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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 sản phẩm and has copped a lambasting from fans, with a little over half of the Steam review 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 detail: grab the original và apply the HD hack.


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


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

Once you have sầu HoMM III, waltz on over to lớn the HD mod’s page on Google Sites and hit that tải về 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 to lớn make any copy for backup)HoMM 3 HD changes game resolution to any from 800×600 khổng lồ 4000×4000Adds 32-bit color mode tư vấn (read more…)Extends the functionality of the standard windows & 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 & automatically fixes map errors which occurs during playing the game (read more…)Reduces CPU LoadUses newer versions of libraries Mss32.dll và Mp3dec.ađê 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 utilityAnd here are some screenshots:


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The mod is also still being updated (well, at the very least attended to recently) with the last modifications made in November last year.

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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 into lớn the game (bloody russians) but this may have sầu been fixed in more recent iterations.The HD mod does NOT graphically improve sầu the game as Logan might have implied with this line “if you want to enjoy HoMM III in impressive detail”, all it does is allow you lớn fit more on screen at once. This results in everything being tiny. Otherwise, the game is the same as ever, & you have all the expansions and all that entails to play.

The HD Release DOES graphically improve the game. It’s very nice – if you ever played the Halo Anniversary edition and saw how nice it was và thought “ah yes, this is exactly how I rethành viên it” and then press the button & see how much worse the original actually looked, it’s like that. There’s an option in the thực đơn that allows you khổng lồ toggle between the HD and the original graphics, và the difference is pretty crazy. Something lớn note here: the resolution is effectively 640×480 (or whatever HOMM3) was originally, in that when you go down to lớn 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 and 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 mod may or may not do). The 3D clips lượt thích the intro are now boxed off inlớn 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 (like, you can see the cursor not smoothly move sầu 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 like 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 sydneyowenson.complete edition, but Shadow of Death only, I read someone saying that Ubisoft plan on releasing further edition lớn milk players & I sort of agree with whoever said that.


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