Hello to everyone.
I've just bought HOMMV plus the two expansions. I spent over 100 dollars! (I also bought the NWN expansion.) So far, I'm playing HOMMV version 1.6 without having installed the expansions yet.
I held my money and put off this purchase for a long, long time (has it been more than a year?), largely because of what I saw as a virtual flood of negative comments being made here.
First impressions - let me say, so far I LOVE this game. The graphics are breathtakingly gorgeous. The spirit of the gameplay seems to me perfectly in tune with the rest of the series.
I'm loving the 3-D effects - mountains and valleys, ability to zoom in and out and adjust the camera to my heart's desire, in close for detail appreciation, out for strategic planning. I love that I can rotate the battlefield to either traditional HOMM side to side perspective or up and down like a chessboard. I like the little cutscenes you get on the battlefield - they even show the details of the exact spot you were on in the adventure map.
As usual, the music is entrancing. I could go on and on about all the stuff I love about this game.
I wonder if my positive reactions are because I'm playing after six patches? Would I have been all disappointed and bitter like so many here if I had bought this game a year ago? If so, I'm awfully glad I waited.
For the record, I've loved all the HOMM games including HOMMIV. I wonder if the fact that I liked HOMMIV influences the fact that I like this one? They kept a similar hero progression to give it a role-playing feel, but got rid of the hated death-on-the-battlefield hero vulnerability of HOMMIV.
Anyway, I thought maybe there was a need on the forum for a thread for positive comments.