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Saturday - May 24, 2014

KB: Warriors of the North - Review @ GameBanshee

by Couchpotato, 06:16

GameBanshee's Steven Carter has written a new review for King's Bounty: Warriors of the North, and includes the Ice and Fire DLC.  Here is the conclusion of the review.

If you've read all of the text in my review, then you probably already know what my conclusion is going to be.  Warriors of the North is easily the worst of the King's Bounty titles, and Ice and Fire doesn't do anything to help it -- and in fact might actually hurt it.  I'm not optimistic at all about the upcoming Dark Side sequel, as it looks like it's going to be the same game for yet the fourth time and might as well be called King's Bounty: The Money Grab.  If you're feeling nostalgic about King's Bounty, then I'd recommend that you go back and play The Legend. There's still fun to be found there.  Leave the Warriors of the North alone.

Friday - May 23, 2014

KB: Warriors of the North - New Ice & Fire Patch

by Couchpotato, 05:21

1C Company released a new patch on Steam for the Ice & Fire expansion. Here is the huge changelog of fixes, and new updates.

Ice and Fire DLC - Major Update

Ice and Fire DLC changes and improvements
1. Zero damage error (and possible crash) caused by using Chain of Chance item and receiving a critical damage has been fixed.
2. Prices of many items were increased.
3. AI controlled Elders will no longer attempt to use Confusion ability when there are no valid targets and the error message won't appear anymore.
4. Adrenalin distributes between orc units correctly when using Justice spell. Crash that could happen because of this is fixed.
5. Book of Evil random spell won't inflict an additional damage anymore.
6. Goblin rage ability pushes enemy units correctly now.
7. Orc Hunters will correctly use their Net ability now.
8. Droids' Creature projector ability has been improved.
9. Runes for experience received by units will be granted correctly now.
10. The dialog with King Rinolyar in Brother forgiveness quest now appears correctly (new game required).
11. Mana Source spell cast by enemy Sun Fairies won't give player an additional mana bonus.
12. Necroenergy ability description corrected.
13. Ice crystals created by Snow Falcons will no longer appear in hexes occupied by energy bonuses.
14. Energy bonuses spell can no longer be cast on enemy units.
15. Snowflake Fairies can't create ice crystals in hexes occupied by energy bonuses anymore.
16. Archmage Rezo won't sell items before Elves arrival (new game required).
17. After completing the Undershore Brotherhood quest a new NPC appears not far away from the place where the quest is given. This NPC offers new items.
18. Squelch assassination quest becomes unavailable if player gives Bogis the quest item.
19. Inaccessibility of the Lost Ship on the Western Freedom Island fixed. Shop added.
20. Error with Suppress some Lizard items fixed.
21. Several items rebalanced. Decreased level of efficiency for some items affecting archers.
22. Avengers’ Vengeance feature efficiency decreased. From now it inflicts 10% of the last damage inflicted by the target unit (previously it was 20%). The unit doesn’t inflict additional damage in melee combat.
23. Incorrect message in the battle log about canceling of active unit effects after an attack of Skeleton archers using Black Arrow ability is fixed. Similar bug with other creatures is also fixed.
24. Chance of a critical hit from abilities is decreased. Basic probability of a critical hit (if morale of a unit is 0) equals 50% of its current critical hit ability. Max probability of a critical hit while using an ability is 80% from the current critical hit level.
25. Target selection for Black Arrow ability of Skeleton archers has been improved.
26. Quest for killing the undead Frogus will cancel correctly if you choose such an option in dialog.
27. Reward received for completion of Lost Companion and The Owl Tower quests has been increased (new game required).
28. Killing Gutar Dodger during the The Driller quest will no longer affect the state of Vitamins for the Miners quest.
29. Trolls and Jotuns will correctly receive a bonus from Drill item now.
30. The error with excess Owls received during The Owl Tower quest has been fixed (new game required).
31. Valhalla Messenger medal requirements has been lowered.
32. An error caused by runes received by creatures for experience has been fixed.
33. Goblin catapulters target selection improved.

Enjoy!

Monday - February 24, 2014

KB: Warriors of the North - New Ice and Fire Patch

by Couchpotato, 04:14

1C Company announces on Steam a new patch for the Ice & Fire DLC is now available.

We're happy to present quite a list of improvements.

1. Fixed dialog with the Owls.
2. Error that prevented gaining additional Runes
3. Hypnotized creatures that received bonuses from Empathy effect no longer gain that bonus after they have returned to their army.
4. Error message while Miners’ attacks fixed.
5. Druids’ description fixed.
6. Scalds get XP for using their talents Paean and Evil Taunt.
7. King’s griffons get XP for using the talent Heavenly Guard.
8. Descriptions for Robbers and Marauders corrected.
9. Steadfast Norse wrongly decreased the duration of some positive effects
10. Empathy talent duration even after the Mystics exit trance corrected.
11. Corrected misprints in the Armor characteristics for some creatures.
12. Witch Hunters’ talent Magic Block fixed – damage to the squad wasn’t inflicted while using non-combat talents.
13. Some items’ descriptions corrected.
14. Pyromages’ talent Fire Shield now correctely increases fire resistance
15. Description of Ogre's Rage effect corrected.
16. Fixed incrorrect battlelog message that some squad gain energy.
17. Fixed the situation when player was unable to collect some resources in Arlania because of blocked path (restart required).

Click the link for the extended list of updates and changes.

Tuesday - February 18, 2014

KB: Warriors of the North - Ice and Fire Review

by Couchpotato, 05:23

I managed to find one review for King’s Bounty: Warriors of the North – Ice and Fire from a site called Goty.ro. I'm sorry as this is all I could find for a member request.

Now comes one of the most important aspects of Ice and Fire. There is a Creature Skill System which provides your army with the possibility to gain experience as long as you take action during a fight with that type of unit, by attacking or using skills. There are 10 levels available for each unit, and every level provides that unit with certain points which define their role. Some examples would be: Attack, Defense, Resistance, Critical Hit, Runes, etc. Have in mind the fact that Ice and Fire brings along another 20 new creatures, many of the ones you already know have been reworked and you will have the "pleasure" of meeting the Snow Elves and Necro-Lizardmen.

We are looking for someone to review the game. Check our forums if your interested.

Friday - January 31, 2014

KB: Warriors of the North - Ice and Fire Released

by Couchpotato, 01:58

1C Company announces in a new press release that Ice and Fire is now available.

King’s Bounty: Warriors of the North - Ice and Fire Available

MOSCOW, Russia - January 30, 2014 - Leading Eastern and Central European publisher, 1C Company, is thrilled to announce that King’s Bounty: Warriors of the North - Ice and Fire is available today digitally. The retail version in various languages will follow at a later date depending on local distributors.

The game has been released for PC for a suggested price of 9,99 USD / 9,99 EUR / 7,99 GBP. Ice and Fire is the official DLC to the released in 2012 King’s Bounty: Warriors of the North.

Ice and Fire features:

-  Creature skill system – lead your troops through dozens of battles and they will become stronger than ever!
-  Snow Elves – a new Elven nation that prefers snow and blizzard of the Ice Gardens instead of the green forests of Merlassar.
-   Necrolizards – a new kind of the undead, Lizardmen that have risen from the dead.
-   New locations to explore.
-   Over 20 new creatures.
-   Revamped creatures of King’s Bounty: Warriors of the North.
-   New items with unique attributes.
-   Over 20 hours of additional gameplay.

More information about the game can be found at the official website and the official Facebook page.

Wednesday - January 15, 2014

KB: Warriors of the North - Ice and Fire DLC

by Myrthos, 11:04

1C has sent us a press release about the upcoming Ice and Fire DLC for King's Bounty: Warriors of the North.

Ice meets fire

King’s Bounty: Warriors of the North. Ice and Fire release date announced

MOSCOW, Russia - January 15, 2014 - Leading Eastern and Central European publisher,
1C Company, announces the release date of King’s Bounty: Warriors of the North. Ice and Fire.  

Ice and Fire is the official DLC to the released in 2012 King’s Bounty: Warriors of the North.

A small island lost in the sea is covered by snow and ice. It is inhabited by the clan of Snow Elves. Young Olaf, the son of the Northling King, faces his destiny again as he helps the people of the North in their struggle against the upcoming thaw.

New adventures and challenges, new friends and foes, new items and awards await Olaf on his way to victory. He will set off on a journey to distant parts of Endoria that weren’t visited even by the Royal Bounty Hunters…

King’s Bounty: Warriors of the North. Ice and Fire is scheduled to be released digitally on January 30th 2014.

Ice and Fire features:

-        Creature skill system – lead your troops through dozens of battles and they will become stronger than ever!

-        Snow Elves – a new Elven nation that prefers snow and blizzard of the Ice Gardens instead of the green forests of Merlassar.

-        Necrolizards – a new kind of the undead, Lizardmen that have risen from the dead.

-        New locations to explore.

-        Over 20 new creatures.

-        Revamped creatures of King’s Bounty: Warriors of the North.

-        New items with unique attributes.

-        Over 20 hours of additional gameplay.

More information about the game can be found at the official website www.kingsbountygame.com and the official Facebook page www.facebook.com/KBwarriorsofthenorth

Monday - November 19, 2012

KB: Warriors of the North - Review @ Aesthetic Magazine

by Myrthos, 12:43

Aesthetic Magaxine reviewed King's Bounty: Warriors of the North and awarded it with 4.5 stars.

It is a short review, so I'll keep the quote short as well.

King’s Bounty: Warriors of the North is the largest and most expansive title in the King’s Bounty series while bringing the series to new heights. It is beautiful mix of turn based strategy and role-playing which immerses the player in a fantastical world of battles and intrigue. Highly recommended to both fans of the series and those who enjoy a good strategy game or RPG.

Sunday - November 11, 2012

KB: Warriors of the North - More Reviews

by Myrthos, 00:49

Here are 3 more recent reviews of Kings Bounty: Warrior of the North.

  • Just Press Start
    KB:WotN is a deliberately paced game, so don’t go into it expecting to blaze through the plot in a matter of hours.  There are times where I wish things moved a bit faster, but that’s probably because I was simply eager to see what happened next.  There is a LOT to do and see in this title, so the $30 asking price seems justified.  The issues mentioned above do warrant a more guarded recommendation, though.  Overall, if you’re looking for some epic questing with a Viking theme, Endoria is where you belong.
  • Phenom Inc Game Informer
    Outside of the tightly constrained availability of troops and prevalence of undead enemies in the first third of the game, this is easily the best King’s Bounty to date. Something is going to have to change eventually, and the legacy issues like boss fights and recruitment tedium get less acceptable every year, but I’m still having a blast with Warriors of the North. Whether you’re new to the series or a 300-hour veteran, there’s much to recommend here. I just hope I’m not writing these same things next year.

  • RPGFan, 68%
    Repetition and game-breaking bugs cannot be excused. While I understand that some bugs just slip by and patches will likely rectify issues like the one I experienced, this is what separates top-notch games from the rest. On top of that, why am I still starting the game with spiders, snakes, and thieves? What has changed besides the skin on the models or even the palette? Why is the first boss a spider? I conclude with questions only because I do not understand the lackluster design decisions. Then again, "decisions" implies that thought went into the game.

Monday - November 05, 2012

KB: Warriors of the North - Review @ GameInformer

by Myrthos, 12:41

GameInformer checked out King's Bounty: Warriors of the North and rated it with a score of 7.75, with this to conclude:

Outside of the tightly constrained availability of troops and prevalence of undead enemies in the first third of the game, this is easily the best King’s Bounty to date. Something is going to have to change eventually, and the legacy issues like boss fights and recruitment tedium get less acceptable every year, but I’m still having a blast with Warriors of the North. Whether you’re new to the series or a 300-hour veteran, there’s much to recommend here. I just hope I’m not writing these same things next year.

Wednesday - October 31, 2012

KB: Warriors of the North - Review @ Hooked Gamer

by Myrthos, 22:09

Rating with a score of 7.8, Hooked Gamer checks out Kings Bounty: Warriors of the North.

Not much of what I have written so far will be much of a surprise to fans of the series. It is most certainly an evolution rather than a revolution, but that is not a bad thing at all. When I talked to the developers at Gamescom this year, they mentioned that one of their playtesters had a game which had lasted 80 hours, and he still had not finished it. It is very easy to see people putting a lot of time into King’s Bounty: Warriors of the North. The early part of the game lacks variety, with limited troops at your disposal and repetitive combat against an AI which is not actually that intelligent. New players may be put off by that. However if all you want is more King’s Bounty after playing the previous games in the series, then that is certainly what you will get.

Tuesday - October 30, 2012

KB: Warriors of the North - 2 More Reviews

by Myrthos, 23:47

Here are 2 more reviews for King's Bounty: Warriors of the North.

  • Geek.com
    Warriors of the North‘s it’s-not-broken-so-why-fix-it approach will be more than fine with some gamers while it will be frustrating to others. Personally I’m satisfied with a new game that’s limited to new characters and the shift from a baby dragon summon to a Valkyrie, but I wish some progress could be made on other fronts. For example, the battle animations still take much too long, even when set to High. Trust me — after you’ve seen the Viking’s cheer 100 or so times, you’re ready to either turn off animations (not an option) or have them play back even faster than they do on High. The game simply takes too long, so cutting down on animation time would help things progress.

  • Rock, Paper, Shotgun
    It’s fine! It should be a £10 expansion pack rather than a £25 expandalone, and as such I can’t in good conscience recommend Warriors of the North over picking up King’s Bounty: The Legend or Crossworlds for far less. It is more finely-balanced, it is free of the slightly grating cutsiness of Armoured Princess and being a big, tough, hairy viking on a flying pony (a quickly-obtained alternate means of navigating around the large overland maps) is a constant delight. So, for this year, I guess I’m okay with another pair of slippers and another series of the Great British Bake-Off. Next year I want Doc Martens and a chilli competition, though.

Monday - October 29, 2012

KB: Warriors of the North - Review Roundup

by Myrthos, 23:02

Here is a small collection of 3 reviews of Kings Bounty: Warrios of the North.

  • IndieGameReviewer, 4/5
    I admit to looking down my nose at the King’s Bounty series before playing it. There was a certain element of 80s metal album artwork that I found worrying. It had the feel of something made by people who were too close and too enthralled with their own work to do any quality control. It looked a little like an inside joke. It turns out that it’s more like the kind of fun that you have when you don’t worry about who’s watching, like playing with Legos or singing in your car. But, on top of that, it’s a really, really good game. So it’s like playing with Legos and making a scale model of the Eiffel Tower, or a professional opera singer singing in the car.
  • Die Hard Gamefan, Great game
    For those new or those that have followed the KB franchise since the 90s, King’s Bounty: Warriors of the North is a must have. Its hexagonal turn based combat coupled with the strategy and tactics needed to quell hordes of undead have raised it up my list of fleshed out titles. With the variety of options, difficulties, and army diversity available, it will suck hours, days, weeks of your life away with blissful memories.
  • That Videogame Blog, 7.5
    At $29.99, King’s Bounty: Warriors of the North is a fun tactical romp through the land of Endoria, but suffers from some predictably repetitive elements and annoyances that keep it from being a really great game.

Friday - October 26, 2012

KB: Warriors of the North - Available Today

by Myrthos, 11:17

1C let us know that Kings Bounty: Warriors of the North is available today.

FROM THE ICY LANDS THEY COME…

King’s Bounty: Warriors of the North Available

 

 

MOSCOW, Russia - October 26, 2012 - Leading Eastern and Central European publisher, 1C Company, is thrilled to announce that King’s Bounty: Warriors of the North is available today digitally. The retail version in various languages will follow at a later date depending on local distributors. The game has been released in two editions for PC & Mac, the standard edition, for a suggested price of €29.99 and the special Valhalla Edition selling for €32.99, which includes:

  • Valhalla Armor Set
    These unique in-game items are an armor set the hero can collect in the course of their journeys. Combined together these artifacts give a strong additional boost to the character’s attributes.
  • Digital artwork and wallpapers
    Digital bonuses: Ultra-high resolution artwork depicting an epic battle of Olaf and the Valkyries against undead hordes, and wallpapers available in all popular desktop resolutions.
King’s Bounty: Warriors of the North is the next stand-alone chapter in the hit RPG/adventure saga, and developed by 1C Company’s internal game development studio, together with Lab-13. The new tale takes place in the familiar world of Endoria featured in the previous games, but begins in the Viking lands. A world which the celebrated hero Bill Gilbert never visited during his famous quest in King’s Bounty: The Legend. The Mighty Olaf, son of the Konung of Northlings, has dedicated his life to battling the undead that have infested the northern lands of Endoria. He seeks to liberate the snowy wastes, Dwarven dungeons, and the very heart of Endoria, the kingdom of Darion itself, from the dark grip of necromancy. On his quest towards immortal glory he will encounter cunning foes and new friends, hard battles and amazing adventures.

Wednesday - October 17, 2012

KB: Warriors of the North - Release Date Set, Pre-orders Taken

by Myrthos, 12:31

The next chapter in the King's Bounty seriers named Warriors of the North will be available on October 26 and is available in two versions.

King’s Bounty: Warriors of the North RELEASE DATE ANNOUNCED

Pre-Order Available

 

 

MOSCOW, Russia October 16, 2012 Leading Eastern and Central European publisher, 1C Company, is thrilled to announce the worldwide release date for King’s Bounty: Warriors of the North. The next chapter in the multi-award winning RPG/adventure saga will be available to all on October 26, 2012.

The game will come in two editions, the standard edition, for a suggested price of €29.99 and the special Valhalla Edition selling for €32.99, which includes:

  • Valhalla Armor Set

These unique in-game items are an armor set the hero can collect in the course of their journeys. Combined together these artifacts give additional a strong boost to the character’s attributes.

  • Digital artwork and wallpapers

Digital bonuses: Ultra-high resolution artwork depicting an epic battle of Olaf and the Valkyries against undead hordes, and wallpapers available in all popular desktop resolutions.

The King’s Bounty: Warriors of the North pre-order is now available at Steam, Amazon, GameStop, GamersGate and many others. Each shop offers additional bonuses for pre-orders.

King’s Bounty: Warriors of the North is the next chapter in the hit RPG/adventure saga. The new tale takes place in the familiar world of Endoria featured in the previous games, but begins in the Viking lands. A world which the celebrated hero Bill Gilbert never visited during his famous quest in King’s Bounty: The Legend. The Mighty Olaf, son of the Konung of Northlings, has dedicated his life to battling the undead that have infested the northern lands of Endoria. He seeks to liberate the snowy wastes, Dwarven dungeons, and the very heart of Endoria, the kingdom of Darion itself, from the dark grip of necromancy. On his quest towards immortal glory he will encounter cunning foes and new friends, hard battles and amazing adventures.

Monday - October 15, 2012

KB: Warriors of the North - Preview @ Strategy Informer

by Myrthos, 12:30

Strategy Informer checked out Kings Bounty: Warriors of the North and are positive with some remarks.

It’s an incredibly detailed and satisfying combat system, which makes your choice of class all the more important. The warrior Viking brings melee bonuses and a measure of rage-filled leadership, the Paladin-like Skald’s charisma can draw more units to his banner and resurrect casualties, while the Soothsayer makes up for his relative lack of forces with devastating magic options. The problem, as fans of the previous games will be all too familiar with, is that the entire combat portion of the game remains woefully unbalanced.

With no visual indication of the enemy composition when roaming the environment, the player can never predict whether the ensuing battle is going to be a genuine test of their tactical wits, or a lop-sided affair that sees them eliminate the opposition in a handful of turns or get their backsides handed to them by a random, obscenely over-powered unit in the enemy ranks. With the punishment for defeat being a return to your stronghold and the loss of all your precious forces, requiring you to build them back up from scratch, the game can quickly descend into an exercise in toe-curling frustration.

It’s a shame, because the additions Katauri Interactive have made for Warriors of the North, if not game-changing, encourage experimentation to use to their full potential. Between the elaborate threefold skill tree, the new Rune Magic school - packed with suitably ice-themed attacks - and in particular the Valkyrie companions there’s a lot for any fan of tactical turn-based play to get their teeth into.

Tuesday - August 28, 2012

KB: Warriors of the North - Preview @ Hooked Gamers

by Aries100, 22:30

Hooked Gamers has a preview for this game, presented to them at GamesCom 2012.
A quote about the Valkyries:

Those attractive Valkyries mentioned earlier provide powerful abilities on the battlefield, and all five of them will help the new Olaf defeat his enemies. Each one has a separate power, so Olaf will have to collect them all to do well. Another new addition is rune magic, which the Viking, the new race, uses to great effect. The Viking is a tank, an excellent warrior and has the best rage abilities in the game available to him.

Friday - August 17, 2012

KB: Warriors of the North - First Looks

by Myrthos, 17:27

While I was at Gamescom yesterday I had the opportunity to check out the new King's Bounty: Warriors of the North. However as I have not found the time yet to write something up, you will have to do with these two articles with a low amount of information but with a trailer at Gamesta and Eurogamer.

Thursday - August 16, 2012

KB: Warriors of the North - Website Launched

by Myrthos, 00:04

The official website for Kings Bounty: Warriors of the North has gone live at kingsbounty.com. Besides some new images and information, it als hosts the new trailer.

Wednesday - February 22, 2012

KB: Warriors of the North - Preview @ Worthplaying

by Dhruin, 20:51

Worthplaying takes a short look at Kings Bounty: Warriors of the North.

This time around, you play as Olaf, a new hero who is a Viking. This new race brings with it a new area as well as a new school of magic known as Rune magic. The story has Olaf defending the world of Endoria against a relentless attack by the undead armies. Players will get to experience the frozen tundra of the Northern Lands as well as return to the heart of the kingdom, the land of Darion.

Fans of the series will recognize Darion as the location of The Legend. Returning to a familiar location was intentional, as a generation has passed in the timeline of the games. The developers wanted to give players the chance to see how things have changed over the years, but it's not just superficial. The demo team from 1C wouldn't go into a whole lot of detail; however, they did promise that the new story line ties in closely with the characters from the previous games.

The island mechanic from Armored Princess is returning, along with new ships for players to use. One new ship type mentioned during our demo is the longboat. Land travel is done by horse, but if your horse earns enough XP, it can sprout wings and turn into a Pegasus. Using the Pegasus gives you the ability to fly.

Thursday - October 06, 2011

King's Bounty: Warriors of the North - Revealed

by Dhruin, 22:15

A number of sites have noticed a new product page for King's Bounty: Warriors of the North. It appears to be a further iteration of Katauri's well-regarded series rather than a fully-blown sequel but we don't know the full details yet. A handful of screens are available and here is the overview and feature list:

A new hero, young Olaf, the son of the Northling King, dedicates his life to the fight against the undead infesting the Northern Lands of Endoria. He will face epic battles, valor and love. Accompanied by gorgeous Valkyries who will assist Olaf on the battlefield, he will liberate the icy wastelands of the North, dwarven dungeons and Darion, the heart of the Endoria, from the reign of necromancy.

  • New plot, telling the story of the fight between the Good and the Evil, betrayal and love
  • New companions – 5 Valkyries, assisting Olaf on the field of battle.
  • New locations
  • New units
  • New skills
  • New awards and achievements
  • New school of magic – Rune Magic
  • Source: Blues News

    Information about

    King's Bounty: Warriors of the North

    Developer: Katauri Interactive

    SP/MP: Single-player
    Setting: Fantasy
    Genre: Strategy-RPG
    Combat: Turn-based
    Play-time: Unknown
    Voice-acting: Partially voiced

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    · Platform: PC
    · Released at 2012-10-30
    · Publisher: 1C Company