- "It lives up to everything you've come to expect from previous lego games, but the depth of collectables, unlocks, and the exploration of the open world makes it addicting." in 8 reviews
- "Wandering around Middle Earth in search of your next quest is so much fun, and with all the quests and mini-games in between, its hard not to get hours upon hours of fun in there." in 8 reviews
- "Not only does it do a excellent job keeping true to the story line it has its fun quirks to bring new viewers entertained." in 7 reviews
- "I especially enjoy how well the movies were translated to the video game - scene-by-scene recreations and all the dialogue taken from the original cast." in 6 reviews
- "It can be a bit difficult to get a handle on the game at first, but it's definitely a fun game, and a good way to waste a couple of hours." in 5 reviews
A hell of a long way. Voice acting is a real plus. Even if it is just ripped from the movies, it creates an atmosphere that epically juxtaposes the fun, humourous environments. Quirky is good.
The open world hub is amazing! Wandering around Middle Earth in search of your next quest is so much fun, and with all the quests and mini-games in between, its hard not to get hours upon hours of fun in there.
The graphics on the sprites and the animations of said sprites are incredible. They are smoothly textured, and hold up to today's standard. The same can't be said for the skybox textures, in my opinion. Something so simple is such a huge pat of the atmosphere, and I think with just a tiny bit more work it could have looked even MORE amazing.
Camera controls are yuck, I must say. They are finicky to maneuver, and when using the bow and arrow, this can become a problem. The gameplay controls apart from that are solid and easy to pick up.
All in all it's a great family game, that effectively details the plot of LOTR for a younger crowd, and humourously depicts it for us more familiar with the lore.
I especially enjoy how well the movies were translated to the video game - scene-by-scene recreations and all the dialogue taken from the original cast. What a treat!
The only thing that bothers me, however, is the way that the bonuses are unlocked. Saving Middle Earth resulted in only a ~50% completion rate; the rest is earned by hunting down whatever the NPCs ask for - sometimes you will unlock characters and sometimes you will earn the elusive red bricks. I'll admit that I got frustrated with the tediousness of it all and stopped playing before reaching 100% -- which is saying something, because I am quite the completionist.
Overall, though, this game is quite enjoyable and well worth your time and money.
I loved how massive the world was and how you can just wander around and explore for no good reason.
P.S. Tom Bombadil forever!
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