Raised from the dead, four heroes gather. Together they pledge
to defeat an ancient and evil power. A perilous journey begins.
Their constitution and legendary strengths tested against
sinister forces. Existence itself is threatened - the ultimate
best way to describe Dungeons & Dragons: Heroes is
as a more up-to-date version of the old arcade classic Gauntlet
crossed with Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance.
who find traditional RPG games a little slow and cumbersome,
will be glad to see that Heroes is a lot slicker. There
are no time consuming turn based attacks against your enemies,
this is played in real-time.
single player mode you can play as one of four characters
(fighter, wizard, cleric or rogue), wandering around your
environment looking for hidden areas and attacking monsters
as they get in your way. But,
where this game really comes into its own is in the multiplayer
mode. Here you can run around on your own. However, if you
should so wish, you can join your fellow gamers whenever the
mood takes you - for example when they are in the midst of
heavy combat - and then run off and leave them again once
the danger has passed. But, ultimately you should be working
together as a team.
graphics, while not as detailed as they might have been, are
pretty impressive for the most part, and the sound (which
is recorded in surround sound) helps you to hear where your
enemies are lurking. Another
neat touch is the addition of hidden areas - which are well
worth trying to find.
or not this will live up to the hard-core RPG fanatics is
hard to say. What it does do, however, is to bring Dungeons
& Dragons to the masses. If you'd always shied away
from this genre, this could be the game to change the way
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