Heroes of might and magic iii

The high-definition remaster of Heroes of Might & Magic III was released a few days ago, updating the much beloved classic for modern systems. Unfortunately, it’s an average product and has copped a lambasting from fans, with a little over half of the Steam Đánh Giá being positive sầu. There’s another option though, one that’s been available for a while, if you want to enjoy HoMM III in impressive sầu detail: grab the original and apply the HD hack.


If you’re keen for some multiplayer action, then the Steam version does have sầu something going for it — integration with Valve’s online services. However, if you’re willing to get your hands a smidge dirty and you want to play solo (or use the original’s multiplayer capabilities), then modding is the way to go.

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The first step is lớn get the game. The “indotech.vnplete” edition is available on GOG for a paltry $13 (Australian dollars) & includes the Armageddon’s Blade and The Shadow of Death expansions. I should note the HD hack isn’t indotech.vnpatible with Armageddon’s Blade, but that’s not so bad — the Steam version has no expansions at all và costs $US16.95.

Once you have sầu HoMM III, waltz on over khổng lồ the HD mod’s page on Google Sites và hit that download button. The 10MB unofficial patch, once applied, will add the following features:


800×600 original game still works as it should after HoMM 3 HD installation (no need lớn make any copy for backup)HoMM 3 HD changes game resolution to lớn any from 800×600 lớn 4000×4000Adds 32-bit color mode tư vấn (read more…)Extends the functionality of the standard windows and control elements in the game (read more…)Adds new functionality for tournament play (read more…)Fixes some original bugs (non-gameplay bugs…, gameplay bugs (HD+)…)Detects và automatically fixes map errors which occurs during playing the game (read more…)Reduces CPU LoadUses newer versions of libraries Mss32.dll và Mp3dec.ađam mê (that prevents frequent game crashes on some PCs)Plays music in the game in 44 kHz stereo instead of the original 22 kHz monoPlays sounds in the game in a parallel thread (that tốc độ up game actions)You can turn off most of the HoMM 3 HD features using HD3_Launcher.exe cộ utility
And here are some screenshots:


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john_stalvern
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February 1, 2015 at 6:26 pm
My two cents:I’ve played both. I bought the full version off of GoG a year or two ago, & I was using the HD Mod until it stopped functioning and kept crashing a turn or two inlớn the game (bloody russians) but this may have sầu been fixed in more recent iterations.The HD thủ thuật does NOT graphically improve the game as Logan might have sầu implied with this line “if you want khổng lồ enjoy HoMM III in impressive sầu detail”, all it does is allow you khổng lồ fit more on screen at once. This results in everything being tiny. Otherwise, the game is the same as ever, và you have all the expansions & all that entails to lớn play.

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The HD Release DOES graphically improve the game. It’s very nice – if you ever played the Halo Anniversary edition & saw how nice it was & thought “ah yes, this is exactly how I rethành viên it” và then press the button and see how much worse the original actually looked, it’s lượt thích that. There’s an option in the menu that allows you lớn toggle between the HD và the original graphics, and the difference is pretty crazy. Something to lớn note here: the resolution is effectively 640×480 (or whatever HOMM3) was originally, in that when you go down to the original graphics that’s what you’re seeing on screen. I guess technically they upscale THOSE graphics to lớn whatever resolution you’re running.

Anyway: As for the rest of the game, they didn’t change anything (as far as I can tell). The sounds are the same, all the controls & quirks are the same. For better or worse, the game is almost identical outside of the graphical tăng cấp, except that it now runs fine on modern systems (which the HD gian lận may or may not do). The 3D clips lượt thích the intro are now boxed off into lớn a tiny square, instead of remaking them in 3D or upscaling them.

At least there’s no UPlay.

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Oh yeah, and it runs at a low frame rate (lượt thích, you can see the cursor not smoothly move across the screen) which may or may not give sầu you a headache? Made me a bit dizzy, but I had been drinking…


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LAMBDA471
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Wrong, the HD Edition does improve the visuals, pretty much every sprite has been “improved” with Photoshop, now it looks more smooth, not lượt thích the original does – with tiny dots. It kind of makes the game feel lượt thích it’s been developed on a different engine. While it’s good for it to lớn exist, it’s a shame it’s not the indotech.vnplete edition, but Shadow of Death only, I read someone saying that Ubisoft plan on releasing further edition to milk players & I sort of agree with whoever said that.