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  • Summary: The Champions of Norrath have destroyed the god Innoruuk, shattering his body into shards of hate. Innoruuk's followers and allies have taken it upon themselves to gather these shards in order to resurrect their fallen prince. Firiona Vie has called upon the champions to take up the crusade against evil to rid Norrath of this evil threat once and for all. The game is designed to offer more than 100 hours of gameplay per character, unlimited battles, deadly missions and the ability to import characters from the original game. The game also features: Two new playable races; Earn medals based on gameplay performance, which can then be used to unlock secret levels; Thousands of new items, weapons, armor and magical artifacts to acquire; All-new and beautifully detailed environments; New spells and abilities for all classes; A host of new monsters to battle and non-player characters to encounter; Innovative medal system which unlocks secret gameplay modes; Secret Epic items of incredible power found through unlockable side quests; The ability to import characters from the original game and start at a higher difficulty level; Increased level limits?take characters to level 80; More than 50 gameplay areas along with a mission system containing non-linear side quests; All new multiplayer and online gameplay options. [Sony Online Entertainment] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 34 out of 48
  2. Negative: 0 out of 48
  1. An absolute blast to play, especially with friends online or off. If you love action RPG's then I can't imagine you'd find a better one than this.
  2. It's totally fun and addicting to play.
  3. It's pretty - really, really pretty, with smooth animations, dynamic lighting, and remarkably detailed, solid-looking textures... [But] the story execution falls a bit short. [Feb 2005, p.70]
  4. Solid game, just not that much different than the first.
  5. Doesn’t deviate much from Champions of Norrath—not nearly enough to be convincing as a true sequel. It carries the torch from the first game and is still just as fun as the original. Players expecting new advances in gameplay may be disappointed but don’t let that detract you.
  6. There's a whole new story, working multiplayer, thousands of new items, new mini-games and sidequests, new classes to play, and the ability to play evil and good plot paths. On the other side of the coin is gameplay that most of us have seen before, following the same formula, and not taking any real chances in the process.
  7. But there's hardly anything new here. The plot is paper-thin, and lacks a driving sense of humor or drama to keep you interested. The game-play is just as basic as it's ever been, and frankly, if you've played any of its predecessors, you've slashed and spellcast just this way a million times before.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 17
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 17
  3. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. JoshB.
    May 11, 2005
    Best rpg game ever!
  2. KevinP.
    Feb 24, 2005
    This is the best D&D Game based RPG Hach N' Slash.
  3. Mar 28, 2014
    my favorite game of all time lots of great memories wish they would make another one

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  4. MikeL.
    May 13, 2005
    This game is great. it has lots of great thing from lots of different games like gauntlet legends, and baulders gate, as well as d&d Heros. I LOVE THIS GAME Expand
  5. SqueekyClean
    Feb 27, 2005
    Great hack n'slash game play and the online features are a big improvement from the last game. Gameplay is similar to the last version but that isn't a bad thing and not worth losing marks on. If this were Madden (i.e. same game every year with a few updates), everybody would have given it a 10. Expand
  6. IvanF.
    Feb 24, 2005
    Yeah, its basically the same game, but it is fun to play. The side quests and the option to return to planes that have been completed are a welcome addition. Return to Arms would have received a 9 if there were not an annoying bug in the very last boss fight. I simply could not rotate the camera without the game being stuck. Other than that, I am very satisfied that Sony and Snowblind have enhanced one of my favorite games. I am about to beat the Return to Arms for the second time to raise my character's level to 80. Expand
  7. ChristianC.
    Jun 8, 2005
    This game is good but I can't say its the best RPG Its just you must like something else then this game whell, it is a very long which is great more fun but the ending between good and bad makes it no good I would expect a better ending and better story from a good company with good graphics the ending is something you expect from a kid seriously! Expand

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