posted by wildcrackshot (SAINT JOSEPH, MO) Feb 7, 2012
Member since Jan 2012
gamers (56%) found this review helpful
This game is blowing my mind right now. I am having a very hard time finding anything wrong with this game. Only thing I wish it had was some mods, but I am sure they are in the making and will make this game so much fun for years to come.
"Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning", the first big open world RPG of the year, has plenty going for it. Author R. A. Salvatore has created a rich history of the world which you uncover as you explore and complete your various quests. Graphics for the environments are well done and detailed, offering a nice variety between caves, forests, open plains, and etc. While the character models of your playable character, the NPCs, and those you fight are nicely done, there's not a lot of variety in them. Not that there's not a large number of beasts and beings that you will meet, it's just once you've met one, they all pretty much are the same within that type, with only slight variation. The character creator isn't exceptionally deep, but it works in the context of this game. Music is sparse but well done, and the voice acting is generally terrific. The main story is interesting and I found it to be engaging from the beginning. You begin the game as a corpse tossed into the Well of Souls, where you revive, and unlike others in Amalur, your fate is a clean slate and your own to make. This allows for plenty of freedom to mold your character to fit your play style. The main quest is a decent size- if that's all you concentrate on it can take you 25-30 hours to complete. But Amalur has much more to offer, with plenty of side quests and five Guild arcs to distract you, easily giving you plenty of play time for your dollar should you buy this. The quests are all typical of most RPGs (fight monsters, fetch this item, etc) but they're all enjoyable. Fast travel is available from the start, so once you've uncovered a location in your travels you can go back and forth quickly. There are loading screens between areas, but the wait isn't too bad. Combat is a joy and very fluid, enabling you to mix it up how you choose with a primary and secondary weapon. All in all, this is an action RPG that's well worth your time, if not your money, as there's plenty of game here to enjoy.
I just finished skyrim with well over 100 hours of game play. Although i belive that skyrim is the greatest rpg game ever, i still miss the hack-n-slash games of old. If you liked baldurs gate and champions of norath then this is the game for you. Plenty of weapons and upgrades to keep you very busy. Exellant game with a good plot and good graphics!