#48: Heroes of Might and Magic III (PC)
Release Date: February 28, 1999
Heroes of Might and Magic III was one of the first strategy games I played, and is also one of the most unique. It combines both elements of turned based and real-time strategy elements to create a fun and refreshing take on the genre. But the part I loved the most was all of the different races that you could play as. From the demonic Inferno to the swampy Fortress, each of the eight city types had unique creatures to train and battle with. Finding gold and other precious items to build up your city was a satisfying and fun affair, and forming a great army was always an empowering affair. It was so easy to be sucked into the deep gameplay and strategy of the game that hours would pass by in an instant. There's so many reasons to fall in love with this game, and for that Heroes of Might and Magic III earns the #48 spot on my list.
Favorite City-State: Necropolis
Favorite Creature: Ghost Dragon
Excellent choice, I love the whole might and magic series. The rpg games were very addictive, you got so powerful in the end you could kill everyone in a village with one spell :) No respawns, fun times clearing every enemy in the whole game.
The heroes strategy games spin off were even more addictive. Many hours wasted :) The variation in the different races and city styles was indeed one of it's strongest point.