Kingdom of Amalur: Reckoning

You get a base of operations later on. I suppose you could call it a house, but it's a little too grand for that.

Well, I'm a couple of hours in, and I'm really not very impressed. The writing is pretty bad, the voice acting is only so-so, and the combat doesn't seem like much fun. I don't even bother talking with most of the people about most of their topics, because it's dreadfully boring to listen to them drone on.

Am I wasting my time here? Is it going to get better?

Malor wrote:

Well, I'm a couple of hours in, and I'm really not very impressed. The writing is pretty bad, the voice acting is only so-so, and the combat doesn't seem like much fun. I don't even bother talking with most of the people about most of their topics, because it's dreadfully boring to listen to them drone on.

Am I wasting my time here? Is it going to get better?

It does, but probably not in any way you'd like. Probably best to move on. Loot and combat is the game's main draw for me. It was the story for others. If you don't find them good now, you're probably not going to find them much better later on.

Malor wrote:

Well, I'm a couple of hours in, and I'm really not very impressed. The writing is pretty bad, the voice acting is only so-so, and the combat doesn't seem like much fun. I don't even bother talking with most of the people about most of their topics, because it's dreadfully boring to listen to them drone on.

Am I wasting my time here? Is it going to get better?

Play on hard. Only do the main quest line and the faction quests. Avoid all side quests. Do not talk to random NPCs. Do not go out of your way to fight stuff or collection things not on your direct path.

If you're not doing that, try playing the game in that manner. That's the accepted way to get the most quality out of the game with the least effort.

If you are already doing that and it is still not grabbing you, then uninstall KoA and never look back. No big deal.

Random KoA Question: What's the best way to regen hp after fights? The first time I played through on easy so I never needed any potions or anything. Now I'm on hard and I find myself needing to gulp pots quite often. Any easy way to get a bunch of hp pots or something?

Squee9 wrote:

Random KoA Question: What's the best way to regen hp after fights? The first time I played through on easy so I never needed any potions or anything. Now I'm on hard and I find myself needing to gulp pots quite often. Any easy way to get a bunch of hp pots or something?

What's your class? I played mage and there's a tier 2 or 3 health restoration spell. Not sure if there's health regen spells or effects for other classes, but that's how I did it without using up all my potions.

I'm going might with the biggest hammer I can possibly find. (But you can still use a shield to block with a 2-handed weapon :D) So far hp pots is the only thing I've found.

I'm also just sprinting from fight to fight, so I'm not noticing any natural regen if I even have any.

Regen would be on equipment you find/make.

Malor wrote:

Well, I'm a couple of hours in, and I'm really not very impressed. The writing is pretty bad, the voice acting is only so-so, and the combat doesn't seem like much fun. I don't even bother talking with most of the people about most of their topics, because it's dreadfully boring to listen to them drone on.

Am I wasting my time here? Is it going to get better?

I played the demo when it first came out and it didn't have any appeal to me. It wasn't until I heard all the praise that I went back and picked up a retail copy. Once I got outside the initial area that's when it hooked me.

Finished this for the first time today. When it first came out I played as a mage and probably got half way through the main quest and burnt out on the game at about 30 hrs. This time, I only did the main quest and two faction quest lines as a warrior. Took about 20 hrs, but I didn't get so worn out by all the questing. Overall, I think it's a decent game and I had a lot of fun smashing everything to death with a huge hammer.

Even just playing through so few quests, I was still fairly overpowered by the end of the game -- but I much prefer that to dying over and over (I played on normal, which was just right for me).

I think what hurt this game the most (for me) was that it came out not long after Skyrim and drew a lot of (superficial) comparisons in the media with that game. It's really nothing like Skyrim. If, instead, you see it more as an action RPG with semi-random loot drops, brawler combat, and a mostly forgettable story, you can sit back and enjoy it for what it is. Plus, they have included an absolute ton of content. I could easily play again as a different character and get another 20-30 hours beyond the quest lines I've already played. That's pretty good value for the money.

tl;dr: 7-7.5/10

Was at Target today on other business when I saw the 360 version of this selling for $20. For consoles that is usually the start of impulse-buy territory but I had a horrible flashback of crowdfunding projects backed and indie games purchased in the last couple weeks and reluctantly put my wallet away.

Maybe I"ll go back in a few days...

It's free on PS3 with PS+ and has been $6 at Amazon and now on Steam for PC.

I'm not saying it's not worth $20, as it definitely is a fun game. But spending more than $10 (or $12 for the complete version with DLC) is spending a bit too much for it at this point.

Thanks for the tip. There seem to be a lot of good (free) things happening on PS+ these days.