This is an action role-playing game in which players assume the role of a character caught in a war in the fictional world of Amalur. As players explore an open-world environment, they interact with characters and complete missions/quests that impact their character's destiny. Players use swords, hammers, daggers, and magical attacks to kill human-like enemies and fantasy creatures (e.g., demons, trolls, giant spiders) in frenetic melee-style combat. Combat is accompanied by slashing impact sounds, screams of pain, and screen-shaking effects. Players can trigger slow-motion finishing moves (e.g., impaling enemies, tearing them in half) during combat; large blood-splatter effects occur as enemies are killed. A handful of cutscenes also depict large blood-splatter effects, as well as decapitation and dismembered body parts on the ground. During the course of the game, players can choose to attack/kill innocent civilians, though this may negatively affect players' progress. The game contains text and dialogue that reference suggestive material: “His trousers down, his passions flared/He groped with drunken hand”; “For hours, only the panting and sighs of love broke the silence”; "Her skin's luster…her heaving prow and ample stern…”; “That man became obsessed with me. Probably because we had sex. A lot”).