I love how they've kept the turn based combat in a modern engine, it worked in Fallout 3
Having assisted free shots in action RPG with fast regenerating points is not what should be called turn based. AP could just as welll be called mana and considered spell for fantasy game and noone would even think of thinking it as of turn based derivative. Only reason is because it is marketed as such and pressing V generates same sound as combat beginning in f1/2
Exactly. Destroying Enroth was not very nice, but they did it for faster dynamics, for restoring the status quo. The new nations that spawned on Axeoth obviously had a direct lineage with the ones on Enroth, but they were governed differently, were in a different geographical location and political situation. I don't think there are many people who are that disappointed with the story of HoMM4.
Switch from Axeoth to Ashan is way less painfull in my eyes than enroth > axeoth. First of all I felt it as extreme shortcut and disrespect for devs of prevoius parts to kill of all developed characters with 3 minute intro movie. Ashan just moved to different part, and at least did not stomped on other people work directly. What would be better if someone would write authorized sequel to lord of rings and just introduce new wizard character. It would be not exactly cool but i think generally people would think, ok lets see what is this guy. On other hand what would happen if first page would begin that Gandalf dies and is never mentioned again and we are left with some Mary sue we have never heard before?
This is why I hate Axeoth, but don't have heavy dislike for Ashan. World for Axeoth was underdeveloped as well. We were basically introduced with some new characters in homm4, which was more or less good, but other than that(mm9,wow,tgs) added absolutely nothing to the world, those game could just as well be set in another world.Ashan on other hand was developed prior to game as a setting, you may like concepts it have or not but it had setting unlike Axeoth. So this is reason why I dont care that Axeoth is abandoned, since there basically was nothing to abandon. They already destroyed all there was. Well they could have disregarded homm4/mm9 and continue up from homm3 but that would be somewhat odd.