Experiences You Need: Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning

Before this seventh-generation of consoles fades into the distant horizon and we welcome its descendant, I want to share some gaming experiences that all players should have.  I reviewed some and played all of these games.  I, like most reviewers, only buy games I have a positive predisposition toward.  With that being said, I think these games appeal to all gamers.  Hit the comments and let me know what you think.

Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning (KoA:R)
Developer:  Big Huge Games and 38 Studios
Publisher:  Electronic Arts
Release Date:  February 7, 2012 – NA
Release Platforms:  PC, PS3, Reviewed on Xbox 360

The demise of 38 Studios, the developer behind this experience, may taint the legacy of KoA:R. However, the raw experience of juggling enemies in a fantasy-epic RPG is undeniably timeless.  Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning holds the honor of the first Experience You Need.

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KoA:R combines action combat with deep leveling options, weapon, armor, and potion crafting into a smorghasboard of awesome. The equipment also contains slots for gems, which you can also customize.  Combat is where the game shines.  The combat involves primary and secondary weapons and mapped abilities accessed by pressing RT or R2 and a face button.

KoA:R reviewed extremely well but was released after Skyrim, after Christmas, and before Mass Effect 3 so it was a casualty of its release window.  The game went so far as to allow armor from Mass Effect 3 to be used in it and vice-versa.  The map is massive and allows fast travel to any discovered location.

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KoA:R was an 80-hour experience in a lore-rich world brought to you within a Fable aesthetic. You can form allegiances to certain groups, voluntarily complete side-quests or smaller tasks in return for experience, equipment, and exposition. KoA:R is what we all thought Fable 2 could be.  If that is an experience you want, Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning is waiting on you.

Although Project Capernicus, the MMO successor to KoA:R, looks to be a vaporware, I’m still holding out hope that some developer purchased the rights to it. I did not review this game however, check out Metacritic and view the general consensus of the game. Thanks!