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  • Summary: Warlords IV is a unique blend of roleplaying and turn-based strategy gaming. The game centers around your Hero, who plays a pivotal role in the success or failure of your military and economic efforts. Warlords IV is set in the troubled land of Etheria. Old foes such as Dwarves, Elves, and Orcs have resumed their ancient hostilities, and the Undead legions of Lord Bane have returned. The Knights continue their quest for dominance, and the unquiet whispers speak of the Empire, a race even more evil than the Undead. The Heroes of Warlords IV show their mastery of sword and sorcery in the tactical combat system. Casting spells, smiting foes, or boosting morale of shaken troops, Heroes can turn the tide of battle. Players may grow and develop heroes from battle to battle, gaining in abilities and skills, and accumulating magic items and treasures. [Ubi Soft] Expand
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  1. Positive: 9 out of 15
  2. Negative: 2 out of 15
  1. In spite of its disappointing graphics, it's the best strategy game I've played all year. [Holiday 2003, p.110]
  2. 85
    Some minor game balance and bug issues aside, it can't be denied that this title provides an addictive experience against demanding foes, using a range of spells, skills, abilities and units.
  3. A highly streamlined sequel that shifts the series' focus away from management and diplomacy to surprisingly fast-paced combat.
  4. I found myself loving this game and playing until the sunset. The gameplay has few flaws and is packed with action and strategy. The game's simplicity should not fool you into thinking the game is easy.
  5. 75
    Hardcore fans will find a lot to like, but until the AI and balance issues are fixed it remains merely a good game but one that falls a bit below expectations.
  6. Doesn’t live up to its illustrious predecessors. So many changes has cost the game its identity.
  7. 33
    You practically need a magnifying glass to spot your tiny units on the map. [Jan 2004, p.67]

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  1. Positive: 3 out of 6
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  3. Negative: 3 out of 6
  1. Nov 26, 2010
    10
    This has become one of the great games in the Warlords series. Patch 1.05 makes this one of the most challenging and hardest games I've ever played. The bugs are gone and the strong AI is in and if I know many of you out there reading this that is what you want to know about most is how good is the AI? Well it will stomp you on just medium difficulty time and time again. You'll need some strong retinues to get to the higher levels of difficulty also. Great game buy it if you can still find it. Expand

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