KINGDOMS OF AMALUR: RECKONING
Electronic Arts released the action RPG Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning. The plot begins with a mortal known as the “Fateless One” that has no memory of his life or death after being revived in the Well of Souls by gnomish scientist Fomorous Hugues. After being revived, The Fateless One escapes the facility due to the Tuatha Deohn, a subset of the immortal Winter Fae, waging a “Crystal War” upon all mortal races. In order for the Fateless One to regain his memory, he must find the scientist who revived him. The Fateless One’s quest won’t be easy. On The Fateless One’s journey through various lands, he gains allies to help fight against the Tuatha Deohn while on a search for Hugues. He must find the answers to his mysterious past and save the mortal race before it’s too late.
Reckoning is set in the Faelands, one of the Kingdoms of Amalur. It is the home of the Summer and Winter Courts. The Faelands are divided into various regions; the Plains of Erathell, the forests of Dalentarth, the canyon territories of Detyre, the marshes of Klurikon, and th crystal kingdoms of Alabastra. Settlements exist throughout the Faelands belonging to the mortal races; Ljosalfar and Dokkalfar, Almain and Varani; gnomes, and light and dark elven Alfars. These mortal races are the ones that the Tuatha Deohn corrupted. It was well known before the arrival of the Fateless One, that the Tuatha Deohn were fated to win their war against the mortal races.
Kingdoms of Amalur features 4 playable races and 3 class trees with 22 abilities per tree. The player starts off with nothing, but later can choose one of the 3 available classes; Might (fighter), Finesse (rogue), and Sorcery (mage). Combat is based on button presses with occassional quick time cutscenes (much like the God of War series). Combat includes a rage system, which allows the player to rid multiple enemies at one time while earning bonus experience. The player can interact with most of the items of the environment, even swimming.
A playable demo was released January 17, 2012. Playing the demo unlocks special items, which you can use in the full game as well as Mass Effect 3. The game also includes an online pass, which contains seven single player requests. The game has gotten a lof of controversy, but the reviews so far so good. Players say that if you’re a fan of God of War or Oblivion, you will be a fan of this one too.
Release Date: February 7, 2012
Rated M for Mature: Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Suggestive Themese
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