The only 10 score I ever gave to a game. This game has a few faults but the gameplay is so varied and fun, I have to give it a perfect score. The multiplayer is even more fun than the great single-player campaigns. Problems? Well, one map can takes 4 hours or even more. When playing single-player, sometimes luck can give you or the computer player some amazing artifact. That wouldn't be so bad except 4 hours is a long time to play a map only to win or lose because of a one random artifact. It doesn't happen a lot, but it happens. The computer AI doesn't cheat so much, but it does play the game ruthlessly well with resource allocation. The computer is very good at getting the dragons before you have the resources to do the same. This means that the most imporant thing you can do is find the computer player on the map before he finds you. If you dont mess with him early, he'll sick black dragons on you. This sounds like a lot of complaints, but it isn't. You have to play the game for a long time before you see these faults. By the way Heroes IV is a dog -- a real dog. But Heroes 3 instead. Shadow of Death is a stand-alone version of Heroes 3 with all of the maps and campaigns of Heroes III plus a lot more.
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