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Heroes of Might and Magic V: Hammers of Fate (Windows)

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In the first campaign of three new ones in this expansion pack for Heroes of Might and Magic V, you control Freyda as she struggles with a civil war in the Grphyon Empire. After that you move to the icy mountains in the north, which the dwarfs call their home.

They are the new playable race in Hammers of Fate and bring along a new kind of city called Fortress. Since dwarfs do not know anything about mana and all that fancy stuff all the other races use to cast spells, there is also a new kind of magic called Rune Magic. It uses resources instead of mana to cast powerful spells upon enemies. Dwarfs also have their own set of units like the vicious bear riders and rune priests.

The expansion adds new artifacts, new neutral monsters like mummies and manticores, new map objects and several new skirmish and multiplayer maps. It also reintroduces the Caravan feature, known from Heroes of Might and Magic IV, which allows you to transport units over the map without a hero in the group. In multiplayer matches the simultaneous turn-based mode makes a return. It allows all players on a map to move their units without waiting for the other players during a turn.

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Heroes of Might and Magic V: Hammers of Fate Windows Vindicators have ability to Cleave, increasing their ability to attack those who would dare stand against them.
Heroes of Might and Magic V: Hammers of Fate Windows Main menu
Heroes of Might and Magic V: Hammers of Fate Windows Fallen Angel vs. Hunter.
Heroes of Might and Magic V: Hammers of Fate Windows The cavalry is ready to attack the footman.

Alternate Titles

  • "魔法門之英雄無敵五:命運試煉" -- Chinese spelling (traditional)
  • "Heroes of Might & Magic V. Владыки Севера" -- Russian spelling
  • "Heroes of Might and Magic V: Kuźnia Przeznaczenia" -- Polish title

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PC Powerplay Nov 22, 2006 92 out of 100 92
GBase - The Gamer's Base Nov 26, 2006 9 out of 10 90
Gamona Nov 24, 2006 89 out of 100 89
Game Captain Dec 06, 2006 86 out of 100 86
GameStar (Germany) Nov, 2006 85 out of 100 85
PC Games (Germany) Dec 27, 2006 82 out of 100 82
Game Informer Magazine Feb, 2007 7.75 out of 10 78
Playfuls Nov 28, 2006 7.2 out of 10 72
GameSpot (Belgium/Netherlands) Dec 01, 2006 66 out of 100 66
GameSpot Nov 22, 2006 6.4 out of 10 64

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Sicarius (61031) added Heroes of Might and Magic V: Hammers of Fate (Windows) on Nov 30, 2006