Heroes of Might and Magic 4 is a turn based strategy game published by New World Computing and developed by 3DO. This was the last game published by New World Computing and the last game developed my 3DO before both companies went bankrupt in 2003. The story picks up following Heroes Chronicle’s The Sword of Frost ends. Armageddon’s Blade and The Sword of Frost clashed, resulting in the Reckoning, but most escaped through portals and end up in a new land called Axeoth. The question is should The Reckoning spare this game, or destroy this game?
Graphics-There are only two words that can explain the graphics: What happened? We went from beautifully pieces of art to pieces of garbage. While the town graphics aren’t the worst, that doesn’t make up for the fact that everything else is horrible looking, with the creatures taking the biggest bullet. The isometric look doesn’t make things any better.
Sound-Like before, the game’s soundtrack is very good, but some of the town music doesn’t seem appropriate for said town. The combat music isn’t as energetic as before, which is a downer.
Gameplay-For the most part, gameplay remains the same as in the third game, but there are three fatal flaws present. The first being that creature upgrades are GONE!!! Why?! That feature was the best part! The second being making the game feel too RPGish. The third being forced to choose which creature building to build. It makes absolutely NO sense what so ever. The only original idea is having your hero fight alongside your creatures instead of sitting on the sidelines.
Concepts-When it comes down to concept, this game failed on so many levels. From the isometric view, to the ugly looking graphics, absolutely nothing worked.
Overall-This game is a lightweight in comparison to the first three. The first three were like stepping stones; with each game getting better, so why was the stepping stone missing here? Too many risks, not enough rewards. The only redeeming feature is the soundtrack.
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