International CES 2005
International CES 2005 - Sony Online Entertainment
by John McCarroll - 01/11/05
Sony Online Entertainment Non-RPGs

Untold Legends: Brotherhood of the Blade
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Recently announced for Sony's PlayStation Portable, or PSP, Sony Online Entertainment has declared Untold Legends: Brotherhood of the Blade to be their entry as a PSP launch title in March. Developed by an internal SOE team, Untold Legends can be considered to be the cousin of Champions of Norrath, SOE's Action-RPG for the Playstation 2.

Taking place in the city of Aven, your character holds the title of "Legend". As much honor that title holds, your character spends most of his time in bars, drinking your sorrows away. Unfortunately, terror does strike, and your character must get off of his barstool and go fight the evil abound. Using the same perspective and general control scheme as Champions of Norrath, obvious parallels can be drawn between the two games. Needless to say, if you've played Champions, or even Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance, you'll be right at home.

Untold Legends also supports the PSP's WiFi (802.11b) feature for online play. The game will arrange itself to the highest level character. The lower level characters will gain new items and experience, and the higher level character will be right at home, difficulty-wise. The game looks sharp and takes full advantage of the 16:9 aspect ratio screen. Untold Legends is currently set to launch side-by-side with the PSP in March.

Champions of Norrath: Return to Arms
Champions of Norrath: Return to Arms plays exactly as you'd think it would: A beefed up version of last year's hit. Snowblind and SOE have added one large addition above all others to the series, the ability to fight other players, both online and on the same console. Although we didn't have a chance to play with this option at CES, it should add quite a bit of impact to the game.

Aside from this, both new gear and new classes have been added. The two classes are the Iksar Shaman and the Vah Shir Berserker. The Shaman is a melee-magic combination class that's more set to be on the magic side of things. The Berserker is the more interesting of the two, however, as many players who just want to pound on the X button will love him. The Berserker isn't meant to be a defensive character. On the contrary, he takes more damage than the other classes. However, the Berserker starts attacking faster and harder the more damage he takes. It puts an interesting spin on things, as you don't always want to be fully healed.

Champions of Norrath: Return to Arms is set for release on February 10, 2005.

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