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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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. Game World Navigator Magazine
    Aug 21, 2014
    90
    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. Sep 30, 2014
    80
    It isn’t much of a problem for this game, but for future iterations, the developer will either have to get creative once again or give the series a big makeover.
  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. Dec 3, 2014
    70
    King's Bounty: Dark Side is tasty sweet for fans of the genre and the series. Game offers the chance to play for the bad guys together with a sophisticated gaming system and several interesting innovations. We would appreciate the game play and technological improvement though.
  6. CD-Action
    Oct 22, 2014
    70
    The biggest strength and simultaneously the most notable weakness of Dark Side is the fact, that it’s the first King’s Bounty all over again. It’s still fun, but how much longer? [Sept 2014, p.66]
  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: 5 out of 16
  2. Negative: 5 out of 16
  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 longera 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 22, 2014
    9
    I might not be aware of earlier issues that may have warranted the lower score (so many complaining about bugs). However, I just bought thisI might not be aware of earlier issues that may have warranted the lower score (so many complaining about bugs). However, I just bought this last week and am having a blast. It says it's at version 1.5.x, so there seems to have been quite a few updates. *shrugs*

    Very fun, lot's of stuff to explore. It's a familiar game (a good thing) that allows you to play the bad guy for once. It also runs very, very well on my 4 year old machine driving a 27" screen. If you are a King's Bounty fan... not sure what the issue was prior, but it is a must buy. A very good game otherwise, at least in it's current version.
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  3. Nov 30, 2014
    8
    Pretty good continuation for the series, and a chance to play with full demon/ork/undead army right from the start. Your choice of characterPretty good continuation for the series, and a chance to play with full demon/ork/undead army right from the start. Your choice of character determines which units will be available to you throughout the campaign - demoness does not have many orks or undead available at the shelter.

    The beginning of the game is rather repetitive - a lot of human troops, I must've killed 4000 guardsmen before level 14, and hundreds of knights.

    There are new talents, new spells, some of which are quite overpowered, for example diversions places up to 3 traps on the map, and this stacks with the traps medal, meaning there are a lot of traps on the battlefield.

    Now being level 31, I find that my army did not change much from the beginning - I still have cerberus, scoffer imps, red dragons and executioners. Later on I added archdemons or executioners. There isn't really much need to experiment with anything else. While there are "traitor" troops, they are exact copies of the light side troops (archers, guardsmen, inquisitors, etc).

    I liked the quests, they require quite a lot of running, and even some googling for solutions.
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  4. Jan 28, 2020
    6
    I gave it 6 only becose of love for original Legend and AP. But this game is sicking horrible.
    Whole game is a huge disappointment.
  5. Dec 3, 2015
    5
    More of the same really if you've played any of the previous games in the series, though now with the added twist of being able to play a badMore of the same really if you've played any of the previous games in the series, though now with the added twist of being able to play a bad guy (or girl). Your special units are very limited at the beginning, so you'll only have a handful of these to make do with until later on. To flesh out your army, the game has a lot more spider and snake eggs for you to pick up and use, as well as some bottom-of-the-pile troop types at the first safe castle you get to. Apart from that, there is also a new system where you can sacrifice prisoners to create new demon and undead troop types, but it looks like you need to have a LOT of prisoners to create anything really good. Your rage powers are now provided by a strange looking little companion creature named Blackie (though thankfully you can change this name), who can also teleport you to various places in the game as well as handle the sacrificing of unlucky prisoners to create new troops. Character skills are now structured slightly more differently - there are about 5 or 6 levels of skills from the top down, with only the corresponding class having access to the last tier of skills; eg. only the warrior character (the Orc) will have access to the last tier of Might skills. I tried all 3 characters and it seems easiest to play (at least initially) as the Demoness character (owing to her higher Leadership score and the more powerful demon units she has) and hardest as the Orc (lack of offensive magic and decent missile units). However, the Demoness' last tier of skills (in the Spirit tree) do not seem all that great compared to the last tier of skills in the Might and Magic trees. The storyline seems a bit dull (though this may change later in the game) and involves you fixing a sudden imbalance which has come about between evil and good in the world, though each of the characters (the Orc, Demoness and Vampire) has a backstory of their own which makes the game a bit more interesting.

    Pros - same enjoyable tactical turn-based combat as the previous titles, different experience playing as a villain.
    Cons - little overall difference in graphics or gameplay from the previous games in the series, more difficult (at least in the early part of the game) than any of the previous games, still some minor translation issues in some of the in-game text, playing as a villainous character might not be to everyone's taste. Game also still suffers from a number of bugs (crashes to desktop occasionally when playing for a long time and entering a new area or starting a big battle, or enemy units' attack, defence and initiative scores inexplicably get reduced). Game seems overly long and gets tedious after a while and certain quests are poorly done, eg collect certain items with no indication of where to get them. I have spent over 120 hours playing as the Orc where I reached level 53 but have given up owing to boredom and frustration with the bugs. Have revised score from 7 to 5.
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  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 itI'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. Jun 16, 2015
    0
    It has nothing in common with previous series. The plot is awful and it is written in internet slang. The locations are just boxes with aIt has nothing in common with previous series. The plot is awful and it is written in internet slang. The locations are just boxes with a couple of enemies, there is no decoration at all. The game is heavily disbalanced, it's very tough at the beginning and not interesting at all as you have no possibility to avoid plot fights, can't get extra spells and can't change your army. Expand

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