Witness the amazing evolution of the genre-defining strategy game as it becomes a next-generation phenomenon, melding classic deep fantasy with next-generation visuals and gameplay. In the renowned Might & Magic universe, demon swarms spread chaos over the land in a relentless assault.
User reviews: Very Positive (223 reviews)
Release Date: May 23, 2006

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Includes 4 items: Dark Messiah of Might & Magic, Heroes of Might & Magic V, Heroes of Might & Magic V: Hammers of Fate, Heroes of Might & Magic V: Tribes of the East

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Includes 10 items: Dark Messiah of Might & Magic, Heroes of Might & Magic V, Heroes of Might & Magic V: Hammers of Fate, Heroes of Might & Magic V: Tribes of the East, Might & Magic: Heroes VI, Might & Magic: Clash of Heroes, Might & Magic: Clash of Heroes - I Am the Boss DLC, Might & Magic: Heroes VI - Pirates of the Savage Sea Adventure Pack, Might & Magic: Heroes VI - Danse Macabre Adventure Pack, Might & Magic X - Legacy

 

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Witness the amazing evolution of the genre-defining strategy game as it becomes a next-generation phenomenon, melding classic deep fantasy with next-generation visuals and gameplay.
In the renowned Might & Magic universe, demon swarms spread chaos over the land in a relentless assault. The fate of the world is at stake and Heroes from a variety of legendary factions must stand up to defend their causes. Live their fate, lead their forces to victory, and unveil the secret goal of the Demon lords.
Become a strategy gaming legend by raising unique hero characters, assembling armies, and defeating enemies using the brand new active-time battle system both offline or online.
  • Cutting edge visual technology: for the first time, experience the world of Might & Magic in a full breathtaking 3D animated world supported by a consistent and modern graphic style.
  • Modern sophisticated fantasy universe: includes all features which brought success to the series in a complete revamped and more mature universe with six unique factions and over forty different creatures and over 200 spells.
  • Complete strategy experience and RPG gameplay: during six campaigns and over thirty missions, explore and conquer territories, manage your cities, recruit armies, raise and upgrade your heroes through a user friendly yet deep turn-based system.
  • Complete scalable turned-based battle system for challenging and tactical combat: find out the combat system that made the success of the Heroes series or experience the brand new Dynamic Battle system for transforming a chessboard into a lively battlefield.
  • Competitive and addictive intense multiplayer parts: Five multiplayer modes including the new Ghost Mode.

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows® 2000/XP (only)
    • Processor: Pentium® 4 or AMD Athlon™ 1.5 GHz (Pentium® 4 2.4 GHz recommended)
    • Memory: 512 MB (1 GB recommended)
    • Graphics: DirectX® 9 compliant w/ 64MB RAM (128 MB recommended) (see supported list*)
    • DirectX Version: DirectX® 9 or higher
    • Sound: DirectX® 9 compliant
    • Hard Drive: 2+ GB
    • Multiplay: Broadband internet connection
    • *Supported Video Cards at Time of Release: NVIDIA GeForce 4 / FX / 6 / 7 families (GeForce 4 MX NOT supported), ATI Radeon 8500 / 9000 / X families, Matrox Parhelia

      Laptop versions of these cards may work but are NOT supported.
Helpful customer reviews
10 of 13 people (77%) found this review helpful
29.2 hrs on record
Okay first off, for all those who want this game but read the system requirements and thought "Oh drat, I cannot play this on my system, I have a windows 8 and it says up to XP only". I have GREAT news for you-I have this game, on a cheap 350 dollar notebook from walmart. It has a windows 8 OS. This game-runs PERFECTLY on it. I did not even need to change or alter any compatibility settings or mess with the graphics or audio configuration. On default layout, no changes at all-it runs perfectly. Now, obviously, I cannot guarantee this will be true for absolutely everyone. I can however say given how cheap my own computer system is-I think this game would work for almost everyone running a windows 8 system. Probably also the same with windows 7 but I cannot say for certain on that one.

Now onto the game itself. Heroes of Might and Magic series is a well known and well loved series for a number of good reasons. First of all, there are different races, all with their unique units and hero specializations. This particular Heroes of Might and Magic is I feel the best of the series so far (Yes, better even that Might and Magic Heroes VI.) The graphics are fine if not great, but the game itself is what makes this game so much fun. With both single player, multiplayer, and even hot seat player capability you can play with friends far or near, or solo. It has campaigns for each race, all of which combine into one epic story on love, loss, and each faction.race fighting to survive and rule over all.

Combat is laid out on a open fiend or fighting to defend or gain control of a castle/keep with wall fortifications between you and the enemy. You have control over all of your units and can even through leveling you hero, gain control over the war machines in your unit such as the first aid tent, the ballista, and the catapult, allowing you to heal the units of your choice or aim the ballista at a particular target, or have the catapult try and take out only the door or remove the turret towers aimed at you as a example.

The units themselves can have special abilities. For example, the demon units can use a skill called gating, to summon up more of their own kind to join you for the battle (These gated units are temporary and vanish after each battle). The Undead units with the help of their hero can rise again after death, and if you defeat living targets, can even spend dark energy points to raise them again as undead units in your army (the type of unit they turn into depends on how powerful they were before). The list goes on.

Outside of the campaigns which are fun and throw new challenges at you to keep the game fresh and fun (and also tie into the storyline perfectly), such as having to avoid a enemy or outrun them to a safe zone to meet up with a particular hero or town. Other times you have one week to take over a town and set up camp before having to wipe out the enemy that stands in your way and so on.

The game play itself has a little learning curve, to understand what different objects on the map do for you, and figuring out how best to defeat units or how to control your own to the best advanatage-but the learning curve is built into the storyline so you are not derailed by some overtly lengthly tutorial. You simply learn as you progress and by the mid-part of the very first campaign, you'll be a expert hand at building up your keep, controlling your units, and understanding how to level your hero to your advanatage (Though more time playing with all the races will be needed to fully see what is the best way to level a particular hero).

Each hero has it's own unique talent as well. There is a elven hero who has a powerful ranged strike and boosts the damage of all it's groups hunter (archer) units. There is a demon hero whose spedciality is making each ballista shot explosive, doing extra damage each time the ballista's turn comes around. There is a Magic Hero who specializes with the smallest of units, the gremlins, who jhave a ranged blunderbuss shot attack that means a huge army of many small minions with a combined strength enough to take down far more powerful units of lesser numbers. The list again goes on. So it is in your interest to read up when you build your tavern, where you recruit new heroes, to see what each hero does and choose the one whose specialization you need most-someone who can race over the landscape and explore it our simply outrun the enemy, someone who brings extra firepower, or someone more specialized for a particular foe or to best defend your keep while you take your main hero out into the fray.

The game is, in fact-complete in every sense as is, but if you finish the campaigns and want more-good news again! There are two expansion campaign games for this game (look at the DLC for the game or buy the whole collection at once for $19.99 USD). Each one adds a new race and continues the storyline. First, the dwarven race and then the orcs-also calle dht eribes of the East.) I highly recommend both expansions as the races are fun, enjoyable, and and a completely fresh set of skills and tech and units to the game. The orcs are particularly amusing, as you can have cyclops through goblin in a kamikaze fashion into the face of enemy units. It only costs one mere goblin, the cheapest of units, to do a massive damage spray with the help of your powerful cyclops' throwing arm.

If you love having complete control over a army, a castle, and a hero-if you enjoy besieging castles and trampling the enemy under hoof and claw, if you have ever enjoy any turn based, fantasy game with a bit of storyline-then this game is for you. You will NOT be dissapointed by it.

For this game by itself without the DLC, it costs a mere $9.99 and offers many hours of gameplay and has endless replayability with the multiplayer mode (Which you can play solo as well against as few as one or up to 8 AI competitors).

So really, there is no reason to NOT buy this game unless you truly despise everything turn based.Even then, this game may well change your mind or at least make you willing to put up with the turn based combat for the sheer fun of everything else about the game.
Posted: May 7
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8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
81.0 hrs on record
Heroes of M & M 5 is a good game, a bit dated but a solid Fantasy Turn Based Strategy with RPG elements.

TBS is a niche genre and sometimes intimidating, but Heroes has simple and easy gameplay, you control heroes who must explore the scenarios in search of goals and has troops to assist you in combat. Just like on the scenario map, combat is turn based and also easy to understand as well as the towns managing. The AI is good and challenging, tricky sometimes. Is graphically outdated but perfectly playable, the weak point is the animation of campaign cut-scenes, badly made.

The overall campaign is ridiculously large, there are 6 factions and each has a campaign with 5 phases with a storyline that connects them, the plot has no big deal and the feeling that remains is that the campaign was made to play and better understand each faction in case of playing in skirmish mode.

Being long the campaign becomes tiresome and the heroes skill system is a bit complicated to understand. I had performance issues and the game only opened when installed in the same directory with Steam. I recommend this game for those who enjoy strategy, fantasy, and looking for something different then RTS or with a slower pace.

7/10
Posted: April 21
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.4 hrs on record
I've played all of the Heroes of Might and Magic games, and this is by far my favorite. The castles are one of the best things about this game. The (optional) cinematic upon entering a city is amazing.
Posted: June 25
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
3.8 hrs on record
*Looks at clock, and it says 9P.M.
*says one more turn and Ill go to sleep*
*Looks at clock*
*It says 5A.M.*
*Says screw it and plays till sun rises*
*Falls asleep on chair*
*Wakes up at 9P.M.*
*Cycle continues*
Posted: August 8
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
109.2 hrs on record
An excellent game with plenty of replayability that will keep you entertained for hours on end. Multiple campaigns featuring all of the usual factions for the heroes series.
Posted: June 27
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59 of 74 people (80%) found this review helpful
67.4 hrs on record
Just buy it. Better than HoMM6.
Posted: December 28, 2013
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