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Kingdoms of Amalur trailer shows off a world worth saving

The world of Amalur in Kingdoms of Amalur is based on a line from author R.A. Salvatore's, in which he says "When you ask someone to save the world," explains R.A. Salvatore, "you want to give them a world worth saving." It's with this motto that 38 Studios and Big Huge Games crafted Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning's Amalur, a wholly unique fantasy world that looks much different than your typical land of swords and sorcery.

Beyond having its own lore and story, it also has... colors! That's right, you're not stumbling into the greens and greys of The Elder Scrolls or the browns and greys of Dragon Age - Amalur is colorful, and the world is bright colors, vivid neons, and a visual style that looks much different than any of the other open-world RPGs to come out lately. To find out more about the world check out the newly-released video, above, in which the developers show off some art for the game to explain why they went with the unorthodox (and somewhat World of Warcraft-like) world they eventually ended up settling on.

9 comments

  • Nephilim - January 20, 2012 1:35 a.m.

    The architecture is very Tolkien-esque (The buildings are designed along and around the natural environments and terrain, complimenting them). It does look much more unique and fresh than any other fantasy games, but the thing that will get me into this game will be the story -- if the story is average then I won't bother with the game.
  • Spybreak8 - January 19, 2012 8:05 p.m.

    Been watching this for a while and the art style is one of the things that got me interested in the first place. It's like what Fable wished it could be. There's also a bit of World of Warcraft expiration here as well. The demo reminded me of Fable/Darksiders/DragonAge/Guild Wars.
  • garnsr - January 19, 2012 3:37 p.m.

    I thought the game was going to be more like Elder Scrolls, but the demo seemed a lot like Fable to me. Not bad, necessarily, but I'm not sure the character art style is quite what I hoped for. I did enjoy the first two Fables, and this seems decent, and I don't know what else I'll have to play after I finish Skyrim, so I may check it out, but probably not preorder.
  • winner2 - January 19, 2012 2:23 p.m.

    Definitely going to pick this up. They really hit it spot on with the idea of completely re-writing the fantasy world. For me at least, the world looks nothing like anything i've ever seen in a game, and neither do the monsters. It's looking like this game is extremely vibrant, colorful, lush, and full of original thought. Really, really looking forward to it.
  • BladedFalcon - January 19, 2012 2:13 p.m.

    I really do like the amount of color that the game has, and that it looks pretty well polished. (Unlike fable, whose games I've always felt like the graphics feel a bit "rough around the edges")I do not think their creatures and places are as "Unique" as they claim, but it does have a vibrant, magical feel to it, and I respect that. If the whole massive world really has such diversity and amount of polish, this could have a LOT of potential. I'll know better when i try the demo in a few days. I have already downloaded it, but i wanna plat skyrim before I get distracted by anything else XD (And yes, I am also someone that downloaded the demo mainly for the ME3 extras XD)
  • playswithsquirrels - January 19, 2012 12:53 p.m.

    I played the demo yesterday just in case I end up picking up ME3, and was very pleasantly surprised by the colorful world. Instead of a dull, Dragon Age-type fantasy world, I was greeted by an impressive, vivid world that felt much more full of life. The demo definitely took me from "not interested" to "I'll wait and see what the reviews say."
  • An_Awesome_Guy - January 19, 2012 12:57 p.m.

    I had almost the exact same experience. I played the demo out of mere curiosity, but came away wanting to play more. No doubt I will buy this when it comes out.
  • NotBraze - January 19, 2012 12:29 p.m.

    Is it just me or does the music in this video sound like the theme from the Sam Raimi Spider-Man movies?
  • Spybreak8 - January 19, 2012 8:01 p.m.

    Yeah I thought the same thing, Amalur's theme song sounds like Spider-Man's theme song (it's the tumbling, ever building sound).

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