Excerpt: 2004 saw the release by SCEA of Champions of Norrath. The game was set in the world of Norrath, which aficionados will recognise as the world of Everquest, the massively multiplayer online RPG which is lauded and cursed equally in recognition of its fiendishly addictive nature.
Excerpt: Over the last few years Snowblind Studios has helped to engineer something of a renaissance for the hack n’ slash genre, elevating it from mindless hack-fests to killing sprees with a little more meaning. This helped to carry the genre for awhile, but the genre has once again hit its peak and is in need of something new -- something that Champions: Returns to Arms doesn’t provide.
Conclusion: Before continuing, a quick warning, as this paragraph will go into the storyline for Return to Arms, which will inevitably lead to references/spoilers connected to the game’s predecessor. So, if you’re planning on getting Champions of Norrath , it would be best to skip ahead to the next paragraph. Moving along, Return to Arms takes place shortly after the events of Champions of Norrath .
Summary: This solidly
entertaining action RPG offers plenty of challenging levels of excitement and
thrills. The graphics upgrades are impressive, with more detailed and better
animated character models, intricate environments and a much smoother interface.
The action is still relatively straightforward with a ton of new enemies such as
Orcs and demons to face.
Excerpt: After defeating the evil god Innoruuk in the first Champions of Norrath, Champions 2: Return to Arms brings players back to the lands of Norrath in order to block the return of this dreaded deity. The sequel offers two new classes, new abilities for existing classes, new content, new gameplay modes, and a better online experience, and yet at times the game feels more like an expansion pack than a stand-alone sequel. Let's return to Norrath and take a look.
Excerpt: Top down hack-and-slash games are some of the most consistent in the game industry; if you like the genre, you can pretty much expect to have an equally good time with almost any game. Champions: Return to Arms comes to the stage as the sequel to Champions of Norrath, and finds itself burdened with the typical problems of the field; fun, but with limited depth.
Excerpt: This is a game that I personally kept a lot of tabs on. That is because it is one of those very rare titles that my wife enjoys playing with me on the Playstation 2. We went through the original game twice at increasingly difficult levels, and it was good to see the ability to import those characters into this new title. The Champions series was one of the first to successfully put two characters on the screen at the same time working together.
Excerpt: A year after Norrath was released, the sequel—Champions: Return to Arms—is now available. In many ways, Return to Arms is a classic definition of "more of the same". The same graphics engine that Snowblind pioneered back in 2001 for Dark Alliance is present here, and there are still hundreds of randomized weapons, pieces of armor, and items to be found or purchased.