At first I didn't' think I was going to like this game. As I started playing, I was really enjoying myself. Sure it's not the best looking game, but it def reminds me of playing on the Nintendo era, when graphics weren't all that. The gameplay is fun, and story is good. I'm really liking it, and think I will keep it. You can swap out from 3 different characters, so I would imagine the replay value is pretty high. Very good game in my opinion.
They went out of their way to try presenting you with the world of Middle Earth, and it showed.
The combat system is bit different, and that in itself recommends the game to me in an industry that sticks to the same standards and just changes the decor.
Your greatest enemy in this game isn't the Dark Lord... it's the AI controlling your allies when you fight. They'll act to break up your heroic combos, ignore their best skills/upgrades, and generally fight in a baffling (and ineffective) fashion.
AI issues don't normally knock 4 full points off with me, but the issues were so consistent it would have been funny if I hadn't been left fighting swarms (or Trolls) all by myself so often.