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RPGamer
1 March 2010
Overall 9
9.0

Champions of Norrath

Auracore MediaWorks
19 September 2005

Champions of Norrath – Review

GameCritics.com
6 May 2005
  • Excerpt: Usually we identify good videogames by the time that we spend with them. After all, if we spend loads of time playing a game, then it follows that the game is quality, right? Right? I'm not so sure. Even if a game compels us to play it, that doesn't necessarily means that the game is compelling. Spending hours reading Harlequin romances or watching old Transformers episodes is hardly an indication that the media involved is noteworthy. The human mind is easily entrapped.
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Overall 9
8.9
Gameplay 9
8.8
Graphics 9
9.2
Sound 8
8.4
Storyline 8
8.0
Control 10
9.5

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RPGFan
20 April 2005
  • Excerpt: When Snowblind Studios unleashed Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance on PS2 owners back in December of 2001, the results were largely positive. The title, which was a more action-oriented RPG than its PC namesake, allowed console owners to hack and slash their way through the famous Dungeons & Dragons setting. Dark Alliance garnered positive reviews and has since spawned a sequel-but developer Snowblind has moved on.
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Overall 9
9.0

Champions of Norrath

Playstation Illustrated
9 April 2005
  • Excerpt: When a little known studio named Snowblind combined the addictive nature of Diablo -style hack-n-slash gameplay with the mythology from Dungeons and Dragons' Forgotten Realms series (which also spawned the Baldur's Gate games on the PC), the only thing anyone could really comment on was the water. This is in no way a reflection on the game, since it still ranks as one of the best of the PS2s early line-up, but the water just looked that good.
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Overall 9
8.8

Champions of Norrath

Just RPG
8 April 2005
  • Excerpt: Champions of Norrath ( CoN ) places a player smack dab into the middle of familiar hack and slash RPG territory. CoN looks and feels like the Baldur’s Gate: Dark Alliance series, but CoN elevates the gameplay to a compelling level in graphically stunning outdoor settings and randomly-generated dungeons. Expect to spend more time to finish this game than normally required for an action RPG, for there are 50 quest oriented levels that need exploring and conquering.
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JIVEMagazine.com
7 February 2005

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The Laser
19 November 2004
  • Summary: Combining action and RPG elements, SOE's EverQuest spin off Champions of Norrath is a solid adventuring title that offers plenty of depth and exciting gameplay. The single player game is exciting and challenging but online component is especially impressive allowing for 4 player simultaneous play, real-time voice communication and more. The solid graphics engine is impressive with excellent animations and environmental effects making for a great looking title.
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Overall 10
10
Value for money 10
10
Gameplay 10
10
Graphics 10
10
Sound 9
9.0
Addiction 10
10

Champions Conquers

GIN
10 May 2004
  • Excerpt: I am not sure if Interplay likes or hates Snowblind Studios. Just as Interplay was releasing their amazing title "Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance II" from developer Snowblind, Sony was releasing Champions of Norrath by them as well. And get this, at least as far as the interface is concerned, the games are pretty much identical.
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Champions of Norrath

The Armchair Empire
18 April 2004
  • Conclusion: So the gameplay isn't a huge leap over its predecessors in the genre, but where Norrath really shines is in its depth and options. These dungeon crawlers are often called RPG-lites or action-RPGs because, though they share a lot of elements with the traditional RPGs, what they offer in the way of role-playing rarely feels like an actual role-playing game. Norrath changes that, and it does so with a vengeance.
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