LEGO The Lord of the Rings.
Available – Xbox 360 / PS3 / Vita / Wii / 3DS / DS / PC.
Fall / Autumn 2012.
Traveller’s Tales and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment share a successful fellowship with The LEGO Group, many a blockbuster movie franchise enjoying this history. Now families and fans of all ages are invited to explore Middle-earth with this long anticipated release.
Video games based upon the works of J.R.R.Tolkien (for thirty years) have sought to expand our enjoyment of these tales, some were great, others? Maybe not so much. TT Games have set out to impress us with their epic… oh, and by epic, I mean in both scale and delight!
“Ash nazg durbatulûk, ash nazg gimbatul, Ash nazg thrakatulûk agh burzum-ishi krimpatul”
Players undergo a perilous quest to destroy an ancient magical weapon – a ring of terrible power – forged by Sauron, Lord of Mordor and the Enemy of all Middle-earth free folk. Although defeated in battle long ago and with this great weapon thought lost… Sauron has, in secret, endured throughout the passing of a great many years.
Discovering the Ring of Power to be in a region known as the Shire, the servants of Mordor are called to recover it. Upon learning the gift uncle Bilbo had left him is the very thing they seek, Frodo Baggins is forced to leave his peaceful home and take the One Ring to the only place it can be destroyed, in the fires of Mount Doom… a journey into the heart of Mordor!
LEGO LotR aims to complement the toy brand released this summer.
Travelling with Frodo are his friends and fellow Hobbits – Sam, Merry and Pippin. Also helping him in this quest – Aragorn the Ranger, Gandalf the Wizard, Legolas the Elf, Gimli the Dwarf and Boromir a man of Gondor. Many dangers await the Fellowship as they battle treacherous foes across iconic landscapes, all excellently re-imagined in LEGO.
Based on such award-winning films, LEGO The Lord of the Rings really needed to take steps and emulate its gameplay well. The developers have not disappointed either, from what has been showcased so far. TT Games have licence to use actual voice work from the trilogy, a relatively new design concept for LEGO games and a very welcome inclusion, especially for younger players and those perhaps unfamiliar with the story.
Comic Con 2012 – the Company battle through Moria.
LEGO LotR flows in tandem with all the major trilogy events we enjoy from Peter Jackson’s adaptation beautifully. Cut scenes and dialogue interactions are gifted with subtle humour and the game lends itself well to co-op play within its various pivotal story points. What can we look forward to regarding this aspect?
There’s an obvious nod to a family-oriented gaming experience for sure, console versions feature an easy drop-in, drop-out mechanic via palantír mode, meaning full to split screen can be manipulated or toggled. This in turn allows co-op partners to free roam differing locations within levels quite brilliantly.
Discover and unlock over eighty playable characters.
Players can switch between members of the Fellowship to solve the many puzzle elements and side quests on offer. Each companion has a unique skill set complementary to their literary and cinematic character traits, Legolas will sharp-shoot with his bow, Aragorn uncovers the tracks of friends or foes, Gimli can shatter large LEGO rocks with his axe and be… tossed!
Weapon upgrades become available with game chapter progress, new equipment can be forged with a little help from the Blacksmith Shop and Mithril collecting. Items are managed by an enhanced inventory feature, each party member having their own backpack. Styled as action-adventure the developers have built within a definite RPG feel here.
Frodo and Sam follow a traitorous Gollum past Minas Morgul.
With blessings from The Tolkien Estate the game adaptation sees fit to encompass a wealth of Middle-earth inhabitants to encounter (including some not seen in the films) and vast realms to explore. So much so the use of quick travel is optioned as an additional play mode, however you can head into the wild on foot if you wish. LEGO The Lord of the Rings promises to be massive and compelling fun for kids of all ages.
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We hear rumours of a limited edition with exclusive LEGO Elrond mini-figure, if he be your precious then we heed it! unknown if Elrond is available for all platform versions but if we can council him into an envelope? We will. A winner will be chosen at random within the first week of November.