developer: New World Computing
publisher: 3DO Company
Game mode: single / multiplayer
Multiplayer mode: local network / Internet, players: 1 - 16
game language: English
game release date for PC:
Legends of Might and Magic for PC was an interesting attempt to create a dynamic multiplayer action game taking place in the cult-classic Might and Magic universe. The game employed a team vs team model, inspired by other popular online FPS of that time such as Counter-Strike or Unreal Tournament.
We begin the game by choosing our class, choosing from six available heroes, divided into two factions: good (sorceress, paladin, and druid) and evil (heretic, archer, and warrior). Legends of Might and Magic offers 4 modes: Sword in the Stone, a Capture the Flag variant that sees both teams fight for the control of a magic sword, two seemingly exotic modes - Rescue the Princess and Warlord Escape that are similar to Counter-Strike’s hostage rescue and VIP maps, and finally an unique Slay the Dragon, in which both teams race to be the first one to eliminate the fire-breathing creature. The authors introduced 25 maps, all adapted to aforementioned game modes, and 50 AI-controlled enemies that can be enabled by the host as an additional obstacle for the players.
Legends of Might and Magic is a team-based online game containing basic RPG elements. During the matches, the players gain experience that can be used to expand attributes and to learn new abilities or spells. The maps contain numerous treasure chests containing gold that can be spent to buy new equipment. Newbie players can begin with the practice mode (interestingly enough, the game doesn’t provide bots), and then choose a server, either online, or through a local area network, to engage in team battles for up to 16 players.
The game is powered by LithTech 2.0, a graphics engine used in No One Lives Forever. Sadly, the graphics leave much to be desired. The game, known then as “a fantasy Counter-Strike” is also notorious for being buggy and incomplete, with no significant differences between the classes, unbalanced weapons, or the absence of a map editor. Some players rebuffed the game due to the lack of a singleplayer mode.
Game score 6.445 / 10 calculated out of 176 players' votes.
age requirements: 12+
PC / Windows
Recommended: Pentium II 300, 64 MB RAM, graphic card 16 MB, 550 MB HDD, Windows 95/98/NT/2000