KoA is a serious new RPG franchise that is a force to be reckoned with. The unbelievable amount of customization gives each player its own feel to the campaign. I've put close to 75 hours into Reckoning, finally finished it, and I can say there is just as much to do here as there is in the world of Skyrim.
The fresh gameplay is a mix of God of War, Too Human, and Dragon Age/Skyrim. But the unbelievable variety in weapons and skill trees make it playable for every type of RPGer out there.
Reckoning gives you the option of creating a ruthless tank (which my guy was a BEASSST), a stealth rogue, a ranged mage and bow/chackras/staff expert, or a mixture of all. The skill trees are immense, which leaves for lots of experimentation and variety. If you decide you don't like your guy, you can visit a village and re-route your skills for a small fee.
There are also hundreds of side, story, and guild quests to keep you sidetracked for days. You can use persuasion, pick locks & treasure, loot, dispel curses, play mini games, blacksmith arms & armor, create potions, and much more.
I was totally addicted to exploring and upgrading my ever-so-epic set of arms & armor, just like Skyrim. I thought of nothing but playing Reckoning as a needed part of my daily routine. The more I played, the more I fell in love with the gamplay. The story is a nice change of pace from the typical medievil English-accented Dragon filled RPG.
If you're still up in the air over KoA, check out the free demo on the marketplace to help change your mind. The future is looking good for KoA, and I seriously can't wait for the next installment.
posted by ryanweeks53 (AUBURNDALE, FL) Mar 9, 2012
Member since Mar 2012
over all was a great game i had about 18 hours of gameplay on it before i beat the main story which had me interested the whole time. I had no real interest in the side missions of the game or any of the factions the main story was what made me love the game. id give it roughly a 8/10
-FANTASTIC combat (better than some action games)
-Interesting story (it's a bit hard to explain, just go watch a video review by Gamespot or IGN if you want to know)
-Enthralling environments (forest, plains, desert, swamp, cities, they're all amazing)
-Epic loot (eventually it all looks the same, but still there's some really awesome weapons and armor that you'll collect)
-Choose how you want to play (warrior, rogue, mage, or even all three if you're like me and want to experience the whole game in one playthrough!)
-Weapons and armor degrade over time (this is really just an unnecessary annoyance in my opinion)
-Unfairness - mobs of enemies (later in the game they throw so many enemies at you that just becomes this infuriating mess of a game)
-Unoriginality (steals numerous gameplay elements from games like TES and Fable - ex. lockpicking is straight out of skyrim, it just looks a bit different)
-The story isn't very engaging (although it's interesting, you never really care enough about what's going on)
Buy?: Depends on if you enjoy the game enough to seal the deal. I personally think hundreds of hours of fun gameplay are worth it, but that's just my opinion