Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning - PlayStation 3

  • Publisher: EA
  • SKU: 3784038
  • Release Date: 02/07/2012
  • 4.5 (35)
ESRB Rating: Mature
Blood and gore, Intense violence, Suggestive themes
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VERY fun game - a light-hearted romp Posted by: from: on I pre-ordered this one from BB and have been VERY happy that I did. The game is beautiful, runs without the slightest glitch, and has been FUN. It's light-hearted and doesn't take itself too seriously, which is nice. I've over 13 hours into the game and haven't scratched the surface, yet. Reportedly, there's over 200 hours of playtime, so you'll definitely get your money's worth. They used a very vibrant color palete, and after some of the dreary games out there this year, it's a nice change. The environments are awesome. Overall, I'm really impressed with this game and highly recommend it.

10 out of 10 found this review helpful.

Kingdom of Amalur Reckoning Rocks Posted by: from: CA on I picked up the game yesterday 2-10-12, and I'll tell you right now its probally one of the best Action RPG games out there, I won't name the others but they are big but they also lack. I've tried the demo prior to purchasing the video game and good thing I did, its hard to put the controller down. I'd recommend it if your a Skyrim or Fable fan.

9 out of 9 found this review helpful.

A great game for the action heavy rpg fan. Posted by: from: Charlotte, NC on This was an incredibly engrossing game with 80+ hours of enjoyment in it. Heavy on action with rpg elements that does not let dialogue become too overwhelming as most other rpgs tend to do. Creating your own character with unique skills and abilities that can be switched on the fly let me feel more immersed in the atmosphere of Amalur than I have in past video game experiences. Negatives for the game do include repetitive enemy types (it seems like they only have a handful of enemy character models that are pallete swapped in later areas), occasional frame rate hiccups when there is a lot of action on screen at the same time, and mediocre musical selections for the game that never seem to overwhelm.

3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

Great play Posted by: from: Owasso, Ok on This game mixes the gameplay of Fable (the first and best) with the open world of Elder Scrolls. It is lacking on morality options but there are plenty of quests to do and areas to explore. Your armor options leave you wanting but if you don't care about appearance you can really beef your character up. Even though it fell short of its full potential it is a very fun game and I am glad I bought it. Its definatly worth getting if you like RPGs.

4 out of 4 found this review helpful.

Great action RPG Posted by: from: Minnesota on If you like any of the Fable games, or the atmosphere of World of Warcraft, you'll love this game. It blends action with RPG elements really well and has an incredibly deep story.

3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

Stylized Action RPG for the Masses Posted by: from: Chicago, IL on I purchased this game because it was compared to games like Fable, Elder Scrolls and Knights of the Old Republic. As an RPG collector, I am back logged and haven’t given this a thorough play or analysis, but I from the first few hours I gave it I know I will play this game to as much completion as I can. Typically I play turn-based RPGs, but since they are growing thinner and thinner, I purchased this being a fan of the above. Most disappointing are the character interaction scenes. I have never read anything from R. A. Salvatore so I wasn’t sure what to expect story wise, but the story is typical fantasy, Dungeons and Dragons jive. I appreciate the somewhat stylized caricature-like characters and graphics done by Todd McFarlane. Especially, in an era of gaming where more games attempt to be more realistic. The skill system is similar to most games of this breed, which is good for me because it allows me to just sink in and play without having to learn a whole new set of rules, and with a refreshing action oriented combat system, this game is a delight. One complaint I’ve heard is that the game claimed to be open world, but that instead it is made to look open world. As previously mentioned to me that is not necessarily a bad thing, thus far the game play seems nonlinear, which is a plus and having some restrictions makes the game less overwhelming. In a sense it is similar to Knights of the Old Republic. The sandbox style open world types of games really overwhelm me and in turn, eventually bore me. Therefore games like the Elder Scrolls series, though intriguing, are hard for me to get really into. I spent five years playing Morrowind and a lot of that was simply exploring the world and getting side tracked from missions. Gameplay like this can be fun, and the fact that I played it for five years shows that I can get involved, but an experience like that is too long for me. All in all, if the game claimed to be one thing and failed in that attempt, that is truly a shame because for what this is, it is a very well executed game. Ultimately, this game is a great adventure. It is decently written, but feels like it borrows too much from other similar games. This game is fairly inexpensive so there is no reason not to pick this up if someone likes the types of games mentioned at the start of this review and is looking for another option in the wild world of western rpgs.

3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

Excellent Action RPG Posted by: from: on Wow I don't know how I missed this hidden gem. Combat system is amazing!

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Promising new franchise, but needs improvement Posted by: from: Washington DC on I'm just going to be blunt about this one: I think the newness of the franchise (aka, it's not a sequel in a sequel-heavy genre) leads to some overblown reviews of Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning. It's not a bad game by any means, but I think it's the epitome of average. The combat system is repetitive, at best. It's a very weak version of "God of War" -- essentially, you trade its fun for the ability to more deeply customize your character. Yet having spent time playing all three pure builds, I can't honestly say they feel vastly different from each other. The presence of what amounts to be an "I Win" button (the fate meter) is difficult to overlook when discussing the game. The meter builds up fast enough that pretty much any moderately difficult encounter you might have is easily overcome. The graphics... well, they just aren't my thing. Maybe I burned out on World of Warcraft, but that style just doesn't do it for me anymore. The audio is mediocre -- in fact, the same background music will play so often that you will prefer playing with the sound off. Which is good, because the voice acting is terrible. The story has promise, but the dialogue is hackneyed. There is a LOT of promise for this franchise - don't get me wrong. I could easily see a sequel to this game blowing everyone away, and being a legendary game. For all the faults I've listed with it, there's not a whole lot separating this game from being great. Buy this if you're looking for something new, or if you don't want to miss out on what will eventually be a great experience when the sequel is issued. Just don't expect a life altering experience or anything.

6 out of 11 found this review helpful.

Great game from a new Studio Posted by: from: Buffalo, NY on I haven't finished the game yet however so far it has lived up to the hype!

2 out of 3 found this review helpful.

Excellent Game! Posted by: from: Bend, OR on Great Story, tons of side quests. Keeps you interested and busy for weeks.

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

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