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!