I've decided to mini-review the M&M Heroes 6 + expansions pack, after finishing the entire campaign series.
Without further ado, gameplay-wise!
Gameplay Strong Points:
Fairly Competent AI most of the time.
Last series of fixes have reduced exploitability by a fair margin
Campaign objectives make sense.
Decent series of units, most complement each other.
Heroes matter, a lot.
Gameplay weak Points:
Migh vs Magic heroes...Magic heroes often end grossly overpowered for campaign play.
AI during skirmishes either wins all neutral battles flawlessly, or gets stuck without a fair army.
AI coded to do the same series of attacks over and over again.
Game still liable to CTD, especially with nvidia graphics cards.
AI failmoves, but what game doesn't have that?
Story, Graphics and Misc. Good Points.
Campaigns last you quite a few hours each.
Dynasty goodies, special side quests and hidden bonusses makes exploring a reward.
Maps offer different approaches, lots of goodies and quite a challenge at times.
Story and dialogue wise, it's pretty generic. I personally didn't really care for the story much, deeming the theme and way the theme was handled overused.
Campaign mission difficulty gaps. Some missions are insanely hard, only to be followed up with a cakewalk, or vice versa. Some missions also require replays because they punish a mistake you made early on a few steps from endgame.
Tear of Asha. Cute that it's included, but ends up being overkill on half the maps it's given on.
No Random Map Generator, killing the replay value of the skirmish maps very, very much.
Item Placement at skirmish maps makes no sense, oftentimes giving you a completed moon disk/tear/full set/epic artifacts/et cetera ad nauseum before even getting past flagging your first mines.
Overall though, it's not as bad as people yell at times and certainly worth a try if you're into the type of game, especially if it goes on sale.
The full package, even when lacking a RMG for skirmish + obvious flaws during the playthroughs, still holds a bit of appeal.
If I'd have to grade the game without comparing it to previous games of the series, it'd come out on a 7-(6.75 for those unfamiliar with +s and -'s).
Worth a try if you like the series or the genre, do pass if it's not up your alley.
Posted: November 26th, 2013