66 of 67 people found the following review helpful
Everything Fable should have been,
This review is from: Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning (PC DVD) (DVD-ROM)Didn't expect too much coming into this title, but to be honest some 25+ hours in I am loving the game. Seems from reviews around the web people either love it or hate it, not sure I understand why unless people are coming into this game expecting something that it isn't. Firstly this is not Skyrim. The world is vast but it's not an open world in every sense of the word. Think of KoAR more as Fable's big brother but with more RPG elements, more fun and challenging combat, deeper storyline and lore, with a pretty neat crafting system. I guess there are bits of a lot of RPG's in here, touch of Neverwinter Nights, feels a little like a single player version of World of Warcraft too in some ways.
Graphically again it's more Fable than Skyrim in terms of technical achievement but personally I find it really endearing and easy on the eye with some very nice lighting and art design. Music is great throughout though the voice acting can be a little hit and miss but generally it's pretty good with a spread of accents. The lore is solid and the world begins to pull you in if you give it a few hours.
Now on to what is the master-stroke of this title, the Combat. For a fully fledged RPG the combat is both fun and visceral whilst not being too button mashing or too many combo's (I am an older gamer with not the reflexes I had as a twenty year old). It's a great balance for both advanced and novice players. Again, after a good amount of time playing I still enjoy every fight - that in itself says something. Some people bemoan the camera angles, but personally I have not found it an issue at all.
So why only four stars? well there are a couple downsides - the graphics whilst great are a little dated looking some might say - personally I think it adds to the charm, but if your wanting something to push you system to the max look elsewhere. Again, more Fable+ than Skyrim. Only other thing is the age old problem of the inventory system being a bit fiddly, actually if you learn all the shortcut buttons on items it's not too bad, however there is no printed manual (it's in the game menu system) - bit of a dropped ball there EA for an RPG as large and deep as this, but still you get the hang of things over time. Finally, if you have one, use the 360 controller on your PC, the mouse and keyboard is a little fiddly and non-intuitive. I am sure the expansion or next release will fix a lot of these things and overall they don't detract from the fun of the game.
If your prepared to be open minded and you will be pleasantly surprised with this RPG romp, especially if you enjoy some involving and fun combat. I can't recommend it enough the price for the PC version is well worth the entry fee as you will get at least 40-50 hours doing the main storyline and possible over 150 if you do all the side quests too.
Now back to those Trolls...
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Initial post: 12 Feb 2012 13:13:45 GMT
is there any drm with this? if its steam then im out!(poor internet and all that) cheers
In reply to an earlier post on 12 Feb 2012 14:38:38 GMT
M. Housley says:
Unfortunately yes, EA's new 'Origins' store. Seems that was a major part of install and activation :( Though you may want to check up on whether you can install without it. The data for the install is all on the DVD ROM so you don't have any huge downloads, just the activation and a small patch.
In reply to an earlier post on 12 Feb 2012 15:08:25 GMT
thanks for reply.i dont mind the drm so much its just my internet cant handle the huge forced dl'ing of patches and whatnot from the likes of steam! i have all the mass effect games and i think they're from ea,so i assume i have this 'origin' thingy already do i? cheers
Posted on 12 Feb 2012 22:07:26 GMT
JA Shewbrook says:
A nicely balanced review. Played the demo a few weeks ago and enjoyed it enough to pre-order it on Steam. Just want to finish off Skyrim before embarking on another long RPG. Whether I can wait that long I am not sure though! Another hook for me was the fact that the developers of KoAR employed a best-selling author (Robert Anthony Salvatore) to help write their story and script. Involving someone who has sold over 15 million books in the US alone seems like a good move to me. As amazing as Bethseda's open world RPGs are, you would not put them at the top of the list for their style of storytelling e.g. I have never been emotionally moved by any of their games in the way a good book or film can. There are games out there that can do that though. Is KoAR one of those? I'm looking forward to finding out!
Posted on 13 Feb 2012 08:25:07 GMT
R Webster says:
Nice review there mate. Simple but well written. I think I'll give the demo a shot. I love the Elder Scrolls series (KoAR has some ex Bethesda staff), and liked the Fable series, so it might be pretty sweet.
Posted on 23 Feb 2012 12:10:57 GMT
Mr D.K Lind says:
Fair and balanced review, thanks! I'm looking to pick this one up in the near future.
Posted on 3 Mar 2012 12:19:13 GMT
Good to see a review from a fellow older gamer... I was never good at button mashing in the first place so that was an incredibly helpful comment. I think I'll go for this.
Posted on 23 Mar 2012 13:41:09 GMT
K Nara says:
Nice review and appreciated by another old school gamer :) You might have convinced me to give this a try after I manage to return from Skyrim...
Posted on 30 Jan 2013 00:59:47 GMT
Challenging to a window licker maybe.
In reply to an earlier post on 30 Jan 2013 01:10:55 GMT
Last edited by the author on 30 Jan 2013 01:14:26 GMT
M. Housley says:
Heh, Dark Souls is this way my friend ->
P.S. I beat that also, not bad for a 'window licker' huh?
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