I want to update you guys with more of my Reckoning Impressions. I’ve logged over 10 hours with the game which is far fewer than I would like, but I’ve been cramming for a midterm. My pure mage is coming along awesome. I have some very powerful spells now like my upgraded lightning, a passive chain lightning component, some fire executions, a summoned skeleton, a heal, and soon some ice shards.
Reckoning’s combat is still winning me over. Combat is very action-packed, but don’t get the impression that it’s all crazy swinging and spazzy. Combat feels very thought out. If mobs get close, I’ll staff attack them with three attacks to cause an ice push-back. When they’re at range, I’ll continue attacking with my chakrams. If the mobs gang up on me, I have my fire and lightning to bring down larger numbers.
Dodging and blocking are thoughtful as well. I’m learning to intelligently dodge attacks to give me better positioning for attacks. Blocking at the right moment parries, giving me the chance to either roll away or strike them with my staff.
The stories in Reckoning have received mediocre reviews from some sites. I’d challenge those sites by pointing to their reviews of Skyrim, which was not docked for side-quest mediocrity when the quests read nearly identical. In my opinion, both games have good quests. I just finished a quest line in Reckoning where I tried to figure out who was behind attacks on a village. The story started out simple but culminated with a great boss fight and a great reward.
I don’t want to compare Reckoning to Skyrim all the time, since they’re quite different, but Skyrim is a newer RPG that many are still playing or contemplating playing over Reckoning. Reckoning feels more ‘pick up and play’ than Skyrim. One reason I haven’t progressed as far as I would like in Skyrim is that I get discouraged when I realize to get anything done in-game I have to sit for several hours. I can hop on Reckoning for an hour and get things done.
Yes, Reckoning is more linear than Skyrim. The world has a slight funneling feel. I would argue, though, that the world of Reckoning is very large and given how much of the map I’ve explored vs. how much more I have to go, I’d say it feels as big as Skyrim.
More to come.
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