For better or worse! A "Re-run" of Champions of Norrath.
jadelotuz wrote this review on .
This game is more or less a Re-run of the previous game in the series, "Champions of Norrath" (CoN). But that is not realy a bad thing. CoN was a fun game to play, and this is exaclty the same, but with a new story, new areas and some new stuff to find.
The Game uses the same game-engine as "Baldurs Gate: Dark Alliance" for PS2. And there are many of these games, like "Fallout: Brotherhood of Steel", "BGDA2", "X-Men", "Justice League" etc. And they are all fun games, anyway if you play Co-op 2-player multigame. Thats what makes these games probably 1 to 2 points better (Gamespot Score). If you play it alone, you should reduce the score with 1 (at least).
"Champions Return to arm" (CRtA) still has character customization as in the first game. But now there are two more Race-Classes to shoose from. A Reptile like Shaman, and a Tiger-man Warrior. You cant shoose gender with these two though (odly), theire both male. They dont ad so much to the game, but some new variation. The other classes are the same (or anyway what I recall or remember of the first game).
The game also still has some "frame-lagg" problems, and can sometimes crash. It didnt happen as much as in the first game, but be sure to save alot.
I Still think weapons, enhancing, armour and equipping works better, and is more logical in BG:DA, but Champions has some design qualities.
You'll also be able to shoose among two paths in the game. Good or Evil. This means some Lastabillity, or replay value.
the major drawback, is the same as in every game that uses this game-engine. And that is the "Save and Load" section. And CRtA is probably the worst of them all. The files takes up insanelly large amout of bytes, they also are hard to recognize or see what is what. Its realy easy to accidentely load the wrong game, or worse, save over another game that you didnt want to delete, etc. This is CRAP!
Champions also lack the ability to export characters like in Baldurs Gate. That means that when you've completed the game, you doesnt seem to be able to export you character to another "play". Just so you know. (if its possible to export characters, then let me know, cause I havnt found it yeat!)
One last thing! The bosses can be rather tough, but the final boss is realy some bad-ass dude. It took us severall tryes untill "we" managed (we played 2-player) to lay him down.