Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning

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Kingdoms of Amalur: ReckoningAt long last, I think I’ve found what I’ve been searching for in a new video game.  One that has most of my favorite elements of World of Warcraft, but none of the douchebag Amercian Gamers.  Yes, you heard me right.  I called American Gamers douchebags.  I can say this because since I stopped playing on EU servers a few years ago for games like Runes of Magic and I put in a year of World of Warcraft on the EU servers as well.  My online gaming experience has steadily declined from fun to incredibly frustrating.  From my experience, it’s two different worlds.  EU players are more kind and don’t often get into racial jokes, heated debates about politics, endless kiddie anal jokes or topics of anti or pro homosexuality.  They don’t seem to have the hangup on those subjects like Americans do.  There also seem to be so many American Gamers who try to make sure you can’t gather herbs or ore because they have to try and be on top of you while you’re trying to gather.  American Gamers of opposing factions with nothing better to do than kill NPC’s so you can’t finish quests.   The list goes on and on.  Yet on EU servers I found that the majority of EU Gamers are there to play a game and make friends.  Not to say there aren’t any folks like that in America, but certainly they seem few and far between.  What few American Gamer friends I have, I’ve never seen them be douchebags to other players.  Like me, they generally don’t tolerate douchebags well.   Plus thanks to Blizzard “merging” the servers for “social stimulation”, just doing daily quests has become a fight for resources.  Places like the Timeless Isle have become over run with players and their natural ability to be … well douchebags.

I finally couldn’t take anymore of it.  I wanted to try Skyrim, but couldn’t get into the videos I found on YouTube for it.  It looked so dark and dreary.  Like the major coloring was dark grayscale.  Since playing Last Chaos, Runes of Magic and World of Warcraft…  All those games were, for the majority, bright and cheerful.  Guild Wars 2 for some reason gave me a headache and when I tried the Dragon Age 2, it was again darker than I’d like and their graphics also gave me a headache.  Even Rift I could only handle in small doses.  I tried Minecraft a few months back, but it’s like playing The Sims.  You build a few houses and you get bored with the so-called “game play”.

See how dark and dreary Dragon Age 2 and Skyrim are?  OK, I admit Dragon Age 2 isn’t all that bad, but looks dreary to me.

At the beginning of February I found a game that was out in 2012 called Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning.  Sadly it was released only months after Skyrim.  Dragon Age II was already in full swing at the time.  Even though KoAR was well received by reviews and players, they just couldn’t compete.  Which is a pity as I think it’s a brilliant game.  So do thousands of other players like me who found it just a bit too late.  It has a similar bright and cheerful atmosphere and the graphics in my opinion are much better than the other games I’ve tried or played in the past year.

See how pretty it is?

It’s freakin’ huge too!  And while it doesn’t have my flying mounts, or even mounts in general.  But it does at least have map travel.  (yes, so does Guild Wars 2, that’s not enough to make me want to play it)  Plus map travel doesn’t pick away at my money like GW2 does.

Even the Dungeons aren’t all that dreary or dark.  See?

Though everything else I love about MMO’s can be found in KoAR.

Such as:

  • Quests (hundreds upon hundreds – and I’m not even a quarter of the way through)
  • Gem Crafting for Armor Sockets (to enhance your gear)
  • Armor Crafting
  • Alchemy
  • Lockpicking
  • Pickpocketing
  • Simplistic Skill System
  • Easy to Learn Special Attacks
  • Player Housing (yeah gee WoW is behind the curve on this one)
  • Cities and Villages Galore
  • Loads of Dungeons
  • Gorgeous Maps
  • Kill NPC’s (if you wish too)
  • Great Selection of Mobs
  • Good Storyline
  • Excellent Voice Acting

The Particle Effects are out of this world!  Particle Effects, if you aren’t familiar, are how the spell casting and other sparkling things such as weapon glowing or aura effects happen.  It also has a fantastic character creation for your looks, race, sex and even how you want to play.  You can mix and match or play just one way.  Warrior, Thief, Rogue, Sorcerer and Archer.  (even seen a video on YouTube with Felicia Day and some dude called Day 9 do a review of the game)

KoAR has this cool slow-mo feature called Fateshifting.  As taken from the Wikipedia Article Fateshifting:

The combat includes a ‘fate’ system which allows players to accumulate ‘fate points’ and ultimately enter ‘Reckoning Mode’, a slow motion mode that allows the player to quickly dispatch enemies. The Reckoning Mode may end on player’s command, with the depletion of the fate bar or by the act of ‘Fateshifting’ an enemy. Fateshifting involves performing a brutal finishing move on a single enemy. During the cosmetic Fateshifting phase, the player may rapidly tap a random button (chosen and displayed by the game) to increase the experience yield up to 100%. After the Fateshifting, all weakened enemies also die.

Makes for very cool screenshots 😀

I hopefully can say that I’m done with World of Warcraft finally.  Since I don’t play all that much anymore as it is, I don’t feel bad not spending the money every month to play as well.  Besides, I can’t say if there will be other games like this that I’ll take too in the future when I get bored with KoAR.  Then again, by that time, maybe I won’t even be a Gamer anymore.  Who knows.

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