posted by bjcraw419 (SPRINGFIELD, MO) Nov 13, 2011
Member since Nov 2011
I started out with big hopes and lots of anticipation for this game (and it is an excellent game, no doubt); however, the fighting style and party control has really caused me some disappointment. The creators should have taken a page from Square Enix and learned some lessons that the Final Fantasy franchise learned long ago.
AMAZING STORY! The villain is great, the characters mesh seamlessly into LOTR lore and the War of the Ring story, you get to meet and talk to beloved characters from the movies (i.e. Arwen, Bilbo, Elrond, Aragorn, and more). Story is compelling and captivating and will definitely suck you in.
Graphics and visuals are fantastic. The game takes you to many places that you wish the movie would have gone.
Items and equipment are also a plus - there are many ways to customize your character and alter their fighting style.
Challenging - I played on normal difficulty and really struggled with some parts on different levels. It can change from very simple to hard quickly.
BIGGEST NEGATIVE AT ALL - Party Control! -Once you start a mission, you cannot change characters from your first selection, you can't upgrade another characters ability, you cannot change their equipment, or give any more detailed commands other than attack & defend. The style is similar to FFXIII or Kingdom Hearts, but with less control over your other party members. This becomes one of the most frustrating aspects of the entire game and really took away from the story for me. YOU CAN upgrade a different character, but you have to select them to play an entire mission as that character to progress their skills.
Inventory fills up too fast and you are forced to discard valuable items to make room for necessary items.
When a character dies, you have to find them crawling around somewhere and press X to heal them. This is nice since it doesn't require an item, but you have to be close to the party member to bring them back.
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.