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  • Summary: Feel like making a bloody Viking mess? Utilizing the Unreal engine, R:VW casts you as Ragnar, the Viking warrior who wields his massive battle axe for justice against several defecting rogue members of his clan.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 16
  2. Negative: 6 out of 16
  1. A long, epic adventure that has a few problems here and there, but still stays entertaining.
  2. 68
    A decent game, with both good and bad points. Nothing to wait in line for though, and not one you're likely to lose sleep over.
  3. A good story and simple control can't make up for a serious lack of depth, mediocre graphics, and a camera that gets more annoying as time goes on.
  4. In the end it's just a run-of-the-mill action game with few assets and lots of faults.
  5. It disregards almost everything about Vikings that make them interesting. Its graphics are some of the worst on the PS2, the gameplay is dull and repetitive, and its uninspired multiplayer mode adds little value.
  6. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    40
    Never thought Vikings could be so boring. [Oct 2001, p.148]
  7. The side-to-side/spinning problem will plague you throughout the rest of the game, if you attempt to make it that far. Even if you manage to master the controls, I cannot see you having that much fun with this game.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. CarsonP.
    Oct 26, 2001
    10
    This game is awesome!! The graphics definitely could of been better, but the gameplay & storyline is awesome.
  2. Cody
    May 5, 2003
    10
    Best game ever i dont mind graphics.
  3. WillT
    Dec 28, 2009
    8
    This is a very underated game, sure graphics are a major issue for the game but there is much more positives than negatives, Positives: good This is a very underated game, sure graphics are a major issue for the game but there is much more positives than negatives, Positives: good storyline, brilliant controls, fun to play, lots of replay value and great multiplayer, negatives.... graphics look like majoras mask on the N64, too much loading. 8* Expand
  4. RyanM.
    Feb 22, 2003
    6
    Graphics are horrendous and storyline is dull. the camera angles are awful, but otherwise all that this game is ok. It's a predictable,Graphics are horrendous and storyline is dull. the camera angles are awful, but otherwise all that this game is ok. It's a predictable, average, just like all the others adventure game. Collapse
  5. Apr 23, 2017
    6
    The bad...

    Terrible load times. Some times taking close to a minute to load. Graphics are worse than N64 games even though it's a ps2
    The bad...

    Terrible load times. Some times taking close to a minute to load.

    Graphics are worse than N64 games even though it's a ps2 game.

    Combat is somewhat simple.

    Enemy A.I is easy to out smart once you get the hang of the games hit detection.

    Music isn't very memorable.

    Some glitches that can be fun some times but for the most part lame.

    The good...

    Fun to play in multiplayer against a friend in split screen. Especially that gladiator arena.

    Story isn't bad at all actually. Typical Viking mythology storyline about a young hero rising up against a great evil and whooping it's @$$.

    Long campaign mode that isn't short at all so it's not a short game. No one likes a 2 hour campaign or 4 hour campaign. Looking at you "The Bouncer".

    Cheat codes make the game hilarious lol.

    Simple combat but still has a skill gap that can only be mastered by playing a lot. Basically knowing precise timing of when to strike with certain weapons and knowing how they work.

    It's not a very good game but I liked it personally because of who I am. I don't really give a crap about graphics since real games don't care about visuals compared to game play. I don't really give a crap about the long load times because I'm patient. Plus it was the PS2 age... Games loaded long back then anyways...

    So this game gets around a 5-7 for someone like me...
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Awards & Rankings

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#96 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2001
71
#71 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2001