Warriors of Might and Magic
|Warriors of Might and Magic|
North American PlayStation 2 cover art
|Developer(s)||The 3DO Company|
|Publisher(s)||The 3DO Company|
|Series||Might and Magic|
|Platform(s)||PlayStation, PlayStation 2, Game Boy Color|
Warriors of Might and Magic is an action role-playing game developed and released by The 3DO Company for the PlayStation, PlayStation 2 and Game Boy Color in 2000. The three versions, although they all follow a similar storyline, are each unique, especially the GBC version which is presented in 2D instead of 3D and has an almost completely different story. Each version of the game centers around the protagonist Alleron, who is wrongfully accused of committing necromancy by Master Nola, and is exiled in result. He is forced to wear the Mask of the Accused as a punishment for his crimes, which acts as a magnet to monsters. It is difficult to determine when the events of Warriors of Might takes place in the Might and Magic timeline. However, it's speculated that it takes place in between Heroes of Might and Magic III and Heroes IV.
Development started soon after Crusaders of Might and Magic had been completed. The team learned from their mistakes and had wished to create a bigger and better game, development was troubled as the team often clashed with the 3DO company.
The game initially started development as a sequel to Crusaders of Might and Magic, however since Crusaders performed poorly in sales, 3DO opted to start with a new fresh idea. They thought that a new name and a new character might redeem their spinoff in the eyes of the fans, which would lead to better sales.
Early screenshots of the game show it played from a first person perspective; however this did not sit well with the marketing team at 3DO and this version was scrapped in favor of an action game due to marketing. 3DO's marketing team ordered specific alterations to be made to what was then Crusaders of Might and Magic 2, this resulted in the creation of Warriors of Might and Magic.
The PC version did exist at some point; it was expected to release November 27, 2000 and would have followed the plot of the PS2 game and featured better graphics. It had been worked on and was approximately half way done but was ultimately scrapped for unknown reasons.
When creating the story the developers were interested in depicting the origin of the Ancients, Master Nola and Kreegans that appeared in previous Might and Magic games and attempted to recover continuity with the Might and Magic series. This was done by selecting enemies and spells that had appeared in previous iterations in the Might and Magic series of games.
The team had a phrase when developing the game's somber story and tone which was, "Warriors of Might and Magic, it's really quite tragic."
The PlayStation version of Warriors of Might and Magic was positively received, earning a GameRankings score of 85%. The PlayStation version in particular has received a cult following status among gamers and is the best regarded version out of the three.It is a landmark in 3D gaming due to its advanced dynamic lighting system. 
However, the PlayStation 2 version holds a review score of 65% on Metacritic. Joe Fielder from GameSpot awarded it a score of 6.5 out of 10, opining "Those interested should check out the Playstation 2 release, There's a decent game hidden in here somewhere; fans should stick with the PS1 release instead for a better time. The implementation of master Nola is a welcome addition for fans of the series. Fans will have a better time playing the Playstation original. " IGN's Doug Perry awarded it a score of 6.5 out of 10, saying that it "hits the mark on a few cylinders, but its clumsy, redundant nature will put you to sleep, and for a videogame, which is by definition supposed to be 'entertaining', that's not a good sign. However, Master Nola's performance is appreciated and well executed."
The game (in its versions for the PS and PS2) was followed by a direct sequel titled Shifters, released for the PlayStation 2 in 2002. The sequel follows the ending of the PlayStation and PlayStation 2 versions; taking place soon after their endings where Alleron hunts down the Ancients, Master Nola and Kreegans.
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