gamers (93%) found this review helpful
Maybe DA:O spoiled me, but I like to equip my entire party and level all their skills, not just the guy I am controlling. And no, you can't switch up in the middle of the action.
They stay true to the LoTR franchise, and I got the kind of story I wanted. But don't give me dialogue options if it's a railroad like this. Just Gears of War it and let me enjoy that story. False control is none at all, and I'd rather see a good movie than have to click to see it when I don't have a choice of the story.
Good story, good villain, nice challenge level killing me just enough to make me try. BUT they need to give you more arrows. For crying out loud, I am a Ranger who spec'd ranged, and I have to count my ammo? What is this, real life? C'mon and let me be a fountain of death already. When the bad guys die, they should spawn arrows to keep me going the way I want to and not make me stand and dodge while the bad guy is at range and untouchable to ONLY ME and my computer controlled buddies unload their ammo. I was penalized for being ranged, and that's wrong. Some of us like being fire support most of the time and dancing at the edge.
Not much of a map layout for your levels. I can see open areas that I can't get to? Never happens on other games. There's always an actual barrier of foliage, water, something. Much like FFXIII, it's a pretty tube you ride in, but unlike FFXIII, you have few options for your party.
Your own equipping is solid and fun, with options. Dual wield? Yeah, sure. Sword and Board? Have at it! Different bows? Absolutely. Gear set bonuses, shoulder pauldrons, rings? Oh, yeah. Again, the only problem is I only equip myself. In that case, go the Diablo route and solo this puppy, teaser.
I enjoyed this, but not enough to keep me away from upcoming titles like Skyrim and AC:R. This could have been a legend built on a legend. Instead, it's a decent filler while you wait for a real gaming icon, unless you haven't already beaten Arkha
posted by francisbryan86 (YUCAIPA, CA) Mar 1, 2012
Member since Mar 2012
gamers (88%) found this review helpful
READ BEFORE PLAYING, just wanted to warn you guys that this game has 3 major glitches that stops story progression dead in its tracks. These glitches can be encountered towards the end of the game, and many people have encountered them. If you come across just one you'll have to start the game completely over, and that's WITH the patch installed. If you Google these glitches before playing you'll be able to bypass them, but I didn't, so I had to unwillingly start a new game four different times:( Other than that, the game is great, it's a good blend of action & RPG. Just be warned.
posted by BigEdward (PFLUGERVILLE, TX) Feb 27, 2012
Member since Jul 2008
gamers (86%) found this review helpful
All in all, a fun game, very LotR in feel and scope. The biggest problem are the game breaking bugs. I was about 90% of the way thru when a critical boss failed to spawn. After an hour of trying to make it happen, I gave it up and sent it back.