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dudapanda
dudapanda

This is not a fair review, you have to really play the game to feel it.

 

It is not a game for casual players, it's not hardcore either, but it's a game that calls for a bit of thinking in terms of gameplay, for the strategy that is required in combat, an example of this is the explosive goblins part mentioned in the video review, where you should - obviously - used ranged attacks and by all means stay away from the wretched creatures.

 

The best feature of the game is how you have to play as a team to progress through the levels, which makes the multiplayer really fun. Each character has it's own role, strengths and weaknesses. Every time you play a different character you have to adapt your strategy and gameplay, because you should not jump in the middle of a group of raging Orcs with a "fragile-oh-don't-touch-me-i'm-a-healer" Elven Loremaster and attack them from far with a "god-damn-hard-as-stone" Dwarf Champion, while the "leader-stereotype-fast-striking" Dúnadain Ranger keeps looting the corpses... But even though your hero has already a base defined, it is up to you to build his skills with a big number of combinations. What this game really says is "DON'T BE STUPID", think about your combat role, help your friends and share the loot - which is very rewarding.

 

Concerning the game story-line, it's not that really strong but it's fun. It has that cliché element that most role-playing games have, but we're talking about Tolkien's universe, it IS the basis from where all medieval-fantasy elements come from. If you're not acquainted with The Lord of The Rings trilogy, it might be a little strange/dull plot, but it gets really interesting when you have read the books, or watched the movies. In my vision this it's a more fan-centered game, but still, a really good game - the best of the LotR franchise - that kept me hours straight playing.

 

Although it has a few flaws, as not having the option to save your progress in-game and not being able to switch characters while playing a mission these are not THAT impairing, but to me the most frustrating thing about it was how short the game is, it could have a few more side quests, more maps, etc. It also fell short of NPC's I think.

 

ANYWAY - it's always great to destroy and mutilate hordes of rampaging Orcs and Goblins and that share amount of Trolls, loot and pile caves and enemy outposts followed by great graphics, from very good character models to beautiful landscapes. I do not regret playing it, it was in fact, a really interesting journey through the world of LotR that made me want to read all the other book such as The Hobbit and The Children of Húrin.

 

Play It. Enjoy it.

killip
killip

I'm quite disappointed by this. I was hoping this would be the definitive LOTR game. Real shame, when it just seems to be stuff most games slip up on. Really informitive review from GS for once. Great stuff.

Zenwork21
Zenwork21

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jpnelson82
jpnelson82

Not sure about it WitN. It's probably the best LotR game out there right now, but it's not quite faithful and duplicating the atmosphere of Tolkien. I should have been on the creative staff, I'd have made a better LotR game with them.