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DARKLORDS RISING is a great game and fun to play. It has all the magic and attraction of previous titles in the series with the added advantage of the engaging campaigns, appealing scenarios, and wonderful editor.
Going on the assumption that buyers of the game would consist mainly of those who had played previous games in the series, the designers opted to leave out some of the basics in the manual and concentrated on the new features. This oversight is one of the very few minor gripes about the game (but only in consideration of the novices who may pick it up). The only other possible quibble would be the lack of the army editor that was included with the Warlords II Deluxe Edition but the inclusion of the scenario, campaign and item editors and a random map generator more than makes up for it. For veterans of the series, the irritating glitch concerning set-aside quests has been fixed. Warlords III: Darklords Rising brings the game design to a welcome maturity level and one can only wonder what SSG has in store for its customers in the future. Bring it on!
GameSpot (Sep 18, 1998)
If you're looking for something to tide you over until the holiday rush, Warlords III: Darklords Rising is highly recommended. In fact, you might even forget about the games you've been waiting for. In this update of Reign of Heroes, SSG has done a great job of giving fantasy wargame fans a game worthy of the Warlords name.
Warlords 3 ist eine gelungene Fortschreibung der Serie mit aufgebohrter Spielmechanik, die allerdings das Gesamtfeeling der Vorgänger unangetastet läßt. Warlords 3 ist einfach zu spielen, macht schnell süchtig, und hat durch das bewußt unkompliziert gehaltene Gameplay einen hohen Spaßfaktor, der durch den ungeheuren Umfang des Spiels und die zahllosen Einstellmöglichkeiten lange anhält. Eigentlich wäre Warlords 3 das geeignete Spiel für einen langen, kalten Winter. Mißlungen ist an Warlords 3 eigentlich sehr wenig, lediglich der Graphikstil wird Warlords 1-Puristen vielleicht etwas mißfallen. Wer der Ansicht ist, nach so vielen Jahren müsse sich auch am (nahezu perfekten) Gameplay Entscheidendes getan haben, wird auch dies als Kritikpunkt anführen; weniger Spaß macht Warlords 3 deswegen aber nicht.
Gamezilla (Nov 09, 1998)
This game is a worthy successor in the Warlords series. The updated AI and the addition of a scenario and campaign editor also make it a reasonable upgrade from Warlords III: Reign of Heroes. I recommend it to anyone who has enjoyed any of the previous Warlords titles. For those new to the Warlords series, the turn-based play could be a problem, especially for those who really enjoy the real time simulations like Total Annihilation or Age of Empires.
Gameplay (Benelux) (Sep 01, 1997)
Wie niets moet hebben van een turn-based strategiespel, laat WL3 beter links liggen. De turn-based fanaten die WL2 nooit gespeeld hebben zouden nu al op weg moeten zijn naar de winkel. De oude getrouwen die WL2 gespeeld en bejubeld hebben, zullen nu waarschijnlijk aan't spelen zijn. See U on M-Player, guys...
I think Darklords Rising is an outstanding game. It makes numerous improvements to Reign of Heroes that enhance and extend the gameplay experience. I definitely think that it’s worth consideration for Reign of Heroes owners, and anyone who hasn’t tried Warlords before but is looking for a fun, challenging, and entertaining turn-based game should think about getting it. Personally, I think it’s second only to HOMM2 in the turn-based genre. I encourage Warlords fans and newcomers alike to consider getting Warlords III: Darklords Rising. It’s a well-designed, enjoyable game that should provide anyone with a challenge and is well worth the money, whether you have Reign of Heroes or not.
IGN (Sep 02, 1998)
Since Warlords III is such a good game, folks who missed it the first time around should definitely consider picking this one up, particularly if they're fans of turn-based strategy games. For those who've already shelled out for Warlords III, it will be a slightly tougher decision, but if Red Orb offers some sort of discount or rebate to owners of the previous game, that decision should become a lot easier.
GameGenie (1998)
Darklords was a fun and addicting turn based strategy game that is sure please many people who enjoy that type of gaming. The gameplay was complex, different, and refreshing with all of its available features, including playing over email, which I thought was a really good idea. The missions are all fun and difficult, and actually tie into the story, which is a rarity in today's et of action games. The graphics, which lacked a little bit at times, were in general really nice and helped to heavily promote the atmosphere of medieval fantasy. The sounds were all good, but the in game music was the best of them all and really helped the whole feel of the game. With all of those things considered, this was an overall fun game that kept me playing for hours on end.
Power Play (Aug, 1998)
Bei aller Antiquiertheit — und die kann man wirklich nicht übersehen — solche Spiele machen Spaß, und das nicht nur für eingefleischte Fantasy-Strategen. Geruhsames Tüfteln und Herumschicken von Truppen und Helden, aufgelockert von gelegentlichen Quests werden ihren Reiz sicher noch in Jahren nicht verlieren.
GameStar (Germany) (Aug, 1998)
Meine einst große Begeisterung fürs Spielprinzip kühlt immer stärker ab. Nach wie vor artet jede Partie in Arbeit aus, noch immer sind die Kämpfe zu zufällig. Es gibt so viele Truppen und Artefakte , daß ich weniger auf genaue Planung als auf Einheiten-Massen setze. Für Fans ist Darklords Rising natürlich geeignet. Aber auch für Leute, die noch kein Warlords ihr Eigen nennen und Lust haben auf unkomplizierte Fantasy-Schlachten.
PC Action (Jul, 1998)
Als vor einem Jahr Warlords 3 erschien, entsprach es in Grafik, Sound und Spielweise nicht mehr den Standards. Darklords Rising beinhaltet kein technisches Update, d. h. außer zwei neuen Kampagnen hat sich eigentlich nichts geändert. Richtiger Spielspaß kommt leider nur im Mehrspieler-Modus auf, für den nun Internetserver zur Verfügung stehen. Ansonsten ist diese Zweitvermarktung bestenfalls Strategiefans anzuraten, die eine Vorliebe für Fantasy haben.
Game Over Online (Mar, 1999)
It's a rehash of Reign of the Heroes. The box says it includes the campaigns and scenarios from RotH, so that right there sounds like ADDON to me, not exactly worth a sequel. It does feature some decent improvements over RotH, so it might be worth it if you liked the original. Otherwise, I really can't say it's a bad tbs, just not anymore than decent. Just wait for HOMM3 if you're hungry for a Medieval style turn baser!
Einsteiger erschrecken angesichts der lausig animierten Bieder-Präsentation. Noch schlimmer ist der mit fortschreitender Spieldauer zunehmende Mangel an Übersicht. Wahre Warlords-Fans dagegen sind traditionell etwas härter im Nehmen und werden sich mit Freuden auf die vier spannenden Kampagnen stürzen. Denn immerhin bietet der vorliegende Kriegsadel zwar praktisch keine Neuerungen, dafür aber viel Spaß fürs Geld.