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King's Bounty: The Legend. Fantasy SRPG's just like the good 'ol days.

subediisubedii Registered User regular
edited October 2010 in Games and Technology
What is King's Bounty?

http://www.kings-bounty.com/

Never heard of it myself until recently, but it's only after playing the newly released demo (skip to end), that I decided that this game ought to have its own thread.

King's Bounty: The Legend is a new game in the King's Bounty series (which I've never played before, but that's besides the point).

It's a Hex based, turn based strategy RPG set in a colourful fantasy setting, jam packed with battles, quests, and hexagons.


Hexagons? Sounds scary.

Wait! This game is surprisingly accessible, even for a noob like me!


What's it play like?

There's two main aspects to it. You traverse a nicely stylised world in real time, talking to characters, getting quests, buying equipment and spells, and recruiting people to your army. When an enemy spots and attacks you or you attack them, then the second, combat phase kicks in.

To keep it brief (there's nuances that become apparent whilst playing but I don't need to go into unnecessary depth and scare people) Combat is played out on a hexagonal grid, typically with both sides starting off at opposite ends. Units take turns moving, attacking and casting. You can select your own spell book as well to cast spells that affect the troops, and there's also references to summonable monsters that level up and gain abilities with usage.

A rough explanation would be that it's a bit like Final Fantasy Tactics with 6 sides.

As you fight your way through the game, your character levels up, allowing him to invest skill points in a tree of special abilities that can be used inside and outside of combat. There are three different character classes to choose from at the beginning, specialising in combat, magic, and a happy medium between them. There are three Diablo-esque skill trees that your character can develop to different degrees depending on what class you've chosen. There's quite a lot of depth in how you can choose to develop your combat style.


What's it look like?

The graphics are very "Warcraft" fantasy in style, although a bit brighter. The art direction works very well for the game whilst not being a huge system hog, and looks best in motion, with plenty of nice little visual touches as you navigate the world.


Screenshots?

SCREENSHOTS!

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Also trailers:

http://www.gametrailers.com/player/33145.html

http://www.gametrailers.com/player/38684.html


I may be interested...

Then sally forth, unto ye olde demo. It's pretty expansive, and gives you a good idea of the combat and the gameplay mechanics. Like I said, it's actually pretty accessible, and you really need to try it yourself to be able to appreciate the art style and the gameplay. Available from the following links:

http://www.gamershell.com/download_32652.shtml

http://www.fangaming.com/fileinfo.php?fileid=4475

http://www.strategyinformer.com/pc/demos/kingbounty/demo.html#id26422


Wikipedia is giving the release date as September 23, 2008.

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  • DrezDrez Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    This is going to rock.

    One of my all-time favorite Genesis games.

    Precursor to Heroes of Might and Magic.

    Demo here we come!

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  • apotheosapotheos Super Moderator, Moderator, ClubPA mod
    edited September 2008
    They really took a lot of inspiration from Blizzard with the art, didn't they?



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  • subediisubedii Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    apotheos wrote: »
    They really took a lot of inspiration from Blizzard with the art, didn't they?

    It does bear a lot of resemblance to Blizzard's art style. In a way this looks like the turn based strategy game that they never made.

  • DrezDrez Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    It just looks like Heroes to me. I mean sure WoW and Heroes also bear a resemblance, but I don't think these guys are stealing from Blizzard:

    http://www.pcgames.de/screenshots/original/2007/07/Heroes_of_Might_and_Magic_5_Tribes_of_the_East_Vorschau07.jpg

    (linked because it's a huge pic)

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  • subediisubedii Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    Drez wrote: »
    It just looks like Heroes to me. I mean sure WoW and Heroes also bear a resemblance, but I don't think these guys are stealing from Blizzard:

    http://www.pcgames.de/screenshots/original/2007/07/Heroes_of_Might_and_Magic_5_Tribes_of_the_East_Vorschau07.jpg

    (linked because it's a huge pic)

    Yeah I'm sure it does. I never really played the Heroes games (always meant to), so I guess my lack of experience with the genre is showing. :lol:

    Still, given that starting point, if this game can get me interested I figure others might be.

  • DarmakDarmak Godking of the Snerkywizards Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    Cool, I always enjoy hex-based strategy games, even though I suck cock at them. I'll try out the demo.

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  • PolagoPolago Registered User
    edited September 2008
    Whoa, this looks surprisingly fantastic! Will give it a shot tonight sometime. :D

  • CindersCinders You’re either ready to reap this freaky-assed harvest or you’re not. Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    So, does this play more like King's Bounty, or Heroes of Might and Magic?

  • Lord JezoLord Jezo Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    Downloading demo now.

    You have a bunch of links to the demo files but you don't have anything to the official site..

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  • subediisubedii Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    Lord Jezo wrote: »
    Downloading demo now.

    You have a bunch of links to the demo files but you don't have anything to the official site..

    Thanks, fixed. There's an official demo link on the site as well, but last time I tried it it was hammered. Figured it might be best for them and us if I linked the mirrors.

  • ClockworkClockwork Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    I'm looking through some of this literature but I'm not seeing anything about Multiplayer or co-op mode. Anybody know if its supported? Building and army and playing against a friend would be sweet. or even playing with a friend.

  • MundaneSoulMundaneSoul Registered User
    edited September 2008
    apotheos wrote: »
    They really took a lot of inspiration from Blizzard with the art, didn't they?

    I was going to say this too. It looks so much like Warcraft it's silly.

    Still, it does look pretty freaking fun.

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  • VhalyarVhalyar Registered User
    edited September 2008
    I'm working on the localisation of the European version, and I can tell you this - the game is a blast if you love the Heroes series, yet there are enough differences that it has its own charm and doesn't feel like a repeat :winky:

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  • subediisubedii Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    Vhalyar wrote: »
    I'm working on the localisation of the European version, and I can tell you this - the game is a blast if you love the Heroes series, yet there are enough differences that it has its own charm and doesn't feel like a repeat :winky:

    Not that you're a CORPORATE SHILL or anything.
    Spoiler:

    After playing with the demo a bit more I've figured out how the summons work. Basically after the first mission you get given the ability to summon one of four montsers (only two in the demo, the other two might only be available when you level up enough, who knows).

    During battle as you attack you gain points towards a type "rage" meter. Gain enough and you can summon the moster for an attack. Use the monster enough during battle and it levels up, allowing you to choose to either level up an existing ability or to grant it a new one.

    Pretty groovy. Like I said I've never really played the Heroes series so this is largely new to me, so I'm surprised at how accessible it all was from the get-go.

  • woahnowwoahnow __BANNED USERS
    edited September 2008
    Bump. The game is out and downloadable on Gamersgate.

    Check out the demo if you already haven't.
    http://www.worthdownloading.com/download.php?gid=1963&id=16403

  • UncleSporkyUncleSporky Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    For those who might not know:

    The original game (DOS and Genesis)

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    Heroes of Might and Magic: Quest for the Dragonbone Staff (PS2)

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    The HoMM game is a very faithful remake of the original.

    King's Bounty is not really a series per se, but it's a nifty genre offshoot. A blending of a chesslike tactics game with an army-building simulation.

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  • KlykaKlyka DO you have any SPARE BATTERIES?Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    This game has a giant turtle.

    I take 10.

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  • subediisubedii Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    woahnow wrote: »
    Bump. The game is out and downloadable on Gamersgate.

    Check out the demo if you already haven't.
    http://www.worthdownloading.com/download.php?gid=1963&id=16403

    Man, the only place I can find it listed is play.com and they've got a UK release date of 28th of November.

    I might've been down for a digital download of this game if it were on Impulse, but if possible I want to get a hard copy with manuals and stuff.

  • Ragnar DragonfyreRagnar Dragonfyre Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    apotheos wrote: »
    They really took a lot of inspiration from Blizzard with the art, didn't they?

    Well, everyone knows that Blizzard is the biggest bunch of rip-off artists around. So, I don't see any problem with someone ripping them off. :P

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  • jothkijothki Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    For those who might not know:

    The original game (DOS and Genesis)

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    I bought a pack with that, HoMM1, and HoMM2. Never really got into it, though.

  • woahnowwoahnow __BANNED USERS
    edited September 2008
    Gamespy laments about the quality of translation, but still loves the game. 4.5/5

  • eobeteobet Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    Does this game have random map generation?

    If so, absolute must have!

    But since the graphics are so amazingly beautiful, I doubt it...

    Heard the proposition that RIAA and MPAA should join forces and form "Music And Film Industry Association"?
  • subediisubedii Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    eobet wrote: »
    Does this game have random map generation?

    If so, absolute must have!

    But since the graphics are so amazingly beautiful, I doubt it...

    Some of the battle maps appear to be randomly generated, in that they'll sometimes have logs and boulders and things blocking up hexxes so forcing certain routes. To be honest I don't think it makes too much difference, but that may be because I've only experienced an early part of the game, and things get more varied as things continue. One interesting addition that sometimes happened was an on-map beehive that would send out swarms to attack nearby character. The main world map isn't random though, and I doubt the boss fights are either.

  • Indie WinterIndie Winter Nattravnen Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    This really reminds me of an old game called Rage of Mages for some reason. I loved that game to death. I'm looking forward to this one.

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  • abstlabstl Registered User
    edited October 2008
    This game is very entertaining. Above average gameplay and above average graphics


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  • subediisubedii Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    abstl wrote: »
    This game is very entertaining. Above average gameplay and above average graphics

    Whoa, dude, don't go overboard or anything!

    Anyway, I'm looking forward to this. Assuming any stores around me actually carry it on release here. I had a hard enough time finding Witcher EE.

  • taliosfalcontaliosfalcon Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    I picked this up from gamersgate last night, the graphics are pretty rudimentary but the gameplay is complete win. Also i was pretty much sold when the king
    Spoiler:
    The skill trees are freaking me out though, i have absolutely no idea what to up so i just keep pumping everything into might since i'm playing a warrior

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  • Turin TurambarTurin Turambar Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    HoMM 3-kind-of-a-game combined with the structure of a RPG instead of a strategy game (completing quests, leveling up your hero, your talents, upgrading your armies, your magical weapons, your spells, leveling up your spirits of rage) makes a hell of an addictive game.

    The game is very focused in the tactical battles, so sometimes it can burn the players (a fight, another fight, another fight...) They are like the already mentioned HOMM3 but better thanks to a slightly bigger battlefields (not really much bigger, but units are usually slower), great variety of units with tons of unique abilites (every creature have 2-7 special abilities or talents), a good repertorie of spells which can change a battle in a lot of directions (lots of 'tactical' spells, instead of just direct damage spells), and some interactive stuff in the battlefield like cursed statues, chests, explosive barrels, etc.

  • ZhaosukeZhaosuke Registered User
    edited October 2008
    Sold, i'l take twelfty

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  • IoloIolo i not L Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    I am so glad someone made a thread for this game. I devoured the demo (as a Paladin), preordered, and am now maybe 12-15 hours in as a Warrior and having a blast.

    Impressions for anyone who cares (no actual spoilers other than stuff that's in the manual and box art):
    Spoiler:

    Whoever said the art takes a heavy cue from WoW is spot on. In many ways this actually feels like a Blizzard game in that there is virtually nothing you can point to in the game that is original. But everything that is there is well chosen, fun (if you like the genre), and polished.

    EDIT: Oh, and I forgot about the Disgaea part of the game. Some weapons and artifacts can be 'suppressed' by entering them and fighting the gremlins that live inside (hard battles). Successfully beating them levels up the item. Apparently (although this hasn't happened to me yet) some items will actually rebel over time if you aren't doing things that they like, and need to be suppressed again.

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  • subediisubedii Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    Heh, even from the demo Royal Snakes were one of my favourite units. Good movement and damage, and the lunge attack can be pretty handy.

  • eobeteobet Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    Does the retail game start out the same way as the demo? I found the demo rather boring in the beginning.

    Also, are there random maps?

    Or at least a shitload of scenarios one can choose from, from the start?

    Heard the proposition that RIAA and MPAA should join forces and form "Music And Film Industry Association"?
  • taliosfalcontaliosfalcon Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    I never noticed troop availability was finite..that kind of sucks as...well..i lose a hell of a lot of mans =p

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  • IoloIolo i not L Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    subedii wrote: »
    Heh, even from the demo Royal Snakes were one of my favourite units. Good movement and damage, and the lunge attack can be pretty handy.

    And perhaps most importantly, they strike without the enemy stack getting to counterstrike. Plus they look cool. :)
    eobet wrote: »
    Does the retail game start out the same way as the demo? I found the demo rather boring in the beginning.

    Also, are there random maps?

    Or at least a shitload of scenarios one can choose from, from the start?

    It does but you can skip the three tutorial missions. Maps are not random, but monster and treasure distribution is, as is (I believe) which units are available to recruit outside the castle.

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  • Shoegaze99Shoegaze99 Registered User
    edited October 2008
    Sign. Me. The. Fuck. UP! This demo is MINE, tonight, STAT!

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  • A Dabble Of TheloniusA Dabble Of Thelonius Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    This looks sweet. I'm gonna have to get it as my HOMM cravings have been getting worse lately.

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  • DírhaelDírhael .noRegistered User regular
    edited October 2008
    eobet wrote: »
    Also, are there random maps?

    Or at least a shitload of scenarios one can choose from, from the start?

    No, but the game is huge. Really, I purchased the game from Gamersgate on Sunday, have been playing at least 50 hours so far (haven't really got anything else to do this week...thankfully) and I'm not even remotely close to finishing the game. There's still time to have even more kids with my zombie wife (well, if I don't divorce her and find a new one) :P

    It's probably my favourite game so far this year (at least in the top 3). The game plays, looks & sounds great...and it's completely addictive. Love it!

    Here's some screenshots I've taken at various places in the game. They don't really spoil much (if anything), but I'm going to wrap them in that tag anyway.

    Spoiler:

    Looks better in motion and without jpeg compression though.

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  • GoodOmensGoodOmens Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    Want want want want. I played so damn much of this game back in the Genesis days. Between this, Colonization and WAR, me happy PC gamer.

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  • SilpheedSilpheed Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    So, since this is a russian game I take it that the translation looks like something that got shat through a babelfish conversion, or did the publisher actually invest some funding into a decent translation for once?

  • subediisubedii Registered User regular
    edited October 2008
    Silpheed wrote: »
    So, since this is a russian game I take it that the translation looks like something that got shat through a babelfish conversion, or did the publisher actually invest some funding into a decent translation for once?

    Well from playing the demo, the translation seemed to be just fine. I can't say I noticed anything jarring or weird in the text.

    I've heard the story isn't up to much in general, but then most fantasy games generally have that problem.

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