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  • Summary: For the first time, play as the Orc faction and recruit heroes, build armies and manage cities as you explore and conquer legendary lands. Use tactics, skills and magic to outsmart fantasy armies while developing your heroes and unveiling the dark plot that threatens to tear the world of Ashan apart. Heroes of Might & Magic V: Tribes of the East chronicles the final chapter in the epic struggle that began with the interrupted wedding of Queen Isabel. Players follow the steps of the Necrolord Arantir as he uncovers the prophecy of the Dark Messiah of Might and Magic and exposes the Demon Sovereign's conspiracy. New Orc Faction: First made famous in Dark Messiah of Might & Magic, the brutal Orc faction now comes to the Heroes series. Savage, fiercely proud, and resolutely independent, the Orcs put the "might" in Might & Magic. This faction's troops include Orcs, Goblins, Cyclops, and the famed Pao Kais. Experience the dramatic conclusion of the usurper Biara's reign. Discovering the demonic influence that corrupts the Haven knights, the savage clans of the Orcs take up arms to eradicate the Inferno threat. Characters from Dark Messiah of Might & Magic also appear to bring an unexpected twist to this multi-layered plot. In addition, tribes of the East also features 10 multiplayer and five single-player maps. Every creature in the Heroes V universe gets an alternative upgrade level, increasing the total number of creatures in the Heroes of Might & Magic V line to over 170. These powerful new abilities are sure to become an integral part of your combat tactics. Expand your arsenal and gameplay with new spells, artifacts, buildings and innovative features such as the combo-based Artifact Power Link and Battle Rage, the unique racial ability of the Orcs. In order to allow both fans and newcomers to enjoy this conclusion to the Heroes V experience, Tribes of the East is a standalone product – no previous Heroes game installations will be required to play. [Ubisoft] Expand
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  1. Positive: 3 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. A decent expansion to a good series. Innovative setting or exciting plot has not been Nival’s strong side previously, and Tribes of the East is not an exception. It however is more enjoyable gaming for the warlord who hasn’t yet got his fill of the original game, with familiar mechanics and a few new additions to make it feel fresh enough. Some scenarios feel a bit too restrictive at times, a trait familiar from the earlier games too, but not so much as to take much fun out of the game. Addition of campaign editor is good news, but how the community makes use of it remains to be seen. [Jan 2008]
  2. 79
    Tribes of the East is easy to recommend to players who missed the core game and want to check out what Heroes of Might & Magic is all about. The stand alone nature of the pack and its thirty-dollar price tag makes it an easy buy.
  3. If you can cope with the game's shortcomings, then this title can offer hundreds of hours of intense gaming.
  4. 70
    Ultimately, Tribes of the East manages to gobble time as effectively as any good Heroes installment; it's an impressive final outing for Heroes V -- and another strong showing from Nival.
  5. It does nothing to expand upon the base game and therefore make itself worthy of notice, except for those of you with a burning desire to see how a sub-par fantasy story turns out who can't be bothered to look it up on Wikipedia. [Christmas 2007, p.88]
  6. All of which amounts to new levels, harder difficulty, and not much else. This is pretty much the template for second expansion packs these days, so Tribes of the East is at least somewhat trendy. Nevertheless, you can't praise this mediocre add-on for fitting in with the cool kids. Nival should have finished the Heroes V series on a higher note than this.
  7. So this is pretty much the same game again, with a few new missions and multiplayer maps, a couple of new mechanics and a new faction. After a year and a half. If this is the best the world has to throw at me, I might just retire again.

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  1. Jan 14, 2012
    Tribes Of The East is more than a mere expansion. It elevates the original games quality to much higher standarts and with this expansion the game becomes a better game than the most fans' favourite HOMM3. An epic game all in all. Expand
  2. Aug 8, 2014
    Jus when i thought it couldn't get any better after Hammers of Fate, i was proven wrong by this expansion. Again, a new faction with completely unique features, like shattering magic or blood rage, new campaign, and third level of creatures, which brought new life into the game. Expand
  3. NathanP.
    Oct 23, 2007
    An excellent buy. It boasts a variety of new creatures and even better graphics. The new Orcs faction and alternative upgrades add a new dimension to the gameplay. Highly recommended. Expand
  4. Amer
    Oct 21, 2007
    This games gives the best and most challenging Heroes V experience.
  5. Wied?minG.t
    Nov 12, 2007
    If you're a Homm fan, you will play!!! It's a nice, big addon.
  6. Nov 14, 2012
    This is the climax to the Heroes 5 series. The new faction is one of my favorites to play, the single player is the best in the series (which isn
  7. craige
    Mar 3, 2009
    I am an RTS nur who has always with RPG stuff interest wise. HOMM V series is really good relaxing entertainment.