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GF Rating
7.1

416 ratings

Critic & User Reviews

GF Rating
8

Very Good

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

Firstly I'd like to clear a few things you may be wondering about the game. You cannot personalize your own character's physical appearance; but you can configure stats, armour, and skills they learn.

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.

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GF Rating
7

Good

A surprise!

posted by Meekus (ROCKLIN, CA) May 26, 2006

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Member since Oct 2005

3 out of 3 gamers (100%) found this review helpful

The Third Age was a surprising treat. Unlike most games based on movies, this game is fun and, though it couldn't be called original, takes a unique and fulfilling approach. You're basically a band of assorted characters more unique and diverse than the Fellowship, and travel through Middle-Earth cleaning up the unspoken messes left in the Fellowship's wake, occasionally teaming up with Gandalf or Aragorn or someone else just as nifty. The battles play a lot like a traditional Final Fantasy game, which is fine. It's tried and true and there's no initial frustration period learning the battle system. There's not much depth in exploration. Go off the beaten path and you're sure to find a new piece of weaponry or a potion of some sort, but don't worry about getting lost...off the beaten path is usually just a short hole in the map, save for the Pelenor Fields, where it's easier to get turned around.

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.

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GF Rating
9

Excellent

Surprising

posted by ssjwesker (UNIONTOWN, PA) Aug 15, 2013

Member since Aug 2013

I hate the LotR movies. That said, this has to be the best turn based RPG I've played

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