Help LOTR Online deal with stress

Turbine is looking for gamers to help test Lord of the Rings Online, and GameSpot has the beta keys; stress test begins Friday, ends Monday.

One of the most important parts of testing a massively multiplayer online game is to throw everything at it at once to make sure the servers don't explode. Turbine, the developer of MMOGs Asheron's Call and Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach, is about to put its upcoming MMOG, Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar, through such a test and is looking for help from gamers.

Turbine has teamed up with GameSpot to find users for its upcoming LOTRO stress test, which begins this Friday and ends Monday, February 26. To sign up for the event, just head over to the test's Web page.

To qualify, participants must live in the US, Canada, Australia, or New Zealand and meet the game's PC requirements (listed on the above Web page).

The Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar is being published by Midway and is scheduled for release on April 24. For more information on the game, read GameSpot's previous coverage.

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shade1978x
shade1978x

I was accepted to open beta and played the thing for an hour before I un-installed it and got back my three gigs of HD space back. Why the hell do these companies continue to produce the same MMOs under different brand names? $10 a month for this dreck? I'd pay ten a month not to play it. I immediately went back to playing Shivering Isles. After a week it's still more fun than LOTRO was for an hour. If a game can't keep me interested for longer than it takes to prepare a pot roast, they're not getting a dime from me.

skitchrick
skitchrick

The Stress Test was fun. MUCH better than D&D Online - good job Turbine! You got a hint when folks played the D&D demo, hated it, and never looked back. Yes, there still is a little bit of the dreaded instancing, but only a little. The stress test looked and played great. The loot drops where actually useful, graphics looked good, good GUI. It was nice that you could help someone in a fight even though you weren't grouped. Thanks everyone who saved my butt from those goblins... lol. Not sure about crafting- stress test ended just as I got to the trainer... damn! ;-) I'll be pre-ordering and in Beta... see you there!

geetza
geetza

Lotr is the best mmorpg ive tasted since WoW even though it uses the same old been there done that tired system it does it very well..i am an mmo veteran and it takes a great game for me to play it beyond a few hours without writing it off as standard edition junk lotr had me playing for many many hours and am even considered preordering the lifetime membeship..lotr should fare well against other mmorpgs its not quite wow and its not the mmo wheel reinvented but it is in my opinion an excellent option and by far turbines best mmo yet

legosdude
legosdude

A very well polished game (for the stress test). Some of the mob spawn-rates need to be upped, but I thoroughly enjoyed the 10-15 hours I played. If WoW dodn't hook you, try this.

dysguised22
dysguised22

My only comment to anyone that has stated "it's meh or bleh" is this. How long did you actually play it? I am in the closed beta. Yes, the NDA is lifted so I may speak freely. Furthermore, being in the closed beta before the stresstest has also pointed out a few things. 1. Mass people = assclown names. Seriously, Cheesypoof? Knutgobbler? ...jesus people STAY ON WoW. 2. If you only played it for 2 hours and before you even launched it thought "this better be like WoW or better" you will be disappointed. You arent comparing the same thing. Seriously, you might as well say "This piece of broccoli better be as good or better than an orgasm" when you sit down at dinner. Am I saying LOTRO is like broccoli? no. 3. Play the main quest up to and through the point of the Chapter quests AND actually read what the npc's say. If you are just blazing through it not reading a thing then hopping on OOC asking "Where do I buy wax?" or "Where is Andothal" (or whatever that bloody elf's name is) then you're right. the game sucks. Why? Because you arent playing it. ...This is coming off as a rant and I apologise. It isnt meant to be. But please, people, play the game past the beginning zones and get out into the world and you will see that all is not what it seems. I do admit however that the beginning zones do need a bit more spice. But it is remedied two-fold once you get out into the world. Good luck to all of you playing be you either stresstesters or closed beta testers. -Aidyn-

100594
100594

TThis game looks great so far. But I hope its full of good graphics. in the past ive felt like The Lord Of The rings graphics coud have been better.

Lazygamer01
Lazygamer01

i wasnt talking about the franchises i was talking about the games Simple_minDed1. I LOVE the LOTR books and movies and stuff its just that the game didnt really interest me. World of warcraft just had a lot more of a push in the beginning of the game and more to offer

djwisconsin
djwisconsin

i've been playing the stress test, and besides some lag issues in the towns [expected for a stress test i guess], its pretty good. refreshing change from playing wow.

Simple_minDed1
Simple_minDed1

Yeah its a real shame for all you guys who werent in the areas to get invited. I still have 2 hours left of downloading this 3.5gig monster. The best part about this is - all the characters created by beta testers get carried over to the official release :D Lazygamer? Didnt have a hook like WoW... lord of the rings was a works that took tolkien 30 years to right. WoW's story probably took a pimply teenager an hour to come up with.

Lazygamer01
Lazygamer01

i downloaded it...and i didnt like it that much. i mean it was ok and all but 1. it was too laggy 2. it didnt have the hook like WoW did to get me interested in it 3. THERE IS ONLY ONE SIDE MEANING NO OPEN RANDOM PVP GUYS GOIN AROUND KILLING WHICH IS FUN!!!! so i mean it was a pretty good MMORPG but to me it doesnt match WoW yet and quite frankly i dont think it ever will....

Mausolus
Mausolus

Extremely polished and it looks like the low-end content is complete at least. Not a single glitch in the 5-6 hours i've been playing this so far. Seems to be a spiritual successor of AC2 (storyline driven quests and movie cutscenes) with a bit of guild wars and a lot of UI from WoW. The only thing that scares me about this game is that I'll miss random PvP world encounters that I have come to enjoy in moderation in WoW. Finally an MMO that is actually in a state fit for launch when they launch. I've played launched MMO's that are less stable and complete than this one.

goddessakasha
goddessakasha

Hey! This would be awesome.. if the game didn't have such a horrible memory leak that it can only be played for five minutes at a time!!!

mxzf
mxzf

KillerFusion: Kill any of the goblins in the western area and loot its body

AirwolfUK
AirwolfUK

Europe is using different servers and had their 2nd stress test a couple of weeks ago, when I was able to join.

NorthernDrake
NorthernDrake

How come europe is (againandagainandagain) left out of this stress test? Even in Star Wars Galaxies in time before european servers you could play beta on american servers, (been on Eclipse since Beta 3)

dee_nicki
dee_nicki

I played this for a few hours today and its better than I thought it would be.

KillerFusion
KillerFusion

i'm on the 3rd elve prologue quest, where u have to get the thing from the corpse of the goblin, and I can't find the goblin. this game has a future, but definitely lots to improve on, such as tell u where to finish.do quests....

rokkuman09
rokkuman09

I have been waiting for this game for a long time... and I mean a long time. :D

comthitnuong
comthitnuong

I got the version already and I am ready to put on the stress!

Smo17
Smo17

ColdfireTrilogy "ongoing by which you mean after LOTR ... theres nothing left well sure... maybe it would be a bit more lengthy in my opinion if htey wouldve taken from Tolkiens simmarillion (now theres no way in hell they would be able to license it but hey its got 2k+ years vs the 10 lotr takes place in). Once its over its over theve already stated there will be no "made-up" after expansion and that if they do make one its to go "before" to the hobbit ... which is still around a year long worth of world... not very much freedom but hey opionions are your own and thats what makes a game great or not. People will decide and thats how it should be." I'm in closed beta as well and to say Tokien's world (during the story of The Lord of the Rings) doesn't have enough content to make a long lasting MMO is shortsighted. This game, though many seem to immediately see this as a problem (it's not, by any means, for it has a full storyline in it's own right), only takes place during the beginning of the first book. The game is long and immersive and has so much more content left that they can draw from the books, that it'll be here for a very long time. You can also count on Turbine to provide constant updates (mini free expansions) as well as a number of full expansions. All we have to do to get those is show the game the love it deserves. As much as people hate to hear this, WoW is the most basic MMO there ever was, but it was an incredibly well polished basic MMO, which is why it is so popular. What LOTRO does is take the formula for an MMO and expands it far beyond it's boundaries creating a truly amazing game. This borrows some great ideas from MMO's in the past, yes, but what MMO doesn't anymore? That's how games advance, someone has a good idea, others will use it as well. Basically what I'm saying is, don't bash this game because of a random guess you have about it, and definitely don't bash this game for being a "WoW ripoff," because WoW took it's share of ideas from other sources as well, since it was NOT the first MMO in history. Everyone has to realize this.

Doolum
Doolum

too bad i dont live in any of the locations listed:(

dnathug
dnathug

Damn that would be cool to join, but don't have the time. I like seeing this though, keep testing with users.

PsycoticPsymon
PsycoticPsymon

I would like to help with the LOTR online stress test, but my PC isn't fast enough. Oh Well.

iuns
iuns

finally something instead of stupid wow...

ColdfireTrilogy
ColdfireTrilogy

"jamesfffan One major difference between lotro and WoW is that there is an "ongoing" story and its much more fun to travel in tolkiens world. Meeting familiar faces and alot of new. The monsters are great and the quests lead you to places that you have read about and enjoyed, what could be better. I am in the closed beta and i can safely say it has kept me playing for hours and hours...so much fun. And another point is that if u start the game w/o knowing anyone on it, it seems to be easier to make friends and you dont feel so alone. Yes it borrows a bit from WoW in terms of ui, but the quests are more fun and it follows the books on main quests, fellowship quests are great too, believe me on top gfx this game looks really beautiful. Well worth your time." ongoing by which you mean after LOTR ... theres nothing left well sure... maybe it would be a bit more lengthy in my opinion if htey wouldve taken from Tolkiens simmarillion (now theres no way in hell they would be able to license it but hey its got 2k+ years vs the 10 lotr takes place in). Once its over its over theve already stated there will be no "made-up" after expansion and that if they do make one its to go "before" to the hobbit ... which is still around a year long worth of world... not very much freedom but hey opionions are your own and thats what makes a game great or not. People will decide and thats how it should be.

defyg3
defyg3

Ah Turbine, the company that allowed me to macro all my chars to 150 - 200+ in AC. I would not play another Turbine game ever.

WizardZedd42
WizardZedd42

lkthog is right, look at the UIs of MMOs predating WoW and then look back at WoW's UI, it wont seem so original anymore, not that WoW isn't a great game, it is simply not particularly creative.

jamesfffan
jamesfffan

One major difference between lotro and WoW is that there is an "ongoing" story and its much more fun to travel in tolkiens world. Meeting familiar faces and alot of new. The monsters are great and the quests lead you to places that you have read about and enjoyed, what could be better. I am in the closed beta and i can safely say it has kept me playing for hours and hours...so much fun. And another point is that if u start the game w/o knowing anyone on it, it seems to be easier to make friends and you dont feel so alone. Yes it borrows a bit from WoW in terms of ui, but the quests are more fun and it follows the books on main quests, fellowship quests are great too, believe me on top gfx this game looks really beautiful. Well worth your time.

rallykupojr
rallykupojr

Can't say that I'm a fan of MMO's anymore, so it looks pretty bad to me. Who knows, I might try this anyway.

asmodeus_z
asmodeus_z

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Ikthog
Ikthog

Not that I'm saying LOTRO doesn't rip of WoW in various ways (I haven't played it), but I think it would be interesting to do a screen shot comparison of WoW to the UIs and other aspects of various MMOs that predated WoW... there really isn't much Blizzard did that's revolutionary or even original, they just applied the Blizzard polish to existing MMO concepts. If WoW was your first MMO, you should know that it built upon an existing foundation; if it isn't, you don't really have much excuse for saying every new MMO is "like WoW except for ____."

poncho88x
poncho88x

This game is really WOW for tolkien fans and im jumping in lotr was a gret trilogy lets hope the games holds up to that

-Twilight-
-Twilight-

This is a good game, but it takes too much from WoW, which is the only thing keeping me from calling it a great game.

XtremePhsyco
XtremePhsyco

well if it is a lot like WoW, it doesnt mean the game is bad at all, i like WoW a lot. but i do think developers shoild go beyond the boundries to try to bring consumers something new and amazing instead of tried and true and that is all.

pardue
pardue

i played beta and it was world of warcraft in an awkwardly forced tolkien universe. every single keybinding and button was the exact same as wow, like it was sickening how the ui paralleled wow's. the way the unit frames were placed and even the way you go about accepting and completing a quest was the same. like, i didn't have to learn anything, i just jumped in and started leveling due to my wow experience. come on devs, lrn2beorigianl. blizzard can do it, does'nt mean you cant either!

zero9167
zero9167

im gonna play it, hopefully it runs good on my system

AL13NK1LL3R
AL13NK1LL3R

well when i start downloading it till 2 out of 7 files then it cant download anymore cause its said like error something... this is one reason why i hate downloadin beta

Guidochua
Guidochua

no love for your own work huh

BelmontMaster
BelmontMaster

I did the beta so far already and I can already say its a pretty big rip of WoW and GuildWars. If they change the chat menu and mess with the skill bars a bit to make it their own. It could make a huge difference

Pete5506
Pete5506

I made the closed beta but I played it for 1 weekend and I didnt care for it but I hate almost any online rpg, I am a fps fan I still say that every one should try it

DeciusHelwig
DeciusHelwig

I have been Beta testing from the Start. So far so good. Closed Beta is awesome. Comon ppl its a good game.

zeecorner
zeecorner

unless crackdown comes this weekend from gamefly, ill sign up for it and play it.

jakeboudville
jakeboudville

Man, can't join because i'm not in one of the countries

Marka1700
Marka1700

I urge everyon to singup(unless you can't dowload the client wich will probably be about 3Gig), Ive been in beta 2 since it satrted. This game is much better than I expected it to be.