#1 // KINGDOMS OF AMALUR: RE-RECKONING
So, remember how I said most of the games I played this year were remakes and remasters mostly?
Yep – 3 out of the 5 games on this list are exactly that.
The original Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning on PS3 was one of my favorite games. Maybe not of all-time, but at least of the last generation.
It’s a fun time, with the exception of a few fairly bad glitches that can halt progress. It sucked what happened with the team behind the game and I hope that most of them have been able to find work elsewhere.
Re-Reckoning reminded me why I loved the original in the first place. It’s comfortable. It’s simple.
Sometimes, you just don’t want a complex story with complex mechanics. Sometimes you just want to go out and hit 20 rats with a sword for a person in a tavern. Maybe save the world while you’re at it.
That’s what Kingdoms of Amalur offers, and it excels at it.
I do wish the remaster had just a little more work put in – make the world feel just a bit more alive. As I mentioned in my review, while the foliage is definitely increased, it still feels like a fairly empty world that was meant for an MMO more than a single player RPG.
It feels like you were supposed to see other players roaming around quite often. It’s quite empty at times. And that can work for some games (It’s part of the reason I love Shadow the Colossus so much.) – but this isn’t one of them.
Still – Amalur is extremely enjoyable, and Re-Reckoning works as a definitive way to play the game if you missed out or just want to play through it again for old-times’ sake.