Kingdoms of Amalur: Re-Reckoning First Impressions

In this post I’m really not going to be diving deep into the actual story of Kingdoms of Amalur. In all honesty, it seems like the standard sort of RPG game. You’re somehow the chosen one in a world where two races are fighting it out and there is one big bad guy that you have to stop. It’s nothing special, but the side quests and actually game play is where this remaster really shines.


I had never played KoA when it first came out last generation. I actually ended up picking up the 360 copy a while back when it first became backwards compatible, but never got around to actually playing it. The remaster was finally released and I ended up trying out my 360 copy before I decided to pick up the remaster. I probably played about a half hour of the game before I quit out of it and went to the Microsoft store to buy the Re-Reckoning. What really drew me into the game was the old school feel of a third person RPG. It just oozed nostalgia feelings.

After getting the remaster and playing quite a bit of it, I can safely say this game is a ton of fun to play. The world is pretty interesting for the most part, even if I’m not entirely invested in the main quest so far. I really like the side quests I have done so far. I turned a wolf, who was magically turned into a human, back into a wolf and it somehow made me super happy.

The remaster does make the game look better in terms of graphics, but you can definitely tell that it’s a game from 2012. It reminds me a lot of Fable 2, which was easily one of my favorite games from the 360 generation.

The combat feels pretty good as well. I really like being happy to quickly switch between a long sword, double daggers, and a lighting blast of magic. Taking out groups on enemies just feels fun.

The world of Amalur just feels like it is teeming with magic and almost anything is possible. I’m only about 6 hours into the game so far, but I can see myself enjoying this game for a while. I’m unsure if I’ll end up actually beating the game, but right now the ride is pretty good. It’s a solid big RPG game for me to spend my time in. If I end up playing more of it in the future, I will be sure to write up another impressions update!

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