Champions: Return to Arms
This game rocks!
I immediately fell in love with Champions of Norrath. I just picked it up one day and had never heard of it and had so much fun playing it and had so hoped for a sequel and so the developers delivered. Champions: Return to Arms is even BETTER than the first. One thing I really liked about it was that I could import my level 50 Barbarian and to know that I hadn't wasted time getting him there was great. Then come to find out I could get him to an even HIGHER level, I was sold instantly. The graphics are great granted it's on the PS2. The sound is cool and doesn't sound generic at all. The controls make it simple enough to where you can just pick it up and play without having to remember any complicated button combinations. I would really love to see another installment in this series on the PS2, PS3, and most definetly on the 360. The gaming community could more than use more hack and slash RPG's like these two and the Dark Alliance games. I would give this game way more than a ten on this site if it were possible. It's a great game to play whether you're playing alone, with friends, or online. Go pick this game up and never let it go for anything.
The best hack and slash RPG of all time
I thoroughly enjoyed Champions of Norrath. When they made this sequel I was a little worried. Champions of Norrath seemed to have everything I ever wanted in a hack and slash RPG and I was worried they were going to ruin it's good name. I was dead wrong. They improved upon just about everything and took nothing away. There are two different storylines also, you can choose to be good or evil. Then, they added an additional 2 different character classes. They also added additional spells to each original player class. There are new weapons, armor, spells, and items that just give so much more to the game and make it flow smoother. They repositioned the map so that it isn't in the middle of the screen anymore, which was my biggest gripe for Champions of Norrath. I will never sell this game, I would rather lose a kidney. Pick this game up if you can manage to find a copy. You'll probably find a copy where they are hiding all the Nintendo Wiis.
My hubby and I love this game. After playing the first game we had to play the second. The only problem we had with this game was the fact that you can not play 2 player online which sucked. Other then that is was a really great game. For those of you that love long games and being able to customize you have lots of different things to play with. You can even pick bad or good and if you figure it out you can bounce around to level up and play both bad and good. I think the best part was being able to go back if you have others saved and jack their stuff to sell or use. The addition of the new races was a big plus cause they all have something different that might help out in battle and in some cases shady ways of beating a boss. If you like playing with your friends this is a great game, if you like playing on your own you would love the online play that is if you can figure it out. Either way if you are a REAL GAMER you will love it.
I loved playing Champions of Norrath and got excited when i found out that there was a sequel. I immediatly went to Gamestop to pick it up. Champions:Return to Arms feels more like a expansion pack than a proper sequel. I like the idea that it introduces two new characters to choose from, the Iksarr Shaman and the Tiger Berserker. It also adds thousands of new items and a new difficulty level to reach level 80. In this one, you can choose to be either good or bad. It also adds new spells to all the characters. The storyline shares a memorable connection with the first one. After the Prince of hate is destroyed, he is resurrected by his close minions and you get to either join him or destroy him again. While playing through the game, you revisit places from the first game and explore new ones. The length of the game is a lot longer than the first one. Also, this game feels more darker and strange than the first game. You shouldn't miss out on this sequel and i highly recommend that you should play the first one first to understand the story.
Dungeon Master Honzo.
I have been playing dungeon crawl games for close to three years now now allot of you probably are like that's not a long time! Well when all you do is play video games and sleep it really is a long time, I have a level 70 on the original morrowind elder scrolls game, on this game I have a level 75, 48, and 32 I have been playing this game for close to two years now and I always seem to pop it in my ps2 and spend days running around getting gear, farming bosses, the raising my level.
The things to do in this game are close to endless its not an open world game like oblivion or morrowind but for its time this game was great, the graphics are smooth unlike the first one, another thing I would like to cover is that the second one lets you go back and forth from planes you already completed the first on does not so leveling in the first one is rather tough compared to the second one, also the second game has a glitch that lets you get infinite stats the first one does not, all in all if you are bored pick this up.
All dungeon masters should own this game.
a decent game
well i must say the new races are cool , the charcater creation could be better its not super the gameplay on the other hand is very indepth the abilty to have 4 ppl at the same time kill is awsome and the spells are very nice so many different spells to choose and just amazing attacks i have a few problems the attack buttons are kinda hard to rember what you using the magic changing methods are a little confusing when you are in a deep battle and the attacking in genearl is kinda bland no combos just hack and slash , pretty much the same thing as the last one just with added spells upgraded classes and more items. the cooproative is the best part by far with more ppl killing the boss fites are alot easier and you can have ppl to help with missions (which have some of the time the worst concepts, like really you must find this mermaid who is seductiave and all she wants is her conch back like really come on.)
This is one of the most amzing games ever!!!!!!!!! I have played this game 2 to 3 times through without getting bored! This game has so many differnt races you can choose from like archers, barbarians, mages, priest, axethrowing tigers, lizard mages, and even dark knights!!!!!!!! This game has an alrite story line its really just go here and kill him go here and here but its not repetitive at all. The length of this game is great it takes a while to beat but not 100 hours its a good liength (30 hours about, with out doing all the extras). Th esound is great like when you hit certain enimies they make differnt noises and when you hit a sheild it sounds a lot differnt than hitting a rock of something. The graphics arent bad but I have seen a lot better. It is a pretty challenging game if you go for all the extras, trust me thats really hard!!!!!!! Hundreds of ways to custimize you charector with over hundreds of differnt weaopns each with abilities and attack strengths and hundreds of armor with differnt defenses and abilities. I reccomeded this game to all people!!!!!!
Great game but not much has been added.
Champions:Return to Arms is the sequel to Champions of Norrath. This review has 2 sections. One for those new to Champions, and one for those who played the original. ---IF YOU'RE NEW TO CHAMPIONS--- Return to Arms continues the story of Champions and if you jump into this game first, you may not understand as much to what is going on. This game has more features than the original though. The graphics are really good for the PS2, with a great soundtrack, but so was the first. The series is a hack-&-slash and the variety of gameplay really comes from the different class choices, hundreds of weapons, and a dozen spells per class that you unlock as you level up which can also be upgraded. There is a huge selection of equipment which are random drops, and even the stores will change and offer random selections. The enemies are very diverse in appearance, and most will approach you differently. There are more than a dozen unique enviroments with a boss fight or two in each area. Both Champions take around 15-20 hours a playthrough to beat. When you beat the game, you can continue on a higher difficulty with the same character. As a stand-alone game, its great and I recommend it to those still playing PS2 games. ---IF YOU PLAYED THE FIRST CHAMPIONS--- There is a lot of coping-and-pasting from the first game but with more to do. Most of the sounds, music, enemies, environments, gameplay, and more are identical. The class select only adds 2 new races. You can upload your save file from the first Champions and play as any of your previous characters. The big differences, from the first Champions to the second, are that there are two main quests, and a dozen mini-games. You can either follow the quest for good or evil. Each tell a different story and have bosses specific for their quests. Its a great game but not much has changed since the first Champions so I can only recommend Return to Arms if you loved the original and couldn't get enough.
A game series that they need to continue!
This game series is an amazing series that I feel should be continued on the newer game systems. Unfortunately, I think most gamers miss it because it is often overshadowed by games like World of Warcraft. The game is challenging and fun for 1 to 2 players. You can have up to 4 players, but it gets very annoying since you can only have 2 players in the weapons and armor menu at one time. The characters to chose from are interesting and unique, and the weapons and armor you can upgrade to are very fun and sometimes hilarious. If you have a hard core gamer who is always complaining about not finding challenging enough games to play, this one will satisfy them. Some of the enemies are very challenging and some of the bosses and the bonus levels can just be downright insanely hard, especially if you are playing alone. Leveling up is a big deal, so the more enemies you can destroy the better. The more weapons and armor you can upgrade the better. If you are playing 2 player, beware of arguments and funny scuffles that might occur while playing as you and your cohort fight and scramble to collect all the weapons and armor from chests and barrels in hope for an awesome upgrade. This is a game that my husband and I love to play together, and I can't begin to tell you how many times we have fought each other or traded with each other to try to get higher weapons or armor. The downfalls of the game is that the ending will leave you sitting there saying "Is that it?". Also, the music cuts on and off at random weird moments and there is the occasional glitch where you open a chest expecting your shard and you get nothing. Then you have to start the whole level all over again. This game may be a bit higher in price, but it is worth every cent since it is such a long and detailed game. Definitely a game I highly recommend to add to your collection.
Great game for its time
This game is great, we all know that, but the thing is, newer games like Medal of Honor or something else, pass this game. This is a really good game if you just want to relax and cut somethin up.