Kingdoms Of Amalur: The “Hero’s Guide”

Cave trolls are much more interesting than internet trolls.
Pleasingly-looking RPG Kingdoms Of Amalur: Reckoning (which Alec got to have a look at in detail recently and will be writing about soon) has a new trailer, with a lot more detail about what’s going on in the world, and what you can expect to see and do a “hero” of that world. Go take a look, below. (Via Blue.)


  1. afarrell says:

    Unfortunate timing* to be picking the Travelers as the thieving rogues.

    *IE the 21st century

    • RF says:

      > Watch My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding.
      > Realise the stereotypes are true.
      > Hate pikeys.

    • brulleks says:

      > watch any so-called ‘reality’ television
      > realise that the protagonists have been picked to fulfil stereotypes
      > hate television and its slavish consumers

    • RF says:

      > Watch the news.
      > See as the stereotypes are fulfilled.
      > Laugh at people who assume TV is wrong simply because it’s TV.

    • HexagonalBolts says:

      I’m afraid I’m not witty enough to make my point with ‘>’ signs, but creating stereotypes is a huge part of television editing. Similarly once a lot of people are forged in to stereotypes and the pressures of fame are clamped around them and intertwined with that stereotype, usurping those characterisations is a tougher challenge than most celebs can rise to. Do you think that Jedward genuinely acted the way they do now before they appeared on TV?

      Although undoubtedly television isn’t wrong simply because it’s television – the costs often associated with mainstream television production, the nature of it’s consumption (i.e. lazing on the sofa because we have nothing else to do, I include myself in that) and the sheer number of people watching do make it tend towards being a simplistic, easy, consumerist form of media. Of course there are exceptions, the BBC produce fantastic documentaries that challenge people’s idea of what the world is, but programs such as that are rare by comparison to the vast mindless horde that is Eastenders, Coronation Street, I’m a Celeb Get Me Out of Here, Big Brother, etc.

    • RF says:

      You certainly are not witty enough to make your points in “>” signs.

    • ReV_VAdAUL says:

      Wow RF by denigrating anyone who can’t break their views down into three short sentences you are clearly showing how you have a nuanced and deep understanding of the world.

      Especially when you use those three short sentences to make highly prejudicial statements about a marginalised group!

      This video elaborates on HexagonalBolts and brulleks’ points:

    • RF says:

      First off, you used that word wrongly. I merely reinforced what he was saying about not being witty enough, not criticising him in any undue manner. So, as to your first point: Use a correct word instead of one that you think makes you sound clever.

      Secondly, gypsies marginalise themselves. You cannot hold yourself as your own sovereign nation within another one and expect others not to react harshly towards you, nevermind expect equal rights when you do not do equal things. Especially when your community has one of the highest rates of both child and spousal abuse within the Western world.

      Third, and finally, I don’t deny that reality TV is fucking terrible, but it can provide an insight into a lot of things that are otherwise untouched. Doubly so when you see that same insight reflected across pretty much every other form of media AND simple factual information.

    • Mad Hamish says:

      Welcome to the traveler debate England. Also sorry.


      an Irish person.

    • Alphabet says:

      I am unreasonably biased in favor of this game because of the work of one of the designers on Bethesda Softworks games in the past.

      I am very sad that anyone would think that voiding their opinion-bowels of hideous, racist, stereotype-reinforcing right-wing cliched antithought was an appropriate use of an RPS comment thread.

    • RF says:

      I can’t wait until Alphabet meets an actual gypsy. I’m sure you know exactly what they’re like since you are not one, you’ve never met one and probably will never meet one.

      EDIT: Also, what did anything I say have to do with right-wing economics?

    • Alphabet says:

      Your assumption that I haven’t met any travelers is as odd as your assumption that I mentioned economics.

      I’ve known many travelers, from my time in the boxing club at University College, Galway, to my time helping out in a bar in West Cork. They seem to come in all shapes, sizes, temperaments, and inclinations – just like every other sort of group where membership isn’t initially optional. Hating such groups is called racism; it’s not a perfect word, and it covers a whole spectrum of prejudice, but it’ll do.

    • RF says:

      lol Ireland.

      Let me ask you two quick questions: Do you know why they went boxing and do you know if any of them paid taxes? I expect the answer to both of those is “No”.

      Also, you did mention economics. Your inability to understand any of these concepts kinda just ruins your entire point. Right-wing has nothing to do with any belief other than economics within the British Isles.

    • cheapbeerbaron says:

      this sounds like the aboriginal arguments in Australia, no-one wants to admit the majority of them are drunk or the high rate of crime/drug and child abuse and if you do your a bastard

    • Alphabet says:

      “lso, you did mention economics. Your inability to understand any of these concepts kinda just ruins your entire point. Right-wing has nothing to do with any belief other than economics within the British Isles.”

      That’s just fantastically stupid. I applaud you, you are the Harold Lloyd of debate.

      As to your justification for cheap hatred, I’m sure most travelers have very low incomes, and thus fall below the tax threshold. Do some of them avoid tax? Perhaps; so does Philip Green, so does Tesco. It’s not a problem restricted to the poor, and their tax avoidance matters less. Perhaps next time you’ll use a thread about a new video game to denounce the wealthy?

    • Mr E Meats says:

      This is RPS, not some internet fisticuffs arena.

      And from what I can tell, you all get your information from Snatch and should be fed to the pigs.

    • RF says:

      @What’s-His-Face: You only wave away that because I am correct. Maybe you should learn what you’re trying to discuss before you discuss it. :D

      Actually, most of them make a (rather significant) living from illegal boxing. They don’t pay tax because “they don’t need to” and anyone that TRIES to collect tax from them will be shortly given a severe kicking before they all quickly move to another site.

      But that’s okay, because YOU “feel for them” and “know some of them are good people”. (Both of those were paraphrased because your sentences were far more sickeningly sweet.)

      And, yes, I would happily pick on larger corporations and often do, but there wasn’t a place to do some stupid tangent that involved me inextricably shouting at massive corporations and the fact the wealthy evade tax. It WAS the place, however, to mention the fact that gypsies will often be doing illegal boxing, working a job without informing the government, collecting dole AND not paying tax all at the same time.

      @cheapbeerbaron: Pretty much, except we’re being more honest and open about it, but that means people claim they’re being racially prejudiced against, when it’s more their culture. Any attempts to integrate and conform their culture results in the same race card being played, so you might as well just kick them out.

      A culture that villifies people that pay tax, stay in a single spot and actually contribute to the country is clearly a good thing, though, according to What’s-His-Face.

    • Syra says:

      >Log into RPS
      >Realise it’s been flooded with chanfags
      >continue to despise chanfags

    • outoffeelinsobad says:

      AF is a lifetroll. We have his kind in the US too. We call them Libertarians.

    • jimjonescult says:

      Please enlighten me on the nature of these odious Libertarians you speak of from the US. My understanding is they believe in limited government, private property rights and mutual respect of inherent individual rights. I know there are many who seek to marginalize them as a group (like you just did) because their idea that you don’t need to depend on a government to live is dangerous, especially to those whose power and means to live derives from the government (not just politicians and big business, but welfare recipients and government workers too!).

  2. thebigJ_A says:

    Wait, so magic has been gone for untold years, and it’s return is upsetting yadda yadda… but there’s an extant faction of magic users? If magic just came back what have they been doing all this time?

    Oh, why am I trying to make sense of this?

    I’m cautiously optimistic. i don’t like the art style, and the fighting looks too much like Fable, but I’m getting a bit of a Morrowind vibe from the different factions and their interactions. Here’s hoping!

    • RF says:

      Taking some hardcore drugs so they can “feel the magic, man”.

    • Daniel Is I says:

      I think the key word is magic is “returning,” meaning that they had access to it at one time or another. We may be able to assume that their studies were focused around ways to bring about the return of magic. Also, if the Fey are indeed immortal than it may be possible that they are at the center of this faction.

      I prefer the art style because it’s refreshing to see a game with such a variety of color. As for the combat, I can’t attest to it personally but, if I remember correctly, TotalBiscuit is an avid fan of hack-‘n-slash games like God of War and Darksiders. He was able to play some Alpha content and said he was satisfied with it up to that point. For what it amounts to, it makes me optimistic.

      I just hope that all factions are as viable for every character as this whole “Choose your own path” is making things out to be. I have plans for an Arcane Warrior in mind.

  3. njolnin says:

    Is that Claudia Black narrating the trailer?

  4. Zepp says:


  5. Tams80 says:

    Now this is the kind of narration I like. The voice acting seems pretty good to. (Please don’t go on about stereotypes).

    Third person adventure games like this are my favourite. They also seem to be more colourful in general. Looks like the game for me.

  6. Namos says:

    I mustn’t get excited, I mustn’t get excited.

    Wait, why mustn’t I get excited, again?
    A new RPG IP, with action combat with multiple factions and paths to pursue. This game looks more and more promising.
    Too bad I’m probably going to be inundated with tests when this comes out.
    So that’s why I mustn’t get excited…

    Good narration, for a change. Was getting kind of tired of bombastic narrator #3.

    • Wizardry says:

      There’s no such thing as an RPG with action combat.

    • Chris D says:

      You might at least offer us some cheap shoes while you’re here.

    • Unaco says:

      Wizardry’s not even useful for that.

    • Nick says:

      and what are you useful for?

    • Unaco says:

      I do weddings and Bar Mitzvahs. I also have a Sunny disposition which tends to rub off on others, thus generally improving the mood everywhere I go. My hair is fantastic as well.

      I suppose, I could be ‘useful’ and counter Wizardry’s assertion that there are no RPG’s with Action Combat… but, quite frankly, it’s such a ludicrous statement that it can’t be taken seriously. And arguing with Wizardry is like masturbation with a cheese grater… mildly amusing, but mostly painful.

    • Quirk says:

      This from the guy who called original Deadlands a “poker-RPG hybrid”, and appears to have no actual RPG experience beyond D&D played as a straight up dungeon crawl…

      yeah, Wizardry’s done a pretty good job on the forums of demolishing any idea that he might know squat about what an RPG is.

  7. fenriz says:

    shit some1 remind them videogames are not only story, like movies.

    this is shamelessly and blatantly a console game.

    clone of fable/ff/zelda

    • Unaco says:

      That’s 3 pretty good games right there. Might keep an eye on this one.

      And as for it being a console game… Console Game, PC Game, Board Game… who really cares if it’s a GOOD game?

    • fenriz says:

      how can it be good if it’s console, and accessible, and mainstream?

      For example for me good is everything non-combat related(and interactable ofc!)

      while this, c’mon, it’s based entirely on the twisted and colorful looks, a good atmosphere, and captivating story.

      It’s all good, but… this is a videogame, not a movie. Games that are good for non-game related aspects can only WOUND videogaming as interaction, they WEAKEN it.

  8. Maldomel says:

    Looks GOOD. But if I choose to be a traveler, can I still kick-ass in fights or cast magic missiles?
    I’d hate to be put down in other ways even though the call of the road seems natural to take for me.

  9. ecat says:

    The tingly feeling, once lost to the mortal races has returned to the world of video games. The yawn fest inducing stream of hack, slash, pew-pew trailers is thrown into chaos by one that dares to feature a female protagonist exploring a world of factions, races and Houses. A trailer with a body count of less than 10. A trailer featuring more lines of dialogue describing the factions, races and Houses than most modern games use in their actual implementation of these elements.

    Is that Claudia Black narrating? Whoever it is is doing a fine job with a script that hints at a game written for a target audience somewhat older than usual 5 to 7 group.

    I cannot claim to feel excited by the prospect in another game of climbing a mountain to shout at a lizard, but the part in this trailer when the tree roots open allowing access to the domain of the elves leaves me wide eyed.

    Yes, the battle between Skyrim and KoA is an interesting one. And in my eyes it is a battle, a battle between hatchet Howard and crazy Ken. With past experience and a cynical eye Skyrim is looking to be a graphically realistic world devoid of all but the most simplistic over arching history, politics and traditional RPG mechanics. The question is, can Ken and co. pull off a stylised world resplendent in history and politics and make it feel like a fully functional place?

  10. pakoito says:

    I want a feature from RPS “comparing” Skyrim, Amalur and Nehrim for christmas, it’d be a great present <3

  11. Alistair says:

    There was one cliche they missed:

    Oh hang on, no there wasn’t.

    Interesting they think there’s room for another fantasy RPG, on top of Witchers and Elder Scrolls and Risens and Gothics and Two Worldses.

    • pakoito says:

      There should only be one RPG, one RTS, one FPS, one MMO and one Puzzle Platform game in the market, I say.

    • Doesntmeananything says:

      Either it’s the fault of this particular presentation or the game is completely derivative in every aspect. I say developers should at least have the conception of genre oversaturation. Or just imagination, for that matter.

    • pakoito says:

      It looks like a good game based off clichés of what a fantasy world is like. Those clichés were established by 50 years of fantasy literature, movies and culture people rather liked and ejoyed. I don’t see the problem of playing by the clichés as long as the game remains good, and neither did I see it playing Space Marine or Gears of War.

      What does KoA give that others don’t? well, first the combat is better than some so-called hack’n’slash games such as Darksiders, but it still has the openness of the RPG; second, everything else (forging, enchanting, loot, conversations, handmade scripted dungeons, factions, economy, even traps are actually hazardous) seems to be done right, which doesn’t apply to most games: oblivion’s consolization, DA2 massive screwup, Risen’s lack of polish, 2W2 lack of charisma…

    • BathroomCitizen says:

      I think there was once a thread in the old RPS forum that was about non-clichèd fantasy settings.

      I wish the ACE team would have created a RPG based in the Zeno Clash world.
      Now, THAT would be nice.

    • RF says:

      > Expecting a setting written by RA Salvatore (The Count of Cliché, as he’s known) to be original and non-derivative.