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Disciples III: Renaissance

Disciples III: Renaissance is the next title in the award-winning Disciples series, and it represents a leap forward in the evolution of the turn-based RPG/strategy genre. Building on the successes of the first two games, DIII introduces a host of new features, as well as the compelling gameplay that made the previous titles such hits. As a Lord of one of the fantastical races of Nevendaar, you must fight to restore your deity's rule over your world. There are three playable races to choose from: the Empire, the Elven Alliance and the notorious Legion of the Damned. For the first time in the series, the gloriously ominous and notoriously gloomy world of Disciples is rendered in full 3D, allowing the player to experience this realm as it should be. Disciples uses its own Virtual Dream engine to render the stunning 3D environments.
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0 out of 20%of reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.
Customer Reviews for Disciples III: Renaissance
Review 1 for Disciples III: Renaissance
Game finally works
Overall Rating: 
6 out of 10
6 out of 10
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9 out of 10
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Posted on:8/4/10
natural causes
They finally sort of fixed the game and I was able to play this monday, just a day shy of three weeks after the game came out. If you buy this game, know that you are going to be frustrated before you get to play it. Their fix is to make you send them an email so they can send you a product key so that you can register for the patch that fixes the no disc problem. Thing is the headquarters are in Germany, so if you send the email any time after about noon eastern good luck getting an email until the next day. If it is after noon Friday, apparently you must wait until Monday morning as no one is sending emails over the weekend. Once you do get the game to load, the art is really good, which really boosts the graphics. Anyone who loves the Disciples series for it's art will love this one as well. The AI is currently really dumb, which reduces the challenge significantly, even on the hard setting. It wont take long before you can predict exactly what the AI will do, and it never surprises you. I am about half way through the game, and so far I am disappointed because it seems much more linear than past disciples titles. Every map has at least a few choke points you have to pass through to get to the rest of the map, and most maps are pretty much of the "here follow this path all the way to the end, with a few side chambers" variety. The equipment available is also not up to par with past titles. Sure there are a lot more slots, but every single piece of equipment just boosts stats. No more weapons that give poison hit, or items that make you immune to mind, or even banners that increases stats of your non leader units. It just feels like they had the chance to do more with the new inventory system but chose instead to do less, much less. If a unit gets a skill or a leader chooses a skill from their ladder, they never are passive. In other words, say you have an assassin. That assassin can choose to hit, poison an enemy, teleport, or stand his ground and do nothing. Hitting does not automatically give a chance to poison as it was in past games and seems like it should be in this one. If you liked the past disciples games, or love the HOMM games then give this one a try. Otherwise get the Disciples 2 gold pack for much less and try it out first. NC
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6 out of 10
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6 out of 10
6 out of 10
2 of 3 found this review helpful.
Review 2 for Disciples III: Renaissance
Do NOT get this game
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1 out of 10
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5 out of 10
Posted on:7/28/10
natural causes
This game has been out for 2 weeks and 2 days and it is not playable. And I don't mean it has so many bugs it sucks to play, I mean you can not play the game at all if you live in the US. After install when you try to play it says "please insert original disk" and never loads. This happens for everyone with the US version! It came out on the 13th it is now the 29th and this is still the case. I should have known what I was getting into when i first removed the cardboard sleave to reveal nothing but a black DVD case, no art, no Title, just the case. That was a shock but I figured I must have just got one where somehow the case cover didn't make it in. Nope, everyone in the US was treated to the same black case with no art or title. Other countries all got art in theirs and they all got a Disk that actually works. The US did not. Kalypso has said they would fix the "Original disk not found" error 3 times, all three times the day came and went with nothing but a new empty promise a few days after it was supposed to be fixed. Now they are resorting to "tomorrow" in the sense of "tomorrow never comes". They screwed up, clearly didn't test before release, and are not even having people work on weekends or extended hours to fix the problem, this whole ordeal has been surreal and unbelievable. This has to be the worst release of a game ever! Don't believe me then search the web. I was a huge fan of the Disciples series, but 2 weeks and 2 days is a bit to long. (Note: all of the 5s in the different category are only because there is no unknown or NA field. The AI might be great, but no one with a US version of the disk would know.)
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1 out of 10
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2 of 4 found this review helpful.