netbook, and having a digital copy makes it so much easier than my physical copies).
I joined Good Old Games to buy HoMM3.
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Posted on 2009-08-25 06:36:10 bydarth_careful:
I've always been a bit hostile towards fantasy games. Mention a magical kingdom and I'll look at you with pity. Show me an elf and my first instinct is to punch it in the mouth. And I'd sooner vomit than meet a King with a made-up name. Sorry about that.
The thing is, with HOMM3, none of that matters. It's just a brilliant game - irrespective of the setting. Yes, there are variousread more exotic beasts. Yes, there's a magical fantasy kingdom. So what? it's perfect as it is.
Here's something I just made up: the three tests of quality for a turn-based game. The first is indecision. Do you move here, or there? Should you attack this army, or that one? If a game's really balanced well, then you're always making choices. And you're never sure you've made the right ones. HOMM3's like that.
The next test: is there enough variety? Yes; the campaigns are interesting and there's plenty of 'em. And finally: do you keep going back for one more turn? Oh yes. Yes, yes, yes.
So I like it then? Guess so. It's the best in the series, and it's so well designed that even a fantasy-hater like me is forced to have fun. Even if it does have kings with made-up names in it.
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