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Kingdoms of Amalur demo hitting Xbox Live next week

Still unsure if EA's Skyrim/Fable hybrid Kingdom's of Amalur will be worthwhile? Well, EA has two bits of news that might help sway you one way or another. The first is a new trailer, showing off the game's crafting and skills system. Unlike Skyrim, your character in Amalur's skills don't share the same points as its combat abilities, meaning that you're able to invest in lockpicking, crafting, and persuasion without hindering your ability to fight. In the video below you're given a run-through of all of the different skills, letting you decide early which ones you want to invest in when the game releases next month.

 

The second (and likely more exciting) part comes from Major Nelson's blog. In a post today, he confirmed that a demo for Kingdom's of Amalur: Reckoning is not just in the works, but due out in the near future. The very, very near future. On January 17, Xbox Live users will be able to download a demo for the game, giving you the last thing you'll need to decide whether or not Amalur is for you. Besides our review, of course.

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9 comments

  • robinkurosaki - January 10, 2012 6:20 p.m.

    wow, no offense to people that think it looks good. but i think it looks pretty average, it looks like its going for WoW graphics, which is never a good thing and id love to know what eas thinking getting it released when everyone is still of course playing skyrim. it may well be a good game, but i think it will be the dungeon siege of last year, and that didnt even have rpg competition when it came out
  • winner2 - January 10, 2012 1:54 p.m.

    Personally, I'm thinking this will beat skyrim out for me. The flak cometh! And how the HELL am I supposed to type upside down numbers ?
  • TheMasterJeef - January 11, 2012 5:03 a.m.

    I second that. Im at level 38 in Skyrim and its become a bit Fus Ro Meh for me. Considering I wasn't even going to buy Skyrim, thats still pretty good going. Anyway, I have been hyped for Kingdoms of Amalur since the first trailer. Im just hoping there will be a bit of depth to combat, and that stealth isn't just an afterthought. I guess the demo should answer at least one of those.
  • FauxFurry - January 10, 2012 1:18 p.m.

    It looks to be everything which Fable should have been and that's all well and good, but can one play tiger-person who can shout fire into being after being empowered by swallowing the soul of a dragon or a silver-haired Nord lass who wields a gigantic sword as they assassinate beggars and politicians alike when they are not meddling in a local civil war? Can player characters even pick flowers in the Kingdoms of Amalur?! If not, then it likely won't pull many away from Skyrim for a while. It has elves, but I think that not all of the elves in Alfheim could pull them away from that game anytime in the near future.
  • deathman00789 - January 10, 2012 12:49 p.m.

    Ugh plz let there be a ps3 demo too. I can't wait to play this game
  • ParagonT - January 10, 2012 12:45 p.m.

    Looks interesting, but I'll wait for the demo.
  • samsneeze - January 10, 2012 12:41 p.m.

    Well seeing as how I didn't enjoy Skyrim at all and I know I'm not going to pay full price for Final Fantasy XIII-2, this is all I have left to look forward to in the RPG department. No, Mass Effect 3 does not count. "meaning that you're able to invest in lockpicking, crafting, and persuasion without hindering your ability to fight." Thank you in advance.
  • Bladex206 - January 10, 2012 12:38 p.m.

    So stoked, got my preorder.
  • Bawheidbob - January 10, 2012 12:18 p.m.

    Yeah i dunno about this one. Sadly i think everyone will be Skyrimmed out their nuts this could be a miss hit

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