Kingdom of Amalur Reckoning FI

Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning vs The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

I’ll come clean straight away and say that I’ve yet to get my hands on a full version of Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning, so like a few of you guys I’ve only played the demo.

Let me also say that I’m a big fan of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, it’s one of the best games I’ve played in recent times and if you’ve seen what else the Bethesda team have in store for the future then it’s set to get even better.

So it’s no misinterpretation to say that my opinion is biased but to sum up, on first impressions, Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning seemed like a sweetened, cartoon version of Skyrim.  Some of the gameplay elements were completely lifted straight from the Bethesda title in a rather brazen fashion.  Lockpicking, stealth mode and detection, looting from fallen enemies, all remarkably similar.  Now, I’m well aware that these interactions were not necessarily pioneered by the Elder Scrolls series, but having played so much Skyrim for as much as I have, it’s impossible not to see the similarities.

I think a number of you will find fault with my position on this subject.  And perhaps the styling has a lot more in common with World of Warcraft and as such will really appeal to those that have an affinity with the MMORPG from Blizzard Entertainment.  You may decide that this is a refreshing way to experience the colourful animated style in a more personal way, that isn’t dependent on having an online team that has capabilities to match or compliment your own.  Which is fair enough, if that is what you want, then you may love this title.  But ultimately, the question comes down to this; is there room in my life for both The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning?

I really think that’s it’s one or the other, and I’ve no doubt where my loyalties lie, Skyrim wins ever time.  And what’s more, I challenge any KOA:R fan to present a sound case as to why it is superior to Skyrim.  How you do this is up to you, whether it be video evidence, written testimony or photographic proof, I really don’t mind, but there has been enough positive reviews of Reckoning to suggest that there is something I’m missing and I’d like to know exactly what it is.  I look forward to seeing what’s out there, until then Skyrim for the win!

    • RF73

      It’s a game… you like it, you play.

    • dave

      While I think that skyrim is the better game overall you can’t really compare the two . They both fill different niches in the RPG genre . Kingdoms is an action RPG and is labeled as such the majority of the gameplay is focused on combat . Skyrims focus is on creating a living world for your character to live in . As far as the art direction of kingdoms I think they fit the game well and seeing as Todd mcfarlane is the art director the more cartoon visuals fit . – do very much enjoy the combat in kingdoms much better than skyrim but I feel a system like this would be out of place in an elder scrolls game. All in all they are both great games but the winner for me is skyrim but I will be playing both for a while to come

    • Anonymous

      I disagree, there is room for them both. they’re both good, they both incorporate different elements of the same genre to varying degrees.

    • Anon

      Playing Reckoning at the moment, great game, but for me not a patch on Skyrim. In comparison, Skyrim is more realistic and Reckoning is very cartoon like. I’m certainbly an advocate of reality in games even though they are an escapism from reality itself!