Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning reinforces a crucial dogma of any fantasy-themed hero: No matter how idyllic the countryside is, always keep a giant hammer in plain view.

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• With gameplay uncannily similar to the Fable series, Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning nevertheless offers impressive combat. Giving spellcasters two flaming frisbees of death isn't too unconventional as long as you remember to never participate in a game of catch with them.

Continue after the break for Soul Calibur 5's undying legend, why the weapons of The Lord of the Rings: War in the North are terribly impractical in real life, and the monster hordes of Hunted: The Demon's Forge.


• The struggle over two mythical swords resumes in Soul Calibur 5. You'd think these fighters would get a hint after nearly destroying the world five times over, but shiny hunks of metal apparently holds sway over common sense. 

• The weapons of The Lord of the Rings: War in the North are effective at slaying the forces of Sauron. Neatly cutting a sandwich, on other hand, is a daunting task that defeats even the most talented swordsman.

• Want to learn more about the enemies you'll skewer and shoot in Hunted: The Demon's Forge? Check this video out. The moody, low-key lighting of developer inXile's offices convinces me that the sun is the sworn enemy of game programmers.