Summary: I went ahead and bought this game based on the generally positive reviews it's received here. After playing it however, I'm baffled and a little suspicious - as I am with anything Sony puts it's name on these days. Ok, yeah, granted this game is old but, it does prove that Sony is very successful in it's continued quest to run the EQ franchise into the ground. For EQ fans, let me just state that the lore is completely butchered in this game.
Fun game, but with a lackluster and repetitive battle mechanic.
Christopher D. Jones "casual gamer", Amazon
28 April 2008
Summary: I bought Champions of Norrath, after I had just finished Final Fantasy XII, which I loved and throughly enjoyed playing the entire game. I was looking for another RPG that would hopefully equal FFXII or maybe even be better. The story is alright but didn't draw me in as much FFXII did. The major problem I have with it is the battle mechanic, smashing on the X button seems more like a side by side fighting game mechanic.
Summary: This game was fun, but really could have been better. Gameplay sometimes was bogged down just by the sheer numbers of meaningless enemies(the kind that can be killed with one attack, but show up 20 at a time). This is a great game if all you're really after is hack and slash - in fact, this is all there is. Bosses in general were annoyingly easy to beat - there were maybe two that took more than one try to defeat.
Not as good as original Baldur's Gate-MANY bugs....
J. Gordon "casual gamer", Amazon
25 January 2005
Summary: I agree with the reviewer a few spaces down; there are ALOT OF BUGS in this game. The controls just don't seem very smooth at all. 95% of the time while I played this game, everything seemed very choppy and there were some serious framerate problems. Overall, this game was a big disappointment after playing the original Baldur's Gate. I realize that some people will love this game because of the online option and ability to play with 3 other players offline.
Summary: Was looking forward to playing this game as a big fan of the Dark Alliance I/II. Had lots of fun playing this but still slightly disappointed as Champions of Norrath does not meet the level of its "predecessors".
Summary: This game is very similar to Baldurs Gate, it is of course by the same developer. Load it up and it looks, feels and probably smells like Baldurs. Unfortunately it is not as good. The graphics are excellent and the sound, as usual is non existent. For the uninitiated, this is an isometric hack 'n' slash.
Summary: Beautiful graphics, nice character design, great fun killing your way though waves of naughty monsters. And it's longer than BG:Dark Alliance, I've been playing it for about 10 hours and still nowhere near completion. The downside is (in increasing frustration) . Developer code still visible - objects named 'DB:stairdown264' instead of 'Down to Cave level 2' . Slowdown, with 2 players and more than 5 monsters on screen it starts to be noticeable. . Random crashes.
Summary: As hack & slash games go, overall this game is ok. There are too many glitches though that make this game really annoying. The Baldur's Gate series is A LOT more polished and though not perfect, is a much better game/buy. The strange positioning of save points for one is really bizarre. In the early stages, there are save/temp save points EVERYWHERE! You can't take 10 steps without seeing another one...then as you progress and get into the big dungeons..
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