How Kingdoms Of Amalur Stands Out From The RPG Crowd
The Elder Scrolls may be the undisputed king of open-world role-playing games, but wait just one second...a new competitor has arrived.
It's Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning, and it's the product of developer Big Huge Games. Many are wondering what sets this particular RPG apart, and lead designer Ian Frazier was more than happy to answer that question.
Warning: the following description might be enough to cause many hardcore RPG fanatics to drool uncontrollably. Please make sure your keyboard is free from the deluge.
"Reckoning has several different traits that help us stand out from the crowd, but here are three of the bigger one. First, we have a rich, colourful art style that’s surprisingly refreshing in an age where ‘dark and gritty’ is the order of the day. This helps us to sell R.A. [Salvatore]’s core idea that Amalur is a world worth saving, a place that’s so beautiful and varied that you really want to save the world from the various evils that plague it.
Second, we have an innovative approach to character class –what we call the Destiny system – which lets us get around one of the big historical problems of the RPG genre: buyer’s remorse. We let you get a feel for the game before settling on a class, and even after you have settled on one, we let you evolve and change it further over the course of the game.
Finally, our combat is simply spectacular. It’s smooth, it’s responsive and it gives the player an obscene amount of freedom in how to approach it. It’s incredibly fun. Frankly I think Reckoning’s combat is head and shoulders above any other game in the genre when it comes to raw entertainment value."
Excited yet? If not, you can always download the demo, which should be available now. Frazier piqued our curiosity even more by saying Reckoning is "really, really big," and that was in response to a question where The Elder Scrolls was mentioned. We can't possibly expect a bigger world than what we saw in Skyrim, can we? I mean, that was plenty huge...and this new RPG will have better combat, be even larger in size and scope, and offer different features, and...and...
Related Game(s): Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning
1/19/2012 10:38:40 AM Ben Dutka