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Kingdoms of Amalur: The Reckoning PC Game

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  • EA
  • M - Mature
  • Genre Action

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  • Michael V.
  • 11/18/2012 11:50:26 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsWorth Every Penny

Pros: Kingdoms of Amalur is the game I have been waiting for. I purchased this as a pre-order and then got the two DLC's. I have played this game through end to end about 6 times now.

The character system allows you to play the game based on your interests and playing style from a pure class such as Magic User or fighter, to hybrid classes such as Thief/Magic User/Fighter or any other combination you wish. The various classes have both general skills and specific skill sets.

The game centers around your character which has been raised from the dead and removed from the influences of fate which binds the NPC's of the world. Your past is a mystery which is unknown and is reviled as the story progress and your future is determined by the directions and choices you make.

Many customization options allow you to craft your character and fighting style in almost infinite combinations and playing the game with one set of settings is different from playing the game as another. This allows many hours of replay value as you can try the game one way and then go back and try it in another way.

Crafting is as much a part of the game as character development. The sagecrafting ability allows you to upgrade weapons and armor with abilities garnered from the various gems of power you can create.

The Blacksmithing craft is similar, allowing you to custom build weapons and armors to fit you character class and fighting styles.

Alchemy allows the creation of potions to augment skills or heal wounds and are created from reagents easily found through out Almure.

There are also skill books which can raise certain skills along with trainers whom you can purchase training from. This allows for skill advancement without spending your precious skill points.

A word about the graphic design. BEAUTIFUL! This was the game advanced graphic processors were designed for. While it seems most games in this genre seem to be cursed with minimal color pallets (or heaven forbid monochromatic) Kingdoms of Amalur has embraced color in a dramatic way. Each Kingdom you explore has its own feel which is reinforced by the color pallet of the design. Add to that the use of fog, and mist effects and you find yourself stopping at various points in the game just to enjoy the vistas the designers created. More game designers should spend time walking through Amalur to see how it can be done right.

Overall I find the game to be well balanced between the story lines, flexibility of game play, and game design so as to provide many hours of satisfying game play, an investment well worth the price.

Cons: Although every game has its cons, I feel that the ones in Amalur are minimal at best. Some dungeons are repetitive in their graphic layouts, but the designers did a good job using effects to keep them interesting.

After playing the game a couple of times, enemies can become predictable and your combat style can accommodate them to the point of annoyance. In these instances it does provide opportunity to try new combat strategies and check their effectiveness.

38 Studios is no more, meaning there will be no further story expansions via DLC's in the future. Shurely an opportunity lost as the two released DLC's added to the story of Amalur in many interesting ways and I myself would have loved to see at least two more such expansions take place.

Other Thoughts: All in all Kingdoms of Amalur has seen more play time on my system then many previous games and I suspect I'm not done yet.

Reply value is very good and performance is stable. The story lines (and there are many of them to explore) provide a depth of exploration and understanding lost in many titles sold today. This game has been one of my best investments so far for my entertainment dollars and I would highly recommend it to anyone who likes this genre of games.

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  • Andrey S.
  • 11/16/2012 10:21:45 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsAmazing game

Pros: One of the best RPGs. Very beautiful! Long and interesting main quests and faction quests. Side quests are OK. Some of them are short which is not bad because it is too many. Combat system is very well designed. You have to think and try different weapons, moves and abilities to defeat different types of foes. It seems that the game does not require too much processing power and can be run almost on any PC.

Cons: The game requires one time internet connection to be updated and activated. In some places (like when you clime a high mountain) faraway view is not detailed, just blurry mountains and sky, though it does not spoil the overall good impression.

Other Thoughts: I agree with other reviews. This game is ridiculously underrated and definitely could be the best game of the year.

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  • Gordon P.
  • 7/3/2012 11:41:42 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsYou just have to believe

Pros: Fun Roleplaying - There is indeed a story to be enjoyed here. I know that a lot of folks want an open world to explore but at the end of the day, this is like a good book. You can still affect the outcome but you will be steered down and overall path. Not as narrow as Dragon Age.

Awesome fighting - This to me is by far its best feature. The fact that you can combo in so many different ways to get yourself out of trouble is pretty cool. This is no button masher, mind you. You have to think (if you have the appropriate difficulty level set) when fighting bosses. Are there patterns, yeah but they aren't simple for the most part. What is important is that the fighting style that you create is you and not something that is predetermined for you.

DX9 gaming at its finest - This is not Skyrim with HD texture packs but character visuals are lush (with all settings cranked). And since it is DX9, most hardware can play this and that's a very good thing.

Cons: 38 Studios is no more. But please do not let that stop you. This is not a Bugthesda product that needed to be corrected over time. The bugs are minor and do not hinder your ability to both complete and enjoy the game.

Other Thoughts: The other reviews said it all: This is a game to be enjoyed over and over again. The controls work VERY well on the PC unlike other games that treat the PC as an afterthought to the consoles. Just buy it and enjoy!

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5 out of 5 eggsFUN

Pros: Super fun! :) One of the best games I've played of 2012. The combat is refreshing and action-oriented, the weapons and armor look awesome, slaying monsters is gratifying, the main quest is interesting and the entire world just oozes style. All of this set in a universe crafted by one of my favorite fantasy authors, R.A. Salvatore. Including the side quests and activities you're looking at 100+ of hours of game play. Also, it's Single Player! You won't have to deal with annoying people, ever. They are thinking about possibly creating an MMO out of this series though...

Cons: Some cons I have experienced:
1) Quest system gets very repetitive. Doesn't take many leaps and bounds away from other RPGs in this area.
2) Crafting system is great BUT super overpowered. At level 10 you can be crafting weapons and armor (given you have the right materials, which drop later in the game) that are more powerful than any items in the game. Even the legendaries/set items don't hold a candle to what you can craft.
3) Partly because of number 2, the game is way too easy. Normal mode was a breeze, and hard mode felt like an average difficulty. Considering going through the game without crafting or potions to see if it's truly difficult.

Other Thoughts: Despite the cons I listed, this game is still a heck of a lot of fun to play. I'm still playing it each day and finding new ways to create my characters and play styles. Highly recommend this game!

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  • TERRY P.
  • 4/9/2012 12:45:20 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsUPDATE

Pros: I LOVE this game i've been on this game for 40 hours and now at my 100 qwest and still going, you really get your money here the graphics are amazing.Makes Shyrim look Black and White.It play's on my 9800gt+ and 4850 just fine.

Cons: Why can't some of these other games last as long as this game... Battlefield 3 should last this long.The biggest problem with this game is way too many monsters the over kill on monsters ruins the fun of the game there every where just way too many to really enjoy the game.It makes no sence why they did this to such an amazing GAME..

Other Thoughts: If you are a gamer and really want to have hours of FUN GET THIS GAME you won't be sorry.I did have to go through steam which i have.Took 16 hours to load it's HUGE.Well worth the money.Just over kill on monsters..

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  • Sarah B.
  • 4/4/2012 11:22:13 AM
  • Ownership: less than 1 day

1 out of 5 eggsWASD

Pros: Looks like fun...never got to play it.

Cons: Never got to play the download. I always use the arrow keys for movement, but Amalur does not let you remap the WASD keys. Very disappointed.

Other Thoughts: None

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3 out of 5 eggsSo So game

Pros: Graphics and the sounds are nice
Long single player campain

Cons: Very easy, hack and slash combat system. Might build becomes very OP along with crafted items.

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  • Mike M.
  • 3/26/2012 10:36:18 AM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsLooking for an epic RPG?

Pros: If you are a fan of epic RPG titles like the Baldur's Gate series, Dragon Age etc... You will love this game. I has many combat mechanics that resemble Fable I. It has graphics somewhere between WoW and Fable, although if you don't like those games, don't let that deter you.

So far I find the story telling compelling and the combat highly gratifying. Every aspect is balanced, from playing a pure mage to pure fighter, it all feels, looks and is well done.

Cons: I have noticed the camera angle getting weird as mentioned in other reviews, but it's not a big deal.

Other Thoughts: While this game is not anything like Baldur's Gate or Dragon Age, it still has that epic feel to it.

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4 out of 5 eggsgood story telling

Pros: TBH, I wasnt amazed by the game/gameplay itself. the console textures are a real let down. However the dialogue down the smallest quips are what make this game. you have to pay attention and read and live the game. the game has some replay value, at least 1-2 runs thoughs.

Cons: I found the game very easy, even on the hardest setting. if you dont take time to read the dialogue the game is not original enough to support a click n go experience.

Other Thoughts: if you have ever read any R.A. salvatore you will immediately recognize his writing style.

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  • Kevin A.
  • 3/9/2012 7:09:36 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

3 out of 5 eggsMy first plunge into recent CRPG

Pros: Graphics are exceptional, as with the Character customization. The gameplay is good and as another post states there is plenty of hours of gaming to be found. I have passed over many other titles such as Dragon Age I and II, and pretty much everything else since my disappointment with the Neverwinter Nights CRPG. But I tried this since it came with ‘heavyweights’ associated with the development with this product.

Cons: Origin. It's worthless, invasive and with the latest 8.5 version there is now endless advertising. This is not a stand-alone install of the game, even if you purchase the DVD as I did. You MUST logon via the Origin applet and connect to the EA servers. A cumbersome and needless step, but gives them access to advertise you ‘to death’. Well, I won’t fall for this again. Another side point is what ever happened to ‘party’ adventuring for CRPG’s? Like in the cherished Baldur’s Gate series? …Minsc & Boo anyone?

Other Thoughts: I gave this 3 stars, it deserved 1 star because of Origin alone. The graphics are exceptional, the adventuring is only passable for me because I enjoy ‘party’ adventuring and the ‘6+ vs. 1’ fighting grows tedious real quick. Would help if I had some henchmen, but at normal level difficulty and blacksmithing your items, your character becomes flat out invincible. I wish that wasn’t the case, I wish there was a ‘need’ designed in the game for henchmen that have ‘your back’ in those ‘6+ adversaries’ vs. ‘you’. Henchmen would've brought it up to 4 stars and high re-playability up to 5 stars. I've played it twice. Might go for 3 of 4, might not...

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