CES 07: The Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar Impressions

Turbine shows off mounts and some never-before-seen places that you'll explore in The Lord of the Rings Online.

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LAS VEGAS--The Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar will attempt to create the most comprehensive version of J.R.R. Tolkien's famous Middle-earth, and developer Turbine was on hand to show off the upcoming massively multiplayer role-playing game at the Consumer Electronics Show.

Turbine has the license to Tolkien's literary works, including the Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Hobbit. Since the motion picture license is another deal altogether, you won't be seeing anything from the movies in the game. You'll be able to create a character based on one of the four good races (humans, elves, dwarves, and, of course, hobbits), though you won't be able to play as Frodo or any of the other key characters. Instead, you'll create your own character who can then play a supporting role to the Fellowship of the Ring by accomplishing quests and battling evil armies. (We recently had an in-depth preview covering the kind of adventures you'll have in the game.)

At CES Turbine showed off mounts for the first time and explained how travel will be accomplished throughout the game. After the first time you travel to a new location, you'll be able to fast-travel to that point, which means you'll automatically ride a mount to that location. If you have more money, you can purchase your own mount and ride anywhere you wish. The mounts thus far include horses and ponies for the tiny hobbits.

Turbine also showed off some never-before-seen locales, including the Last Homely House, otherwise known as the house of Elrond. Inside you'll find Frodo and the other main characters, where they'll give you various quests to pursue. The graphical art style is rich and colorful, which is something that Turbine felt was necessary since so many people have read the novels and visualized these places in their minds.

The game is currently undergoing its beta test, and Turbine says that more than 300,000 testers have signed up for it. If everything goes according to schedule, we'll be able to adventure and explore in The Lord of the Rings Online later this year.

Discussion

73 comments
TheUnionFrag
TheUnionFrag

Fable_Lord i think this mmorpg will be no match against the awesome power of WoW and now the expansion TBC is coming .. wont do good to this game And yet, LOTRO will get it's first expansion in JUNE, FOR FREE. Just goes to show how Blizzard is ripping off customers [LOTRO is $5 cheaper on a monthly bassis]. LOTRO is bug-free, graphically superb, aurally a treat, has an actual storyline [which is more than most MMOs can say] and is seeping in atmosphere. Turbine have pulled this one off IMO. It's selling well in Europe from what I see.

quadrophenic_9
quadrophenic_9

I think the graphics look really nice. I played WoW for about a month and couldn't get into it, so I'm hoping for a story and much better gameplay. I want to pre-order it and be a "founder" to get the special price but I'm too scared. To date the only Online game I've really enjoyed is Guild Wars. If you want something with really good gameplay and decent graphics and a storyline try to snag a free trial of that game.

smith447
smith447

The reason why everyone compares stuff to WoW is because it's the most successful mmo. Yes, it is kinda kiddish, so hopefully LOTRO will be more interesting for us pro gamers. lmao. Of course MMO's don't have one main goal. Do you have one main goal in life? The point of an MMO is almost exactly the same as The Elder Scrolls games, that is to live your life on the game, complete a bunch of goals, ect, ect.

LongShot42
LongShot42

hope that is is as good as WoW and that the tech support will actually care about the people who are having problems

rdeken2
rdeken2

Saw a friend of mine play the Beta, and also tried when he played. And you know what guys? This game rocks! I have read alot about the game and was sceptical but they have all the "movie" atmosphere all over it.. it got stunning graphics probably the best graphic for a MMO i ever seen, which make me wonder how they will achieve raids and so on.. i can imagine the lag :D I am soo jelous of my friend who beta test the game, i want to play too.. the game is so totally worth its money and the game also have a purpose which is missing in WOW.. overall it's like WoW meets DDO (dungeons and dragons) which is an excellent combination. However, i only saw my friend play the game for an hour, so my judgements might be to positive. Well, i guess i will wait for a trial or if i can't control myself i will buy the game the first thing i will do when it's released.

spoon13
spoon13

meh-will we have to pay to play? if so it's not worth it-rotwk is fully amazing and no mmorpg is gonna beat it -you can play online on rotwk so that turns lotrol into just a snazzy rpg that you need a broadband connection working to play -not that im on dial-up lol of couse mmorpegs are more than just multiplayer but i don't care-i am a cheepskate and will only pay once meh

iwtrent59
iwtrent59

why does everyone on these boards just talk about MMos being the same and comparing them to WoW?

senjutsu
senjutsu

@rockybob WoW is not good at ALL. I played it and hated it... I mean, you don't even have a goal... FFXI was better because it had a story, but MMOs are all plain stupid... I played a lot some years ago, but never I'll play again, it consume too much time for nothing ( because I'm a powerplayer... ). MMOs are always the same... it's oblivion with living people... lame...

mistia
mistia

Wow is designed for 13 year old kids, that is why is so successful. Not casual gamer.

rockybob
rockybob

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noirsake
noirsake

im looking forward to the game...the pvp factor dosnt sound too great will which will leave WoW still the top mmorpg out there..im hoping this game wont dissapoint me btw lmao @ transcendence

XTranscendenceX
XTranscendenceX

the only reason this game wont work: tolkien's works are heavily reliant on atmosphere, its insanely difficult to maintain atmosphere when you've got some sexually frustrated13 year old next to you shouting w00t! I JuZZT Sk0RR3d sum PH@T L00T @ the M1n3S 0f /V\0R1A!!11!!!! good luck creating a sense of majesty with that going on

DredWulf
DredWulf

8 million users can't be wrong IO whatever your name is. I am not a WoW fan I am actually Waiting for WAR online which after seeing it in action I am sorely disappointed *They Ruined Chaos* I am a Table Top Player. LOTR looks like a grand game, that alas will be crushed by the WoW juggernaut..

hikari33
hikari33

I want this game...but thats what i said about the Matrix online and the Matrix online sucked

gzuzfrk
gzuzfrk

I love it man it is the bomb

gzuzfrk
gzuzfrk

I love it man it is the bomb

stanislavski86
stanislavski86

I know it is hard to judge a title before you play it but I feel like this won't feel like real LotR nor it will give the sense of you are actually playing LotR MMO. LotR is such a setting that really needs a proper MMO but I don't think this time it will get it either. So, i am looking forward to more comprehensive LotR MMO that is developed by a better developers with a better fighting mechanincs and bit better graphical art style.

vakrelund
vakrelund

This game have been my dream ever since I first read Lord of the Rings!!! Tolkien rules!!!

the_jerm04
the_jerm04

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DeathmageMokey
DeathmageMokey

Guys, guys, stop bickering. It is all opinion. I personally am not a big fan of WoW, but you can't deny it has good graphics. Its graphics are definitely better than Diablo 2's. Why else would most people who played Diablo 2 have to buy a more powerful graphics card to play WoW? But as to it being the best, many would contest you on that. I say Guild Wars is better. But really, it is all your opinion. The fact remains though, not just mindless, credit-card weilding idiots liked this game: critics liked it too. You do have to use your brain a little to play, but it doesn't take a genius. That doesn't make it bad, I just have a problem paying $15 a month to play a game like WoW. It can be fun, but I just didn't find it all that great. But this article is about Shadows of Angmar, not WoW. I think it looks kind of cool, but I think it would have been more fun to just leave the Fellowship out of it entirely, make a new adventure taking place after the destruction of the One Ring or before the Hobbit. Perhaps even when Sauron first came to power. I think it was a long time coming too. But it looks wonderful.

somebastard
somebastard

lonerayven... you are absolutely full of crap. WoW is by far the best mmorpg made as of yet. it doesn't require a simple mind to play, you have to understand your character class, and the several different ways they can be played. if you were given a lvl 60 with full tier3 armor, and a 40-man raid group (with people that have bad gear), you would be the burden of the entire group in any instance because you wouldn't understand the complexity of WoW strategy.

xatman911
xatman911

Good point lonerayven. Although LOTR online has potential. I cant wait to play it.

strawberryheart
strawberryheart

Umm....I wonder what Tolklin would think about this?

lonerayven
lonerayven

What is so great about WoW. It has horrid graphics and stands below games made years before WoW. It is just a way for the company to make mass amounts of money from simple minded individuals who think this game actually has some substance. And don't say that it takes an intellectual to play, it has slower gameplay and similar stat systems and almost the same graphics as their free RPG Diablo II. I don't get how a company craps out such a crap game and so many brainless folk flock to it with their credit cards exlaiming 'Dis iz teh b3st game evr! Woot!" It has mediocre to lame gameplay that is repetative, monotonus, and never differs between classes. And if anyone out there has a semi-decent computer and monitor, playing this game is like being trapped in a god-damn box playing with your two year old's crappily textured action figures. The leveling system is simple and retarded, the fact that it gets more complicated as you get higher levels is simply a matter of adding more spells and weapons by tweaking the textures and generating slightly higher stats, and it is not worth it's original 50$ (Now 20$ recently) plus 15$ a month, and then another damn 50$ for this retarded expansion pack that my 7 year old cousin could make with a damn crappy game designer. Hell, Armor isn't even armor! Aside from a few larger pieces all of your body is just retextured over a sleeve when you change clothing, so many MMO's have done at least better than that. You people who play WoW, keep playing it and giving them your money because when they release more-intelligent games with amazing graphics, we don't want your simple farming redundant minds in our games to screw it up, your the reason why so many MMO's suck, but WoW just sucks in general.

dboobis
dboobis

Indeed, I can't get enough of that glorious crack! Anyways, just thought I'd point out that everyone was saying Rare was finished what with all their recent releases being middling to poor, but looking at their 2007 line-up it looks like they are back on top. Thus judging a studio on past performance isn't always a good idea. I for one would be willing to wait as long as it takes for all beta input to be considered and necessary changes made so that this game is as good as can be. And how can you say that a game based in Middle Earth doesn't have the potential to be better than the endless farming and repetitive instances of WoW?

Ace42986
Ace42986

I hope they do an awesome job on this game. It's my favorite movie/book/game. An MMORPG in this world would be awesome, i'd have to try it out and stop playing WoW :)

matte989
matte989

"This game has the potential to be as good if not better than WoW" Nice, my first time ever getting to quote a real life crack smoker :-p In all honesty I don't wish Turbine any ill will but I just don't think they have what it takes. Sure, AC1 was great but everything since has been a dud and this game isn't looking to hot either imo.

Khimarhi
Khimarhi

I am actually excited about this mmorpg it may be the only one to have a slight pull on me away from WOW. I tried Vanguard Beta and it's not doing anything for me right now

Ibacai
Ibacai

*If you want atmosphere and you got the computer go for Vanguard. Just my 2 cents* Blech. Vanguard is lifeless and boring. Not to mention devoid of any character.

Bleakster
Bleakster

I have tried it and I dident like what I saw. I have to say that the game felt flat and with out life. With so much hype surrounding the title i thought turbine should have done more but i guess its up to your self to try it out and see if you like it but its not for me. LotrO its abit like DDO as it uses the same engine. DDo was fine as its was all inside a city, a dungeon, a graveyard but the engine is not good for vast open spaces.. it all look flat and there is no atmosphere. If you want atmosphere and you got the computer go for Vanguard. Just my 2 cents

dryden555
dryden555

happy to see that the graphics aren't hyper-cartoony orange and purple like WOW. I never want to see orange and purple in a video game again.

Fable_Lord
Fable_Lord

i think this mmorpg will be no match against the awesome power of WoW and now the expansion TBC is coming .. wont do good to this game

Khalathwyr
Khalathwyr

T_walk1, the game has a feature called PvMP, Player versus Monster Player. One you meet certain criteria you can play as one of the monster races (forces of Sauron) and battle against other players playing their normal character. There is more to it than this, however, but this is all I can really say at the moment.

Draconis89
Draconis89

Don't know if this game gonna be any good. Turbine pretty much killed my hope when they made D&D Online. I played it and truth be told was very boring to play. Action combat isn't that great in that game tho it was hyped to death and well failed to live up to it. However, I'll give them a chance maybe they learn from their mistakes or maybe not. Wish sombody can beat World of Warcraft getting on my nerves they are the only ones doing really good on the mmorpg market... WoW seems to be the only one doing good so far and lucky blizzard got thier frist rpgmmo to be a big hit. While alot of people play WoW blizzard isn't gonna make Starcraft 2 or warcraft 4 anytime soon :(

Artaxerxes7
Artaxerxes7

Lord of the Rings is the best movie and i really look forward to the game.

Pickleking23
Pickleking23

lord of the rings was the best movie, and now u can liv in ther world that's freakin awosme looking forward to this.

A_Cool_Stud
A_Cool_Stud

Quite frankly, this would be the MMORPG that I find most interesting. Yeah, you all say WOW is better, but I'm not really interested in orcs and night elves and stuff. There should be a scene with Sam pretty much slaughtering all the orcs in his way. That would make it instantly perfect.

t_walk1
t_walk1

So I am looking for actual information so don't flame me over this but does this game have a PvP feature or not? I have heard yes and no and that is obviously a feature some people out there would like to see. Can someone in the beta fill in a noob and let me know? Thanks in advance.

Detavion
Detavion

Yes...well said doobis. I feel the same way.

neventhade
neventhade

Personally I really like it. Most gamers must just be too jaded to ever just enjoy anything for what it is .

Knighty
Knighty

Just a warning: Don't play the game expecting high expectations, you'll be letting yourself down.

wizoforb
wizoforb

I'm looking forward to trying this out

dboobis
dboobis

Pretty much everyone who has posted about this game really annoys me. Firstly, stop saying it will be rubbish because Turbine haven't released any good games since Asheron's Call. There could be any number of reasons for that, for example publisher pressure not allowing them to meet their artistic vision in time. The very fact that this has been in development so long suggests to me that they are trying really hard to make this as good as possible. Secondly, all the people who are moaning about how they don't like the beta version for whatever reason (sluggish combat, inappropriate graphics, etc.), stop complaining and do something about it! The two main reasons for beta testing are to identify bugs and to gauge how the game is going to go down with consumers. Put your grievances to Turbine in a beta report, instead of trying to stop people buying the game because you don't like the beta! And finally, can people stop second guessing game features? You can't be a wizard. Get over it. No-one said PvP would only be allowed through the monster thing, that is merely an option for those who don't want to use their character. I'm sure there will be massive guild-vs-guild battles like everyone wants. This game has the potential to be as good if not better than WoW, so lets stop judging the beta version/a preview written by a journalist!

foxy42
foxy42

Hmmm, highly sceptical.

Lazy_Marine
Lazy_Marine

Turbine screwed each and every game they've made after AC 1. There is absolutely no reason why this will be any better than the trash they've been producing.