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Initial Thoughts on Lego LOTR: The Video Game

The Shire

Nov 14 2012, 7:06pm

Post #1 of 7 (1006 views)
Initial Thoughts on Lego LOTR: The Video Game Can't Post

This game, my friends, is the one LOTR game to rule them all. Seriously. This is the game I have been waiting for, thinking would likely never get made. Shore's music, the actors' voices and yells, the sound effects, the expanse of Middle Earth open to roam freely...it's all there. Right now, I'm only just approaching the Caradhras level (taking it extremely slowly to soak everything in). There have been so many awesome little moments that have made me yell out "YES!" at my television; I just thought I'd share a few of them. Feel free to add your own. (somewhat spoiler-y I guess)

  • Being able to climb Mt Doom as Isildur with Elrond as part of the prologue
  • Gandalf losing his temper and smashing Bilbo's light fixture in a cut scene
  • Tom Bombadil as a playable character!!
  • The fact that swords have their proper names, like Arwen's ( labeled Hadhafang) and Merry's ("Barrow blade")
  • Sam's frying pan, the horn of Gondor, Legolas's bow twang sound effect
  • The inclusion of the Midgewater Marshes, the Stone Trolls, and the Troll hoard!
  • Duel with Saruman and the "sliding" sound effect if you get knocked across the floor of Orthanc
  • Lighting Ringwraiths on fire
  • Saruman whacking the moth with his staff XD
  • Crebain flying overhead as you leave Rivendell

And that's only the beginning I'm sure!

In short, I can't recommend this game highly enough. The people who made it did their homework, and what we're presented with is something children can enjoy, though the true target demographic is all of us diehard Tolkien fans.

I'll leave you with a small, darkly humorous anecdote: The fellowship was formed. As the 9 of us were leaving Rivendell, I had the party stop on a high bridge. I switched to Gandalf, walked over to Frodo, and whacked him with my staff. Frodo fell off the bridge, plummeted 50 feet into the river below, and drowned to death. So much for the Ringbearer and his quest! XD

My Gollum Impersonation (+ Others): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dy-HKEWmrpQ


Nov 14 2012, 9:26pm

Post #2 of 7 (541 views)
Where in the world are you if you have this already?!! [In reply to] Can't Post

The UK release has yet again been postponed 'till Nov 30, at least for the Wii version, which is why I'm curious to know!

"Radagast is, of course, a worthy wizard, a master of shapes and changes of hue, and he has much lore of herbs and beasts, and birds are especially his friends."-Gandalf, The Lord of the Rings.


Nov 15 2012, 3:38am

Post #3 of 7 (525 views)
Best game ever! [In reply to] Can't Post

Favourite game ever! I just am rowing down the anduin Now after getting my gear from lady galadriel. (elven bow for legolas, elven cloak for aragorn, and more I'm not gonna spoil, though you probably already know from the movies. I got it yesterday( with and elrond minifigure and the 3 DLC content packs. It is addicting. I would like to add a few things to your list that you didn't mention:
Spoiler alert, but you've probably already gotten to this part by the time you read this

inclusion of extended scenes- giving of the gifts in lorien is one
radaghast the brown as a playable character as well as
madril and mouth of sauron as playable characters

-corsair of umbar, beregond, prince imrahil and farmer maggot as playaeble characters(dlc only)

-free roam all over middle-earth

-being able to go to Tom bombadils house

- dialogue from the films!

-arrows actually sticking in the character you shoot

- an inventory and blacksmith shop

As for tom bombadils house, I accidently stumbled across it while wandering around(it is just outside the old forest, north-east from Bree) an it is a quiet little corner with two houses and is a piece of paradise. It has a bridge leading from his area over a river into the old forest. I found this wonderful home, and then bam! Out walks Tom bombadil!! I haven't bought him yet though. Quick question, but where exactly in the trollshaws is the stone trolls cave(and stash!)? And do you have ps3, because if so, I'll add you!


Nov 15 2012, 3:47am

Post #4 of 7 (616 views)
Isn't it gratifying [In reply to] Can't Post

And cool to be one of the first thousand people in the world to be playing these brand new level! I find that really cool.Shocked


Nov 19 2012, 4:34pm

Post #5 of 7 (444 views)
Indeed! [In reply to] Can't Post

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-arrows actually sticking in the character you shoot

Pushbrooms and bananas, too...Sly My kids and I played it all weekend in our spare time. Everyone is enjoying it. I already want to go back and redo some areas we blew through (the kids tend to be less thorough explorers than I), especially the Shire.

NAArP: Not An Ardent purist since Arda was dented


Nov 19 2012, 4:41pm

Post #6 of 7 (443 views)
I think this will be the ultimate LotR game [In reply to] Can't Post

I have it on pre order and should get here in four days. The idea of having a free-roaming Middle Earth where you can create your own party and have inventories and book characters is exceptional.

If only The White Council had not been cancelled...

But your descriptions have made me so hungry for this game!


Nov 23 2012, 4:37am

Post #7 of 7 (881 views)
A place I highly reccomend is Bree. [In reply to] Can't Post

There are a ton of fairly easy to get mithril bricks there, and a blacksmith plan, and LOTS of quests. You can even go to the prancing pony inn and have a drink. One mithril brick that I discovered that alot of people missed is the one in the towns graveyard. Dig up each grave (with either Sam or Tom bombadil or any charachter who has the mithril spade in their inventory; most people do) and build the bone piles and you will get a mithril brick. Wink


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