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KoA is a 3rd person role playing game that takes a variety of influences from RPG's over the past decade, and combines a little bit of each of them into a no nonsense game. KoA is very much a combat orientated RPG, as around every corner you can see enemies or have them jump out at you in large groups of 4-8+ similar to Fable, where dispatching them with AoE weapons, spells etc.. is often a necessity. In this repect the game is challenging with it's plentiful combat, but also enjoyable with the various game "destinies" character archetypes to build & combine with various side bonuses. All wrapped up in a fascinating yet familiar new World to explore, where everyone needs your help with something.
PRO's: +Loads of challenging combat, never a dull moment (enemies vary in level depending at what level you are at when entering new area's for the first time. The level of enemy is locked for that area for the duration of the game). +Five guilds to join, side quests around every corner & main quest to contend with (20+ hours for MQ + a few side quests alone. All side + guild + MQ your talking 50+ hours of play). +Story quality varies, but some of the morality choices are better than say Skyrim in places (no good/bad karma tracking system, but you can choose evil/good options for your own sins to contend with). +Multifaceted character builds to experiment with (Might, Finesse, Sorcery. Pure or combine them all or dual build with various abilities for each class. limited skill points to distribute, 3 per each level up, 40 is max level so 120 total). +Can respec/reset your skill points for your character at any time through fateweavers, for gold(Also can change minor character features in homes that you can buy/given as reward). +Varied weapon & clothing types restricted for each character class level + Unique/rare outfits/weapons to find in game(limited inventory space). +Visually nice with plenty of varied World locations to explore + interesting game lore(can fast travel to known locations). +Believable & experienced voice acting with nice ambient sounds(main character doesn't talk though). +Decent character customization options(male or female. 4 races, 2x human 2x elf. Choice of starting God's + they're bonus. 7x face options. 5x hair. 4x accessories(jewellery/tatto etc.. ). +Quite adult gore in places & eerie, similar to Tomb Raider 2013's corpses in places etc.. +Pretty stable & flowing game (not experienced any crashes).
CON's: -Obviously a console port at heart (keyboard + mouse can be cumbersome to use in places e.g QTE's). -Quite a few generic side quests & stereotypes etc.. -Some path finding issues around some objects/areas + projectiles can disappear through high ground if you/enemy above/below each other on high ground. -Odd glitch's with inventory/character appearance in menu, along with some quest logs info. disappearing.
TIP's: -Camera sensitivity is high. Lower that. -Game options -> sprint mode = Press (default is press & hold, which will kill your fingers with all the running around). -Putting items you don't want directly into junk, will save you time when selling goods with the "sell all junk" auto button. -For the best possible challenge for experienced players, play on hard difficulty. -Don't explore too far, too early. As just entering areas you will set that area to low level enemies & make it harder to build your character & level up evenly (take your time and explore one area at a time to begin with, until about level 10).
In conclusion, KoA is just a really nice all round RPG, it's not trying to be epic or cutting edge, just entertaining & it succeeds in my humble opinion. If your looking for a break or change of scenery from Skyrim or the like, you won't go far wrong here. Recommended.