Generally favorable reviews - based on 55 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 40 out of 55
  2. Negative: 0 out of 55
  1. 82
    While it has redeeming elements in the 3D combat geared towards mindless hacking, the game is too difficult and too specialised to have broad appeal to the everyman gamer.
  2. Heroes doesn't take any chances with the Kingdom Under Fire formula, but it adds just enough to move the series forward--if only incrementally.
  3. If you are itching for a good real-time strategy game, with heavy action elements, for the Xbox, then look no further then Kingdom Under Fire: Heroes.
  4. With its boneheaded action, nonsensical story, and cheesy metal guitar soundtrack that sounds like it was lifted from Kevin Sorbo's epic "Kull The Conquerer," Kingdom Under Fire: Heroes has no chance of moving the series outside its cult favorite status. [Oct 2005, p.142]
  5. Heroes could be a whole lot prettier. There's a hell of a lot of washed-out colour and bad camera wobbles in there.
  6. Not only did Kingdom Under Fire: Crusaders come out of nowhere, but Kingdom Under Fire: Heroes also came from the exact same direction and still remains an excellent title to have a great deal of fun with while using one's strategy bone.
  7. The delicate mix of three genres has never been pulled off as well as this before.
  8. This is a solid follow up to KUF: The Crusaders and a welcome addition to the collection of any RTS fan. I wouldn't go so far as to say it's a must have title, but it is a nice change of pace from most of the games currently out on the market.
  9. An ambitious game. But its ambition is something we saw last year. Since then, it has essentially stayed unchanged with the exception of the multiplayer component. Thus, in the final analysis, it's less refreshing than it could be.
  10. 80
    Stand-out art for a diverse cast of heroes, villains, and soldiers helps the game excel in the graphics category, and although complex, it's set up well enough so you won't get lost in numbers, menus, and statistics.
  11. A word about multiplayer - Heroes is vastly improved in this area over its predecessor, delivering six-player online play via Xbox Live with a myriad of variations including deathmatch and team play.
  12. However unchanged its engine might be, Kingdom remains one of the few shining instances of Eastern craftsmanship applied to the Xbox. Once its addition of custom battles and bolstered online modes is coupled to its undeniably generous campaign, this ongoing road to fruition readily justifies its toll. [Nov 2005, p.106]
  13. The amount of cumbersome game elements, flaws and omissions I've experienced while playing, plus some ridiculously hard missions and repeat ad nauseum trial and error gameplay, bog down what could have been a much more streamlined and user-friendly experience.
  14. Heroes manages to build complexity while increasing the fun in so many ways that we're anxious to see what's in store for the next iteration. [Dec 2005, p.119]
  15. I only wish they'd have fixed the mission-ops map and installed a slow-motion option to better deploy troops when the pressure is on. [Oct 2005]
  16. The meltdown that results when too many characters join the fray and the camera freaks out often renders the game unplayable. [Nov 2005, p.150]
  17. Action packed gameplay? Check! Hardcore heavy metal soundtrack? Check! A great online mode that keeps you coming back for more? Check! A seriously steep learning curve? Check!
  18. But the same advice I offered for "Crusaders still applies: it's "a rewarding experience if you're willing to put in the time." It also doesn't hurt if you can withstand a moderate amount of frustration.
  19. Control-wise, it still suffers a bit from the transition of the genre from PC, but it's easier to see how it can be done and done well.
  20. Go to faraway lands, meet strange orcs... and kill them. Microsoft proves that real-time strategy can be done right on consoles.
  21. By far the hardest rocking vampire versus elf game out there.
  22. A follow-up to last years Crusaders. The only difference is the improved multiplayer mode, which is good fun in teams. The soundtrack and the voice actors are as terrible as ever, however. [Jan 2006]
  23. A pretty good bet if you fancy your warfare old fashioned and a bit bonkers.
  24. The second title in the KUF franchise shines, as it seemlessly merges strategy elements with full-blooded action on the battlefield.
  25. But it's not just the complicated sequence of button presses that jip you, nuh-uh - it's the levels and their trial-and-error nature. Constantly having to repeat a level until you find the correct route, or discovering the correct squads to take in with you does become frustrating.
  26. Unfortunately, due to the irritating camera, steep learning curve and lengthy missions, Gamestyle can only recommend Heroes to the most avid of strategy enthusiasts.
  27. With a hearty single player experience, enough online goodies to shake a medieval sword at, and some pristine production quality to top it all enough, Kingdom Under Fire: Heroes equates to the perfect fix for those looking for a great action/strategy experience.
  28. The game does have its fair share of frustrations and flaws, but for those not entirely put off by the sight of yet more orcs and dark elves Kingdom Under Fire: Heroes remains a worthwhile purchase.
  29. They just made the experience bigger, better, and easier to share with your friends. [Dec p.92]
  30. With a steep learning curve, fiddly controls and some tough levels, Heroes is not for everyone.
  31. This is a rental title, plain and simple.
  32. With over fifty hours of gameplay and a strong multiplayer aspect you just might get your fill of the best action strategy game going.
  33. High difficulty, poor construction, and annoying audio make this game a rental, at best, for all but the most hardcore of real-time strategy gamers.
  34. But what really impressed us most about Kingdom Under Fire: Heroes is its incredible attention to detail in battle. [Official UK Xbox Magazine]
  35. Flawed though it is, any gamer worth their salt will want to master the game's impressive intricacies, and of course take their scheming strategies to the next level on Xbox Live... and to be honest, what more can you ask for in an Xbox game than that? Precisely. [Xbox World]
  36. While the difficulty level won't be for all gamers out there, it contains a great wealth of RTS elements combined with being able to rip through armies with your squadrons.
  37. 60
    Given that this came out less than a year after KUF: C, this game feels like a mere expansion pack or a patch with a full game price tag. There's not a lot of development in regards to the characters or story.
  38. Pretty much the same game as last year's The Crusaders. Though the game has been released so soon after its predecessor, the gameplay is still solid and the addition of online modes and the new campaigns are welcomed.
  39. The really sad thing about Heroes is that during the seemingly few times when everything works right, this is actually a pretty darn fun game.
  40. The biggest change is the inclusion of the custom mode and as mentioned earlier I think this adds a great deal to the game.
  41. There's a lot going on, but once you get a handle on things it's an impressive game to play.
  42. Beyond the unusually attractive RTS gameplay variety of melee and strategy, and the advanced interaction levels granted to the game's main cast of characters, Kingdom Under Fire: Heroes doesn't quite achieve its own ambitions.
  43. Heroes is not one of those games that will immediately sieze you by the breastplate but once you have mastered the multi-tasking and on-the-spot strategizing that's required, it really does grow on you like a Shambling Mound and in this case, that's a good thing.
  44. The fact remains however that at its core the game has changed very little from the original. The camera and control issues are still present and the learning curve is much steeper than the original with still no way of varying difficulty or to save during missions.
  45. Kingdoms under Fire: Heroes may not move the genre forward in the same way its predecessor accomplished but nevertheless it's certainly worth your attention.
  46. 77
    This game does support downloadable content, but unless there is a camera patch I only see Kingdom Under Fire: Heroes collecting dust.
  47. There are certainly the trappings of an epic fantasy game here, but lack of attention to latecomers to the series and horrid pacing and voice acting drag this game down to something that's fun to play if you can get the story out of the way and can get a solid grasp on the control scheme.
  48. I couldn't get past the bad spelling, lack of save ability and the general frustration. For some reason Kingdom Under Fire: Heroes just gave me very negative feelings.
  49. An interesting and exciting game that does a great job of combining both action and RTS elements.
  50. It builds and improves upon the previous game in a variety of ways, and ends up being one of the most enjoyable strategy games I've ever played on a console.
  51. The game allows 200 units on the screen at one time so be prepared for mayhem at every angle. The designs of the characters are superb.
  52. One of the most original and engaging gameplay experiences ever for a console system.
  53. It's great to pop it in, play a battle and then save the game or keep going into the wee hours of the night.
  54. 65
    While there's over 50+ hours of gameplay to be had over the 50+ campaign missions, Heroes is basically a replica of Crusaders with extra online modes.
  55. For a late generation title on the Xbox, the graphics fall short. Textures bleed together and the enemy character animations are too cloned.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 22 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
  3. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. Paul
    May 1, 2006
    Too difficult & specialist for anyone other than a fanatical gaming geek who loves replaying the same mission 30 times before finally Too difficult & specialist for anyone other than a fanatical gaming geek who loves replaying the same mission 30 times before finally managing to complete it. You need an intricate understanding of the ins and outs of all the rules along with a big dose of luck to get through this one without multiple retrys of every other scenario. I found it got boring after the 48th retry of one particular part of it. Consequently its now gathering dust on my shelf. Full Review »
  2. May 19, 2013
    8 years later and this game draws me in like no other. If you're reading this and want to try out a game it has aged well. Visually, it was8 years later and this game draws me in like no other. If you're reading this and want to try out a game it has aged well. Visually, it was pretty good. The draw distance was the only downside visually for it's time. It is a very nice game to look at with up-scaled visuals and a component cable. The music is fantastic if you're into thrash metal with lots of chugging guitars. In terms of it as a sequel, it is basically 1:1 with Crusaders gameplay wise, which is a good thing. Don't fix what isn't broken. Surprising to say the least was the harshness of the reviews at release. It seems as though this game was plagued by very bad players quickly rushing to judge the game over things they simply do not understand just look at the person who said they did a mission 43 times over. The only missions that truly stand out as genuinely mindbogglingly hard involve Urukkubhar and Morene. They are intended to be nightmarishly difficult, so don't expect anything less. The control scheme was solid, the only thing I wish was changed would be how often you were using the mini map overlay to guide troops. The online play was incredibly fun, though sadly there were not many players staying around for it. The matchmaking rules were a bit iffy, and I'd be surprised if the servers were offline by now. The sheer amount of time you can spend playing and replaying the game is higher than almost anything you will ever play. Most stories take 6-10 hours depending on skill level, with the game being incredibly hard to speed run. With 7 characters, there is so much to do. All in all, if you're reading this today and want what I consider the best action-RTS if not one of the best RTS of all time you need to check this out. If it's a challenge you want with a great learning curve and entry, this is it. Full Review »
  3. LyanH.
    Jun 30, 2006
    Its a good game but isn't really different from the first.