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Batman beats Hobbits

Nov 28, 2012

By John Powell - G4 Canada

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Lego: The Lord of the RingsStar Wars. Harry Potter. Batman. Indiana Jones. Four of the greatest motion picture sagas of all time. It was only a matter of time before Lord of the Rings got bricked.

Complimenting the highly-anticipated theatrical release of The Hobbit in a few short weeks, The Lord of the Rings follows the familiar format we are all accustomed to and introduces a few twists to the Lego formula.

A bit more serious in its tone than the other Lego renditions, LOTR really emphasises the plot, music and the key happenings of the films themselves without much deviation. The humour in the cut-scenes is far more subtle than Lego fans might be used to and developer Traveller's Tales doesn’t stray too far from the LOTR script, which is a shame because their take on things is always a highlight of playing any Lego game.

Lego: The Lord of the Rings The fantastic free-roam world of Middle-earth is a wonder to explore. The quaint villages, lush forests and craggy mountain faces inspired by the films and books are the most gorgeous environments you have ever seen in a Lego title and some of the most dastardly of enemies like orcs and trolls.

Collecting Lego studs, mini kits and constructing useful objects out of blocks are all still part of the game. Not much has changed in that regard. LOTR adds some new wrinkles though. Each character has their own inventory of items and one special ability. Some can start fires, others can fish, and some can lift heavy objects. These abilities factor into the many puzzles. As in Lego Indiana Jones, players are required to pick up, drop and use objects as well to solve some of the brainteasers. Unlike Indiana Jones though, the LOTR puzzles wouldn’t tax even Gollum’s brain. They are mostly straightforward and simple, which can be a good and a bad thing depending on how old you are.

Lego: The Lord of the Rings Besides the main ring quest, you and your party of intrepid heroes can engage in an array of side missions requiring you to assist villagers and other bothersome people who evidently cannot find their wallets or car keys by themselves. You can also open up hidden areas and collect special weapons, items to add to your inventory too.

When compared to the exceptionally clever Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes released earlier this year, LOTR feels like a step backwards in a way. Batman set a new standard that LOTR just doesn’t reach. It isn’t as charming or as engaging. There isn’t enough to differentiate it from the other Lego titles either. Lego LOTR is not a bad game. It is just won’t win over any new fans.


Lego: The Lord of the Rings Lego: The Lord of the Rings
Format: PlayStation 3
Publisher: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
Developer: TT Games
ESRB Rating: 10+
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Rating: 7 / 10


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