Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning's online pass unlocks single-player content

Electronic Arts has decided to lock some content for the single-player RPG Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning behind a one-use, online pass.

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Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning is a single-player action-RPG, but that hasn't deterred publisher Electronic Arts from locking some of the game's content behind a single-use "online pass." Folks purchasing new copies of Big Huge Game's newest title will find their codes in their boxes, but folks procuring used copies will be in a different boat. As noted by Destructoid, the "Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning Online Pass" unlocks the "House of Valor" faction quest, which includes "seven additional single-player quests."

Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning's online pass revealed

Warner Bros. received some flak for locking Catwoman behind an online pass in last year's single-player Batman: Arkham City. Those without a new code would be able to buy her campaign for an additional $15. EA implemented "online pass" features in Mass Effect 2 as well, locking an extra character and additional missions behind a DLC pay wall. It's likely (but not confirmed) that the "House of Valor" faction quest will also be available for purchase separately. Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning comes out for PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3 on February 7.
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    January 27, 2012 11:30 AM

    Jeff Mattas posted a new article, Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning's online pass unlocks single-player content.

    Electronic Arts has decided to lock some content for the single-player RPG Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning behind a one-use, online pass.

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      January 27, 2012 11:41 AM

      Just to combine threads, Gabe from Penny Arcade seems to be loving Amalur - http://penny-arcade.com/2012/01/27/amalur

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        January 27, 2012 11:52 AM

        sounds good. the class system sounds fantastic.

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        January 27, 2012 11:54 AM

        If I completely agree with him does it mean I have good or shitty taste in games?

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        January 27, 2012 12:22 PM

        I get the feeling that Jeff, the author of this post, was expecting some outrage. Instead we got, "Dude I hear this game's pretty awesome." I love you guys.

        By the way this game is awesome. Also 7 out of hundreds of quests seems like the minimum amount of content that will go behind a pay wall. That catwoman stuff was the same way. Fun but no big deal.

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        January 27, 2012 1:57 PM

        WTF better than Skyrim? Oh hell naw

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        January 27, 2012 5:31 PM

        I didn't realize Ken Rolston was at BHG. Kinda makes sense for what Amalur is.

        Man I would die for a proper RoN sequel. RoL was not scratching that itch.

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      January 27, 2012 12:13 PM

      This is an insanely generic rpg and I don't understand in the least why it's getting so much attention. It has a combat system that would only be considered barely passable if it was an action game, but since it's an RPG it's the second coming of jobs.

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        January 27, 2012 12:24 PM

        The demo was a shit ton of fun. And there isn't enough info on the game world for me to determine if it's massively generic yet.

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          January 27, 2012 12:37 PM

          How can you say the demo is fun and then say you don't have enough to determine if it's massively generic? I spent over an hour in the demo and 2/3 through I was so mind numbingly bored I killed every last npc in the demo including all villagers.

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            January 27, 2012 1:22 PM

            Uhhh, because I had a ton of fun playing it but didn't have enough lore to say it was generic either way?

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        January 27, 2012 12:31 PM

        Dude....Gabe from PA disagrees with you:
        " In the end I just want to make sure this game doesn’t slip past your radar. I think it would be easy to look at it and think it’s a pretty standard RPG. In reality Amalur is a unique experience full of great ideas. Do yourself a favor and check it out. -Gabe out"

        You can't disagree with Gabe. He's like nerd Jesus I'm assuming.

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          January 27, 2012 1:30 PM

          Based on what I've seen and read of his DMing skills, I'd say that's a pretty fair comparison.

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        January 27, 2012 5:19 PM

        What?!?! The combat looks awesome!!!

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kyu38nXLcko

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      January 27, 2012 12:13 PM

      AWESOME. Keep it coming!

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      January 27, 2012 12:26 PM

      ALRIGHT. I fucking preordered it. Goddammit.

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      January 27, 2012 12:27 PM

      welp, i refuse to pay full price for games that support this garbage. Rage, Batman, now this..I'll wait for a $15 steam sale down the road..

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        January 27, 2012 12:52 PM

        I don't see the problem. You get more game if you buy it new. They aren't penalizing used game purchaser's they have provided incentive to buy new.

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          January 27, 2012 12:59 PM

          And good on them for it too. Used market always feels toxic to game developers. The only problem I have with it is when it can take advantage of the uninformed buyers (ie mom at gamestop).

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        January 27, 2012 4:09 PM

        Certainly a valid choice. At least that way, the developer still gets some money in the end, instead of it all going to Gamestop who did NOTHING to develop the game. They just act as parasites off the relationship between developers and gamers. I can understand you being upset by this, but the more the used market becomes less viable, the more money goes back into actually making MORE GREAT GAMES.

        Just some food for thought.

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      January 27, 2012 12:46 PM

      So if I buy the game new, how does this affect me?

      I see it is a deterent to used sales, but is there a downside for the original owner?

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        January 27, 2012 1:35 PM

        It doesnt. Just like ME2, you buy it, put your code in, bam full game.

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      January 27, 2012 12:51 PM

      I've played the demo. Seems like it's OK. Might even be good.

      But, while I have very little problem with "online pass" type things for multiplayer access, I strongly dislike the idea of it for singleplayer content.

      This one...may just have to wait. Too many games in my backlog.

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        January 27, 2012 4:34 PM

        Consider that this game has no multiplayer content. So, single-player content was the only choice they had if they wanted to incentivize new game purchases.

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      January 27, 2012 1:59 PM

      boo lame

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      January 27, 2012 4:21 PM

      38 Studios community manager Muse: "The House of Valor was created as stand-alone content, and was always intended to be the first DLC." http://www.joystiq.com/2012/01/27/kingdoms-of-amalur-reckoning-locks-out-questline-via-online-pas/

      I don't know if they potentially could have included it on the 360 disc (no capacity excuse for PS3 or PC), but all multiplatform AAA games today are planning DLC out of the gate. This is their "Be happy we're not charging $15 for it a month after release" post, I guess.

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      January 27, 2012 4:33 PM

      Amazon has the download $10 cheaper than everywhere else by the way.

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        January 27, 2012 5:23 PM

        I'm pretty sure the Amazon version will be unlocked through Origin, not Steam. I don't care, but other people might.

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          January 27, 2012 7:15 PM

          Yeah, I'm not sure who does the fulfillment on their order.

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            January 27, 2012 9:56 PM

            The publisher on Amazon is listed as EA and they've made a statement in a FAQ or thread (I forget which) that all digital distribution copies require a 1-time activation through Origin, except for the Steam version.

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              January 27, 2012 10:01 PM

              Wish I could edit posts. Anyway, the only reasons I can think of to get the Steam version over a version that's going to be linked to Origin:
              A) You're on an anti-Origin crusade.
              B) You want Steam achievements.
              C) Steam tends to have better/more frequent sales than Origin, so you might have more opportunities to get DLC cheap on Steam.

              I'm pretty close to just getting the digital Amazon version for the $9 off.

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      January 27, 2012 8:06 PM

      What the what!?

      ign says: "It's arcadey, to be sure, but when you compare it to the three popular fantasy RPGs of our time -- Skyrim, Dark Souls and Dragon Age -- Reckoning easily outclasses all of them in the gameplay department. The competition isn't even remotely close in any respect."

      Wow.

      http://ps3.ign.com/articles/121/1216517p1.html

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        January 27, 2012 9:18 PM

        wtf - gameplay didnt seem that great in the demo

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          January 27, 2012 9:35 PM

          I'll buy that it's better than Skyrim in the action/combat portion but not the other two.

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        January 27, 2012 9:21 PM

        oh my.

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        January 27, 2012 9:34 PM

        It'll blow you away - IGN.com

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        January 27, 2012 9:34 PM

        This can be only a good thing right? More good RPGs the better. Now is the final product really that good and bug free (PC wise)?

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        January 27, 2012 10:08 PM

        I can't hear IGN over the sound of them sucking EA's dick.

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        January 27, 2012 10:18 PM

        I enjoyed the demo, and I definitely think Reckoning is the most accessible of the four, but claiming it outclasses them all in gameplay is rather silly. Between the three they listed alone its like comparing apples to oranges. I think from the perspective of a casual gamer, Reckoning would probably be the favorite for sure, but among more experienced RPG players it'll probably be considered the weakest in terms of depth of play.

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        January 27, 2012 11:12 PM

        Skyrim? That's liking winning the special olypmics.

        Dragon Age? Everyone has opinions I guess

        Dark Souls? Checking IGN for Kingdoms of Amalur ads.

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      January 27, 2012 9:58 PM

      You know... I was put off by the art style at first but I like what they are going for and the developers seem very passionate about the game. For the first few minutes of the demo I still wasn't blown away... but I found that I couldn't stop playing the demo (on the PC). Then I played it again.. then I downloaded it on the 360 and played it AGAIN. I don't know... it's like "Co...STANZA" it kind of gets in your head and doesn't get out. The combat system looks shallow on the surface but seems to get relatively deep once you get good at it.

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      January 27, 2012 10:32 PM

      Doesn't bother me at all - I never (or rarely) buy used or trade my games in. I like to keep them. ::: shrug :::

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      January 27, 2012 11:07 PM

      Anyone know if this game has character creation, or do you have to play as that dickhead in the trailer?

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      January 27, 2012 11:19 PM

      I was going to buy it new but now the resale value is so low I'll just wait for a $30 steam sale.

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      January 28, 2012 1:34 AM

      the pirates wont have to put up with this kinda bullshit.... just sayin

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        January 29, 2012 3:20 AM

        And thats the problem! But not an easy one to fix to be fair

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      January 29, 2012 3:19 AM

      I played the demo and far from convinced. Not that it seemed bad but it wasnt grabbing the attention.

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