You are dead. But your story is only beginning.
Waking up in a weird cavernous chamber surrounded by rotting corpses you have been resurrected… or have you?
Are you the same ‘you’ you were before you died or are you a new soul inhabiting a fallen mortals body?
There’s a war with Fae known as the Tuatha. The reason for the fighting is blurred. You fell in battle.
The Well of Souls may have bought you back in to existence but you don’t know who you are, like a blank canvas your character is yours to create and set a fate that only you determine.
Kingdoms of Amular: Re-Reckoning, the mother of all RPGs, is fully remastered version for present gen consoles, itself resurrected, by THQNordic.
After a moderately lengthy animated backstory intro you will create your character from four differing races (male or female), each extremely unique with abilities, then customise your chosen one from face shape, hair and eye colour type, tattoos and so on.
After a escaping the Well of Souls caverns, a Level that acts as a tutorial it’s just you and the big wide world. Your path, your fate, the game itself is determined by you with decisions made as you play.
Speaking with NPCs and asking the right questions may be beneficial, but at times so can asking the wrong ones. There are a squillion narrative paths each will mold your fate, experience and eventual outcome.
Meet a less cooperative NPC? Try being persuasive – but does your characters class have that sway over others?
Loot chests, pick locks if you have enough lock picks, steal but don’t get caught, get caught and be banned from that town and most likely end up with a fine… or death.
Armour, weapons, magic and potions are either purchased with in-game Gold you will collect (or pinch) from chests, destructible crates or by completing a quest – or you can use Skill Points when your character levels up and attribute them to abilities in the skill tree. Choose Blacksmith ability as a focus and you can scrap items in your inventory to make better armour or weapons.
If being a smithy isn’t where you want to focus your character simply find a blacksmith.
You can buy and sell to NPC merchants in-game new or used gear and until you find or have enough gold to expand, your Inventory will become very full really quick. Wield magic, melee with both a primary and secondary weapon. You are also a Reckoning. Affect and change other NPCs fate, a dark ability that is super handy in combat.
Weapons themselves have unique enhancements, as does your armour and any other accessories you might find or purchase.
But also be careful with magic, you may find yourself cursed…
One of the most ambitious games of two console generations back (PS3, Xbox 360 and PC) the game originally released in 2012. Now ported over to Nintendo Switch – it’s epic RPG adventure on the go, anywhere.
With artistry input from Todd McFarlane (known for character Spawn) and with a wildly expansive narrative and lore written by Erik J. Caponi and R. A. Salvatore, Kingdoms of Amalur: Re-Reckoning was so big that the original development company; 38 Studio went into bankruptcy soon after the games release while working on some very epic expansions that never saw the light of day.
The remastered version – or ‘Re-Reckoning’ comes with those said expansions; Teeth of Naros, Legend of Dead Kel and more.
It’s fair to say that the character models have certainly aged, but this is offset by the environments which are some of the most detailed I’ve experienced.
Full day, night and weather cycles. Harvesting of vegetation to make potions with your alchemy ability, hidden areas and collectables everywhere.
Kingdoms of Amular: The Re-Reckoning is a commitment. With an almost endless supply of main and side missions you can blow away 60 hours, 100 hours, more and the game is still as fresh as it was when you first picked it up.
A game that is as submersible as it is playable with its deep story, exploratory roaming, endless quests and a character that is unique to you.
Kingdoms of Amular: The Re-Reckoning is in a class of its own, a world that you should get in to and weave its fate in your favour.
Released: March 2021
Platform reviewed: Nintendo Switch
Developer: Kaiko, Big Huge Games