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Heroes of Might and Magic V (Windows)

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Description

Today a marriage is to be celebrated: the Griffin Empire celebrates Emperor Nicolai and the tomboy-like Isabel who are soon to be united. But... something goes wrong and Demons emerge from the darkness, interrupting this joyous celebration! So, now Nicolai has to lead his army to war; while Isabel is carried away and treated like a poor defenseless girl.

She cannot sit still for long, so she breaks free from her escorts at the first opportunity and tries to seek some help for her Nicolai. While her escort, Godric, leaves to seek the powerful mages of the Shining Cities; Beatrice tries to contact the Elven armies of Irollan. Will she succeed in bringing help to her soon to be husband, Nicolai? Will Godric convince the mages to help the Griffin Empire?

This is the first Heroes of Might & Magic to feature 3D graphics and Multiplayer options. The turn-based system for tactical battles has been entirely re-written to be more scalable. It also features an entirely new plot, along with new spells, new units and new creatures skills.

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Heroes of Might and Magic V Windows A mage in action
Heroes of Might and Magic V Windows Naadir the Necromancer
Heroes of Might and Magic V Windows Godric on the map
Heroes of Might and Magic V Windows A battle at sea

Alternate Titles

  • "魔法门之英雄无敌5" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "魔法門英雄無敵五" -- Chinese spelling (traditional)
  • "HoMM5" -- Common abbreviation

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User Reviews

Fantasy TBS has never been so addictive. Alex M. (1057) 4.71 Stars4.71 Stars4.71 Stars4.71 Stars4.71 Stars
A good continuation of a great franchise Frecklefoot (191) 4.29 Stars4.29 Stars4.29 Stars4.29 Stars4.29 Stars

The Press Says

Game Chronicles Jul 04, 2006 9 out of 10 90
Game industry News (GiN) Aug 16, 2006 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Factornews Jul 16, 2006 9 out of 10 90
PC Powerplay May 31, 2006 88 out of 100 88
GameStar (Germany) Jun, 2006 86 out of 100 86
PC Games (Germany) Jun 26, 2006 85 out of 100 85
GameSpot May 23, 2006 8.2 out of 10 82
DreamStation.cc Jan 27, 2007 8 out of 10 80
Gamezine Jun 10, 2006 16 out of 20 80
GameSpy May 25, 2006 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70

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Trivia

Controversy

Prior to the release, scheduled for 3rd April 2006, there was an open beta. The overall quality was perceived poor, and major fan sites decided to launch the "Save Heroes" movement at saveheroes.org (now also wesavedheroes.org) to persuade Ubisoft with a petition to push back the release to fix all the major bugs first.

A news entry by GameSpot, however, revealed that the game had already been delayed before the beta test even started. This is what the movement wanted, but as it had happened silently, they signed a "News Suppression Pact" to not post about the game anymore until Ubisoft would publicly announce the delay.

The postponement was eventually announced, but afterwards it was suggested, yet unproven, that the delay and the Save Heroes movement was an orchestrated Ubisoft PR tactic to draw attention to the game.

Development

The game was originally meant to be 2D and based on the Heroes of Might and Magic IV engine, but The 3DO Company went bankrupt along with the development division New World Computing, Inc., and the license was acquired by Ubisoft. They let Nival, Inc. handle the development and used a 3D engine right away.

References

While Ubisoft claimed to start a whole new Might and Magic universe without any ties to the previous one (and its science-fiction elements), the game contains lots of references to old stories and heroes. Characters Sandro, Solmyr and Crag Hack are referred to, as are the refugees from Erathia (from Heroes of Might and Magic IV) in a town's description. Not to mention the storyline which begins in a very similar way as the one of Heroes of Might and Magic III (even if it takes a different direction later on). Fans have had mixed feelings about the inclusions of those "easter eggs", often considering it a cheap way by Ubisoft to appeal to the older fans audience.

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MDMaster (200) added Heroes of Might and Magic V (Windows) on May 22, 2006
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