Play Kingdoms of Amalur Demo, get free Mass Effect 3 stuff (and vice versa)

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Next week, the demo for 38 Studios’ debut game, the intriguing open-world action adventure RPG Kingdoms of Amalur: The Reckoning goes live. It’s easily one of my most anticipated titles for this year, combining the open world exploration of the Elder Scrolls, the aesthetic of Fable and the combat of a fighting game. I really think it could be this year’s sleeper hit.

If you’re not quite as convinced, there’s the demo, which will allow you 45 minutes of freedom in the game’s open world. If you need further tempting, 38 Studios and Bioware have cooked up a genius incentive that’s sure to entice RPG gamers; free loot. Yup, by downloading and playing the Kingdoms of Amalur demo, you’ll unlock a few goodies for your Mass Effect 3 playthrough. Likewise, playing the Mass Effect 3 demo when it comes out will net you extra gear for Kingdoms of Amalur.

Here’s what you’ll get/

By playing the Kingdoms demo, you’ll unlock this extra gear in Mass effect 3, when the game hits retail on March 9 this year:

    • Reckoner Knight Armor: This armor will maximize damage done in close-quarters combat while a beefed–up power cell feeds energy into weapon systems to increase projectile velocity.
    • The Chakram Launcher: This weapon uses a fabricator to manufacture lightweight, explosive ammunition discs. This weapon is earned after completing the Reckoning demo and watching the trailer at the end.
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In addition, by playing the upcoming Mass Effect 3 demo,fans will unlock the following items for Reckoning when the game hits on February 10:

    • N7 Armor: Players can unlock special armor inspired by Commander Shepard’s iconic N7 battle armor including Helm, Cuirass, Gauntlets, Chausses and Greaves.
    • Onmiblade Daggers: A holographic blade stemming from Commander Shepard’s Omni-Tool, the Omni-blade allows players to stab enemies in close combat. Once players install and play the Mass Effect 3 demo, they will unlock the daggers.

“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to deliver this massive one-two punch with Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning and Mass Effect 3. We wanted to provide fans of the Mass Effect franchise with a unique set of rewards for diving into the expansive universe of Reckoning,” said Curt Schilling, Chairman and Founder of 38 Studios.

“We are excited to be collaborating with 38 Studios to bring pieces inspired by the Mass Effect universe into the world of Reckoning and to have items designed by Todd McFarlane in Mass Effect 3,” said Dr. Ray Muzyka, General Manager of EA’s BioWare Label and Co-Founder of BioWare. “This is an awesome way to reward our fans with unique content that not only looks cool, but also delivers some great in-game benefits.”

Two great RPG’s in the space of a month? We ARE getting spoiled, aren’t we?

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Last Updated: January 12, 2012

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I’m old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time – they were capable of being masterpieces. I’m here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

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