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Might and Magic IX (Windows)

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Description

The world of Axeoth seems to be in grave peril. The region of Chedian is threatened by an invasion of the Beldonian Horde, led by the warlord Tamur Leng. A party of rangers from Ravensford are shipwrecked on the Isle of Ashes, where they encounter a mysterious troll who announces to them that their fate lies in liberating Chedian and opposing the Beldonian leader.

The ninth installment of the Might and Magic series takes place in a different world, following the destruction of the planet Enroth, which served as a setting for the three previous games. Its story is not directly connected to its predecessors, though there are a few references to them. It is also the first game in the series rendered fully in 3D and with full screen navigation.

As opposed to its immediate predecessor, the game features a traditional party creation system with four races to choose from: human, elf, dwarf, and half-orc. There are only two character classes available during character creation: Fighter or Initiate. Both can, however, be promoted to other, more powerful classes during the course of the game, with two class development branches each. In order to achieve promotion, characters need to complete specific quests given to them.

Other aspects of the character-building system remain largely unchanged. Each character can train in a variety of skills, ranging from weapon proficiencies and magic disciplines to bartering, perception, identifying items, etc. Some skills bestow greater benefits on the character if he or she has been promoted to a specific class, and mastery in certain skills can only be attained following a specific promotion. As in the the three previous games in the series, default real-time combat can be paused at any time to switch to turn-based mode. Party formation options are also available.

Outdoor areas in the game are mostly limited to immediate environment of the towns, resulting in a reduced amount of outdoor exploration. Much of the game, however, takes place in the large cities as well as in dungeon-like areas. The player must complete the quests of the main story in order to finish the game, but may freely travel between any of the game's cities and surrounding areas, tackling main and sub-quests in any order.

Screenshots

Might and Magic IX Windows Map display. The light area is where you can walk, everything else is off limits.
Might and Magic IX Windows A bit of humor in dialogue is ok
Might and Magic IX Windows Lich transmutation lab
Might and Magic IX Windows Drunk fight in the bar

Alternate Titles

  • "魔法門九" -- Chinese spelling (traditional)
  • "Меч и Магия IX" -- Russian spelling
  • "MM9" -- Informal abbreviation
  • "Might and Magic IX: Writ of Fate" -- Common title

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User Reviews

Better than you'd think אולג 小奥 (168604) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars
Everything went better than expected. Dan Mokosh (64) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars
It's bad... unless you are a huge fan of this series, do not buy this game. Steve Hall (322) 2.67 Stars2.67 Stars2.67 Stars2.67 Stars2.67 Stars
The ugliest game I ever played Pirou Julien (2308) 2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars
Horrible in every sense of the world - An insult to the series Indra is here (19677) 0.83 Stars0.83 Stars0.83 Stars0.83 Stars0.83 Stars

The Press Says

IGROMANIA May, 2002 9 out of 10 90
Pelit May, 2002 83 out of 100 83
Gamesmania Apr 10, 2002 82 out of 100 82
Jeuxvideo.com May 10, 2002 13 out of 20 65
GameZone Apr 20, 2002 6.5 out of 10 65
GameSpot Apr 12, 2002 6.2 out of 10 62
GameSpy May 06, 2002 60 out of 100 60
Game Over Online May 03, 2002 60 out of 100 60
PC Zone Benelux Jun, 2002 50 out of 100 50
Joystick (French) Jun, 2002 50 out of 100 50

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Trivia

Development

According to a development team member, this was the first Might and Magic title where New World Computing had a deadline forced upon them by 3DO management.

Lore

Might and Magic IX has the weakest connection to the Might and Magic universe. For the first time in the series, there is no mention of the Ancients, and the only connection to the previous games is a single character who appeared in Might and Magic VI: The Mandate of Heaven.

Title

This is the first game in the Might and Magic series that does not have a sub-title. All previous games had one (from "Secret of the Inner Sanctum" for MM1 to "Day of the Destroyer" for MM8). Among the fan base, the game is called "Writ of Fate".

The subtitle "Writ of Fate" first appeared in a story by Norwegian website gibme.com. This story revealed the existence of Might and Magic IX before there was an official announcement. When asked for comment, a 3DO representative stated that the details mentioned in the article were subject to change, and specifically denied that "Writ of Fate" was the title. It is unknown whether "Writ of Fate" was a working title, but no officially released material from 3DO/New World Computing has ever used it.

Awards

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Related Web Sites

  • Hints for M and M 9 (Instead of using a walkthrough, which can spoil parts of the game for you, try using this question and answer system.)
  • Might and Magic IX official site (Offers several screenshots and extra information about the game.)
  • MM9 FAQ (A simple FAQ covering all quests and manual omissions.)
  • MM Worlds (Probably the best resource for tips, tricks and maps for this game.)
Steve Hall (322) added Might and Magic IX (Windows) on Apr 06, 2002