THQ Nordic has announced that action-RPG Kingdoms of Amalur: Re-Reckoning, a remaster of 2012's Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning, will launch on Nintendo Switch on 16th March.
The release will be the first time that Kingdoms of Amalur has launched on a handheld console, and it sounds like Switch owners are in for quite the treat. Three DLCs will be included in total – The Teeth of Naros, Legend of Dead Kel and Weapons and Armor bundles – which, when coupled with the base game, are said to offer "hundreds of hours of exploration, dynamic combat and adventuring." Oh, and the music is by ex-Rare staffer Grant Kirkhope, which is nice.
Here's an official description:
The hit RPG returns! From the minds of the bestselling author R.A. Salvatore, Spawn creator Todd McFarlane, and Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion lead designer Ken Rolston, comes Kingdoms of Amalur: Re-Reckoning. Remastered with stunning visuals and refined gameplay Re-Reckoning delivers intense, customizable RPG combat inside a sprawling game world. Uncover the secrets of Amalur, from the vibrant city of Rathir to the vast region of Dalentarth to the grim dungeons of the Brigand Hall Caverns. Rescue a world torn apart by a vicious war and control the keys to immortality as the first warrior ever to be resurrected from the grips of death.
Players are tasked with building their own character from "countless" combinations before evolving their class and taking on enemies galore. There's plenty of content and world lore to explore, as well as a number of side quests to keep you going for hours and hours.
There's more on the way, too, as THQ Nordic has confirmed plans for a brand new Kingdoms of Amalur expansion called 'Fatesworn'. Details are still pretty thin at the moment, but we're told to expect it to arrive later this year.
Have you played Kingdoms of Amalur: Re-Reckoning on other systems? Will you be checking it out on Switch? Let us know in the usual place.
It's been a long time, I never finished it due to moving on to the PS4/XB1 generation.
I'm pretty sure it had tons of them. I recall having a very large quest log, possibly even sub-quests.
It was the design of the world that kinda intrigued me, but the combat that kept me. I always thought if Fable had combat closer to Amalur, it would make Fable even better. I can see it being closer to a WoW look, but I never played WoW or MMO's, so I associated it with Fable.
By today's standards, the combat likely isn't as great, but it has one of my favorite weapons in video game memory. Chakrams, like Xena. Except you use two at once and they're really flashy and fun.
As for the story, I guess I'd give it another go. I'm big on fantasy reading and all, but Amalur was hard to follow. Names were pretty odd, even by fantasy standards, and I just couldn't keep up with everything. It was like throwing the history of Amalur at you all at once, but it would have taken reading numerous novels or games to take in the lore and retain it. It was as if the game assumed you had played or read a bunch of stuff concerning Amalur before. Considering this was initially just a way to fund an MMO in the same fantasy world, I can see why they put so much into the lore.
It's a fun game, and I may have glanced over it but I didn't see a price. It's an older game, not that it makes it bad, but if it's priced over $30 (I'm US), then that's already pushing it in my opinion. I'd say it's worth $20, but I'm guessing they'll charge $40.
I'll just put this in bold, so it'll stand out a bit more:
This is the easiest recommendation that I ever had to give. Kingdoms Of Amalur may not be a definite must-have, but it definitely is a must-try for fans of the action RPG genre.
It has stylish graphics, which still hold up today, it has an intriguing, elaborate story and universe, and the gameplay and especially the combat is really solid and entertaining, that you'll find that once it grabs you, you'll easily be able to sink large chunks of your free time into it, and the hours will fly by quicker than you'd think.
The cons are that the story can be a bit too much for some people, because I wasn't kidding when I said it is VERY elaborate, and perhaps the combat can feel a bit clunky to some, depending what you're used to. Remember: this is a game that originally came out during the Xbox 360/PS3 generation, so in some areas, it does show its age.
Although having said that, those are the cons of the original, I have no idea what improvements have been made to this remaster, but honestly, it's already good, so it could only get even better in that case.
In closing, if I had to give it a rating, then I'd easily give it a solid 8.5 out of 10.