The Elder Scrolls may be the undisputed king of open-world role-playing games, but wait just one second…a new competitor has arrived.

It's Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning , and it's the product of developer Big Huge Games. Many are wondering what sets this particular RPG apart, and lead designer Ian Frazier was more than happy to answer that question .

Warning: the following description might be enough to cause many hardcore RPG fanatics to drool uncontrollably. Please make sure your keyboard is free from the deluge.

"Reckoning has several different traits that help us stand out from the crowd, but here are three of the bigger one. First, we have a rich, colourful art style that’s surprisingly refreshing in an age where ‘dark and gritty’ is the order of the day. This helps us to sell R.A. [Salvatore]’s core idea that Amalur is a world worth saving, a place that’s so beautiful and varied that you really want to save the world from the various evils that plague it.

Second, we have an innovative approach to character class –what we call the Destiny system – which lets us get around one of the big historical problems of the RPG genre: buyer’s remorse. We let you get a feel for the game before settling on a class, and even after you have settled on one, we let you evolve and change it further over the course of the game.

Finally, our combat is simply spectacular. It’s smooth, it’s responsive and it gives the player an obscene amount of freedom in how to approach it. It’s incredibly fun. Frankly I think Reckoning’s combat is head and shoulders above any other game in the genre when it comes to raw entertainment value."

Excited yet? If not, you can always download the demo, which should be available now. Frazier piqued our curiosity even more by saying Reckoning is "really, really big," and that was in response to a question where The Elder Scrolls was mentioned. We can't possibly expect a bigger world than what we saw in Skyrim , can we? I mean, that was plenty huge…and this new RPG will have better combat, be even larger in size and scope, and offer different features, and…and…

………

'passes out'

Related Game(s): Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning

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Geobaldi
Geobaldi
10 years ago

Played the demo a few days ago. It was alright though I just couldn't enjoy it quite as much as I do Skyrim. But it was worth finishing seeing as how it unlocks bonus items for Mass Effect 3 once you do. For the PC version anyway, not sure if it does for the console version as well.

CrusaderForever
CrusaderForever
10 years ago

Yes, I received the unlocks for the PS3 version as well. Wow, this game and Mass Effect 3. What a great couple of months we have coming up!

Ben Dutka PSXE
Ben Dutka PSXE
10 years ago

When will you learn that the PC has nothing better than consoles ever? 😉

berserk
berserk
10 years ago

Ben , any chance of you doing an impression of the demo . Not sure why but you re opinion of it interest me .

Underdog15
Underdog15
9 years ago

Not True Ben!!!

My PC does 2 things EXTREMELY better than consoles!

……
Internet Browsing and Word Documentation

XD

Geobaldi
Geobaldi
9 years ago

Among other things 🙂

IonHawk
IonHawk
9 years ago

PC does pr0n better 😉

CrusaderForever
CrusaderForever
10 years ago

Fantastic! I played the demo and loved it. I knew I would. They are right the combat is addicting and very responsive. The world is very beautiful and detailed. I like how the bow worked as well with arrows that would replenish automatically over a few seconds. The sound and voice acting is very good.

I had one gripe that I actually fixed and it was the camera sensitivity when turning it right and left. I just turned down the sensitivity, problem solved.

I have stopped playing it and will wait for the final product to get lost in.

TGSA
TGSA
10 years ago

I downloaded the demo, but haven't gotten around to it yet. Glad to see others are enjoying it, though. The GI article last year got me excited about this one, so I really hope the can follow through and make it a vary captivating game.

DemonNeno
DemonNeno
10 years ago

I haven't played the demo, but have watched a few trailers than GT has on their site. I'm intrigued, despite the characters looks a lot like WOW characters to me… Or at least reminding me of them.

Regardless, the game looks like it has plenty of potential. PSN is down, so I can't get my hands on the demo yet. This was recently added, I would presume?

berserk
berserk
10 years ago

Ya , it s up since last update .

Temjin001
Temjin001
10 years ago

The huge 2.5gb demo has been downloading while my PS3 is on. But while I'm playing GT5, it doesn't download.

anyhow, *looks outside my window and sees lots of grey and white, decidly "dreary"* So is this world worth saving? =p

The combat claims have me interested. I'll try it out and reserve my own judgement. I can't say I'm expecting Bethseda calibur stuff as their years of experience in the RPG would have to account for something, right?

well… then there's the PS3 and Bethseda.. which doesn't account for very much other than dissapointment and wishing one had their $60 back. Go Kingdoms of Ackbar!


Last edited by Temjin001 on 1/19/2012 11:27:45 AM

dmiitrie
dmiitrie
10 years ago

Mine did exactly the same thing when I was trying to download the XIII-2 demo last week. It stopped DLing anytime I played a game or watched Netflix or did anything other than watch it DL.

Do you there's some larger issue with the 'DL in background' function?

Temjin001
Temjin001
10 years ago

Ps3 has been like that for some time now, where some games allow background downloading where others don't.

As a guess ripped right from my butt I'd say it has something to do with the resource footprint a game is using.

If you'd like a more technical answer try raising your fist in the air and shout Summon Highlander!!! while tapping the boost button for maximum impact =p

Ichigo40
Ichigo40
10 years ago

This game is going to take over my world when it comes out and that is very scary. lol

xenris
xenris
10 years ago

Temjin you do know that some Oblivion members are working on this game right? So its not hard to think that they might actually match its quality. Also I still find Elder scrolls games are filled with a lot of wasted space, yes its realistic but still sometimes ends up feeling sort of lifeless.

Seriously, the demo while okay, had me suuuuper excited. Looking at the skill trees and getting ideas how I could mix and match different things together got me all giddy.

My only gripe is that you don't walk around with the shield you have equiped. I have a little problem with things like that appearing out of no where. Other than that, it looks like this is going to be a great game.

Temjin001
Temjin001
10 years ago

Cool, didn't know that. … …
Now there is this iPhone game I have called Aralon: Sword and Shadow, and it claims to have Elder Scrolls devs behind it as well (Crescent Moon Games) its a reasonably decent attempt at their brand of rpg on a phone, but remains a far cry from the real deal. Hopefully, soliciting Bethaeda's repertoire of past devs doesn't become an abused practice. It's cool and all but there's a great deal of arbitrary presumptions that can be made because of it.

Temjin001
Temjin001
10 years ago

Oh and I hope to try the demo soon. I hope it rocks the house. I like sweet RPGs, and single player gamers need more food.

xenris
xenris
9 years ago

Yeah, I know its not saying much, and it could always be the rejects from bethesday 😛

However I think its like the lead designer from Oblivion so take from that what you will 🙂

I think you will really dig the demo, I think this is either going to be a huge success or a sleeper hit.

JLB1
JLB1
10 years ago

Played it, loved it. I didn't go into the game having Skyrim in mind. The art direction was good, like Fable, and the combat was cool as well. It doesn't do anything new, but for what it does, it does it well. I had a few problems with the demo, though. Some parts wouldn't play sound, and it got very quite ruining the immersion. The dialogue skipped. I would love to get the game, but not for awhile. Maybe at around $40 and patch comes along.

CrusaderForever
CrusaderForever
10 years ago

Well, it's a demo so I highly doubt it will have those problems when the game is released. I didn't have any problems during my play time.

JLB1
JLB1
10 years ago

I know any problems will be addressed, I just don't see myself buying it at a full $60 is all.

Beamboom
Beamboom
10 years ago

Extremely promising.
What a kick start of the new year; Both this and Mass Effect in quick succession!

maxpontiac
maxpontiac
10 years ago

Agree with that statement big time. My time has an enemy.

Its name is PS3 (and great games).

CrusaderForever
CrusaderForever
10 years ago

@Beamboom

Yes, truly an epic couple of months ahead of us!!

Clamedeus
Clamedeus
10 years ago

I really liked the demo for Kingdoms of Amalur, the graphics might not be extremely good but the combat and combos are superb in my opinion, I like that you can chain other attacks in, it's pretty cool this game is also on my list to buy as well when i get the time.

berserk
berserk
10 years ago

Like you said nothing groundbreaking but the attention to details in the environment and equipment is pretty good .There is not much empty space like in most open world games .

Axe99
Axe99
10 years ago

lol, I hope you're alright Ben, and that someone came around with some smelling salts ;). The game does sound deep-fried chips in a comfy recliner while watching favourite football team awesome – DL'd the demo overnight and looking forward to checking it out. I just hope the game lives up to the hype.

Oyashiro
Oyashiro
10 years ago

I really enjoyed the demo. I love that the world is so colorful, and the combat is really good.

Lairfan
Lairfan
10 years ago

Eh, the demo was so-so. I really didn't feel like it was better than Skyrim (when Skyrim works, that is), and it felt a little like Dragon Age at times, which for me is a bad thing. Beyond that it just wasn't very interesting as far as I'm concerned. I might rent it, but at this point I'm not really sure.

berserk
berserk
10 years ago

I hated the demo , every 5 minutes i wished it was the real deal .Took me a long time before stopping playing it like it was the full game .

Loved looking at the skill tree and planning all sorts of built and cool combos i could do by combining some of the move .

I really liked that the monster don t just stand around doing nothing while you attack one of them .Forcing you to watch what they are all doing and dodge/block as they try to hit you from a far or flank you ( DMC enemies better do this too unlike in the videos i saw ).

I especially love the loots , there is tons of stuff to get and the crafting look really interesting .

I had lost some interest since i started playing SWOTOR ( star wars mmo ) but after playing the demo i m as excited as before .

Two word of advice to end this .

1 – Even if you re to sure you want to try the demo ( for whatever reason ), it might be a good idea to play it just for the unlocks( both ME3 and Amalur stuff ) .

2 – Don t turn off the demo if you plan on playing again real soon since you can skip the tutorial part only if you stay in the demo .

berserk
berserk
10 years ago

Forget last part , seem it don t matter ( knew i should have checked myself first ).

berserk
berserk
10 years ago

Someone hates me 🙁

Rogueagent01
Rogueagent01
10 years ago

I'm not bothering with the demo as my internet speed lately has been sluggish. But this gae is a day one purchase for me. I don;t care if I have to sell blood to get this, hell anyone need a kidney? I'm more interested in this than Skyrim as I am waiting for a GOTY edition before I buy that game(which we all know will happen). This game just feels refreshing and I can't wait to play it.

cLoudou
cLoudou
10 years ago

Not really interested but may try it for the ME stuff and maybe this game might blow me away.

Ydobon
Ydobon
10 years ago

I've been searching the net and still can't find out a reason why they don't have jumping in the game?

Besides that everything about the game was great!

Hoagie324
Hoagie324
9 years ago

Skyrim already consumed 150 hours of my life… and now this is coming out. I tried the demo and loved it, can't wait until the game releases!

___________
___________
9 years ago

really looking forward to this, its filling in all the gaps skyrim left!

Shiva369
Shiva369
9 years ago

I downloaded the demo last night because of the ME3 unlocks and played it thru because it sounded like the sort of game I'm in to right now, but it left me feeling no interest in the game at all.
I'm sure it'll be a good game- it felt well made and the combat was fast and fluid, the glitches in the demo will no doubt be gone come release day so I have no doubt those who loved the demo will be in love with the game…it just left me cold.
On paper it sounds great, but the look and feel of the environment and characters, even the voice acting, I couldn't get in to at all. Maybe having spent well over 300+ hrs with Dark Souls and Skyrim, the over-saturated Fable-esque art style rubbed me the wrong way.

berserk
berserk
9 years ago

Nice to see someone able to give a game credits even tho he don t have much interest for it after playing some .

So many reviewer could learn from you ( mostly user reviews ) .