Heroes Of Might And Magic IV, as the more intelligent among you will have guessed by now, is all about heroes and how you develop them. No change there then, but how you develop them is now entirely up to you. Hero classes can change dramatically depending on the choices you make when they gain a level (levels are gained through experience won from successful battles). There are five schools of magic, and you can train your heroes in any of them, from a basic level right up to grand master level, and the huge array of skills and spells can be mixedand matched so you can develop your heroes to suit just about any situation. Heroes also take an active part in combat now, making it even more crucial that you choose the right paths for them along the way, and this has the net effect that you actually care about whether they live or die.
Guide your heroes through an ever more complex path of choices and you will be upset when that huge horde of minotaurs kicks their heads in and ruins all your hard work. This is a good thing. It makes you think long and hard about the choices you make on the main game map. It makes you think twice before you take on that enemy stronghold with dozens of strong units, and it forces you to develop increasingly more powerful units of your own to protect your heroes on their way to mastery of the more difficult skills and levels of magic in the game. The core of the game then, is just about right. Let's move on then to the most controversial area in a game of this nature, namely: combat.
The skill system has also undergone a significant overhaul, and all Heroes of a given class start out with the same skills; the player has slightly more control, though, over the development of the Hero than in previous versions of the game, and Heroes can "evolve" into over 40 different specialized classes, based on which combination of skills they select. There are 9 different primary skills (5 of them magic-based), each of which has three secondary sub-skills. Each of these 36 skills have 5 levels of progression as opposed to the 3 levels in the previous games, and an individual Hero is limited to a maximum of 5 of the 9 skill sets. A small number of these skills are shared with earlier versions of the game, and some of the new skills can dramatically affect strategy (e.g., a Hero with Grandmaster Stealth is invisible to all hostile or neutral Heroes and creatures). Troop units can no longer be upgraded, and the number of unit levels has been reduced to four. Every level has two possible units, but each town can only build one creature dwelling per level. For example, an Order-aligned town can build either an Altar of Wishes (produces Genies) or a Golden Pavilion (produces Nagas), but because Genies and Nagas are both level three creatures, both structures cannot be built at the same time. The exception to this involves level one creature dwellings, both of which are allowed to coexist within the same town. The creature dwellings themselves now accumulate new creatures every day, as opposed to the start of each new week.A number of Heroes IV innovations raised controversy among old players; this can be said about daily creature growth, simultaneous retaliation, lack of creature upgrades previously found in Heroes II and Heroes III, the new castle siege system (which gave far fewer advantages to the defending player), and the treatment of heroes as units with no unique specialties for each individual hero. Other issues of disappointment were the reduced number of towns and creatures, alignment revisions (e.g. merging the Necropolis with Inferno), the addition of "Death" aligned Venom Spawn, the treatment of Ballistas as a separate unit, and the increased limitations of spellcasting (while previously available for any town, most town spells were made exclusive to each town).
The nine town alignments of Heroes III have been reduced to six. Five of these alignments correspond to a particular type of magic (Life, Order, Death, Chaos, Nature). The sixth alignment (Might) emphasizes physical combat, and has no magic-based heroes. Two levels of creatures can be purchased in each town, plus eight other creatures that can be purchased from the Preserve town's creature portal dwelling. There is no longer any "neutral" faction for miscellaneous creatures as there was in previous games; instead, there are nine creatures that cannot be purchased in any town, but are still aligned with a specific town (for instance, the Haven-aligned peasant's dwelling can only be found on the Adventure Map). Each town also has two different hero types (one magic hero and one might hero) that are aligned with it, other than the Stronghold, which only has a might hero.
Yes, i tried almost anything thinkable, and ive been around for sometime, since Dos. tried compatibility modes for all older win versions. DPI settings as well. along with color and other settings. It doesnt make sense, game works just fine, minus the 1/4th of the right side of the screen being black, so game basically works, but i cant actually play it since i need the right side of the screen too lol, doesnt seem like its a compatibility issue with windows. i managed to make heroes 4 work in windowed mode, but game works extremely slow in that mode, which again is real weird since specs of the tablet are ridiculously higher then older PC of the age. Problem lays somewhere in full screen mode and windows or whatever moving the imaginary full screen window to the right or smtng like that. I was hoping there was a solution or a fix of some sorts for this. Ah well. 2b1af7f3a8