You can’t really talk about King’s Bounty without saying something about Heroes of Might and Magic. I loved the crap out of that game (shame it went downhill after the third one) and never thought I would find anything that could take its place or, dare I say, surpass it. While King’s Bounty has a lot in common with Heroes, it also does a lot to stand out on its own and often above the other strategy role playing titles out there.
The game is played in a real time world map, with you moving your hero about the islands of the world with no turn based limitations. You explore, find quests, meet monsters, collect treasure and navigate the high seas in full 3D, with an option to pause the world if things get too real for you. When you encounter a band of monsters, you switch to the 3D turn based combat field, with the standard hex format battle markers and movement. Tactics are important, but numbers often win these battles as you move your troops around obstacles and towards their targets. You as the hero never lower yourself to join in combat, but your spell book allows you to help out while you tell the troops what to do.
Gone from Heroes is the tedious week based resource gathering and castle maintaining, you simple earn money as you go along and resources have been reduced to leveling up your hero. You have a cap on your monsters, based on your leadership. The higher it is, the more you can command. You can also invest your experience and collected runes into upgrading your hero, from three different character paths with multiple skill trees. The role playing experience is really beefed up in this over Heroes.
The game doesn’t really challenge anything, but it is quite refined and solid entertainment. You can easily find yourself spending more time than you expected playing it. If you are new to the genre, this is a good place to start because the Crossworlds collection comes with all previously released Kings Bounty expansions and missions. You can buy a cheaper stand alone version that has only the new content and people who own King’s Bounty: Armored Princess can purchase an upgrade for about $20 that gives you everything as well.
Another exciting addition to the game is the level editor that allows you to change everything about the game and craft your own quests! The community for this game is pretty active even before this was released, so expect to see some amazing free add-ons to this ti
tle from the fans!
King’s Bounty: Crossworlds is well worth the money and is one of the few titles available to fans of this genre. It’s time to put that old copy of Heroes away and move on to the hot newness. The Russian developers of this title put a lot of heart and love into this title and it shows, aside from a few minor spelling errors, this is a quality product that blends humor, strategy and fun in the right amounts to provide a gaming experience like no other.
Check out the website King’s Bounty to learn more and to order this title online, when it releases on the 17th of September.Last 5 posts by Brian Jones
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