Posted: April 30
I find it difficult to find an RPG that I can continuously come back to without getting bored of, and I have played Skyrim. In comparison to KoA, Skyrim is similar, but a little less immersive.
The world of KoA is beautiful. The lore and the main story are well-written, and make the playing even more enjoyable. And the combat is fluid, and fun.
The primary and secondary weapon system makes it so much easier to transition from a long-range to close-range weapon, or a slow weapon to a fast, or any sort of pairing one can think of. The different types of weapon (Chakrams, Greatsword, Hammer, Longsword, Daggers, Staves, Scepters, Faeblades, and Bows) provide much entertainment in battle.
No complexity nonsense with the controls. Movements are fluid and there are only 2 buttons. Mashing doesn't always work-- dodging is a necessity, making it less lifeless and more active. I suppose it is a little repetitive, but I find it fun, personally. (I might be wrong.)
Also, the whole "you choose your own fate" idea makes it easy to go down whatever path you want to, whether it be finesse, sorcery, or might. You can even have hybrid combinations.
Cool note: your dodge, if you take the finesse/sorcery route, can be replaced by a short-range teleport, which can later deal poison damage if you teleport through enemies.
You have what I call "lorestones" scattered all over the world. The loading screens give you tidbits, and the cutscenes are, if nothing else, pretty. Dialogue with NPCs allow you to delve deeper into the story if you want to.
I love the whole fantasy-world-in-danger spin.
Also, you are "fateless". You're bound by nothing at all. And you have an uber-super-cool special kill mode.
I love games with beautiful graphics. Some pixelated games, too, work well, but KoA is far from pixelated. The faces are smooth, the armor and weapons are pretty, and the world is vivid. Walking through the forests or the swamps or the cities is an immersive experience in itself.
You can salvage items you don't feel like selling for components, which can then be used to forge the weapon of your dreams. Weapon customization at its finest. You can use gems as supplements, and (this is a small thing, but it's great) you can name your carefully crafted weapon, or armor. Name your longsword "Bootybuster" or something. Not that I would.
(THE FINAL VERDICT)
Yo, buy this. I was looking for a good RPG for a long while. I bought this along with The Last Remnant (which I also HIGHLY recommend) and found that I loved it.