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Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning

1 week ago

Kingdoms Of Amalur’s escape from limbo with THQ Nordic may require EA’s blessing

The cruel legal realities of this world threaten once more to crush John's gentle heart. Despite reports last week that THQ Nordic had snapped up the intellectual property rights to his much-loved Kingdoms Of Amalur from defunct developers 38 Studios, those wanting to play a re-launch shouldn't hold their breath. Any remaster or re-release of Kingdoms Of Amalur: Reckoning will likely need authorisation from EA,…

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2 weeks ago

3 years ago

Feature: Reckon You Should

Have You Played… Kingdoms Of Amalur: Reckoning

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game recommendations. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time. Few better games have been given a tougher break than Kingdoms Of Amalur: Reckoning [official site]. A truly wonderful epic, bright, and action-led RPG, it was screwed from every direction. It deserves your attention still.

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5 years ago

Nobody Wants Poor Old Kingdoms Of Amalur – Sniff

This is too sad. Kingdoms Of Amalur, the basis for one of the best RPGs in years, has failed to sell in 38 Studios' assets auction. As reported by Polygon, no one was prepared to put up what current owners Heritage Global Partners were willing to take, despite another $320,000 being raised for other sales, including the Rise Of titles. But poor old Amalur remains…

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6 years ago

Feature: Reckoning

Why Didn’t Everyone Play Kingdoms Of Amalur?!

There's a game you probably didn't play. It came out last year, it's a genuine epic, a vast, elaborate RPG with a sprawling story and vast numbers of sidequests. It features superbly in-depth combat, has huge variety in character design and levelling, and lets you instantly wander from the main plot and explore its enormous world to your own entertainment. It's Kingdoms Of Amalur: Reckoning.

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Things You Will Not Get: Amalur Patch, Reckoning 2

The saga of 38 Studios continues to be an eternally springing font of sad. A wrenching 379 layoffs are, of course, the centerpiece of this Shakespearean tragedy, but further fallout has revealed incredibly sketchy mortgage practices for relocated employees, and now, Joystiq's reporting that Reckoning 2 was in pre-production before Curt Schilling's money Titanic collided with an iceberg that was also the apocalypse. And, to make…

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Saving Throw: Amalur Dev Pays Gov, Pegs MMO For 2013

Generally, the weekend is life's pause button. But occasionally, things happen. Strange things. Vile things. Things involving incessant backstabbery and good people falling on impossibly hard times. Oh, wait, I'm just describing yesterday's Game of Thrones (wasn't it great?). No, no, the real world weekend actually yielded a bloom-lit bounty of good news. In short, Kingdoms of Amalur developer 38 Studios (and subsidiary Big Huge…

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Bottom Of The Ninth: 38 Can’t Pay State Or Employees

When we last glanced in Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning developer 38 Studios' direction, trouble was afoot - but it was tiptoeing, perhaps while disguised as some form of shrubbery. Now, though, things have taken a whiplash-inducing turn for the worst. In short, Joystiq reports that former baseball star Curt Schilling's unlikely venture has borrowed a total of $75 million from the state of Rhode Island…

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Time For A Reckoning: 38 Studios In Trouble?

Kingdoms of Amalur creators 38 Studios, who are based in Providence, Rhode Island, are apparently in talks with that state about their financial difficulties, as reported by this Providence newspaper. Superbly-named governor Lincoln Chafee said: "We're always working to keep Rhode Island companies solvent, and that's what we're doing with 38 Studios." Reportedly, the game sold 410,000 copies across all formats - a figure which…

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Amalur’s Next DLC “Magically Floats In The Sky”

Well, in the game, at least. The latest add-on for Kingdoms Of Amalur: Reckoning will invite you to "Explore the city of Idylla, which magically floats in the sky above the Teeth of Naros." What are those things? Well, one is a city that magically floats in the sky, and has twenty new quests in it, and the teeth are "a forgotten land" which apparently…

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7 years ago

A Pirate I Was Meant To Be: Amalur Dead Kel Trailer

The Legend of Dead Kel, the first big DLC for swords and conversation RPG Kingdoms of Amalur is arriving tomorrow, letting you loose on the treacherous island of Gallow's End in search of haunted pirate booty. It's a chunk of story-driven content with a focus on player housing, featuring "the most expansive player housing option yet," and if there's one thing I need in my…

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The Legend Of Dead Kel Expands Amalur By 15%

The news beacon of Electronic Arts has been lit, signalling the approach of a large story-driven DLC for Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning. The expansion, called The Legend Of Dead Kel, takes place on the island of Gallow's End, where you can "claim ownership of a vast personal estate" and also kill new monsters with new and interesting weapons. There's been lots of work put into…

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Feature: Ham Of Legend

Kingdoms Of Amalur: Reckoning review

Having poured many fevered hours into the release version of Kingdoms Of Amalur: Reckoning I can now ask you not to judge it entirely on its weak, wonky demo. Have a read of my review, and then mix the two experiences together to create a potion of critical insight +3. Here's wot I think.

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Kingdoms of Amalur’s Fantasy World Tour

We've already had a taste of Kingdoms' blank stares and fighting-game type combat in the demo, but a new trailer shows much more of the world, and rather fancy it looks, too. It shows how the stories are told, as well as showing off some of the more impressive locations. There's some emphasis on the side-quests, and it promises "secrets" scattered across the landscape, presumably…

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Kingdoms Of Amalamadingdongdemo

38 Studios/Big Huge Games' promising but awkwardly-named RPG Kingdoms of Ham Sandwich: Baconing is only three weeks away now, and you can treat your EYES and EARS and FINGERS and WHATEVER OTHER ORGANS YOU USE TO PLAY GAMES WITH to a fairly sizeable Amalur demo from the Steams right now. So far it's content I already played for a preview a while back, but it's…

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EA Demos To Unlock Items In Other Games

You know, I didn't bat an eyelid at the Mass Effect/Dragon Age pre-order crossover stuff, because it seemed like a random lark within Bioware games. Not so! And not limited to the preemptory pounds, either. EA look like they're going to try the cross-pollinatory approach across a bunch of their other games, too, starting with Mass Effect and Kingdoms Of Amalur demos. We mentioned this…

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Kingdoms Of Amalur’s Non-Combat Bits

It's yet another Kingdoms of Amalur video. There have been so many that I almost skipped straight past this one, continuing on my way through the internets in search of something more succulent. An unfathomable urge caused me to linger, however, and to watch. I'm glad I did because it's the first time any footage of the game has managed to convince me there'll be…

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Kingdoms of Amalur’s Handsome Combat

What I presume will be the final 2011 "insider" video for Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning focuses on its action-RPGness, which means talking about the combat and the stuff that articulates the combat, the art and animation. It's quite an interesting angle to take, actually, looking at how the animators have to try and portray the fight 'em up mechanics that the designers are trying to…

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Fate Fight: Kingdoms Of Amalur: Reckoning

Footage of Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning makes it clear that the fateless hero will spend a great deal of time ending the destinies of almost everything he comes across. As Alec's hands-on experience taught him, having an open world doesn't mean an RPG has to be about exploring and collecting vegetables. It can also be mostly about killing things, which isn't necessarily a bad thing.…

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