Heroes of Might & Magic V Reader Review
Alas, this game has been out for several months and it seems a younger generation of gamers wasn't interested in this (quite good) turn-based strategy game. Sales have been poor. It doesn't help that the game released with very few skirmish and mulitplayer maps. Also there are a few noticeable computer bugs in the single player AI that weren't stamped out by the recent 1.1 patch.
Heroes V borrows very much from the gameplay of Heroes III while adding a surprising amount of new strategic elements. It takes hours of gameplay to understand all of the different troop-types and hero-types. It will take at least 2 hours to play a small map. I suspect this amount of invenstment in learning a game isn't something that will appeal to fans of action-rpg's like Oblivion or multiplayer games like Call of Duty.
The game's 3D graphics are a Catch-22. You get modern animated graphics but at the expense of having to constantly rotate the map around to see everything. This is one game where 2D graphics benefit the gameplay.
If you like PC turn-based games, you really owe it to yourself to check out Heroes 5. I'm looking forward to the next patch and I genuinely hope there will be an "add-on" that will add more maps.
8 / 10