GC 2008: Lord of the Rings Online: Mines of Moria Expansion Pack Impressions

We met with Turbine at the Games Convention to talk about the upcoming Lord of the Rings Online expansion.

Massively multiplayer online role-playing games may come and go, but Lord of the Rings Online has proven to be one of the genre's true success stories. Developer Turbine is set on expanding the game for the community, and with a wealth of Tolkien source material, the team plans at least two more add-ons over the coming years. The first is Mines of Moria, which will open up a completely new underground world to explore, and we got to check it out at the Codemasters booth.

Although the original Lord of the Rings Online had its fair share of caves to explore, Mines of Moria offers a whole new area that's completely below ground. It's the stomping ground of the dwarves, who populate a lot of the area and congregate at the major city of Moria. Aside from this completely new area to explore, the expansion will add a new level cap and two new classes, and will let you forge legendary items. The level cap will now jump up to level 60, and the two new classes are the runekeeper and the warden. The runekeeper is particularly interesting, given that it will be the first completely magic-based character in the game.

Although you'll be playing below ground, the sense of scale in the mines is still very impressive. We saw a huge staircase in the first part of the demo, and it took about two minutes to climb. The lighting and overall detail also made us want to explore more, although we sadly didn't get to see any of the city. Turbine also promises a better item-advancement system through something called "legendary items." The developers have implemented feedback from players who said that it was a bit complicated, and you will now be able to level up and forge new weapons in a more efficient menu system.

The Mines of Moria expansion pack is looking polished at this stage and will launch before the end of the year. This will leave the team free to concentrate on the next pack for the same time next year. When asked about how far they were aiming to go, the Turbine rep said, "We'll get to Mordor eventually!"

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22 comments
allinchrist7
allinchrist7

LOTRO is a good game. I love the whole LOTR enviornment and story, however game-wise they need to make some impovements in this xpac if LOTRO is going to stand the test of time in the future. Especially with all the MMO competition. They need to add some lvl cap raiding progression. They only had like one main raid in Shadows of Angmar...the Rift... thats about all they had that offered great loot. You could get the "Rift Armor Set" and thats about it. They also need to add some more character customization features to more define and finely tune your character. For instance, a lore-master is pretty good ranged dps, but in some raid boss fights they LM will do nothing but cleanse disease and what not over and over and over again.. I mean how fun is that with a DPS character. They need to figure out some way to balance things out better. Over all LOTRO is a great and fun game to play, but not without serious need of content improvement....

aik_jimbo
aik_jimbo

i gotta get this.. long live SAURON MuHAhahHAhaha

gymako
gymako

I was hooked on LotRO for about three months last year and really enjoyed it a lot. It's a very well done game. Unfortunately I got sidetracked with other things in life and haven't been able to come back to it. I think this expansion pack is the perfect excuse to return to adveturing in Middle Earth. :)

lightopposition
lightopposition

This is an awesome game, with gorgeous graphics and the best story and writing of any MMO yet. For those who want a slightly less Raid-tastic game then Wow or EQ2 (but still want lots of end-game content and Raids) - this is a perfect choice.

spore-fan44
spore-fan44

god so many f'n games i want this year but i can't f'n afford them jeez, i'd need a new comp just to fit it all on

Targzissian
Targzissian

LotRO is still installed on my hard drive from my free month a while back, but I don't have any plans to play it again. I had fun running about the Shire, fighting giant spiders and exploring the swamps, mountains and grasslands of Middle-earth, but I hated the typical MMO questing/leveling/grinding you need to go through to be able to explore new areas without dying instantly. In Oblivion you can explore anywhere regardless of level, although the fact that *everything* levels with you kind of defeats the purpose. They need to come up with an intermediate system that feels purposeful but also lets you explore the world freely. Without that, the Mines of Moria will not be of interest to me.

sammoth
sammoth

Looking foward to it but, I hope some of the population comes back because seems to kinda been a bit slow as of late.

mattybs
mattybs

bring it on!! moria here i come!! baruk khazad!! khazad ai-menu!!

mattybs
mattybs

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greedom
greedom

Sounds great but there's only so many MMO's I can play this year.

vitamin_f
vitamin_f

LOTRO is a great game. It's polished, graphically gorgeous, and just plain fun. I can only imagine this expansion will be just as good. The two new classes sound rather interesting, and I hope they give 2 more character slots (per server)

GriffinLord602
GriffinLord602

Omg. I'm LotRO fanatic. And I don't think its true that this is only a good game for the fans. I think its a good way to introduce new players to the LotR universe.

drewmerritt
drewmerritt

I love the game, and I can't wait for the expansion! Every Tolkien fan should at least give this a look.

The_Bezerker
The_Bezerker

can't wait for Mine Of Moria Loads of thanks to ClassicPlayer, who told me about LOTRO in the first place- I love it

jrabbit99
jrabbit99

Nice, I'll try the free trial.

theschruhls
theschruhls

Awsome game... Makes WoW look like a child's play toy. =)

Lotus-Edge
Lotus-Edge

They taking a great game and making IT legendary.

ShortyMJF
ShortyMJF

LOTRO is both beautiful and masterful. Far superior graphics than WoW. Also, LOTRO isn't just a pure level grind to end game content. The game is chalk full of story lines and epic tales. It more about the journey of your character than anything else. Truly captures the Roleplaying aspect of an MMORPG

Gruug
Gruug

LOTRO is a great MMO. Really looking forward to the MoM Expansion this fall. Can't wait to explore the mines. It is huge!

SeerMagic
SeerMagic

Looks good, I'm having trouble deciding between going back to the same ol thing (wow) or trying this game out

MariusSE
MariusSE

I'm not playing LOTRO anymore. It's a good MMO, but after a lengthy career in WoW before I started playing LOTRO, I guess I'm just a bit fed up with MMORPGs in general. The two games aren't really different.

Killingspree303
Killingspree303

Not playing Lotro or getting the expansion pack, but the game is a good MMO filled with Tolkien's universe.