I am head over heels for Reckoning! I enjoyed the demo, which you can read all about, but I have to let people know that the retail version feels even better. The controls are more responsive, the framerate is higher, and many sounds have been improved.
I’m playing the PC version via STEAM with an Xbox 360 controller. I have no issues to report with performance.
I made a Dokkalfar that I am playing as a pure Mage. What I already love about my character is how awesome his combat feels. I’m a Mage, but I’m busting out all these staff spins with fire attacks and throwing my chakrams around like Xena (eeeee lalalalala!). Combat is so fluid! Not only can I do all those attacks, I can chain them into combos that flow seamlessly together.
My magic abilities are very strong. I’ve specialized into max lightning stuff with points into reducing mana costs and upgrading arcane weapon attacks. I feel unstoppable!
Monsters in Reckoning look great. I haven’t come across a single dull looking mob. Even the bears have a look about them. The brownies might be my favorite so far.
I’ve worked my way through several mini dungeons, plenty of forest, many quests, found epic items, and stumbled upon some amazing sights. Amalur is beautiful. The combat feels slick, but I think the world is what really has me in a trance. I like to walk around zooming into the view that lets me look around. I look up, down, zoom in on textures, and simply admire my surroundings. At least 30 minutes have been spent just drooling at a beautiful world.
Another great thing about Reckoning is replayability. I’m avoiding evil choices and trying to play how I envision a Dokkalfar mage would play. I’m already certain I can go back and play a second time and enjoy the game from a different perspective. There are also a lot of side quests that I have essentially followed to the point of completely ignoring the main story line. I might be able to ignore some of the side quests and focus on them during a second play-through. I’ll have to investigate that more.
I only have a few complaints with the game so far.
- Why can’t I be one of those awesome Gnomes?!
- Can’t jump
- Sometimes camera angles are wonky
I hate bringing everything back to MMORPG’s, but Reckoning -is- acting as an introduction to a property that will become a MMORPG in the future (Copernicus). My friends might be sick of me saying “Why can’t MMORPG’s play like this?!” on Ventrilo. The sad reality is, RPGs are eclipsing MMOs for me. MMOs just aren’t giving me the levels of “WOAH! AWESOME! FUN!” that I can find in RPGs. 38 Studios may be the ones to save MMOs for me if they can deliver a MMO on par with Reckoning.
Reckoning is a winner; that’s a conclusion I can draw with only five hours played. Like I tweeted within the first hour of play, Reckoning is the most fun I’ve had gaming in months.