Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning

There's A Mage Up Ahead, Turn Left!

Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning is a massive game, so prepare to call in sick.
Author: Kirsten Weaver
Published: February 15, 2012
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There was an air of anticipation in our household after learning about the faces behind 38 Studios' Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning. For the past month Curt Shilling has been the subject of many conversations; possibly because fantasy baseball has just started and the guys are getting into the spirit or just living with a rabid Red Sox fan. Either way I am now well versed in the bloody sock story much to my chagrin.

Not only do we have a legendary baseball player turned MMORPG enthusiast but 38 Studios also includes other large names like Ken Rolston, Todd McFarlane and R.A Salvatore. Rolston was behind all those Oblivion gates that everyone loves to hate and who can forget McFarlane, the creator of Spawn. Personally, during grade school I had a crush on the character Drizzt Do’Urden from Salvatore’s Forgotten Realms collection. This writer can crank out epic fight scenes that make putting down the book not optional.

After swooning over the cast behind the game like a little schoolgirl, it was time to delve into the storyline. Somewhere along the way our main character has lost their fate, something sealed to every person besides us at the moment. Suffice to say this possibly could have happened during the time we died and were successfully resurrected in a process called The Well of Souls. With no fate to be read everyone is up in arms about our character, especially the gods. No one likes an unknown variable.

The game lends itself to descriptions of an unholy matrimony between WoW and a not-so-humorous version of Fable. That said, the game is unique in its own quirky ways, some of those not so endearing. The world is large and has a ton of content to sift through so plan to have this game for a good amount of time if you want to finish everything. Every new area looks gorgeous but after crawling through the fourth dungeon it’s not hard to find some similarities in each.

There are times in the game when some textures are torn and a little bit of flickering occurs, which is usually during battle. That said, the demo for Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning does not do justice to the graphics. The graphic style is innovative and interactive which makes doing fetch quests less tedious. When harvesting plants, the bud or flower disappears and just running through a field of flowers can cause them to come into full bloom or spores to lift off into the air. Being able to book it through the environment without tiptoeing around each plant, praying nothing is going to poison my character is liberating.

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