We’re big fans of RPG’s here at Keen and Graev’s Gaming Blog. Elder Scrolls, Witcher, Neverwinter Nights, and even Fable are just some of the titles we really enjoy. It seems like a no-brainer then to conclude that we’re excited for 38 Studios’ Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning (or oft referred to as just ‘Reckoning’). For those who haven’t been following Reckoning, it’s an RPG that is essentially setting the stage for the launch of an entirely new IP that will eventually lead into a MMORPG as well as other branded projects.
The good people from 38 Studios pulled out what I think is one of the best showings at E3 this year with their live demoing and Q&A. Coming in at just over 40 minutes, the video presentation of the game is 100% all streaming in-game footage of Reckoning being played. Shown in the video is a character they have created with Rogue and Mage abilities. It starts off with a short tour of a town as the player takes up a quest and briefly crafts. Shortly after that they head out and complete a dungeon-like area where they show off abilities including traps, fate and destiny powers, and lots of really flashy animations followed by demoing different things while answering questions.
Definitely check out the Reckoning with video and commentary for yourself.
Some things I really liked hearing and seeing:
- Huge world with 5 geographic regions, each featuring a different biome. (Check out the map at ~31:40)
- Gorgeous world. The city shown had fully scheduled NPC’s. I felt immersed in their world just watching.
- 120 handcrafted dungeons
- The combat looks very fluid. The character blocking and parrying was impressive. I loved the mage chakram finisher.
- Solid storyline, minor decision making
- Highly customizable character with something like 60 different abilities, open slate. How you combine abilities can change the way you fight a great deal.
- After the story ends (if you push through it first) you can keep playing and the side stories continue. Some stuff even unlocks after the main story is gone through.
Reckoning looks like it has come together very nicely. Due to the amount and quality of what was shown, Reckoning has definitely solidified itself as my favorite game at E3 thus far. Do yourself a favor and watch that video.