LEGO The Lord of the Rings PC User Review
Super Gamer Dude
Since the original LEGO Star Wars was released to critical acclaim and commercial success, Traveller's Tales has slowly been slowly making games out of practically every license that LEGO has the rights to, from Harry Potter to Batman. As time has gone on, they have struggled to keep the style of games fresh, even though the games continue to sell very well. Their latest title brings a new franchise into the fold with LEGO Lord of the Rings, and they have tried once again to redesign their games, but does LEGO Lord of the Rings manage to succeed?
The game borrows heavily from Traveller's Tales most recent title, LEGO Batman 2, incorporating both the somewhat open world and the fact that the characters talk instead of just emote using noises like older LEGO games. LEGO Lord of the Rings puts its own twist on the voices, simply pulling the voices directly from the Lord of the Rings films and placing them in the game. This effect works far better than I could have ever expected by using the contrast between the exaggerated LEGO animations and the real-life voices for comedic effect.
When it comes to the world LEGO Lord of the Rings takes place in, every setting feels like you would expect it to if you are a Lord of the Rings fan, while managing to add that comedic tinge to the world that Traveller's Tales is so well known for.
The semi-open world that the game makes use of is certainly functional, but isn't really all that interesting. the side missions manage to push the number of things to do in the game beyond the level that I am willing to deal with in something that is so simple to start with. I certainly appreciate the developer's constant attempts to improve LEGO games, but I worry that at some point they are losing what truly makes these games unique and interesting.
If you have played any PC version of a LEGO game recently, you pretty much know what to expect when it comes to LEGO Lord of the Rings. The port is certainly serviceable, and the game looks great in higher resolutions, but it also lacks many graphical settings that you would expect from any PC game on the market today. In addition, the default keyboard controls are difficult to use, more or less requiring a controller to play the game properly.
If you have kids that love the LEGO games and Lord of the Rings, this game is a no brainer for co-operative play. If you're just a single guy that likes Lord of the Rings and LEGO, this game becomes much harder to recommend. The game itself is funny and quite entertaining, but the game feels like it was designed in its entirety for two people to play together. If you can suffer through those parts, there's something to be had here as long as you know exactly what it is that you are getting yourself into.
Super Gamer Dude
Frodo Baggin's, a humble Hobbit, lives a modest life in a quiet sleepy village called the Shire in Hobbiton of Middle Earth; where no one has any adventures. That is until fate intervenes and hurdles Frodo from his ordinary life and into a quest to save the world. His task is to destroy an ancient ring that wants to be reunited with its master and maker, the Dark Lord Sauron. Should this happen, Sauron will have the power to destroy the world. Thus, the journey to Mount Doom, the place where the ring was forged millennia ago, and the only place where it can be destroyed, begins. The journey will be a dangerous one and so a Fellowship representing the races of Middle Earth is formed to guide, assist and protect Frodo on his quest for the ring's destruction in the fires of Mount Doom. It is this journey that has been brought to life by LEGO and can now be experienced by the players of the LEGO Lord of the Rings PC game.
The game follows the general storyline of the movie trilogy. The journey comes to life as players take on the form their favorite characters. The Fellowship includes the Hobbit Frodo, the Ranger Aragorn, the Dwarf Gimli, the Elf Legola's, the Wizard Gandalf, and Frodo's three loyal Hobbit friends Sam, Merry, and Pippin. Together, members of the fellowship face the Nazgul on Weatertop, negotiate the hazards of the Misty Mountains, battle the Orc's and the fearsome Balrog deep in the Mines of Moria, fight the Uruk-hai, meet the infamous Gollum, and ultimately cross the threshold of the Black Gate of Mordor.
Along the way, as players explore the world of Middle Earth, they will unlock more than 60 characters and the ability to play them all, brandish the power of the seeing-stone called Palantir or the all-seeing eye, solve riddles and puzzles, find magical items and weapons, and collect, combine, and create new items in the Blacksmith shop found in the village of Bree.
A new feature of this game is called free roam, which spans all three films and gives players the ability to travel through Middle Earth between levels. During free roam players accept side quests, adding a new dimension to the game. Reviewers state they feel as if they are actually playing through the story, not just the cut-scenes as in previous games.
Adding realism to the characters, the game incorporates dialogue from the movies. Players can also play the different storyline's of the different characters, adding new complexity and richness to the experience. With the ability to play new story lines, different characters now have their own unique abilities. For example, Gandalf has the ability to use magic. Each character in the game has one or more unique abilities, along with their own inventory of weapons or magic. The game has 18 levels, with a bonus that can be played upon completion of the game. Enjoy this fantastic new LEGO game.