Demo Spotlight – Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning

In our second Demo Spotlight, we’ll be taking a look at the PS3 demo for Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning.

The demo contains about a 20-30 minute intro, which gives you the basics of the game, some background story, as well as enough equipment for you to start out on whatever path you choose. One of the nice things is that it gives you a taste of spellcasting, archery, stealth, as well as just plain ol’ sword-swinging combat before making you choose what ‘class’ you want to be. This allows you to make a more informed decision. Also, once you’ve completed the intro once, you can skip straight to the action if you wish to play the demo using a different set of choices. After the intro, you get 45 minutes to explore one of the game’s many regions. And 45 minutes may sound like a good amount for one region, but you aren’t even going to scrape the surface of the content available in this area. You’d probably need to play the demo 5 or 6 times to get through everything – possibly more. Which bodes well for the potential length of the game.

Reckoning is an open world rpg, but even at level 1 the combat is fluid, fun, and engaging. A nice change of pace. In addition, the game appears to have a relatively meaningful story – a hard task when you have to allow people to create their own characters. Now, we only have the first few pages of this story, but already I feel more attachment to this game’s characters and world than I have in other recent games in this genre.

Now, as far as performance goes, here’s where I have problems. The framerate wasn’t entirely consistent, which I can live with; but there were some pretty painful graphical issues. Parts of the ground would just disappear resulting in you standing on the blank canvas that games use to paint the textures on. Interesting to look at, but not very good for immersion unfortunately. Additionally, sometimes enemies would have some distortion of their features for no apparent reason. Major problems, and ones I sincerely hope are fixed in a day 1 patch or even before ship.

Overall the demo is a promising look at what could be a very satisfying open world rpg, and I am certainly looking forward to its release next month. The demo is available on all platforms – PSN, XBLA, and PC – so you can take a look at it on whatever platform you choose, and if it is at all interesting to you I strongly recommend you go download it and play it as it’s a very solid demo. Doubly so if you’re a Mass Effect fan as you’ll get some exclusive items in Mass Effect 3 when you play that if you have played the demo of Reckoning.

Enjoy, and Happy Gaming!

 

Written by: Sean

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