Heroes of Might and Magic V is the fifth installment of this turn-based strategy game and has substantial differences as compared to previous versions. The main difference is that the game is done completely in 3D and allows a total control of the camera, and may change the angle of vision, getting closer and farther from the details of the adventure map as well as during the battles.
Besides, during turn battles it changes from the typical grid or hexagonal game board towards a square grid or board.
In the castles improvements in the buildings produce not only improvements in the creatures but also give them different skills. There are two sets of skills available to heroes: racial skills and regular skills. A hero can have up to five regular skills and always has the proper racial skill. Skills are divided into three levels: Basic, Advanced and Expert.
There are 6 original races and 2 others in the two expansions: Haven, Inferno, Necropolis, Dungeon, Sylvan, Academy, Fortress, and Stronghold.