At least for now, I’ve decided to pass on Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning.

In a rare case where comments from friends are echoing official reviews, the game seems to have a pretty forgettable story. That was the part that made Reckoning a questionable purchase. Then, while watching the Destructoid video review, I heard two words that sealed it’s fate: boss fights. I had two words of my own when I head that: no thanks.

Sorry, but I immediately had Deus Ex: Human Revolution flashbacks when I heard that. Also, just to prove that there’s other games where boss fights ruin things, I’ve never finished Dawn of War II: Chaos Rising because the boss at the very end is ridiculously difficult.

I would definitely be more tempted if I didn’t have Skyrim sitting on my computer waiting for my return, not to mention the fact that Bethesda just released the Creation Kit for the game, but for now I’m going to pass. Besides, I’m sure it will show up on one of Steam’s ludicrously cheap sales.

Kindgoms of Ambivalence
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4 thoughts on “Kindgoms of Ambivalence

  • February 9, 2012 at 10:22 am

    It’s an Action RPG, of course it’s going to have boss fights.

    That doesn’t mean every game with boss fights has to be Deus Ex level of annoying. After all, boss fights have been around since the early days of video games. We fight Donatra’s Scimitar or the Assimilated Carrier in STFs every day, those are boss fights…

    • February 9, 2012 at 9:03 pm

      True, but the only time I’ve enjoyed boss fights was in more limited games where’s it’s more of a quick time event. Space Marine and Batman: Arkham City were both games where the boss fights were fun. RPGs offer a lot of customization, though, which makes it more likely you could run into a boss that’s designed in a way that your character can’t win if you’ve made a unique enough build.

  • February 9, 2012 at 9:44 pm

    Not sure if he wrote the game exactly, but a friend of mine had recommended Salvatore for a good fantasy read and I ended up reading several of his novels, but in retrospect, he’s really just not that good a writer.

    • February 10, 2012 at 12:29 am

      I read the first few Drizzt books back in high school but don’t remember too much about them, it’s been twenty years or more though.

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