Undead Pirates? What’s not to like?
Dead Kel is a pirate lord who has managed to survive death and now rules over the island of Gallows End, along with his faithful hanged men, causing chaos on the surrounding seas and generally upsetting people. It is time for his reign of terror to end.
The Legend of Dead Kel DLC for Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning begins with the player having to travel to Gallows End from the town of Rathir, with the help of the interesting Captain Brattigan. Captain Brattigan is a young woman who doesn’t seem to know a lot about anything, aside from how to get her crew killed, but will accompany the player for some of their time on the island, providing both combat assisstance and comic relief.
The island has it’s own settlement inhabited with characters for the player to engage with or get side-quests from. The vast majority of the characters have depressing stories to tell of being captured or being left stranded on the island. You will come face to face with Dead Kel several times, along with plenty of his Henchmen, before you engage in a final battle. But following the main story is not essential as the island is large and begs to be explored, with plenty of side-quests available to occupy your time. Most of the side mission objectives are straight forward and involve collecting various items or killing monsters in different environments such as a depressingly gloomy forest or the deep dark depths of a cave filled with killer crabs and water pools. It is recommended that the player be at least level 10 before taking on The Legend of Dead Kel, which means that the adventure shouldn’t be out of reach of any who has been playing the game for a while.
One of the more interesting side-quests on Gallows End will allow you to take control of a mansion, your very own base of operations on the island. All you will have to do is clear out the monsters that are inhabiting it and then the base is yours to refurnish and improve. Thankfully, owning this mansion gives you access to a treasure chest which will save you from overfilling your inventory. You can even train pets, which will boost different statistics of your character. Of course, the DLC is also filled with a nice selection of loot – new weapons, armour and, most impressive of all, your very own Pirate ship, once you wrestle it from Kel’s cold, dead hands.
The island of Gallows End feels more enjoyable to explore, simply because the Island seems more populated and the rewards feel far more deserving as you collect quests from different people. The DLC was an entertaining experience and much more satisfying than I thought it was going to be. Although the main story will only last the average player around four hours, fully exploring and taking on all of the side-quests will easily double that, making The Legend of Dead Kel feel much more like an expansion and a worthwhile purchase to anyone who is playing Kingdoms of Amalur. There is a lot of content here, the storyline is engaging and kept me moving forward and the whole island has a character that made it an enjoyable place to spend time in.