Originally Published: Wednesday, 1 March 2000 Author: Leon F. Castellanos
Published to: enhance_articles_games/General Page: 1/1 - [Printable]

Heroes of Might and Magic 3 Review

Strap on your armor and get ready to lead the charge into battle. Organize your legions of sorcerers, knights and beasts to fight the common foe...and hopefully your name will pass into legend. This excellent game by Loki is one of the best RPG's around for linux. You can read he review by clicking below

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Written by: Leon F. Castellanos
Edited by: Terry Warner

Heroes of Might and Magic 3: The Restoration of Eratia.

SENSELESS FACTS:

System Requirements:

  • Linux Kernel: 2.2.x
  • Processor: Pentium 200 or better
  • Video: 800x600 SVGA 16bpp Xfree 3.2 or newer
  • CD-Rom: 4X
  • Ram 32MB (enjoy these while they last)
  • Sound: /dev/dsp sound device active also ESD (Enlightenment Sound Daemon)
  • Hard Disk: 150MB

Test System:

  • Linux Kernel: 2.2.14
  • Processor: Dual Celeron OC 450Mhz
  • Video: Nvidia TNT2 32Ram, Xfree 3.3.3.1 16bpp
  • Ram: 128MB

FIRST IMPRESSION:

    Loki, 3DO I love you!!! You have filled that cold dark place in my heart where RPG had once lived. I remember playing Dungeons and Dragons with ten or fifteen people, WOW! What memories and now thanks to Loki, I can enjoy joint adventures with fellow gamers all over the world in my lovable Penguin system. This turn based RPG / strategy game brings a whole new gaming experience to Penguin boxes. Starting with its incredibly long but spellbinding intro movie, to the main menu with its awesome picture of an archangel, I was SOLD! The music fits in perfect ambiance to the game and the interface brought me back to the happy simple days of timeless games like Warcraft I and II.

GOING FOR IT:

    I went for it right away on a multi-player game with a fellow Penguin lover. We started little by little, being the first time both had ever touched the game, but it was a no go. There were just too many things we had no idea what they did, sadly I ended up losing my hero and not knowing where to get another. I then went to the RTFM methodology, (it never fails) printed out the tutorial and sat there for thirty minutes or so while I was enlightened to the complex beauty of the game. Well explained and nicely detailed, but not to the point where it spoils the excitement of figuring out things on your own, I learned all I needed to know to venture out. Things like what happens when your hero loses a battle, how to build manage and protect your town efficiently, how to acquire spells, etc. Needless to say any further, printing out this tutorial of just 11 pages is a must!

GOING FOR IT POST RTFM:

    It is both RPG and strategy, so don't be fooled until you engage in battle. Although it is turn based and you may find it a bit slow for those of us used to fast paced real-time strategy, the fact of having to wait while your opponent attacks, will bring an incredible rush as you plan how to squash your nemesis. There is nothing that will get your blood boiling more than seeing that your army will not be able to defeat your enemy and you have to weigh the options of losing a hero or pressing that despised surrender button. If you are like me and wish to live to see another day, press the surrender button, rehire your hero and hire at least 12 Archangels and everything else you can and head for the one who dared to defy thy integrity. As of this moment I have gone into 3 or 5 missions of the Campaign; I am just starting out but am already hooked on. I've had my share of defeats and victories; lost towns and got bound by a countless variety of spells and I just know I haven't seen the best yet.

THERE WAS THE GOOD, NOW THE BAD AND THE UGLY:

    As will all good things... sadly the good must as well have evil. Well not evil, but it did tick me off a bit coming from Loki. From my own experience, I say this since this is an unconfirmed claim, the Penguin version isn't compatible with the Windows one for multi-player. I tried establishing a game with a Windows version of Heroes III but it was a no go. The person saw the game but he couldn't join. I'll have to consult with Loki on this one

CONCLUDING THE SAGA:

    I give this one eight Penguins sipping Piņa Coladas on the beach. I love sitting down after a hard day at work and seeing how much more experience my heroes can acquire. I have been with the same four guys from the start, they have become close friends now, so I renamed them to John, Paul, Ringo and Keyser Soze. They have built great empires and conquered lands far and wide. If you love outwitting your friends on the Internet or enjoy a great solo challenge, head over to the Loki Games site right now and place your order. And remember to feed your Penguin before you go to sleep.





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