Sunday, May 29, 2005

Might and Magic

[More game-related rambling reminiscing]

It's no secret to most of my gamer friends that I've played almost all of the Might and Magic games. That includes:

Might and Magic III-IX
Heroes of Might and Magic I-IV and all expansions
Legends of Might and Magic
(Crusaders of Might and Magic and Warriors of Might and Magic don't count since they were just licensed titles, but I did suffer through the first part of Crusaders.)

That's a lot of games.

The games missing from that list are Might and Magic I: Secret of the Inner Sanctum, Might and Magic: Gates to Another World, and Might and Magic: Swords of XEEN (a bonus add-on to IV and V). While I'd love to be able to say that I've played all of the Might and Magic games, I don't think that it will ever happen. I tracked then down a few years ago—they were already almost impossible to find—so I could play them sometime if I wanted. But, the sad truth is that computer games have evolved a lot in the past twenty years. The original two Might and Magic games just aren't going to be that fun to me, now that I've come to expect certain things from my games. The crappy graphics and lack of real sound and music aside, gameplay has made significant strides as well. In the original Might and Magic, you couldn't even save unless you made your way back to an inn, there was no automap, and monsters didn't appear until you were standing on the same space as you (like all older RPGs it was based on a simple grid). I don't think that I could take that anymore, regardless of loyalty to the series. I'd be better off playing something a little more recent. Oh well.

In an ideal, unrealistic fantasy world, I'd like to see remakes of all of the Might and Magic games. I'm sure there are plenty of people who wish similar things with all of the great RPG series. The basic gameplay would remain, and the story and characters and places would remain constant, but the games would be updated to include all of the things that one might expect from an RPG today, like the ability to turn less than 90 degrees at a time. If I had the resources of Bill Gates I would do this. The nostalgia would be incredible. I could relive some of those hauntingly beautiful memories of my childhood playing Might and Magic III: Isles of Terra, stumbling across a field overrun with orcs, finding my first enchanted item, or being terrified when I began walking into that valley with the floating screaming heads.

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