If you enjoy a great story, you will enjoy Kingdoms of Amalur: Re-Reckoning. Brought to us from the bestselling author R.A. Salvatore, Spawn creator Todd McFarlane, and Elder Scrolls IV lead designer Ken Rolston! Only now it's been remastered, with extended gameplay.
So, there I was scrolling through my twitter feed as per normal. Then, to my unbelieving amazement, I see a tweet about the release of Kingdoms of Amalur. I had to click it and google it to make sure this was not some gag. Sure enough, it was real, and I was all in on the collector's edition.
I still remember when this game first came out way back in 2012. I was hooked as soon as I saw R.A. Salvatore was involved. I have read every book he has written on Drizzt Do'Urden, and if he put even a 10th of effort into this game, then it was going to be a...
Masterpiece In The Making!!
Boy, was I right! Not only did this game draw me in, but it brought so many emotions to the table. A game that can have you chuckling at some corny dad joke, to holding back tears when...well, you will see. It really had everything I wanted in a rpg game. I would say this game truly opened my eyes more to the D&D world as well. Having the ability to be able to create your character, or as Richard Garriott would say, Avatar, as you see fit. Your choices will matter!
Queue September 8th 2020, the release of Kingdoms of Amalur: Re-Reckoning. Not since the release of the Final Fantasy VII remake had I been more excited about a video game, let alone a remaster of it. I waited up until it was finally on sale on steam. Once I could click buy, it was bought! I booted it up, and soon as I heard that music, you know the music, I just fell back into 2012. I was ready to experience this game all over again.
After a good solid 10-15 hours of gameplay, I can say it is the same game I played back in 2012. Only this time it is much better looking. Some have pointed out that it simply looks like the Saturation has been turned up, and in all honesty, yes this is true. But, does it ruin the game? No! Does it make it slightly easier on the eyes, perhaps for some. I was a little disappointed with the lack of extra details in the roads, paths and walkways, but at the same time I found it was nice to see the simple design again.
Now when I say simple I don't mean that as a bad thing, but more so as a point of nostalgia. Overall the art, and storytelling were as on point as they were all those years ago. (You know before we spent all our days inside, well most of us.) I am very excited to see what the new DLC will bring in 2021. Will we run into Alyn Shir? What does fate have in store for us now?
To Buy or Not to Buy?
If you have played this game before I would not rush out to buy it again. However, if you are like me and watch the same shows and anime over and over. Get this game. It ages well, both in terms of story and gameplay. If you did not get to play it the first time around I urge you to pick it up! You will not be upset with a story that was woven so amazingly!
MysticMike is a Former Mixer partner, now an affiliate on twitch.tv/mysticmikelive. He plays a variety of games including Minecraft, Cuisine Royale, Borderlands, Final Fantasy, and indie games. Opinions are his own and do not necessarily reflect those of Tri-North Studios.