Released in 1999, Heroes of Might & Magic III:The Restoration of Erathia is a turn-based strategy game developed by New World Computing & first published by the 3DO Company. It got its gameplay inspiration from what is now considered the forerunner for the whole HoMM series, 1990’s King’s Bounty – another turn-based game developed by the same company. In the year it was released, the game achieved high marks all around, going as far as almost winning the best strategy game of the year.

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Following the same style as its predecessors, the game is all about collecting resources, developing your centre, creating an army full of fantastical creatures & capturing other towns. The game received two expansions – 1999’s Armageddon’s Blade &2000’s Shadow of Death –which addedmore campaigns và a ninth faction to lớn choose from.

Over the years, there’s been endless arguments over which HoMM game is the best in the franchise. Although opinions regarding older games can be heavily influenced by nostalgia, many arguments can be made that the third instalment is the best và most important of them.

When it’s Heroes 3 against all the others, Heroes 3 wins

Heroes of Might và Magic III phối out khổng lồ be an updated version of the second game in the series, without making any drastic changes khổng lồ it. They wanted to take a well loved game và give sầu the fans more of it, & that’s exactly what they did. Without modifying the gameplay all that much, they gave an extra two factions (3 counting the DLC) & made the creatures available more thematic to each town, even adding an extra unit to them while making sure each had an tăng cấp. They also added abilities lớn the heroes, allowing them khổng lồ develop more through battles and giving players a bigger choice in which skills they would learn.


Other additions included subterranean levels, bigger maps & more objectives aside from capturing your adversary’s town(s); you may also need to find the Holy Grail, or capture an abandoned đô thị that is lost somewhere in the maps. I’ll never forget when my cousin & I were playing and absolutely destroying my sibling’s armies when they, with one day left to find a new town khổng lồ remain in the game, found the castle that was the map’s main objective sầu, giving them instant victory… RIPhường. With over 50 skirmish maps & many that allow you lớn have sầu allies, the third game is still unmatched in the single and multiplayer scenarios, allowing you lớn quickly amount khổng lồ over 100 hours ingame.

After finding the perfect formula in Heroes III, Ubisoft only needed khổng lồ bởi vì what had been done between this & the second game: improve sầu on what existed without trying to lớn actually modify key features of the game. The games that followed, although mostly enjoyable were not as addictive sầu. Following the huge success of the third game, Heroes IV had a difficult task ahead from the start và, unfortunately, it didn’t quite succeed. Released in 2002, the game introduced many changes khổng lồ the gameplay that ended up being greatly criticised.


Amongst plenty of complaints about graphics, the change of the battle grid & a significant reduction of creatures & towns available, a big one was about the heroes. They could now attaông xã without magic, but the game also made it so you could have sầu more than one nhân vật in your army or none at all. With one of the main premises of the game being having a anh hùng (it’s right there, in the title!), mastering either might or magic, that commands armies, taking that away from the players proved to be a very unpopular decision. It did, however, add one successful feature: the caravans, which allowed you to skết thúc troops recruited around the bản đồ lớn be sent directly lớn your town – something that returned in Heroes V (as an add-on) & Heroes VII.

Heroes V lớn VII saw the franchise go from 2D to lớn full 3D. Though they look very nice (especially the models on VII, which look absurdly good), it felt lượt thích losing the charm Heroes II & III’s art had. It became, in a way, a generic looking 3 chiều game, with graphics a little too similar to games like Warcraft 3 – while not a bad thing, it doesn’t st& out as much. After the debacle of Heroes IV, the series reverted closer lớn Heroes III gameplay, adding some things here and there that, while interesting, didn’t really work that well. Heroes V got a tree system in towns, meaning you could not see all the constructions in the beginning, which hampered planning.

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Measure of Success

HoMM 3 was a success from the moment it was released, especially for a turn-based game. While more famous RTS titles, such as the highly anticipated Age of Empires II, sold around 2 million copies by January, 2000; Heroes III managed to sell an impressive sầu 1.5 million copies by December 1999, even with its more old-fashioned turn-based style.

Its influence reached so far and for so long that it’s the most streamed of the franchise & the only game in the series lớn get a re-release, which was put out in the asHeroes of Might and Magic VII, in năm ngoái. Coincidentally, there haven’t been any further new HoMM games since then.

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The simpliđô thị of 2 chiều maps, popup windows và charming improved art style make the screen quite easy on the eyes. While very colourful & full of little places to visit, the maps don’t get overwhelming even after playing for hours on end.

Furthermore, another of the reasons that the game attracted so many people lớn it to begin with, was the improved Hot-Seat multiplayer option. Released at a time when computers were becoming more common in households, but mạng internet only reached around 4.1% of the international population, Heroes provided gamers with an opportunity lớn play a strategic game with others using only one computer – something that still holds a lot of value today when you can’t use Wi-Fi for some reason or other & want to play a game by yourself or with nearby friends.


The main complaints Heroes III received were regarding its campaign, which was considered broken & oddly paced. Instead of a linear story that would take you through every faction, you instead have five sầu individual ones where you have sầu khổng lồ start all over again each time. They are also not ordered in a rising màn chơi of difficulty, for example having a very hard last mission on an otherwise easy campaign. Although true và disappointing, the campaigns provided by the expansions were a huge improvement, making them more interesting và evenly paced. Nonetheless, the gameplay remained fun through it all.

The legacy of Heroes3

I’ve sầu been arguing that Heroes III is the best of the franchise with each new addition and often heard that it was merely nostalgia. While I recognise that it does play a part in it, it doesn’t change it being the most liked game in the franchise by fans and critics alike. It is also important khổng lồ look at the context in which it was released, và what it meant khổng lồ the community at the time. Nowadays, Heroes III is a game that will run on any máy tính xách tay, even having versions for Smartphone phones & tablets. Its simpliđô thị in style and intuitive sầu frame allows even people who vì not speak English fluently to lớn play & actually bởi reasonably well in the game.


While the other games tried, they missed the mark with little things here and there – which ultimately doesn’t really stop one from enjoying playing them. I particularly lượt thích Heroes V & VII, despite their glitches and some modifications, I bởi vì love the graphics & enjoy seeing some of the features and models from the third game in 3 chiều models – even if they thảm bại some of its charm. From the get go, however, Heroes III was a game that achieved what it set out to lớn do: an improved, more complete version of its predecessor. It fixed all the small issues Heroes II had, & expanded the universe in a way that made it the well-rounded game it is.

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Great! I am convinced and want lớn buy; where can I vị that?

Well, Ubisoft re-released it in năm ngoái on Steam as a HD edition, but without the DLCs due the loss of their code. It is a big drawbachồng, since it takes away over 10 campaigns from the game. Fortunately, you can purchase the game on GOG (for a lower price và with the two DLCs) & can even choose the bundle with games I thru V for not much more. Although GOG’s is the original và not HD you can just download the HD gian lận – and khổng lồ play it online, you can always use GameRanger.