Metascore
77

Generally favorable reviews - based on 48 Critics

Critic 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 quite possible that Champions: Return to Arms is the best hack and slash game ever created. Unfortunately it has been built atop the foundation of "Champions of Norrath." So much so that fans of that game may feel somewhat betrayed that Return to Arms is so similar.
  3. 90
    As for controls, combat and inventory-sorting are quick and clean. Spellcasting can be frustrating, though, as aiming projectiles is often a trial-by-error process. [March 2005, p.90]
  4. The limits to which the team has managed to stretch the PS2's capacity are pretty amazing - it's hard to believe this is the same graphics engine that was used in the first game. [March 2005, p.98]
  5. The whole experience is beautifully rendered in high resolution, which makes for some sumptuous details in the graphics.
User Score
8.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 37 Ratings

User 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
    10
    Best rpg game ever!
  2. IvanF.
    Feb 24, 2005
    8
    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 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. Full Review »
  3. Dec 27, 2012
    10
    Absolutely love this game! The story is a little weak but the game play beats any hack and slash dungeon crawler ever made. It looksAbsolutely love this game! The story is a little weak but the game play beats any hack and slash dungeon crawler ever made. It looks beautiful and moves quick enough that it's impossible to get bored and put down the controller I wish developers would make more games like this one. Plus there is nothing more fun than having a friend over or 3 for some excellent co-op action. A PC port or remake would be nice with controller support. This game made be buy a PS2 again just for this game. Full Review »