7 Games Like Champions of Norrath
As one of the most legendary action RPG games for Playstation 2, Champions of Norrath quickly became a fan favorite shortly after it was released in 2004. The game is set in the EverQuest universe. EverQuest put its stamp on the gaming world by becoming the first MMORPG to employ a 3D game engine on a massive scale.
Released during what’s arguably considered the golden era of hack and slash RPGs, Champions of Norrath features gameplay that involves customizing and upgrading your character to finish the game.
With heavy customization come countless strategies you can develop to beat the game, which is mainly why Champions of Norrath remains popular to this day. The game has both single-player and multiplayer modes. Up to four people can enjoy the game in co-op.
If you’re longing for a fun experience resembling Champions of Norrath, here are 7 games you should check out.
Ten years after Champions of Norrath, Divinity: Original Sin came out and became the RPG game that revitalized the genre upon its release. Nostalgia is what drew most RPG fans to Divinity: Original Sin who remember the glory days of Baldur’s Gate and other top-down perspective games with turn-based combat.
The game was released by Larian Studios, after being partially funded through the famous crowdsourcing platform Kickstarter. You’re able to explore this virtual world either by yourself or with a friend in co-op. The game is available for Windows, Linux, OS X, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.
Divinity: Original Sin proved to be a huge success for Larian Studios, becoming its fastest-selling game. It features everything you’d expect from a fantasy world, including orcs, demons, magicians, and barbarian mercenaries.
The game represents the fourth installment in the Divinity game series and serves as a prequel to the famous Divine Divinity, released 12 years prior. Apart from doing quests to boost your abilities and attributes, what’s interesting about Divinity: Original Sin is that you’re also able to control the faith of your characters by making difficult moral choices.
The story starts in an area known as Rivellon, where you (and your friend if you’re playing co-op) are members of an organization that aims to educate a specific type of magic known as Source. Your formal title in the game is Source Hunter. You start by investigating a murder in what seems like a basic RPG story.
After a few hours of playing, you start to notice that the story goes much deeper and is more interesting than it first seems. Combat requires a lot of thinking, which is very common in turn-based games. You’ll have to use a combination of melee and ranged weapons, spells, and traps to defeat your enemies.
In case you end up liking Divinity: Original Sin, you’ll be pleased to hear that a sequel was released in 2017 and became an instant classic.
Orcs, dragons, wizards, mercenaries, and ancient gods are only some of the things that you’ll encounter in Gothic II. The first three installments of the Gothic series were developed by Piranha Bytes and although there are more games set in this world, this trilogy is considered the best.
Gothic II is widely accepted as the best Gothic game ever released due to its incredible story and numerous options the main player can choose to determine their fate later on in the game. It was initially released in Germany in 2002, followed by a worldwide release the next year.
At the time of its release, the graphics in most RPG games were more advanced than in Gothic II. However, this game featured almost no loading time and what it didn’t have in graphics it certainly made up for when it comes to the storyline and gameplay.
The game became so popular among fans of the Gothic series that it received the only official Gothic expansion ever made by Piranha Bytes. With the expansion set, you get to explore a completely new world filled with bandits, pirates, and ancient beasts. What’s also special about the expansion pack is that it significantly increases the difficulty of the game.
In case you’re interested in playing the expansion pack, it’s recommended that you first finish the original game. In Gothic, you’re an unnamed hero tasked with bringing order and balance to the world. This is no easy feat, so expect to spend hours upon hours fighting various monsters as you complete important tasks in the isle of Khorinis and beyond.
Gothic is a game that completely transports you to a new world due to its attention to detail in its storyline. Discover how people derive different values from different ancient gods, enter a portal through time, and meet many fictional characters that will make you question everything in this virtual world.
Most of the games on this list were released after Champions of Norrath, but we mustn’t forget the title that somewhat inspired it. Baldur’s Gate: Dark Alliance is an action RPG released in 2021 that featured one of the best 3D engines developed at the time. In fact, Champions of Norrath expanded on this engine.
Initially released for PlayStation 2 and Xbox consoles, a 4K port of the game was made available 20 years after its release. This means that you can now play it on PlayStation 4 and 5, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and Xbox Series X/S.
The gameplay featured in Baldur’s Gate: Dark Alliance is based on the rules of Dungeons & Dragons 3rd Edition. Both single-player and co-op multiplayer modes are available. In the co-op multiplayer mode, you share the same screen as the other player and are limited in how far away you can move from one another.
Although only a spin-off of the original Baldur’s Gate series, Dark Alliance was received so well that it spawned a sequel released in 2004. It also marks the first release of the series that was made for consoles instead of PCs.
Like any other hack and slash RPGs, you have different core attributes that you can boost throughout the game to make your character more powerful. There are also three race/class combinations to choose from, including an elven sorceress, a dwarven fighter, and a human archer.
Depending on the race/class combination you choose, you will have to develop different strategies to beat the game. Baldur’s Gate: Dark Alliance is a game that is still played more than 20 years after its release, and now is the perfect time to experience it since you can get the remastered version.
What if you could have the classic hack and slash RPG experience in a unique and innovative way? Shadows: Awakening allows you to do just that in its modern and sleek virtual environment while providing you with options not available in almost any game in this genre.
What’s really interesting about Shadows: Awakening is its core mechanic that enables you to switch between different playable characters. You initially take control of the Devourer, a demon from the Shadow Realm, who as the name suggests devours the souls of long-dead heroes. You can use the souls you consume to your advantage to employ different tactics throughout the game.
Shadows: Awakening is a single-player game and although you won’t get to share the experience with another player, you’ll have plenty of fun switching between characters. This unique approach allows the game to have a party-based RPG focus while having the option to play only one character at a time.
The graphics are quite enjoyable and the game is played from an isometric perspective. As you would expect, you have to finish numerous quests to progress the story of the game. There are also many puzzles you’ll have to solve. Most puzzles are not that hard to solve, but there are some that will keep you wondering what you have to do for at least a few hours at a time.
Shadows: Awakening is available for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Microsoft Windows.
Often labeled as a spiritual successor to Diablo 2, Grim Dawn takes the familiar hack and slash RPG aesthetic and adds its unique touch and hours of quality gameplay to provide an extraordinary gaming experience.
Released in 2016 by Crate Entertainment, the game immediately gathered attention from hack and slash fans who noticed slight resemblances to Diablo 2. Apart from the gameplay, dark ambient, and various scary monsters, Grim Dawn also features music that sparks nostalgia for every Diablo 2 fan.
Like Champions of Norrath, you can play Grim Dawn by yourself or in a co-op multiplayer mode with up to four players. What’s really special about this game is its high level of character customization and development.
You have the option to choose from six different base classes, each having more than 25 distinct skills. Various equipment add-ons enable you to build a character with more than 250 unique skills.
There is a wealth of main and side quests in Grim Dawn. The decisions you make throughout the game will affect everyone from single strangers you encounter on a side road to villages that you spend time in. Make the land thrive by rescuing people and helping them rebuild their homes.
If you’re up for a serious challenge, there are quite a few dungeons that you can visit with specially crafted keys where you can find an exit only by defeating the monsters inside and making it through to the other side.
Dungeon Siege is a video game that took a long time to make, but the end result was definitely worth the blood, sweat, and tears the team put into it. It was the first game released by Gas Powered Games, a company founded by Canadian video game designer Chris Taylor who was previously known for a strategy game called Total Annihilation.
Dungeon Siege is one of the two games on this list that was released before Champions of Norrath. Nevertheless, if you’re a Norrath fan, you will surely enjoy playing this classic from 2002. Dungeon Siege sold more than 1.7 million copies and was a huge success for the relatively small studio that had no previous releases.
Despite being released 20 years ago, the Dungeon Siege graphics are still great and the gameplay is as good as it gets in the action RPG genre. The main character in the game can be additionally joined by up to seven other characters. You only get to control one character at a time, while the others are controlled by AI.
Set in a pseudo-medieval fantasy world, you’ll be tasked with defeating an army of evil to bring order to the world. The game became so popular that it was turned into a trilogy. However, most fans still consider the first installment to be the best Dungeon Siege game ever released.
All of the games we previously talked about in this list are set in a sort of medieval fantasy environment that resembles the Champions of Norrath. But for the final title, we’ll give you a game set in a cyberpunk world.
Although it might be a different environment, the feeling you get when you play the Ascent is sure to trigger memories of making your way through the world in the Champions of Norrath.
The graphics are stunning, the gameplay is very interesting, the array of weapons you can use is super fun, and it only gets better if you play the game in co-op multiplayer. Take the role of a worker enslaved by a fallen megacorporation in a dystopian world and prevent evil factions from taking control of it.
Character appearance in the game is fully customizable. You also have many options to boost your abilities and skills in The Ascent.