Metascore
85

Generally favorable reviews - based on 51 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 46 out of 51
  2. Negative: 0 out of 51
Buy On
  1. games(TM)
    70
    If your appetite for RPGs is insatiable ... then four-way multiplayer and online capabilities are excuse enough for a purchase. [Apr 2004, p.116]
  2. Edge Magazine
    70
    It's in traditional multiplayer (and to some degree singleplayer) where the game shines and attains that perfect shallowness of being both addictive and immediately forgettable - until the next go. [Apr 2004, p.109]
  3. In a very narrow sense, Champions provides a set of features and a whole lot of polish to keep things interesting for its audience and the online modes go a long way in extending things even further.
  4. Like a fast food menu item, Champions of Norrath isn't going to be an experience for the player to relish and pontificate upon later, but it will serve excellently as a quick nosh for those hungry for mindless action.
  5. There's no doubt that plenty of fun is to be had; it's simply that much of it is hindered by poor design choices.

Awards & Rankings

#39 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2004
#25 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2004
User Score
8.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 63 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 23
  2. Negative: 2 out of 23
  1. Mar 31, 2014
    10
    This is PS2 RPG perfection! People keep a PS3 around just to play this game! You will love this game and can import your characters into theThis is PS2 RPG perfection! People keep a PS3 around just to play this game! You will love this game and can import your characters into the sequel too! Full Review »
  2. Nov 5, 2013
    7
    This was the game that made me realize how saturated the hack-n-slash genre was at the time. With Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance 2 beingThis was the game that made me realize how saturated the hack-n-slash genre was at the time. With Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance 2 being released just a few weeks before, this felt more like a hack-n-slash fix that took advantage of the popularity of the genre. With that said, it's still pretty good. A few bugs, but none that ruined the game for me.

    I did feel the game lacked a well thought out narrative, because to be honest it felt pretty generic and really did not leave much of an impression. Visually it impressive and gameplay is as fun as any other hack-n-slash game.

    Overall:
    Champions of Norrath isn't the best game of it's genre, in fact it's pretty standard and rather generic. But it is allot of fun and (aside from the bugs) a technical marvel (of the time.)
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  3. MateusC.
    Feb 3, 2006
    10
    Better than Diablo and Dungeon Siege, this is the definitivie 'hack and slash' action RPG ever.