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.
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.
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.
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.
Excerpt: There are some great things in this world that just go great together. Peanut butter and jelly. Milk and cookies. Console gamers might want to see action and role-playing games added to that list. Titles like Baldur’s Gate: Dark Alliance and its sequel have proven that hack and slash gameplay mixed in with a steady amount of character development can go a long way from just another Diablo clone.
Excerpt: We've seen plenty of Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance clones recently. Interplay, publisher of the original, has pushed out a great sequel and a sub-par adaptation in the Fallout universe. Atari released the very fun Dungeons & Dragons: Heroes, and now Sony is getting in on the action with Champions of Norrath: Realms of Everquest.
Excerpt: If I could recommend one game this year it would be Champions of Norrath. The year is young, I know, but the console market has been seriously lacking in RPG games. Baldur’s Gate: Dark Alliance was fairly entertaining; however it was limited by the linear game play. While beautiful graphically, the game was short and not very challenging. I am pleased to say that Sony and the creators of BG: Dark Alliance, Snowblind Studios, have found a fix to this dilemma.
Conclusion: Der Spielplan von Giganten ist wirklich riesig und das Spielmaterial nett gearbeitet. Es macht Freude, das aufgebaute Spiel zu betrachten. Das Spielprinzip ist schnell durchschaut, bietet aber trotzdem viele Möglichkeiten. Obwohl es sich um ein strategisches Wirtschaftsspiel handelt, kommen auch Faktoren wie Glück und Bluff nicht zu kurz. Giganten ist ein gutes, gelungenes Spiel, das ich nur wärmstens weiterempfehlen kann.