What did you like about H5 that wasn't in H2? Was it the graphics, was it the one off feats, or was it something else?
The first thing you notice which is also a massive improvement compared to Heroes II. A 3D world, everything looks good and is detailed. All creatures, spells and also the catapult are beatifully animated.
Heroes II is completely outclassed.
Already in the mainmenu you hear a beatiful melody that draws you in and sets the mood. The soundtrack is really good with some excellent pieces in there. I got the soundtrack and listen to it often. I've found the campaignthemes to be my favorites.
Heroes II got some great music which beats every other HoMM game but not part V!
Heroes II got some legendary pieces like
- The Grass theme
- The Evil Campaign theme
- Barbarian towntheme (original)
- Knight towntheme (bad in the beginning, good from middle to end)
which I always listen to. But all in all, Heroes V got more good themes and the sound are of higher quality as well. It must be mentioned though, that this is an area in which Heroes II performs very strong.
A grand evolution. Having wait & defend is good enough but choosing which stacks to enter the fight is fantastic. So simple yet so STRONG! Then we got the things like flying units can't reach the other side no matter what their speed is.
Having spellcasting units adds to the variation. Then we can add the creatures abilities. The battlefield is also bigger than Heroes IIs.
Heroes II is utterly primitive in this regard and therefore loses completely.
Basic, Advanced and Expert. Same in both games. Though in part V, for every lvl of a skill, you may choose a perk. That adds SO much depth that sometimes you can't decide what to choose! "Do I take Advanced logistics to potentially get ahead or Ballista to give my Ballista two shots to reduce my casualties in this battle against those Druids for that very important Crystalmine??
Those are my main reasons. In other things like A.I, balance, diversity etc I'm not certain or I don't think the difference between the two games are that big.