Kingdoms of Amalur Re-Reckoning: PC Standard Edition Review

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Kingdoms of Amalur combat and character advancement are fantastic enough to overshadow how bland everything is

THQ Nordic is going to release a new version of the 2012 RPG, Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning for PC and more on September 8th.

The cleverly named Amalur Kingdoms: Re-reckoning is expected to be greater compared to the original title with brighter, sharper visuals and better gameplay. The remaster also includes all DLC for the game that was previously released.

Kingdoms of Amalur: Re-Reckoning takes us from the city of Rathir, through the Dalentarth region, to discover the secrets of Amalur. The saga stands out for the number of player choices, especially in character customization, as well as the number of side quests that bring fantasy, romance and magic to the main story.

Basic Information Kingdoms of Amalur

Kingdom of Amalur: Re-Reckoning is a single-player action RPG game. It is created initially as an MMO. However, it became an RPG eventually.

The main designer of the game is Ken Rolston, the pioneering artist for The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowing and The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion. Furthermore, the famous RA Salvatore fantasy designer created the universe and culture of the game.

38 studios and Big Huge Games developed the game. They do it along with Todd McFarlane, creator of the art department of Spawn. The first original game premiered in North America on February 7th, 2012 and in Europe on February 10th, 2012.

It was previously announced that Kingdoms of Amalur: Re-Reckoning version would be released on August 18th. However, THQ Nordic has reported that it will premiere until September 8th on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. Anyway, its PC version will be distributed on Steam.

In addition to its original DLCs, a new expansion has been announced for the year 2021 titled ‘Fatesworm’. The collector’s edition has also been presented with postcards, keyrings, exclusive figure and the soundtrack.

The Kingdoms of Amalur Gameplay

The Amalurian Kingdoms have five distinct areas, four races, and three-level trees with 22 skills per unit. The four races that can be played are the Almain, the Dark Elves, Ljósálfar (Light Elves), Varani, and the Nomadic.

The protagonist ventures in search of the scientist who resurrected him, Fomorous Hugues. He is the only one who knows the truth about his death. The player can choose between four races to create his character, as well as three classes with 22 different abilities for each of them: warrior, rogue, and magician. With the player battling and acquiring experience, additional levels are posted.

The player earns three points of expertise for each obtained rank, which can be invested in the tree system to unlock and improve the potential to level 22 or to bring points into one of the other trees. The player can also unlock various “destiny” by completing faction missions and investing skills in different skill areas. This feature will give the player a positive buff.

The fight is based on a button. It is similar to an RPG action, with sometimes QTE cutscenes.

Combat contains a system of “Fate,” allowing players to collect “Fate Points” and enter “Reckoning Mode” (a slow-motion mode allowing players to deal with the enemies quickly).

Kingdoms of Amalur Re-Reckoning Video Game
Kingdoms of Amalur Re-Reckoning Video Game

The counting mode can end with the player’s order, with the target bar diminished or by an action of ‘Fateshifting.’ Fateshifting involves making a violent push against a single opponent. During the process of Fateshifting, players will easily tap a random button to boost their experience of up to 100%. All weakened enemies also die after Fateshifting.

The player can cross the country, jump from previously specified locations, and swim in the water. The player can speak, steal, or destroy NPCs. CEO Joe Quadara emphasizes that “Twitching skills are only going as far as possible. Appropriate strategy and role-playing will help you.” Curt Schilling, the founder of 38 studios, said the play would become a combination of God of War with The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion.

But the first thing that catches your eye is its combat system, very accessible and simple with good control. It lets us use a wide variety of weapons: swords, long swords, daggers, fae swords -two blades-, hammers, bows, chakrams -a throwing weapon-, scepters and staves to cast spells at a distance.

Kingdom of amalur re-reckoning gameplay
Kingdom of amalur re-reckoning gameplay

From a third-person perspective, we have two attack botos, one for the primary weapon and the other for the secondary one, a button to dodge, and another to sprint. Our protagonist never tires.

He can run miles away without stopping. With one trigger, we block the attacks, using the shield, and with the other, we deploy the four spells that we can carry equipped. The combats are fun, dynamic, but also superficial and not very strategic.

Weapons and armors are purchasable, pillaged by fallen enemies, or found in the hidden treasures. Although high-quality manufacturing material is rare and costly, the extended length of the set means that the player has an excess of weapons and armor they can save for later use.

Final Thoughts

Kingdoms of Amalur: Re-Reckoning is the result of mixing all the components of an open-world role-playing game in the style of The Elder Scrolls saga. It has the combat system of an action-RPG or sometimes with swords to hack and slash.

It handles well. It is fluid, dynamic, and fun.

Although it lacks depth or strategic elements, the adventure will have so many hours ahead. There are many things you can do here, to be hooked for weeks.

It has an immense world full of missions and treasures to discover. What we liked least is its story. The characters are quite lacking in charisma. It focuses the gameplay in the combats, with dozens of missions to overcome, but all very similar.

We know that these last statements are very subjective; another player may love it. Therefore, any lover of the RPG genre should try it.

Finally, the best word that defines its graphic finish is beautiful. It has landscapes full of color that sometimes give us stunning cinematic effect.

Kingdoms of Amalur: Re-Reckoning Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Can you play Kingdoms of Amaluron Re-Reckoning on PS4?

    Yes, you play Kingdoms of Amalur Re-Reckoning on PS4, Xbox One and PC.

  2. What is the maximum level you ca achieve in Kingdoms of Amaluron Re-Reckoning?

    The maximum play level is 40 in Kingdoms of Amaluron Re-Reckoning.

  3. Will Kingdoms of Amalur Re-Reckoning be on Steam?

    Yes, Kingdoms of Amalur Re-Reckoning will also be released on Steam.

  4. What is the Initial release date of Kingdoms of Amalur Re-Reckoning?

    Initial release date is September 8, 2021

  5. Is Kingdoms of Amalur Re-Reckoning an open world game?

    No, Kingdoms of Amalur Re-Reckoning has guided zones you have to follow.

  6. How long can you play Kingdoms of Amalur Re-Reckoning?

    200 hours to play Kingdoms of Amalur Re-Reckoning.

  7. What are the game editions of Kingdoms of Amalur Re-Reckoning?

    Kingdoms of Amalur: Re-Reckoning Standard Edition, Kingdoms of Amalur: Re-Reckoning Fate Edition and Kingdoms of Amalur: Re-Reckoning Collector's edition.

  8. What is the price of Kingdoms of Amalur: Re-Reckoning?

    $40.00. The standard edition of Kingdoms of Amalur: Re-Reckoning retails for $40.00.

  9. What is the file size of Kingdoms of Amalur: Re-Reckoning?

    29.97 GB download file size.

  10. Who wrote Kingdoms of Amalur: Re-Reckoning?

    Kingdoms of Amalur: Re-Reckoning is developed by KAIKO and Big Huge Games

  11. Is Kingdoms of Amalur: Re-Reckoning a remake

    Kingdoms of Amalur: Re-Reckoning is a remaster of Kingdoms of Amalur.

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David Porter

David writes video game and technical news and reviews


  1. I’m in such shock (in a good way). I want to scream for joy. I can’t wait to dive into R. A. Salvatore’s beautiful world this game has. The speed and story was perfect. So excited for Kingdoms of Amalur Re-Reckoning!

  2. Kingdoms of Amalur Re-Reckoning def has better gameplay than fable and most action rpgs in general.

  3. Watching the Kingdoms of Amalur Re-Reckoning trailer made me think of that movie Maleficent with Angelina Jolie.

  4. I’ve been playing Kingdoms of Amalur for the past couple of days and I’m loving it. The combat system is super easy to use and variety of races to choose form is also great.

  5. I’ve been playing Kingdoms of Amalur for the past couple of days and I’m loving it. The combat system is super easy to use and the variety of races to choose form is also great.

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