Mixed or average reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 10
  2. Negative: 1 out of 10
  1. Hammers of Fate adds a lot of material for HoMM5. But to warrant a better mark, it would have to actually deal with the basic weaknesses of the game. As it is, despite the Caravan's efforts to streamline one aspect, it just doesn't.
  2. Heroes V still comes recommended to strategy gamers, and Hammers of Fate slickly integrates more good ideas into the game. There’s no reason not to like this expansion pack.
  3. Like the original game on launch day, this expansion pack balances good points with bad almost every step of the way, resulting in yet another turn-based fantasy adventure that isn't all that it could be.
  4. 70
    The forgettable campaign and the Fortress hero bug are both huge annoyances -- but the Fortress town itself combined with the new scenarios, random maps, and other goodies make it a no-brainer for die-hards of the series; it makes the idea of going back to the original unthinkable, which is the mark of any good expansion.
  5. Essentially a stew of can’t-miss features and less appetizing filler material. You already own it if you’re a Heroes diehard. It’s just too bad, for all Nival’s hard work and lovely animations, that its legs couldn’t be a little longer.
  6. 65
    With only one new faction and a smattering of new gameplay options, Hammers of Fate feels more like a small-scale mission pack than a full-fledged expansion. You'll get a good fifteen to twenty hours out of the campaign but it's not any better than the user-created content that's already available for free.
  7. But if you aren't a "Heroes" diehard, you probably don't need Hammers of Fate. [Feb. 2007, p.64]
  8. Remains a pretty and obscure artifact of narrow gaming tastes. [Jan 2007, p.92]
  9. Having just reached HOMMV's end-game, I'd rather have waited a bit longer and received a bit more. [Jan 2007, p.83]
  10. A quality expansion pack. The random map generator is well complemented by three campaigns and scenarios, not to mention the finally-working scenario editor. [Jan 2007]
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 34 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 2
  2. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Aug 8, 2014
    This expansion makes a perfect game more perfect. A new faction, new campaign, new single missions and caravans! Thank God for caravans. They make logistics so much easier. Full Review »
  2. Nov 14, 2012
    There is nothing wrong at all with this expansion. In fact, it adds enough functionality and playability that it certainly warrants the purchase. The only downside is that the functionality that you gain from this game is entirely available in the next expansion set, Tribes of the East, which means that literally the only reason to buy this game is for its single player campaign because everything else is readily available (and then some) in the expansion. With that said, the single player campaign is better than in Heroes 5- each one in the series gets gradually better and better. So yes, this is a great expansion, but everything in it is available in the next game too. Full Review »