Gamespot: Kingdoms of Amalur Review

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hellzsupernova2356d ago

The Good

Top-notch combat with a real punch
Fantastic, flexible character advancement
Some great-looking creatures
Extensive world with tons of stuff to do and lots of monsters to fight.

The Bad

Generic story and characters
Generic world
Generic quests.

according to Gamespot

Mottsy2356d ago

Extensive world with tons of stuff to do but yet so generic lol! I think the world is one of the best parts of this game. That and the battle!

codename132356d ago

I think gamespot means tons of stuff but those are not unique. Not arguing, just saying. Personally I think the game deserves at least 8.5 score. Because the combat is really a huge plus point that made this game really great.

ChrisW2356d ago

While the demo was fun... there was nothing that screamed "buy me day 1!!!"

This review of the full game just confirms and reinforces my hesitance.

jeseth2356d ago

This game looks excellent. was going to wait until it comes down on Amazon or something but I'm having a hard time not driving out and getting it right now!

And from Studio38 ... right here in Rhode Island! Way to go guys!

Pushagree2355d ago

Sounds about right to me. This game is just a copy paste of WoW visually. Fable has done it, Dragon age has done it, WoW has done it, Two worlds 2 did it, Its getting old.

morganfell2355d ago

Two hours into this game and it certainly isn't 7.5. Off the mark gamespot.

SuperStrokey11232355d ago

2 hours is hardly enough time to judge any game...

lex-10202355d ago


Fable 1 Released September 2004
World of Warcraft Released November 2004

Your facts are wrong.

Diver2355d ago

no superstokey, after 2 hours you'd have to be plain dumb not to see if a game is good or bad. bad games show themselves quick an 2 hours is enough time to recognize good design an game play mechanics.

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aPerson2356d ago

"Generic world"

Yeah, right... Enjoy your brown/grey palette games Gamespot, I'd rather play in a fun, colorful world any day.

"Generic quests"

Some are generic, sure, but most are fun. A bit hypocritical of them to criticize the quests in this game when they praised Skyrim's generic fetch/kill quests in their review.

So far I'm about 15 hours in and I'm enjoying it a lot.

Ser2356d ago

"A bit hypocritical of them to criticize the quests in this game when they praised Skyrim's generic fetch/kill quests in their review."


It seems a lot of review sites are totally oblivious to the fact that they praise some games for having something and then demerit the next for also having the same thing.

johnnywit2356d ago

I feel skyrim is one of the most overrated games I've played. The combat was not great, the story wasn't all that, quest were boring, and parts was just unplayable. The most exciting part of skyrim was fighting the dragons and after you fought 3 you realize they are all they same. I hate that reviewers give high ratings to games like skyrim and throw a game like this under the bus.

strange19862356d ago

Colorful =/= unique.

Also, if you are enjoying it so much, why concern yourself so much with someone else's opinion? There's no need to take it personal.

DevilishSix2355d ago (Edited 2355d ago )

I really enjoyed Skyrim, but to give Skyrim GOTY then turn around 2 months later and say Amalur has generic quests is hypocritical imo.

Seems like Gamespot is off to a bad start in 2012 with its reviews because this review feels so "canned" almost robotic in natural as I read it. I would take Gamespots score and add +1. See what I did there?

pain777pas2355d ago

I must agree that Skyrim is overated in a sense. Definitely, I want ND, Valve or Rockstar to make a Skyrim. You know... try and open every door type game where every character has a name. However, I love the gameplay mechanics of the aformentioned studios. I don't know if it is just me but, I really like the demo on PS3 and PC. Played both to see which I prefer. Seems there are more hoops from EA on the PC but I need to know if mods will be available at some point before choosing the platform. I can tell you that save for a jump button which I hate to not have I really liked PLAYING the game. I found the world colourful and inviting.

come_at_me_bro2355d ago

Well, keep in mind GameSpot is not an autonomous entity. Same goes for IGN or any other big publication. Sometimes, things are going to be uneven. My complaint is why is there only one review per game? If you have tons of experienced reviewers (I wouldn't call them critics) for your publication (which GameSpot does) why does only one voice represent the entire company? This whole "open and shut case" mentality for game journalism is really annoying and amateurish.

Sorry, this is off topic. I haven't played Amalur, nor do I plan to for awhile, but this is something that annoys me about journalism in general, not just with video games.

To pain777pas: I was watching McCabe and Mrs. Miller (a pretty good western from the 70s for those who are unfamiliar) a few weeks ago, and I thought about how great it would be for someone to combine Skyrim's aesthetics with Red Dead style gameplay. The frontier setting of the movie, I believe in Washington, was so beautifully photographed that it made me realize how many possibilities it had. Someone do it, please!

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Pintheshadows2356d ago

Gamespot is a joke anyway. They ignored the generic elements of Skyrim yet pick at them here. I think it's time they gave up. Terrible website is terrible.

schlanz2356d ago

So generic story and characters but awesome everything else that makes a game, you know, fun, equals a mediocre 7.5?

Gamespot be trollin' yo.

strange19862356d ago

Ugh, this again. How is a 7.5 mediocre? A 7.5 would seem to indicate a good game (it even says "good" right below the score).

schlanz2356d ago

Whether or not it means "good" by gamespots standards, its still mediocre by typical scoring standards. Besides, it's better deserving than "good" anyway.

Objective2355d ago

This "journalist" makes his points well as to why he was disappointed by the game, and he has evaluated the pros and cons of the game quite thoroughly. More than can be said for a lot of review sites. I thoroughly agree with his sentiment that Reckoning does not capture the wonderment of a truly immersive world like Skyrim, and since that, to me, is a hallmark of a great RPG, I have to agree that Reckoning cannot best Skyrim. 7.5 is however harsh.

MEsoJD2355d ago

From my playthrough of the demo, the games world seems boring. The combat was cool, but the presentation was dull. Maybe I'll pick up at discount.

SephirothX212355d ago

People get so bogged down on a 7.5. A 7.5 by Gamespot isn't so bad. They gave Fable 3, Killzone 3 and Infamous 2 a 7.5. If you want an rpg with great combat and great customisation, get it. If you want a great story (which few games have) and brilliant dialogue and characters, look elsewhere.

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Bobby Kotex2356d ago

This review seems more balanced. IGN gave it a 9.

osamaq2355d ago (Edited 2355d ago )

gamespot's reviews still the most reliable reviews out in the net

ghaleon19802355d ago

I used to think this until they gave Zelda Skyward Sword a 7.5.

Captain_Freud2355d ago

Correction: Eurogamer. Their reviews are excellent.

mynameisEvil2355d ago

Really? GameSpot's? The same site that fired Jeff Gerstmann for giving Kane and Lynch a 6 after the site had been bribed not to?

I guess you're right. I mean, after all, the only reviews you should rely on truly ARE the ones that they've been PAID to give specific scores to. How wonderful!

Come on, man...

Dark112355d ago

well i don't trust reviews sites
,but gametrailers is best reviews site
they have always been fair in most of their reviews.

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pain777pas2355d ago

Gametrailers is getting there and gameinformer is not too shabby. Gamespot... you have to try and figure out what the reviewer's history in the genre and look at the reasons why they gave a game a high score. Van Horn is unpredictable because he knocks some buggy games then praises other buggy games because atmosphere trumps all. I just don't know what to think of any media website anymore. With this game trust the gamer reviews they are usually the most helpful.

Raider692356d ago (Edited 2356d ago )

The world is indeed very generic and lacks diversity in terms of graphics art display,the outside enviroments especially are very empty.

Baba19062356d ago

diversity really? i think skyrim lacks diversity. I love skyrim but still... all looked more or less the same. this game here seems to show so many different places. i cant wait for it =D

DevilishSix2355d ago

"The world is indeed very generic and lacks diversity in terms of graphics art display" huh? I say the opposite here as much as I enjoy Skyrim it is in no way diverse in terms of graphics and art display. The world of Skyrim is a mostly a dull grey and brown landscape. Amalur is colorful and each area is uinques in its artstyle and color tone. It is not open for debate either it is what it is.

videoxgamexfanboy2356d ago

I was to busy play soulcalibur 5 to go pick this gem up, but tomorrow its all mine! I care not what any review has to say. My review is the only review!

videoxgamexfanboy2356d ago

I was to busy play soulcalibur 5 to go pick this gem up, but tomorrow its all mine! I care not what any review has to say. My review is the only review!!

HacSawJimThugin2356d ago

Same here...whoever buys anything based on another person opinion is a just plain stupid. Skyrim got so much praise and it has been broken since it shipped. Whatever, I can't wait to pick this up in a few hours!!

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