I am a sucker for a single player RPG, especially when it promises me a sweet reward in another single player RPG within my favorite universe. The debut title from 38 Studios, Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning now has a demo available on XBL, PSN, and Steam, and it offers a sweet dungeon and 45 minutes of gameplay in the overland world. I played around with it for about 30 minutes and found it to be a surprisingly refreshing demo.
The most notable thing for me was the sound, which was masterfully done. There is intense music and great ambient sound that brings life to the world. I also really enjoyed the graphics, which were a pleasant surprise for me. I expected brown and drab, and what I got was a bright and colorful cartoony style. I have to respect any fantasy game that isn’t afraid to bring color into the world. Kotaku drew comparisons between Reckoning and Fable, and I can see that. I enjoyed Fable quite a bit, and I know many others who enjoyed the whimsical adventure as well. The combat is also fast and fluid, which is a refreshing change from many other fantasy RPGs. I found the class system to be intriguing, as it seems to offer plenty of room for customization in terms of the stat tree.
The avatar customization leaves some to be desired, with only the basics available. I was able to choose my hair, my face from a few preset options, my eye color, my piercings and tattoos, and my skin color. There was no slider for height or weight, and the hair options were rather limited in terms of diverse portrayal (at least in the race I chose).
Of course, since we are Mass Effect fans around here, I have to talk about the goodies. For playing the demo, you get two sweet items in Mass Effect 3. The first is a set of Reckoner Knight Armor, which you get before you even log into the demo. The second, a Chakram Launcher, isn’t unlocked until you finish the demo. The upcoming Mass Effect 3 demo will also offer redeemable items for Reckoning, which is a nice little perk for anyone interested in enjoying both games like I know I will be. Even if you aren’t interested in Mass Effect, this demo is worth playing in my opinion.
Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning launches on February 7. What do you all think of the demo?