If I was to make a list of my top ten favourite computer games of all time, I’d have to sit and really think about it for a while. I’ve played a lot of great games over the years. I can say with absolute certainty however, that one of the top five positions would be occupied by Might and Magic III: Isles of Terra. It was the first computer game I ever purchased (not including my Commodore 64), and I spent hours playing it, making my own maps along the way.
The other thing I know about my top ten list, is that the number one spot would be filled by Might and Magic VI: The Mandate of Heaven. It’s been years since I’ve played it, but no game since has absorbed me into its world as much as MM6 did. The atmosphere was tremendous, especially as your party moved further west. The land became more barren, more bleak, and the monsters more powerful. I can remember my sense of dread building as I progressed through the game.
Those are the only two Might and Magic games I’ve played. I bought Might and Magic V: Darkside of Xeen, but never got around to playing it. It was one of my famous bargain bin purchases, the kind where “I can’t believe that game is in the bargain bin, I gotta get it now!”, but then never play it.
This past weekend, Good Old Games had a sale on all Might and Magic titles. Despite knowing I’ll probably never get around to playing them, I couldn’t stop myself from making a purchase. I got Might and Magic 1 through 8 for just over $13. After downloading the games, I immediately launched Might and Magic VI and was assaulted with a blast of nostalgia as the intro movie began. When the “3DO” logo and voice-over appeared, it felt like only a week had passed since I last played, not the 12 or 13 years that it’s actually been. What a great game.