Who says RPG games have to have boring, unresponsive combat? Well, Bethesda and everyone else apparently. But not these guys, hell no. Kingdoms of Amalur has refreshingly exciting fighting skills compared to the rest of the genre. Primary and secondary weapons along with a variety of spells can all be used without having to retreat to menus. The visuals are a bit cheery for the genre, but with a huge world to explore and such fluid combat options available, you won't be bothered.
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Origin have cut both of Kingdoms Of Amalur's DLC packs down to size, offering the extra story packs for £3.99. They're a fairly mixed proposition: The Legend Of Dead Kel is expansive and bland, whereas Teeth Of Naros is much shorter but focused and exciting. We've got full reviews for both on-site.
I'm honestly not sure whether you have to own the game on Origin in order to use this DLC, so tread lightly.
Kingdom Of Amalur: Reckoning will almost certainly never receive another expansion pack, making Teeth Of Naros its swan song. It's actually really rather good, blowing away the unambitious Legend Of Dead Kel with a vibrant and exciting area to explore populated by memorable characters. You'll save £4 by getting it from Impulse, though naturally you'll have to register it on Origin.
The Legend Of Dead Kel is a bit like a microcosm of Kingdoms Of Amalur itself: big on content, small on personality. Though you'll get an entire island to explore, it's seriously bland going - even somehow making undead pirates boring to fight. Still, it's technically good value especially since Impulse will save you £3.
Kingdoms Of Amalur: Reckoning is a seriously big game, and one that balances exploration and character skill development with exciting moment-to-moment combat. The fantasy setting is thoroughly uninspired and as insipid as they come, but there's no quibbling with the value. Especially since you can save a few quid by buying from Impulse/Gamestop Downloads.
Epic Games has formed a new outfit, Impossible Studios, out of ex-Big Huge Games employees who found themselves out of a job after completing Kingdoms Of Amalur: Reckoning. They'll be hard at work on Infinity Blade: Dungeons, the latest in the hit iOS series.
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Kingdoms Of Amalur: Reckoning is a seriously big game, and one that balances exploration and character skill development with exciting moment-to-moment combat. The fantasy setting is thoroughly uninspired and as insipid as they come, but there's no quibbling with the value. Especially since you can save a fair bit on the Xbox 360 version by taking advantage of Tesco Entertainment's current deal.
The Epic Games lot are apparently big fans of Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning, because they're planning to swoop in and save the day following 38 Studios' collapse, by setting up a new studio of their own, primarily consisting of former Big HugGames staffers.Click here to read more...
According to a new report, Kingdoms Of Amalur: Reckoning 2 was in pre-production at Big Huge Games before the financial collapse of 38 Studios. Apparently the studio was in "advanced talks" with a publisher about the improved sequel, but with the IP soon to become the property of the state of Rhode Island, the chance of it surviving is becoming increasingly slim.
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Ex-Iron Lore staffer and lead gameplay designer on Titan Quest, Arthur Bruno has suggested that there was indeed a sequel to Iron Lore's RPG in the pipeline. THQ had suggested at the time that they weren't particularly interest in a PC-only venture, but Iron ore was set to start development on a "multi-platform ARPG with a 3rd person, over the shoulder camera and action-style combat".
So sort of like Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning, then.
As it turns out, according to Bruno, when THQ got wind that Big Huge Games had hired Ken Rolston, they spent big...and Iron Lore were left in the lurch.Click here to read more...
Platforms: PC | PSN | Xbox Live (reviewed)
Developer: Big Huge Games
Kingdom Of Amalur: Reckoning's first singleplayer DLC pack, The Legend Of Dead Kel, was a microcosm of the original in many ways. It's big, very big, but value and size came at the expense of a genuinely fresh and interesting world to explore. Recycled enemies were the status quo. The story felt inconsequential and pointless, never making the most of the protagonist's freedom from destiny. And apart from the horrendous Captain Brattigan (who made Fable's villagers look like Commander Shepard by comparison), the characters were bland to the point of narcolepsy. I can't even remember their clichéd personality hooks, let alone their names or what they look like.
But Teeth Of Naros is different. Though shorter, its campaign and setting proves to be genuinely exciting, and make you feel like part of something much greater than yourself.
I'd go as far as saying that Kingdom Of Amalur: Reckoning would have been vastly improved if Big Huge Games had approached their world-building with the same level of detail and imagination on show here.
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Kingdoms Of Amalur: Reckoning will receive its second singleplayer expansion pack in a fortnight, entitled Teeth Of Naros. This new DLC pack allows players to explore the floating city of Idylla and the hazardous Teeth Of Naros map area, which contains new dungeons, items and twists of fate. A new race, the deeply religious Kollossae, will test player's faith. We've got more details after the break.
Teeth Of Naros will launch on April 17th for 800 Microsoft Points on Xbox Live, and $9.99 on PSN, Origin and Steam.
We hope that Teeth Of Naros will offer some new and innovative experiences for game-complete characters. The Legend Of Dead Kel, Amalur's first story DLC pack, failed spectacularly in that regard - proving useful only to players who are midway through the original campaign.Click here to read more...
Missed Origin or D2D's big, huge deal? Well fret not, as GamersGate have pipped their price by a penny today, with Big Huge Games' big huge RPG available for PC at £17.48. Don't expect instant gratification with this one: the story is pretty dire, and the usual tropes are all present and correct. But if you're looking for a cracking action-RPG to tide you over until Diablo III, you could do a lot worse than this.
Platforms: PC | PSN | Xbox Live
Developer: Big Huge Games
There's no rest for the fateless. Amalur's mythic hero is capable of unravelling the fabric of reality itself; a harbinger of change freed from the shackles of destiny by blasphemous magic that mortal races were never meant to harness. The implications of his/her very existence have yet to be explored, and coupled with the enormous scope of the world of Amalur, Big Huge Games have a fantastic springboard to flesh out the background story and explain more about how a truly free agent can affect a universe where everything is predestined.
It's strange, then, that Kingdoms Of Amalur: Reckoning's first story DLC shies away from the momentous and the revelatory, instead offering a disconnected mini-campaign set on a deserted island that has no bearing on the story or lore at large. Big Huge Games have certainly provided a lot of content, but is The Legend Of Kel a case of quantity over quality and innovation?
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EA has released a new trailer for The Legend Of Dead Kel: the first singleplayer DLC expansion for Kingdoms Of Amalur: Reckoning. This meaty content pack is set to contain a new storyline, plenty of subquests, a new house and skeletal pirates (yarr)- while increasing the map area by a whopping 15%. It's set to release tomorrow, though the Euro PSN version may arrive on Wednesday with the store update.
We awarded Big Huge Games' epic 8/10 in our Kingdoms Of Amalur: Reckoning review.Click here to read more...
Kingdoms Of Amalur: Reckoning is a seriously big game, and one that balances exploration and character skill development with exciting moment-to-moment combat. The fantasy setting is thoroughly uninspired and as insipid as they come, but there's no quibbling with the value. Especially since you can save an absolute packet by downloading it directly from Origin.
EA has announced that Kingdoms Of Amalur: Reckoning's first story expansion pack will launch on March 20th across all platforms. Entitled The Legend of Dead Kel, this new content will expand the map area by 15%, introduce a new environment called Gallows End, feature new characters and provide plenty of side missions to pursue. An "enormous estate" known as Gravehal Keep will include a backstory and subquests of its very own.
We awarded Big Huge Games' epic 8/10 in our Kingdoms Of Amalur: Reckoning review.
This is definitely one to check out if you've not done so already. There's loads to do in Kingdoms Of Amalur: Reckoning so it'll last you a fair while and you'll be able to create your character from the ground up as well as engaging in some fairly decent combat. By grabbing a copy of the game from the merchants listed above you'll be able to save about £2 on the PS3 version and just over £3 on the Xbox 360.