gamers (100%) found this review helpful
Lord of the Rings Tactics is great RPG/Tactical game. I have read many bad reviews of this game when in actuality people just don't enjoy a game that requires a slow game play. These people don't enjoy any tactics games.
The graphics of LotR:T are quite good, minus a few graphic issues at one mission during the game.
The sound is great overall. The soundtrack is what you would expect to hear in any LotR game. Sound effects are slightly annoying at times but not more so than any other game.
Overall game play is virtually flawless in its execution. The terrain gives bonuses or minuses depending where you're standing in the battlefield. Players abilities are bought using gold found after completion of each mission. Characters also level up at the end of missions. The missions follow the LotR storyline as you follow the fellowship to destroy the ring. The game also allows players to play as Mordor.
I would give this game a 7/10. The minor graphic glitches that I saw didn't disturb the game, however they didn't need to be there. The gold that you receive at the end of the missions doesn't really allow much character advancement. I was only able to fully upgrade 1 character and give minor upgrades to a few others. The game also felt short, you can beat it in about 6 hours. I would of liked more optional missions.
If you are a LotR fan or a person who plays tactics games, you will enjoy this game. If you dislike tactic games I don't recommend this game. The game is not slow paced as I have heard other people say. It moves as fast as you can think and choose places for units to move/attack from.
gamers (93%) found this review helpful
Not being an adventure game fan, I was hesitant to even rent this game. But the Tolkien fan in me could not resist. I am also a big fan of EA. Since I am not a big adventure gamer, the thought of commanding an army in real-time was daunting... I had absolutely no idea what it meant to be "turn based". So when I started playing, I was relieved to know that I was not going to be forced to learn how to use spells, attacks and strategies all while my opponent was beating the snot out of me. In other words, not having to know triple square-up-down-circle- square- triangle- left- square type movements that my kids are good at, made the game fun to play. I think it is a good game for folks like me who are not adventure gamers, but sometimes like to play something a little different.
posted by Robo2000 (WILLOW GROVE, PA) Apr 19, 2006
Member since Nov 2005
gamers (77%) found this review helpful
The idea of a turn based strategy game based on Lord of the Rings was so exciting, I couldn't wait to play. The concepts in the game are also interesting...allowing characters to earn money after successful battles that can be applied to helpful items spells and skills. Unfortunately, the fun stops there as the game was unbalanced, and simply didn't take advantage of these nice foundations. For one thing, it was very difficult to ever earn enough money to take advantage of the better skills. If you tried to save money, it was very difficult to progress through the battles. Secondly, the tough character's in the game, Nazguls, and Sauron himself had these fear spells that no matter what you did would still impact your characters making them useless for turns at a time (usually at the worst time possible). Even so, the game did have some rewarding battles...it was fun to kill Sauron in the end, and there were some nice video transitions between battles. What could have made the game better? They could have added an exploration piece to the battle field allowing the player to "find" extra money and items...that would have greatly enhanced the experience. If you like turn based strategy, and you REALLY like Lord of the Rings, it's worth playing, but otherwise it comes up a little shallow.