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Bless my soul, an RPG. An action RPG, but an RPG nonetheless. This is a glorious time. It also shows that the genre is not dead. Well, not entirely anyway. Big Huge Games offers its own take on the genre, bringing us into an open world, filled with quests, items, weapons and all the boxes you can smash to your heart's content. But is there more to it?

At first glance, things seem just right, don't they? After the brief introduction sequence, players get to customize the appearance of their character and choose from a variety of options regarding race, basic abilities and class. Races are divided into Ljosalfar, Varani, Almain and Dokkalfa, each with its own set of bonuses that may help you create your hero. There are three basic types of abilities to upgrade - Might, Finesse and Sorcery. Leveling up also involves improving other character facets, such as Persuasion, Alchemy, Blacksmithing, Sagecraft, Detect Hidden, Dispelling, Lockpicking, Mercantile and Stealth.

Read our review of Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning.

"Hey, at least is better than Witcher! - touretul"34

Casey Hudson from BioWare informs us that the development studio's latest addition to the Mass Effect series has now gone gold, which, in case you didn't already know, means that the game is going into mass production to make its officially scheduled release date (that's March 6 in the US and March 8 in Europe).

The game is on its way to PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC platforms, with the developer promising to release a playable demo for the game tomorrow, giving players to try out a sample of the sci-fi shooter.

"Quote: BANG, BANG, BANG! Kill, shoot, slice and fornicate! Right on Vader, that's about all... - Terminator"11

So, there's Amalur, yeah... Um, I just dunno. Ya know?

AT COMIC: Amalur - I Expected More

"I didn't expect much from the game and got exactly what I expected. Played it for 10mins past the... - omegavondoom"16

Well, the latest weekly UK charts are in and so are the Steam sales charts and guess what? Big Huge Games' RPG, Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning has topped both of them. Here's the UK top 10 chart for the week ending on February 4:

  1. Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning
  2. Final Fantasy XIII-2.
  3. The Darkness 2
  4. Metal Gear Solid HD Collection
  5. FIFA 12
  6. Battlefield 3
  7. Modern Warfare 3
  8. Assassin's Creed: Revelations
  9. Skyrim
  10. Mario & Sonic: London 2012 Olympics
  11. SoulCalibur V
  12. Just Dance 3
  13. Zumba Fitness
  14. Skylanders
  15. Saints Row: The Third
  16. Rage
  17. Need for Speed: The Run
  18. Zumba Fitness 2
  19. Mario Kart 7
  20. Catherine

And here are the weekly top sellers on Steam:

  1. Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning
  2. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
  3. Jagged Alliance: Back in Action
  4. Gotham City Imposters
  5. The Darkness II
  6. Call of Duty: modern Warfare 3
  7. Crusader Kings II
  8. Stronghold 3
  9. Plants versus Zombies: Game of the Year Edition

Our review of Kingdoms of Amalur will be up later today.

"It's pretty much like Fable and God of War had a kid. It's a decent game, but Having a hard time... - finaleve"3

AT HQ is gonna be relocated within the next couple of days. Not that it should matter to you guys, but I have to announce these things just in case. We'll be moving to bigger offices and I, for one, will get a new and bigger desk, which made me a happy man. There's one up side to having stomach problems, at least I don't have to carry the furniture and all the office stuff.

Anyway, the official moving day for AT offices is Wednesday, so updates may be slightly late on that day, just so you know.

"Mornin' Thats awesome dude! *FTLs back to Hoth* Edit: Mass Effect 3 Demo Tomorrow Bitches!!... - Doomsday."11

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