Gaming Guru Review of Might and Magic: Clash of Heroes HD

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by TRACY-MARK GORGAS / Special contributor to KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on May 6, 2011 at 6:11 PM

Updated Friday, May 20 at 9:49 AM

Might and Magic: Clash of Heroes HD is the latest title in the venerable Might and Magic series.  Originally released on the Nintendo DS, it has gotten the HD treatment for release on Xbox Live and PlayStation Network.  Does it keep the fun and charm translate well from the DS version to the HD version?  Let's take a look.

Story

Might and Magic: Clash of Heroes HD is set as a prequel to Heroes of Might and Magic V.  In the world of Ashan, demons are banished to Sheogh; unable to break through and wreak havoc.  However during an eclipse the walls weaken and the demons can burst forth.   At a gathering of the factions of Ashan; the Elves of Irollan, the Knights of the Griffin Empire, the Wizards of the Silver Cities, and the Necromancers of Heresh, demons attack with a plan to frame the different factions, causing them to fight.

The overall story is thin, with enough plot to hold the game together and allow the player, for a large portion of the game, to be able to fight as and against various factions.

Controls and Gameplay

This is the heart and soul of Might and Magic: Clash of Heroes HD, it is a strategy, role-playing, puzzle game.  While most people will instantly think Puzzle Quest style, Might and Magic: Clash of Heroes HD is a very different game.  That you have to form groups of 3 or more of like colored units is the only thing they have in common.  Might and Magic: Clash of Heroes HD incorporates strategy, limited numbers of units and turns that makes a game in which you have to put a lot more thought into the "how and what" you do.

You will have a limited number of moves during your turn (generally three) with which to move the units into groups of three.  First you have to decide how to form your units, vertical or horizontal.  If you form them vertically they will become attack units.  If you form them horizontally they will become a wall of defense.  The units are randomly scattered on your side of the battlefield.  Attack units will start to count down turns until they act, moving straight up through enemy units.  If the units have enough power they will move on through to the enemy commander.  Bring the enemy commander down to zero hit points and you win the battle.  Back and forth the turns go until there is a winner.  If you are defeated you will have to load your last saved game.

Graphics and Sound

Might and Magic: Clash of Heroes HD has a anime, Saturday morning cartoon graphic style.  Very colorful and really looks good in HD on the TV.

The audio is good.  The sound effects fit what they are doing.  The soundtrack gets a bit repetitive after awhile I ended up turning it down.

Overall

Might and Magic: Clash of Heroes HD really does the strategy, role-playing, puzzle style well.  I would say it is the thinking man's game.  You have to think about which units you will use for attack, for defense; where to put them; which to remove, which to sacrifice, and that's just against the game's A.I.  If you go online and play against another person, you then have someone watching your moves and planning accordingly.

This is one game where the gameplay shines and really carries the game along.  It's easy to see why Ubisoft ported Might and Magic: Clash of Heroes to home consoles from the DS.  Developers, Capybara Games really did a bang up job on the gameplay.

It has great gameplay and cool graphics, but the thin story and bland soundtrack hold it down.  I rate Might and Magic: Clash of Heroes HD a 4 out of 5.

Might and Magic: Clash of Heroes HD is rated Everyone 10+ by the Entertainment Software Rating Board for Mild Fantasy Violence, Mild Language, Mild Suggestive Themes. 

Might and Magic: Clash of Heroes HD is available now for download on Microsoft Xbox Live Arcade and Sony PlayStation Network.  The original Might and Magic: Clash of Heroes is also available now for the Nintendo DS

For more information about Might and Magic: Clash of Heroes HD see their web site found here.
 

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