I’ve played a lot of PS3 games from God of War III to Green Lantern: Rise of the Manhunters and many, many more. However, I picked up a game a few months ago and it has come to be one of my greatest buys as far as PS3 games go; the game is called Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning.
Now, something dawned on me after playing this game for a couple of hours; it is and plays similar to Drakan: The Ancients’ Gate (PS2), a great game in its own right. One of the things that captivated me about Kingdoms of Amalur is the powers. Many of the powers you gain in the game strengthen your ability with a certain weapon as well as magic.
The game gives you plenty of opportunities to stray from your main quest and do some sidequests which will put gold or other items in your pockets such as healing items along with weapons. I’ve grown to love the game because you can pretty much do whatever you want.
Another aspect about the game I love is the reckoning mode or reckoning form as I call it which is an ultimate form of sorts that let you deal damage to your enemies then wipe them out with a button press. I’ll discuss my recommended weapon, my progress at present along with points I’m putting toward which of my 3 categories, Sorcery, Might and Finesse.
At present, I’ve put the main quest on hold and decided to do a few of the sidequests; I’ve done more than a few not to mention that I’ve managed to shortened what looks like a long list. However, at the present time I’ve got my pick of going to House of Ballads to join Alyn Shir to talk about the matters at hand involving myself
I could journey back to Didenhil and find Agarth, talk to him then follow whatever road he has me on whereever that takes me; I’m really enjoying the main quest, I’m learning a lot. But, I do notice that the main quest is all about finding out who I really am in the game so the main quest tends to go kind of quickly.
I can say with 100% certainty that I don’t regret buying the game and if you don’t have this game in your collection; get it, you’ll enjoy it and there’re tons to do in the game as well along with the fact that you’re going to meet a lot of interesting characters and learn a lot of things.
The sidequests in the game will have you traveling transcontinental and then some, but they are among some of the best in the game; the rewards for their completion is very worthwhile. Take the sidequest ‘The Commendation’, I love how this sidequest took me to the area where the Krast Brothers were along with other Red Legion Thugs.
I was able to wipe them all out then continue on and get my way in Shieldring Keep; the sidequests are pretty simple and will require that you save your game before you start because then it’ll be easier to get back to your target point when you have to.
One thing about the sidequests is that you will be doing a lot of walking around unless you’ve unlocked the location of a specific locale in which case, you’ll be able to fast travel which is sort like a teleport to the locale of sorts; definitely worth it if you don’t feel like walking across the plains especially if you’re low on health or are cursed with Mana Drain shortage.
My Recommended Weapon
There are TONS of weapons in the game; everything from the Longsword to a Sceptre to a Greatsword even a Hammer. Now, my recommended weapons is an elemental staff and an elemental Longsword. I don’t mind other Longsword weapons that are not elemental in nature but the element add-on is a great help especially for dealing with giant spiders and their underlings who are allergic to fire.
The Hammers are great weapons for dealing with Trolls and Juttun, I like the Hammer’s amazing attack power but I can still strike down everything from a Juttun to a Troll to a Niskaru Tyrant with a Longsword; in fact, I have. Also, I have 3 elemental staves; one of fire, one of electricity and one of ice.
Your weapons are whatever you want them to be; you don’t have to just stick to just a Longsword or a Longbow or even Faeblades or Daggers; you can have whatever you want or if you want you can have a weapon for all seasons i.e. to combat all types of enemies.
I have thought about doing this myself but I rather just have my Longsword and elemental staves, I feel like they’re all I really need to conquer all the areas in the Faelands including Erathrell and Rathir. I may change my mind about the weapons but just like in Drakan: The Ancients’ Gate, I stick to one or two particular weapons.
Sorcery, Might, Finesse; focus on 3 and not just one
When you’re given “points”, you’ll be able to put them into 3 categories or spread 3 points out over one category each whether its Sorcery, Might or Finesse. I’m focusing more on my Sorcery skill tree because I’m growing my character into a sorcerer/warrior. Might has some good spells as well such as the Quake ability and Meteor.
The problem with spells like Meteor is that they’re accessible later on in the game; much later in the game. However, when it comes to Finesse, you’ll have to contend with the choice of which sub-category you want to put your points into whether it is daggers, faeblades etc.
But, you can strengthen other areas of the Finesse category to access powerful moves for your weapons such as giving your arrows the ability to possibly poison your enemies along with other great things. The point is that you don’t have to limit yourself to just strengthening one category or one weapon.
Be imaginative, don’t hesitate to experiment with trying different weapons; I’ve already tried just about every weapon and I’ve made my choices regarding my weapons.
Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning is a great game where you’re able to create your character the way you want them to be and carry the kind of weapons that you want to as well. At Present, I’ve made a lot of progress and cleared a lot of sidequests; be patient despite the intercontinental walk from place to place, it can get a little boring.
Focus your skill points into Sorcery, Might and Finesse but don’t forget that focusing on one could put a damper on the others. So, put one skill point into each of the categories or spells within the categories so you can get the most out of it.
So what are your thoughts on my post, is Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning a good game or just an over-exaggerated Action/Adventure game that is as old and useless as time itself; are you playing it or forgot about it? Leave me a comment and I’ll get back to you. Thank you and Happy gaming.