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  • Summary: Time has come to join the dark side. Take a trip to the other side of Teana, to the part of the world that has yet remained unseen to the royal bounty hunters.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. Frankly speaking, we did not expect much from "The Dark Side". Therefore, the adventure of dark trinity – orc, vampire and she devil – became a pleasant surprise primarily due to the unexpectedly well-designed questing system. More good news – tactics have remained virtually unchanged. [September 2014, p. 68]
  2. Jul 25, 2014
    80
    This is one of those cases where familiarity and excellence peacefully coexist, and that approach tends to work well whether you're singing about vanished rock stars or gaming with creatures of the night.
  3. Jul 18, 2014
    77
    Yes, the visuals are a bit outdated by now. And the difficulty level could use more balancing. But as we all know: The dark side can be fun.
  4. Aug 25, 2014
    71
    Dark Side is at the same time a game for irredeemable fans of King's Bounty and a good point of entry for new players. But if you're a hardcore strategy fan, you should avoid it.
  5. Sep 17, 2014
    70
    It's pretty much the same game over and over again, but we can't help but love the fact that with every new King's Bounty installment we're having a great time.
  6. Sep 4, 2014
    70
    Dark Side exalt the classic formula of this old franchise, trying to convince the player with an "obscure" turn. Too bad the story is unworthy and futile.
  7. Aug 14, 2014
    50
    King's Bounty: Dark Side is absolutely not a bad game, in fact it's fun and very addictive. The trouble is that they've already released it at least three times under different subtitles and with the absolute bare minimum of tweaks.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 7
  2. Negative: 2 out of 7
  1. Jul 30, 2014
    10
    a really fresh edition to the king's bounty series, while the game play hasn't changed much, almost everything else changed. you no longer have one campaign for all three classes, there are now a different campaign for each class which really adds to the already long hours to beat. the addition of new units really makes it harder for you to choose from, and the fact that you can take prisoners and turn them to soldiers is really cool. expect this game to be among the top contendors for Game of The Year 2014. Expand
  2. Sep 5, 2014
    10
    i haven't played previous series.... but this one is AWESOMEEEE !!!!!! The story is very good ( Dark Side 4 ever ), the interactions with the NPC's i love it even more... other people say graphics bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla ...... shut the f*** up pls... i enjoy this game Expand
  3. Aug 20, 2014
    8
    this series is a bit like a wolf in sheeps clothings. - it looks cartoonish, bright and colourful - but it is certainly on the tougher side of strategy games ( casual strategy games ).

    compared to disciples or homm VI or similar - the other games "look" more serious, but are generally a push-over compared to the kings bounty series, which is very nice indeed.

    dark side has an abundance of creatures, items, spells and character development. it offers a long campaign and a good replayability due to randomized progression and loot, which does matter quite a lot.
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  4. Aug 29, 2014
    6
    I have been a fan of the series since The Legend came out and am always looking forward to a new entry. Unlike the previous game (played it when it came out) this one is actually playable without any nasty game-breaking bugs. That being said the game was enjoyable but it overstayed its welcome. I know they wanted to make the game last a while and have a long campaign but this was too much. The NPC's remind of those people from shopping channels that always go "but wait there's more" because every time you solve a quest they always have a bunch more lined up and stupid ones at that and it never ends. You have 3 playable characters to choose from so there is replayability (only if you are a fanatic). The units are pretty much the same, nothing really new about them. Mostly a variation of existing ones. Most of the spells are useless. Teleportation is a welcome addition. Some islands weren't that interesting. Two of the distant islands were pretty empty and pointless. Playing a villain (or from their point of view a hero) is a welcome change but the game lacked the charm of the first two games. If you never played one of KB games before I suggest You play the The Legend and Armored Princess (with expansion) since those are the best ones. Expand
  5. Aug 24, 2014
    5
    As a fan of whole series i cant recomend this one. Its unfinished like wont mainly of game balance(new spells , crazy unit disbalance) and later maps is almost completly empty.. empty areas and the main thing if you play imposible theres no real enemy that can threat yours army.. this destroys whole experience why you build army and level up when there is no enemy to fight? Game release date is totaly rushed , but its better than WOTN witch was terrible (2/10) Expand
  6. Sep 7, 2014
    3
    I've played previous 3 games in King's Bounty and 'Dark Side' was a major disappointment for me. Instead of making it better, they made it longer. Same units, same magic, 80% of the world copy&pasted from previous series, stupid quests with texts seemingly written by 12-year olds.

    The only positive impression from last game, is that amount of bugs was low and none of them are hampering game progress.

    TL&DR: If you want to play this series, buy previous versions. Same fun, less money.
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  7. Sep 3, 2014
    1
    Technicaly this game is so much worse than all previous KB Games what i loved.
    The fonts and the HUD are to tiny even on 1680 x 1050 22.

    Aslong you dont fix the tiny HUD and Text i give yau just 1 Point for this.
    I swear i came back and give you 10 you devs fix this .
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