I don’t often switch my gameplay up and I haven’t played a decent role-playing game since Kingdom Hearts 2, however I decided to make an exception for Kingdoms of Amalur: Re-Reckoning. When this game opens you get to choose a class and create your personalized character. Of course, this is common for such a style of game, there are even plenty of different styles to choose from. Once you have created your character and picked a weapon set or class there are some cinematic scenes that follow setting you up on a journey.
I chose the Brawler because I am a hack and slash kind of player when it comes to most action adventure or role-playing games. You are thrown right into story with this game, which I actually like because most times games focus on the cut scenes more than that story and you lose a lot of potential game play. There are a variety of weapons and armor that can be found in chests and if you are daring enough stolen from any area in the game, I actually stole some armor from the shop keep and was attacked by soldiers. Granted you are given a choice, you can pay a fine if you have enough gold, you can go to jail, which for me was a little to like Monopoly, or you can fight back.
Usually I pay the fine, but in some cases I decided to fight back and have my butt handed to me by the guards. I do like having options to choose from like old school RPG’s (Role Playing Games), you can pick and choose your path. There are a variety of side quests you can even choose to do or pass on; I even did one where you can help the person then keep the item you quested with them for. It’s very classic good or evil you get to choose your side. Not to give too much away story wise but it seems your character starts off having a form of amnesia, I haven’t created another game just yet to confirm if there is another story, but I will tell you this is a game I will continue to play for quite some time.
It seems to have plenty of replay value to it, and if anything is something you can pick up and play when you get bored of the more mainstream titles you are used to playing. I would give this game an 8 out of 10, there are some bugs they could fix, the graphics aren’t amazing and I’m not fond of a load screen every time I enter and exit an area or building, but that’s really most games on the market. I feel like THQ Nordic could even go as far as making a mobile version for phones and tablets. I recommend playing if you enjoy Action Adventures, Role Playing Games and the mystery of gameplay, very R.L. Stine like.
Thanks to Evolve PR and THQ Nordic for the review copy.
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