I have had alot of fun with this game. If you are an avid fan of the books and movies you will enjoy the way the game weaves the references in to your characters own journey. The game looks fantastic and the combat is simple (but repetitive). The major downfall of the game is the inability to swap between the 3 main characters (even just to spend skill points and equip items). Overall a fun game and the loot system is cool but not alot of replayability and so probably just worth a rent.
This is the latest entry by SNOWBLIND studios the developers who brought us Champions of Norrath and the sequel to that along with one of the two Baldur's Gate games that used the same engine. I've been waiting quite a few years for this studio to make another game like Champions, where you and a friend could slay monsters and trade/find loot galore. This is a solid game, unfortunately, it came out at the wrong time with heavies such as Skyrim and of course the co-op king Saints Row: The Third. If this game would have been released this last Summer, it would have gotten far better reviews.
The Good and the Bad beyond that is that this is a very fun co-op game that you'll be able to play with a friend, and possibly another friend for a second or third play-through.
The Good: Achievements are very easy to rack up, if you're into achievements.
The Bad: the in game inventory leaves something to be desired after playing other co-ops like Borderlands.
The Good: The story is pretty well written, but fans of LOTR may find fault.
The Bad: NPC quest givers along with every other NPC are long winded, kinda like a Tolkien novel. ;)
The Good: It's fun, play it already, the fighting is addictive and the items and weapons are SNOWBLIND caliber of enticement.
The Bad: I don't want to leave this on a sour note but do be careful about "farming" or playing ahead of someone you co-op with because if you get too far in the story or level, that person will have to level up before joining you.
In conclusion I must reiterate that this is a very enjoyable game, possibly to buy, definitely to rent, and if I weren't playing the ||=|| 3 ||_ ||_ out of Skyrim right now, I would probably give it another play-through.