Ok gamers it’s time to get your Christmas wish lists ready to be presented to Santa (or your parents/loved one depending on your age level). But wait Halo 4, Assassin Creed 3, Hitman: Absolution, no, no, no… Those games are great of course, and far be it from me to tell you all what to put on your lists, but don’t let mega blockbuster titles overshadow other great games that came out earlier this year – especially if you missed out the first time. So to that effect here’s a new segment called ‘Game Gifts’ where I suggest games that would make great gifts for the holidays/birthday/ because it was Tuesday. That way you can have your cake & eat it too; so without further ado: Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning.
An ambition project by a number of famous enthusiasts (Ken Rolston, R. A. Salvatore, Todd McFarlane, and Grant Kirkhope) that created a single player MMO of sort for a future I.P. that was going to be a geniue MMO. However, like the saying, the best laid schemes of mice and men often go awry, as the two developers in charge of this game went under so this game is all that’s left – fortunately it’s a good game. Now it won’t rewrite the book of adventure RPG games but it did do some things right like dynamic combat, lively colorful world, interesting characters and their views on fate. As the ‘Fateless One’ the players has the ability to, passively or actively, change the fate of the people and places he encounters. The player could prevent a man from dying, which was his fate, at the hands of an ‘invincible’ monster by slaying the beast himself. However in doing so changes how things turns out and people will be effective accordantly. The daughter of the would-be dead man, who would have become a great hero to protect other people from monsters (a la Batman), will now just be another face in the crowd because you changed her fate along with the man you saved. It was a catch 22 being the Fateless One and I found it intriguing. So gamers if you like adventure, discovery, changing the fates around you, and of course bring the pain to some fantasy style baddies then Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning are what your dreams are made of.