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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on February 18, 2014
Kingdoms of Amalur puts nearly every Western RPG to shame when it comes to it's combat. You name it, Skyrim, WoW, all the top-dogs, they just don't compare to the style of gameplay and action that KoA Reckoning offers. I absolutely love this game. From the art-style which is reminiscent of Blizzard games, to it's beautiful music, and oh gosh that combat. Sweet abilities, with the flexibility to make your character fight in multiple styles. I'm making mine a rogue-sorceress. The equipment is cool, a nice crafting system, and a ton of side-quests and looting to go around in the world. If you're looking for a great single-player experience, look no further. This truly is an underrated game.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on March 27, 2014
I got this game on sale in hopes it would be a good time killer until some other games came out.

Graphically, the game looks great. I like the aesthetics of the world they developed and it runs smooth on my mid-level PC. Plenty of options for different play styles, a story with a rich background if you want to lose yourself in the history of the world. Decent combat.

So why 2 stars? I got bored to tears. The side missions are all very similar - fetch this, hunt this down, kill this bad guy, etc. And if you don't want to do these missions, you just say "No thanks!" and continue on the main quest - no penalties, no loss of chance to do them (you can just go back and start the conversation again). You don't really LIVE in the world, you just are passing by, as if your actions don't have any impact. The main quest wasn't anything spectacular - just enough to move you from point A to point B.

Some people may love this game and I don't blame them; it just wasn't for me.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on June 9, 2014
My mom downloaded this game on her XBOX 360 and loved it so I had to try it out, 9 hours of play later at her house, I had to get it. (My teenage boys kept saying "Mom, when are we going home?", I kept saying "Just one more mission!") It reminds me of Fable, which I played time and time again and never got bored of it, sadly my XBOX went to Gamer's Heaven last year and I have not gotten another one.

I have been playing this on my computer for several hours a week since I got it. After checking compatibility I wasn't sure if I was going to be able to play it on my Windows 8.1 computer as 8 was not listed. My graphics card was not quite high enough either but the game plays great regardless. I don't see any lag or jumping during play or cinematic scenes. It is a little harder to play on the computer if your not used to playing with a keyboard/mouse setup. I played it that way for two days, then I hooked up the handy dandy gaming controller and with that help of a program to assign the keys, my controller is setup like the XBOX, much easier for me to play since I have never been a fan of keyboard play.

The flow of the game is pretty good, there are some things that take a bit to catch on to but once you figure them out you'll be good to go. (Once I figured out the tricks and inner workings I started a new game :D) The other thing I like about this game; if you don't like where your character is headed, you can visit the Fateweaver and reset your stats and rebuild your character without starting a new game. I would also suggest looking through Walkthroughs for extra tips and tricks to help you along your way. You can get in over your head on some of the side tasks/quests if your level/s in certain areas are not high enough so be wary of that. Which is why I would also suggest staying in one area and doing all the side tasks/quests in that area to help you build up your experience points and level up before moving on to the next step of your main quest that takes you out of that area.

The only negative thing I can say is that some of the interaction with characters gets long winded which makes it tempting to skip through the conversation, but if you do that you might miss information you need to complete the task and the relevant information sometimes isn't anywhere in your items for you to look back at which leaves you trying to find the person again or just hoping you pick the right answer/order. Most of the time though your answer will be in a journal or scroll you picked up or listed in the description in your quest log. That being said, that is minor to me and not negative enough for me to lower the star level, just one of those things that I will do differently with a different character when I start over; which I will definitely do after I have reached the end.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
My son liked it so much, watching me play, I bought a 2nd copy for his PC. A bit on the too-easy side but some battles require a lot of strategy at lower statuses, or else reloading after dying. There's lots of crafting guides on the web - just search for "amalur gems" or "amalur blacksmithing", plus locations of trainers and skill books.

Best strategy I found was to try and visit all the skill trainers scattered across the land, earning just enough loot to pay their fees, and save the skill books until the middle or later in the game. There are some areas you cannot reach (Ysa for one) until you complete several of the main quests, so you should concentrate on doing them early if you want to max out your skills. Ysa alone has 4-5 trainers, Rathir 4 or so, etc.

Finally, save your game whenever you enter a new area, not just quick-save. I failed a quest when the NPC I was questing with died during a battle, and I found out my last save was from 2 days prior, which meant a lot of repetition if I wanted to succeed in the quest.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on August 18, 2014
Great game, with a story form R.A Salvatore whom happens to be my favorite author, the over the shoulder camera is my only real gripe with the game, keeps you from taking in alot of the beautiful scenery sometimes, combat can get dull after a while but the story keeps you engaged, loads of side quests, you get your money worth here, lots of hours of gameplay in this game. Its easy to change your characters combat style if you get bored and wana try something new, just go visit a fateweaver. this is a nice feature especially if you start as a mage and decide magic isnt for you, its a quick fix to switch to a rouge or warrior. Great game on the whole, often over looked title, Highly recommended
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 7, 2015
Bought the game key for a boxed set that the key didn't work in and the key I got from amazon didn't work either so I can't give the service more then 1 star have the game on ps3 and love it but on the pic I have spent about 40 dollars in total for a game I can't use
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on June 2, 2014
Great single player RPG, huge world, many side quests, progresses at a good pace. Main quest is linear, but so many side quests as you explore the world it does not seem linear. I bought this about 45 days ago.I explored about 50% - 60% of the world. I probably have been playing it for > 100 hours. For $20 it is a great value. I would give it the same review even at the full price.
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on May 22, 2014
I think the game has been underrated. Graphics are excellent, I really like the combat, storyline is interesting. However, being a recovering Skyrim player, I find 'Kingdoms' to be a bit 'linear'. Character development is not deep. Random encounters can be a bit redundant.

If you like 'first person', it can be frustrating. I'm getting used to 'over the shoulder' view.

Overall, for the money, a fun game that can grow on you. I will probably buy an expansion at some point.
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on March 23, 2014
Grabbed this game on the cheap - fun game like fable (which I was hoping for) surprised game dust get more recognition. Definitely worth playing.
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on March 19, 2014
Awsome game. Steam code is a plus, I am not a big origin fan and for this EA title to be available on steam I jumped on this when on sale.
Plays almost like Fable only better.
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