Heroes of Might and Magic V demo

By UbiSoft Entertainment Free to try Editors' Rating

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Editors' Review

Download.com Staff Feb 27, 2009

The graphics, presentation, and gameplay of Heroes of Might and Magic are what most gamers would expect from the acclaimed turn-based strategy series. Unfortunately, a lack of instructions or tutorial may leave you befuddled, wandering about the world of Ashan and wondering what the heck you're supposed to do. Also, rough edges show throughout the demo, including frame lag and Tool Tip mistakes. The high-quality graphics and gameplay, along with three campaigns and multiplayer action via Ubi.com help rescue a recommended rating for the demo.

In the single-player demo missions, you'll basically explore the available playing area, gaining gold, experience, and towns, and completing objectives. Battles are conducted by positioning your available units in the melee area, then directing each unit's attack move or letting the game fight for you automatically. The towns are your renewable sources of units and can be upgraded once per turn.

This fifth version of the tactical strategy series is the first to include 3D graphics, and the look is impressive, though the cutscenes are mostly worthless. The single-player missions are brief, but they offer a healthy look at how the combat, role-playing, and city-building elements of the game work. The only catch is that you'll basically need to learn how to play on your own.

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Release December 5, 2008
Date Added April 15, 2006

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Operating Systems Windows, Windows 2000, Windows XP
Additional Requirements Windows 2000/XP, 1.5GHz CPU, 512MB RAM, 128MB video card (GeForce4 Ti4200/Radeon 8500+)


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Developer's Description

In the renowned Might and Magic universe, demon swarms spread chaos over the land in a relentless assault. The fate of the world is at stake and Heroes from a variety of legendary factions must stand up to defend their causes. Live their fate, lead their forces to victory, and unveil the secret goal of the Demon lords.

After four successful episodes, the standard in turn-based strategy games has been taken one step further with next-generation 3D visuals, groundbreaking strategic combat, innovative multiplayer features, and addictive RPG elements. Discover the perilous world of Ashan and ultimately lead your armies and Heroes to victory.

This demo gives you access to three playable missions and two races. It also allows you to play multiplayer games online.