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  • Summary: 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,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.

    * Build the ideal character for the most intense combat, choosing from a countless combinations of skills, abilities, weapons and pieces of armor
    * The revolutionary destiny system allows you to continuously evolve your character class to your style of play
    * Seamlessly Integrate magical and melee attacks as you take on scores of enemies in grand fight sequences and finish them Off with brutal fate shift kills
    * Extend your experience in amalur with all DLC from the original release, from teeth of naros to Legend of Dead kel and more!
    * Hundreds of hours of RPG play await! Travel from the vibrant city of rathir, to the vast region of dalentarth, and the grim dungeons of the brigand Hall caverns as you uncover the secrets of amalur!
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. Mar 15, 2021
    85
    Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning has a special place in my heart and I would recommend it to anyone - and the Switch version is no exception.
  2. Mar 24, 2021
    80
    The idea of the open world RPG has greatly expanded over the last several years, and it’s perhaps that aspect where Kingdoms of Amalur has lost a bit of shine. But I think there’s a certain charm to its big-but-not-too-big areas, and the impressive amount of polish and high quality of the creative components combined with the satisfying combat make for a solid adventure that will keep you busy for quite a while.
  3. Apr 25, 2021
    80
    Kingdoms of Amalur: Re-Reckoning brings back to our day a marvelous RPG but instead of remaking it, this remaster adds some improvements to the original formula, rather than trying to rejuvenate its appearance. The result, which includes all the original game's extra content, is an effort whose gameplay experience fits perfectly today, and whose frantic combat and vast world to explore will captivate both the players who know the original and those discovering it now.
  4. 75
    Kingdoms of Amalur: Re-Reckoning on Nintendo Switch is a decent remastering effort of a game that, while largely excellent for its time, hasn’t aged flawlessly. Some of this is the unavoidable battering of time, but other things, such as the lack of a target lock, feel like improvements that could have, and should have, been implemented. Approaching Kingdoms of Amalur: Re-Reckoning from an entirely modern perspective, therefore, will likely lead to some frustration. However, if you can put yourself in the necessary headspace, Kingdoms of Amalur: Re-Reckoning is an enthralling, though flawed, adventure that perfectly encapsulates a very specific era in game design history.
  5. May 27, 2021
    70
    How much you get out of Kingdoms of Amalur: Re-Reckoning is really going to depend on what you expect from it. It’s a familiar fantasy action RPG, but comforting in that familiarity and easy to just lose yourself in. It may have been overshadowed by the games that have followed in its footsteps in the decade since Reckoning first came out, and Open World: The Game has well overstayed its welcome by now, but Kingdoms of Amalur finds the right balance of simple fun and routine yet satisfying RPG loops to make that format work, even today.
  6. Mar 16, 2021
    70
    Kingdoms of Amalur: Re-Reckoning hasn't aged well when it comes to its presentation, and while the core of the game makes it quite playable, its less impressive elements prevent it from being a must-play if players missed it in 2012. It's not a bad title - the foundation of the game is too good, even years later, for that - but it's lost some of its greatness over time, and for those who haven't experienced it before, it seems like it might be difficult to discern why people enjoyed it back then. Old fans of Kingdoms of Amalur will no doubt enjoy revisiting it on Nintendo Switch, which is the best way to experience it given its smooth processing and portability - but it's a tougher sell for newcomers, who will have to decide if a now-by-the-book RPG experience is worth it for a still-excellent story.
  7. Mar 15, 2021
    60
    There's nothing wrong or broken about Kingdoms of Amalur: Re-Reckoning on Switch, it's just an uninspired experience that pales in comparison to the genre greats.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 11
  2. Negative: 3 out of 11
  1. Mar 18, 2021
    10
    Es un excelente juego tiene mucha duración y buen sistema de batalla recomendación
  2. Jul 13, 2021
    9
    I have to say after almost 100 hours playing this game i must say "bravo" Yea it was not a huge upgrade like other remakes but i enjoyed thisI have to say after almost 100 hours playing this game i must say "bravo" Yea it was not a huge upgrade like other remakes but i enjoyed this port on the Switch alot. Fun game! Expand
  3. Mar 17, 2022
    9
    This is a very well-done, engrossing game that really scratched a certain itch for me. First off, playing the Switch version, I rarelyThis is a very well-done, engrossing game that really scratched a certain itch for me. First off, playing the Switch version, I rarely encountered any crashes or serious bugs, so either those issues have been patched, or I got very lucky. But, I put around 120 hours into this game and I believe it crashed only twice. It auto-saves regularly so I was able to get back on track very quickly.

    What spurred me to buy this game in the first place was my desire to find a single-player game that was similar to World of Warcraft. For me, this game was it. The combat isn't really like WoW, but there are a lot of similarities in other aspects of the game. Blacksmithing, alchemy, lockpicking, questing, melee & caster classes...there's plenty to go around. It's always fun to level up and choose new skills and abilities to make your character stronger.

    The story is top-notch, although it doesn't really break any new ground in the world of high fantasy. You pretty much know what to expect: Elves, dwarf-like gnomes, forest fae, gigantic swords and hammers, staves with magical powers, and a powerful, menacingly evil foe commanding a giant army bent on destroying all that is good in the world. If you're in to that kind of setting, you will surely dig this game.

    There's loot stashed in every nook and cranny on the map. Half the fun of this game is exploring and finding treasure. Sometimes the treasure isn't much, and sometimes it's an epic new piece of gear. I do really wish there was some sort of transmog system, though, because once you get the best gear in the game, you're stuck with the way it looks whether you like it or not. However, one thing you're not stuck with is what class of character you'd like to play. It's easy and relatively cheap to respec your character from say, a stealthy, back-stabbing rogue to a sword-wielding warrior armed to the teeth. Or, perhaps you'd like to try out the caster class and see what it feels like to deal magical damage from afar. Disappointed that you put so many points into alchemy, when it feels like blacksmithing or sagecraft would be more useful? No problem. Visit a fateweaver, pay some gold, and try something new.

    I personally don't mind the graphics, but some people may feel a bit put-off by the now-outdated look of the characters and scenery. The music is great and timeless, though. I suppose I wish there was a little more variety in the enemies and NPCs you encounter; there isn't much difference no matter where you go. NPCs are either elves, gnomes, humans, or a sort of human/elven fae, and aside from the short stature of the gnomes, they are all pretty similar. You're going to encounter wolves early in the game, and you're going to encounter wolves late in the game. The giant, hulking trolls are eventually replaced by giant, hulking two-headed Ettin, who are eventually replaced by giant, hulking demonic monsters. Ultimately, they are still big, single-minded enemies who behave about the same way and require about the same strategy. I didn't mind it too much, but some more variety would have only made it better.

    All in all, I had a great time with this game, and it was a fantastic value for the money, as I managed to find it on sale for only $15. Honestly, even if I had paid full price I would still feel like I got my money's worth. I highly recommend it to anyone who loves high fantasy, or action RPGs in general, especially if you're looking to scratch the itch of a WoW-like offline, single-player game.
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  4. Oct 30, 2021
    8
    Not as good as Skyrim or the Witcher, but def scratches that hack and slash RPG itch. It's an old port, but I never played it when it came outNot as good as Skyrim or the Witcher, but def scratches that hack and slash RPG itch. It's an old port, but I never played it when it came out and bought it on a whim and have already sank over 24 hours into it. Expand
  5. Apr 15, 2021
    7
    Full of magic and dialogs, the game is the fantasy RPG I was dreaming about as a kid.
    But the amount of bugs is... overwhelming
  6. Dec 5, 2021
    6
    The game starts strong, with beautiful graphics, an interesting story, intuitive questing and variable character builds.
    After some hours it
    The game starts strong, with beautiful graphics, an interesting story, intuitive questing and variable character builds.
    After some hours it becomes clear though, that Amalur is fundamentally flawed:
    The world is lifeless and sterile, the battle system is repetitive, and the character developement doesnt feel interesting...

    It still is a decent game, but overshaded by the great RPGs of recent times...
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  7. Mar 29, 2021
    0
    How on Earth are people able to rate this game so highly? Not because it's bad, as it's actually quite good; I always felt KoA didn't get itsHow on Earth are people able to rate this game so highly? Not because it's bad, as it's actually quite good; I always felt KoA didn't get its fair shake. No, I'm curious how people are rating the Nintendo Switch version as anything but a zero, let alone 8, 9, and 10s, as the game is hopelessly bugged and broken.

    First off, a faction quest began dropping more crashes than it was loot. Specifically, certain dialogue breaks the game, as once you find a dialogue option that causes a crash, it always will, at the exact same time, on the exact same syllable spoken at the time. Then the final boss for that faction decided she stood no chance against me, and crashed the game anytime I try initiating the final dialogue she gives before her fight. You can't even skip through it; the crash comes almost immediately. This was highly aggravating, but it was a faction ie side quest. Plenty of more unbugged game to play.

    Then I decided to give a codex to an elven king. This is FAIRLY early in the main story. An entire cutscenes triggers, and crashes in the first spoken sentence. Again, it will crash at the EXACT same moment. In case you missed the key words MAIN STORY, let me reiterate that. This is the main story. The cutscene has a long, silent beginning so you CAN skip this one, at least. However I consider that even less of a fix than skipping the previous incident: at least that was something option. This is, ONE MORE TIME, main quest, ie they absolutely did not do any form of QA on this as it's kind of impossible to miss and it happens early in the main story. Or, much more likely, QA testers discovered it but were ignored bc quality is fine and dandy but ship dates pay bills.

    In all seriousness I have to assume other, more positive reviewers are just fans of the game as a whole and were optimistically showing it some love, as I cannot convince myself this is a rare, isolated case. I've found two other dialogue sections the crash happens on. That's just too many and too virulent to be rare. I do love this game and I hope the rereleases help give it the boost I always thought it deserved.

    However, as of the current date (3/29/2021), do NOT buy the Switch port. Not only is it basically unplayable outside of watching skipped scenes on Youtube as if you're playing off a scratched PS1 disc, but it's VERY obvious quality was either low on the list of goals or missing entirely. Buy another version, or better: Wait if you can. Make them actually bother to fix their mess before you pay them for the clean floors.
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