Akella is insistent that you see Disciples III as an adult game. Its world is darker and grittier than what you would find in the world's most popular RPG, World of Warcraft. And it's not "cartoonish" like its rival in fantasy turn-based strategy, Heroes of Might and Magic. No, this is a game with shadows, portents and elves that are more dangerous than the tree-huggers of other RPGs.
The insistence is rather unnecessary. Even though it has been half a decade since the last chapter in Disciples II, the series itself is familiar to most gamers. Disciples III keeps the lion's share of the gameplay but makes small changes along the way, trying to breathe new life into a fading franchise.