LEGO The Lord of the Rings
November 13, 2012
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Gamers can relive Peter Jackson's version of J.R.R. Tolkien's epic trilogy (albeit with small plastic blocks and vintage Traveller's Tales humor) as they join Frodo, Aragorn, and the rest of the Fellowship in LEGO The Lord of the Rings. All of Middle-earth has been re-created, even portions not seen in the films, but players follow the general progression of the story, travelling from The Shire all the way to the heart of Mordor. As always, gamers spend much of the adventure switching between characters, dismantling foes, and destroying the environments to earn LEGO studs.
There are more than 80 different characters to unlock, including the massive spider Shelob, the frightening Balrog, and the tortured hobbit Gollum, and the game includes dozens of lines of dialogue taken directly from the films. Players can collect Mithril to forge new items in the Blacksmith Shop, and characters gain new weapons and attacks as the advance through the journey. Special Palantir seeing stones let gamers jump back and forth between storylines, and as always, multiplayer fans can drop in or out of the action any time they please.
Left Thumbstick = move character
Right Thumbstick = move camera
Start Button = pause/in-game options
X Button = attack or shoot
Hold X Button = aim
A Button = jump/double jump or combat roll
B Button = build/use/activate
Hold B Button = inventory
Y Button = change character
Hold Y Button = pick any character in free play
For a long-running video game series based on the world-famous building blocks, it's curious that you still don't get to actually "build" things in LEGO The Lord of the Rings. In fact, you destroy more items than you create. So the success of the franchise is due to a few other factors, such as the family-friendly focus, the cooperative play, and the ability for each title to capture the spirit of its licensed property while poking fun at it at the same time. You play a LEGO game not because you are expecting challenging action or deep play mechanics, but because it keeps you grinning from ear to ear.
On the surface, LEGO The Lord of the Rings is the same LEGO game as the countless titles before it. You are still smashing every bit of LEGO scenery as you can to collect the multitude of pieces that shatter, making it a nightmare of a game to play for someone with ADD. Puzzles still involve switching between characters to take advantage of their special abilities, and combat is little more than tapping a button or two. Yet while the core play mechanics are the same, there are enough new twists to make the game a must-have for fans of the film trilogy.
For starters, the game features the film series' voice cast, not for new dialogue, but the actual lines as spoken from the film. Not only is the movie's dialogue included, but Howard Shore's rousing score is featured as well, conjuring up warm and fuzzy feelings as you make your way to Mount Doom. Yet the most surprising part of LEGO The Lord of the Rings is that it actually features an open world, letting you follow in the footsteps of the Fellowship as heroes large and small make their way to all the major destinations depicted in the film series.
Along the way you'll do battle with orcs and goblins, smashing them to bits with Legolas' arrows, Sam's frying pan, Aragorn's sword, and other weapons. There are environmental puzzles (crossing parts of the snow, for example, will require taller characters to toss smaller characters, or else they'll sink), dramatic boss battles that require cooperation among characters, and a huge amount of unlockables and secrets, as the world is packed with things to collect. Despite its whimsical appearance, LEGO The Lord of the Rings is perhaps the best video game adaptation of the movie series at the time of its release, recapturing the same sense of adventure and excitement you had when watching the films for the first time. Hardcore gamers might scoff at the low challenge and simplistic combat, but the young at heart will cling to it tighter than Gollum's precious. ~ Scott Alan Marriott, All Game Guide