I had high hopes for this game and i was right to have them when i started playing i instantly got into it the combat it's fun and fast paced and nothing is more satisfying then chopping a orcs head off as a dwarf :D the levels look great however the characters you play as are pretty bland, there are noticeable Lord of the Rings characters from Strider in the beginning to Elrond's Sons in the first level. One of my biggest let downs was the Boss fights they are awesome in scale especially the second one but i found there mechanics too predictable and i could easily just dodge and sit back with no real threat of dying. If you play this alone be warned the AI is usually helpful but sometimes can be dumb like when i was fighting two trolls they were at the bottom shooting archers and not helping the dwarf getting pummeled to death. The games co-op is fun as heck though online or offline its always fun to slash your way through the guts and limbs of your orcish foes with friends. I found the music and set pieces to be a great setting they really showed the dark and gritty side of middle earth. Fun combat and co-op, great environments and music are the biggest pulls and that im a dwarf killing machine thing but the bland characters, somewhat smart AI and disapointing boss fights held back what could of been a better game overall if you like Hack n Slash or Dungeon Crawler RPGs you should give it a shot, if you like Co-Op RGPs then you should give it a shot, if your a die hard LOTR fan you should definitively give it a shot you won't regret it. also i forgot to mention your at the mercy of checkpoints due to no manual save feature.
posted by chickenman89 (HOLLYWOOD, FL) Nov 5, 2011
Member since Nov 2011
The game looks and plays pretty good I only really have one complaint and its minor, the fact that when your next to one of your partners you get stuck on them like they are a wall its pretty annoying when your in the midst of battle.One thing im happy they put in the game is when you go through treasure chests and find new armor your look actually changes when you equip it.Im not sure how everyone else feels about that but I feel like it adds a little realism to the game.All that said i would recommend this game to any LOTR fan or anyone looking for some good old fashioned hack and slash style fun.