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Demo Jimpressions: Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning photo
Demo Jimpressions: Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning
by Jim Sterling

I've heard mixed things about Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning. Some say it's great, others feel a little disappointed. After spending time with the demo on Xbox Live, I'm not prepared to judge one way or another -- after all, it's a huge RPG that needs more than an hour. Still, I can say this -- I've got a good feeling about it. 

At its core, Reckoning is very much a typical open world, hack n' slash RPG. However, it's looking set to be a lovely one. Combat is straightforward, but tight and satisfying. Amalur is, itself, a rather beautiful environment -- very brightly colored, with a unique blend of "realistic" and cartoon-like visuals.

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