Heroes of Might and Magic V

The six factions are alive with legions of creatures, but Heroes also packs a ton of new skills and spells in its rucksack, most with impressive visual effects. You'll also discover rare artifacts that jack up your Hero's power in and out of the fight. Despite the array of upgrades, Heroes remains extremely accessible to new players due to the Duel Mode. This one-on-one grudge match with equal, prepackaged armies enables you to suck friends into the cool and addictive Heroes world.

Thawing out the Heroes franchise with a hot new 3D look may inspire a whole new generation of fans. However, the fun but buggy early version we saw in January left us a bit cold. If Nival can smooth things out, we'll have something special on our hands. Expect Heroes of Might and Magic V this spring.