With the Hobbit movie out in theatres, this is a great time for a Lord of the Rings game to come out as well. So, we get the Lord of the Rings, LEGO edition (this review is for the Wii version)
If you’ve played any of the other LEGO games, then you know what you’re going to get: characters that have special abilities to get to certain areas, destroy certain types of LEGOs, or hit certain objects with projectiles.
Each level plays out mostly the same way. You get one character to use his or her ability to overcome and obstacle, which opens a path. Then you use another character (or your partner if you are playing this game two players) to overcome another obstacle to get closer to the end of the level.
Along the way, you beat up all sorts of bad guys – mostly orcs (yet these are some very nasty orcs on display here).
The process repeats itself until you do get to the end of the level. But the game makers put in some ingenious puzzles and fights in the game – and these are much easier then most other LEGO games.
But unlike most other LEGO games, the cutscenes are different. There’s a serous tone to what the characters are doing or saying. But if you look hard, you can see some silly sight gags that do a good job of lighting up the mood.
But some of the levels just use the same trick over and over again, which made for a less than thrilling experience.
And once the main story was over, there’s not much left to do except collect designs for mitheral items and mitheral ore, and have some blacksmith make amazing artifacts from the ore.
Still, this is a really fun LEGO game, one that is a definite rent, and fans of such games ought to just buy it.