Kingdoms of Amalur: Re-Reckoning - Switch Review
"Nostalgia aside, Kingdoms of Amalur: Re-Reckoning, at its core, is an enjoyable open world RPG."
It’s the year 2012 and you’ve just bought the open world action RPG game Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning for your Xbox 360, PC or Playstation 3. You thoroughly enjoy it but then only months later the studio goes bankrupt, it’s revealed that there won’t be a sequel and you’re left wondering what could’ve been. Fast forward to the year 2020, widely acknowledged to be the year from hell, and you read some amazing news. The team at THQ Nordic are rereleasing the game on the Xbox One, Playstation 4 and PC. You’re devastated that the Nintendo Switch is missing out but swallow your sadness because at least you’ll be able to enjoy Amalur again. Finally, on January 19th, 2021, you hear the news: it’s coming to the switch - and now it’s finally here!
This is probably where the remaster of Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning varies the most from its original release back in 2012. It is, at its most basic, a typical action-RPG with combat that is more akin to a 3D brawler. This can be a double-edged sword though as it is more forgiving to newcomers and yet, it lacks the complexities of other open world RPGs that are available on the Nintendo Switch (e.g. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, etc.). The game itself runs at a consistent 30 frames per second and during my time with it, I didn’t notice any dips which is a credit to Re-Reckoning.
Holy side quests, Batman! My oh my are there lots of side quests. In total, there are apparently 200 side quests in Kingdoms of Amalur: Re-Reckoning. You could pick up a Boggart in the game and throw it and it’d probably hit someone who has a quest they want you to complete. It sometimes feels a little overwhelming when you’re first starting out because there are quests left, right and centre. Don’t worry about them though; as you move through the world, you will naturally come across quest markers - my best advice is to accept them all and just go on your merry way.
Also, a side note, as an added bonus for those who played the original but didn’t buy the DLC, Re-Reckoning comes with the DLC included (huzzah!).