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SummaryOne of the best and most unique TBS games ever made
The GoodHighly addictive and well designed gameplay, massive selection of single scenarios, a random map generator to ensure high replay value, a good variety of campaigns, beautifully colored and detailed graphics that even appeal today, and very well implemented strategy/RPG elements. Virtually every aspect of this game has been worked to near perfection, with depth and complexity that make it a great gaming experience. And now, thanks to the strong following that continues today, there are lots of mods and patches available (and/or being worked on) that make the game even better.
The BadThis is just my opinion, but combat mode is a little clunky, not to mention the combat music is pretty repetitive compared to the rest of the soundtrack. The vanilla game (with both official expansions and no added mods/patches whatsoever) is kind of starting to show its age.
The Bottom LineWhen it comes to fantasy (or any type of) turn based strategy games, virtually nothing beats out Heroes of Might and Magic 3, which easily stands out as the best in its series, and one of the best ever made. If you haven't played it, it can be purchased DRM-free on Good Old Games for only $10. I would recommend using the Heroes 3 HD mod, which allows you to run the game at higher resolutions, and fixes a lot of bugs and annoyances, thus creating a more polished experience. Also don't forget to check out other fan made mods and expansions, such as Horn of the Abyss and WoG.
To sum it up, I'll have to agree with Robert Coffey from CGW: "Ultimately, the rewards of Heroes of Might and Magic III far outweigh its few drawbacks. [...] [This] is a game that strategy fans should absolutely be playing."