I picked this up to add to my games that I play on PC. There was a list of games to choose from but this one stood out and appealed to me the most. The game is a turn-based strategy, I have not played many of these types of game before so I thought to give it a shot. Because it’s the golden edition of the game you will also get the two previous add-ons with it. These are Pirates of the Savage Sea and Danse Macabre. If you would like the new add-on which is Shades of Darkness you will have to buy it separate to this game. Has an awesome multiplayer where you can play against others and can make your own custom games to.
Might & Magic Heroes VI Gold Edition:
Main Story: The game take place 400 years before the 5th game in the series and at the time of the second Blood Moon Eclipse, the rise of Kha Beleth and the Demon Sovereign. This part of the franchise tells the story of the Griffin Dynasty while they were still dukes of the holy empire and are not yet sitting on the imperial throne like seen in previous games. I won’t reveal too much of the story I will let you play the game to find out more. This is a small over view of what is in this game.
Pirates Of The Savage Sea: This Add-on takes place following the events of what happens in Heroes 6, some ships disappear into the savage sea during sudden storms. So The Priate Council hires the legendary Crag hack to see what’s gone down. Crag has kick-ass before in previous occasions and now got called upon to do it again. The Add-on takes him through the savage sea to see what going down. Add-on adds over 10 hours of gameplay onto of the original game and new artifacts and bonuses.
Danse Macabre: This Add-on has parts and information that take place before the events of the main campaign. A Wizard named Sandro was banished from the seven Cities and stripped of ranks while also losing his staff of power. No one knows why this happened but in the aftermath of heroes 6 the Great Lich returns with a big, mean vengeance. You will play as Sandro who is a Villian and will defy men and Dragon Gods to but plans into motion that will forever change Ashan. This Add-on offers another 10 hours of gameplay and new content.
Shades of Darkness: This Add-on take place century after the events of Might & Magic VI, that have determined the heroic fate of a dynasty. Shades of Darkness recaps what happens but in two original campaigns, it shows the important moments in Ashan’s darker times that have defined the future of a underground people and to decide the survival of the spider queen, as well as the fate of two factions the Dark Elves of Dungeon and the Necromancers of Necropoli. You lead the Dark Elves as they search to become masters of deception. There are a lot of awesome feature in this add-on that includes the legendary Black Dragons. Like the other two add-ons there is lots of new content and tones more gameplay but if you are a true fan of the franchise this add-on will end the heroes 6 experience.
The gameplay is simple. It consists of clicking a location or enemy on the map and you hero will go to that location. Your hero will have a move meter that will only allow you to move so far in a turn. There is a little sand timer in the bottom right of the screen that you click to refresh this move meter so you can keep on going with the game.
Building you army was difficult a first for me but when I got the hand of it and it was easy. You have a town that you need to buy builds for so that you can purchase different types of character s to be in your army. You then can upgrade the builds again to make the character better, the more people you have in a stack the more damage you deal out. So you have to make sure that you have a lot of characters in your army to progress through the game or it gets to the point where you are losing a lot of the battle you go into. A think that I notice though is if you run out of men you have to go back to a town to get then from the barracks which is quite annoying because if you are far away from a town you waste time going back to get the town to get more men. You will also get in the game the chance to control more than one hero at a time and this make the game amazingly fun because you can control multiply areas to complete the tasks that have been assigned to you. When you have more than one hero you can also trade members of your army so that you can ever make on hero stronger than another or help out the other hero by supplying them with men.
Getting Resources: Resources can be found anywhere on the map and obtain to help you build your town and get more men for you army. You can also come across building in the map that if you capture will grant you extra resources while you progress through the level you are playing.
Fighting: The fighting in this game confused me. Even though it is simply click what to attack and where to go there was a few other thinks that when worked to your favour is brilliant but when used against you will annoy you. For example you army can get morale from fights but from when I was playing it I could tell when this bonus was given to me it just happened and I was like yay attack again but when you enemy uses it and kills you even though you have more men than they do then it doesn’t make sense. You hero can use spells and attack to aid in the fight but this ability can only be used once per turn.
Tutorial & Hints: The tutorial for this game was majorly helpful because I have barely played any turned-based strategy games before it got me up to date and filled in no problem. There are still something’s that I didn’t catch in the tutorial but that might have just been my fault but there were still areas of the game I didn’t understand. The hints are good to if you select the option to allow them to come up. They have helped me through some fights and with telling me where to go and not what to do.
The Graphics in game is overall brilliant. Colour is brilliant, landscape awesome and characters have really nice detail on then. The only thing I would have to say is the animation and cut scenes are dull. It’s basically the characters standing still with text above their head. This can get really boring quickly and the characters fight animation is the same as well. So this is a let down on my behalf but maybe this is the style of the games franchise seeing as I have only played these ones but I found it really dull and boring.
The Positives and Negatives
+ Hours of fun with building your army and fighting against enemy forces
+ Lots of different enemies and characters that you come across
+ Make you use your head to try and strategically plan out each fight to get the most out of it
– Don’t really know how the abilities and moral works in fights
– Having to go back to towns for more army members
– The cut scenes and fighting animation in game is quite dull and boring. Once you have seen it once it feels like you have seen it all.
– Gets very repetitive with the fighting style and going around the map to complete objectives
Whilst going into this game blind folded and not knowing what to expect I’m quite happy with what I played and experience. There was times where I got caught up in the game and loved it but then times I just wanted to throw my PC out the window. But in all fairness I enjoyed playing this game. I will have to take a look at the previous games to get more of a feel for the games but if you are a fan of the series I would say get it and the add-on because they are hands down brilliant and awesome. For the animation in game and the cut scenes and the confusions that came up during combat I am sorry to say that I have to drop it a mark therefore Might & Magic Heroes 6 and the Shades of Darkness gets a 4/5.
Disclaimer:All scores given within our reviews are based on the artist’s personal opinion; this should in no way impede your decision to purchase the game.