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A great game for strategy/lotr fans.
posted by BloodWolf (SNOWFLAKE, AZ) Jun 21, 2006
Member since May 2006
10 out of 10 gamers (100%) found this review helpful
Secondly, this is not a third person slash/stab game. You explore in third person, but the battles are fought like a strategy game such as final fantasy. Don't be expecting this game to work like lotr the two towers by EA. This game requires thinking and planning.
At first, the game can feel quite dull and repetitive. You may be tempted to send it back and receive your next game in your queue. If you wait however, the game keeps progressing as you unlock new characters, enemies, evil modes (Fight for the other side), armour, skills, areas, stats, etc. The more I played, the more addicted I became to it and the more complex and interesting the battles became. This game is worth the wait.
The two things I disliked about it was the fact that they strew hours worth of product placement for the movies into it. This I have no doubt was because it was created by EA.
Next the battles can get furiating towards the end. They make you fight near impossible battles, then give you no place to save before they throw you into another near impossible battle. Safe to say, if you lose the second battle you have to restart from the first battle you barely passed and have to miraculously win again. This may leave you shouting curses at your television. This only makes it more satisfying when you beat it though, and I highly recommend this game to final fantasy fans. Good luck saving the world.
posted by Meekus (ROCKLIN, CA) May 26, 2006
Member since Oct 2005
3 out of 3 gamers (100%) found this review helpful
The Third Age won't knock you off the couch, but it's great if you just need a quick and easy game that ends in a mild satisfaction of fulfillment.
posted by ssjwesker (UNIONTOWN, PA) Aug 15, 2013
Member since Aug 2013
lord of the rings 3rd age
posted by RambaRal (KIOWA, OK) Sep 21, 2012
Member since Jun 2008
THE LORD OF THE RING=THE THIRD AGE
posted by chaz_34 (TANGIER, VA) Nov 4, 2011
Member since Sep 2011
Surprise, Surprise! Another Gamecube Snoozer!
posted by johnnie173 (WILKES BARRE, PA) Mar 18, 2011
Member since Nov 2010
"LODR: The Third Age" is another in a long line of snoozer, yawn-fests thrown out by Nintendo. If it doesn't contain the name "Zelda", don't bother.
Where to begin...
The battle sequences are very long. Your characters look pretty cool when they attack, but you can run to the grocery store in the ammount of time it takes to complete a round. Yawn!
Your characters lack any real personality, and we never learn much about them. Yawn, Yawn!
No town exploration or interaction. Snore!
The game is dark, and I don't mean spooky. I mean, "Where the heck am I? I can't see!". I spent a lot of time following the map instead of taking in the scenery, especially in Moria.
As stated previously, the cut scenes are nothing more than advertising for the movies.
The voice acting is good, but who cares when you feel zero attachment to the characters.
You are constantly overmatched, and since you don't acquire money to buy useful items, you are left with the meager droppings you find in treasure chests. 90% of these items are useless in battle.
I tried to get into this game for about fifteen hours, but just couldn't. "Clunky", "Dull", "Been There, Done That", ect.
The PS2 put out better, more involved games a generation ago.
I can't wait to get my tax return, buy a used XBox, and keep the Wii for my kids.
How this system remains competive is baffling to say the least...
Details on LOTR Third Age: D&D part 73
posted by Shrike70 (ALISO VIEJO, CA) Apr 18, 2010
Member since Apr 2010
You begin as Berethor, a Gondorian exile, and your party slowly accumulates characters until you get to the standard set of six: Gondorian, Elf, Dwarf, Dunedain Ranger, and two Rohirrim - male and female.
Along the way you fight alongside major characters starting with Gandalf. There is an "evil mode" that I'm not going to keep the game to bother trying.
The game discs are heavy with 109 remixed segments from the movie series. In fact, these cut scenes are so frequent at the beginning that it annoys the veteran gamer who already read Tolkein 30 years ago.
Once you're in Helm's Deep, about 30% in, the melees and treasures become much more interesting and challenging. It was there that my party was first annihilated. Play continues like this through Osgiliath - about 75% into the game, where your party is split into two groups and wage battle more or less simultaneously.
After clearing out Minas Tirith, you're diverted to Pellenor Fields. Normally as your party leader moves through a maze or tunnel, the action freezes and the screen dissolves to load the next segment. That's fine when you can run for 30 to 60 seconds, but when the screen dissolves EVERY FIVE SECONDS, it drives you crazy.
Sadly, you have to run around a lot in Pellenor Fields to attract encounters with the enemies you need to overcome. Fighting a set batch of enemies at each stage is the heart of this game. There are no genuine side quests or any compelling reason whatsoever to backtrack. Your level 65 character needs just one attack per kill to wipe out any enemies from the first third of the game. Snooze.
The final battle - contrary to my high hopes - was not at the Black Gate. It's a letdown to fans of the movie series. Nobody ever climbs to the top of the Barad-Dur. Honestly.
This game is a must have for LOTR fans! Whoo!
posted by Aragorn225 (FREDERICK, MD) Aug 12, 2008
Member since Nov 2006
posted by MMaaRRaa (LITTLE FALLS, NJ) Aug 4, 2008
Member since Mar 2008
Great Turned Based RPG
posted by clixrule (BATTLEFIELD, MO) Apr 26, 2007
Member since Mar 2007
Great for someone new to RPGs
posted by superfunky (PASADENA, CA) Jan 10, 2007
Member since May 2006
Definitely not a good game
posted by chinchilla (WATERFORD, WI) Nov 1, 2006
Member since May 2006
One of the best lotr games
posted by rjmang5 (TEMECULA, CA) Oct 7, 2006
Member since Jan 2006
it was bad
posted by sparks (SOUTH DAYTONA, FL) Oct 4, 2006
Member since Aug 2005
Long and Fun
posted by SomeGuy1 (ST CHARLES, IL) Aug 11, 2006
Member since Apr 2006