Classic entry in a classic series
Might and Magic is one of the true legends of the fantasy RPG scene, with a number of impressive titles released over the years and Darkside of Xeen generally maintains the series' high standards, making it well worth a look for genre fans. It is however a direct sequel to Clouds of Xeen and completes a narrative arc which began in the original Might and Magic so if you haven't played any previous games you might want to go back to the start to get the most out of it all. Here, the plot revolves six bold adventurers who must venture into the Darkside, the side of the fantasy world of Xeen, as they follow the trail of the lost Prince Roland. Once there, they find themselves caught up in a complex plot involving the usurper Lord Alamar, the powerful Dragon Pharaoh and even a space traveller known as Corak, as they attempt to liberate the land from darkness. It's all fairly complex stuff and if you haven't played the earlier games you will be lost for much of the time. Gameplay-wise, this one uses the same system as Isles of Terra and is actually pretty much identical to Clouds of Xeen so veterans of those games will be right at home, with a familiar mix of questing, exploring and puzzle solving in a 3D environment. There is a greater focus on puzzle solving this time around while the plot also plays a heavier role than previously, with a lot of cutscenes to follow. On the whole, this is a worthy addition to the franchise, with the usual high standards adhered to in terms of graphics, interface and such so for fans this is pretty much a must play. Newcomers however might be advised to look elsewhere for their fantasy thrills, perhaps in the direction of Eye of the Beholder.