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In-depth skill system lets players upgrade and customize their hero or villain
Relive exciting moments from the film trilogy -- from fighting the Balrog in the Mines Of Moria to fighting the Battle Of Helm's Deep
Play as all-new characters from the Middle-Earth saga, interacting with the classic heroes and villains of the film
Innovative turn-based combat system as you ride horses or Wargs through massive armies
Free-roaming adventure as you explore a beautiful and realistic game world
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Lord Of The Rings: Third Age allows fans to explore the world of Middle-Earth from an entirelynew perspective. Players get a chance to fight alongside or against key characters from The Lord of the Rings, like Aragorn, Gandalf, Legolas, Eowyn, even the Balrog. Travel in the wake of the Fellowship, exploring your own path while intersecting with major characters and events from the films. Choose to align yourself with the people of Middle-Earth or undertake missions on behalf of Sauron. See the action from any angle, with the user-controlled cameras. Uncover various side quests as you discover hidden characters, secret weapons, and powerful items Voiceovers from the original actors and footage from all three The Lord of the Rings films
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Sincerely, it is difficult to rate this game.
It has all it needs to be considered a good game, but also has some issues:
Graphics 9/10: Simply great and beautiful. The landscape looks as if it comes directly out of the movie.
Story 7/10: this is where I think hardcore LOTR fans will be divided from Mass Market customers. The story is a bit of a slap in the face for anybody who read or loves Tolkien. Your party is basically always 5 minutes behind the company of the ring. Especially at the beginning of the game... a bit too much for somebody but very appealing for those who would like to feel as if they were in some way part of the trilogy story line.
Sound 10/10: how could it be better?
Gameplay 5/10: Weird things go on in 3rd age.
*Monsters appear from nowhere while you go around on the 3D world map.
*You can only use three members of your party as you work through fights. Since your characters will become...
I'm surprised to see as many negative reviews as I have for this game. I think the problem is that a lot of people are used to American style RPGs and don't understand that this is supposed to be a Japanese-style RPG.
In a nutshell, American style RPGs tend to let you create your character at the outset and focus on exploration and decision-making that affects the course of the game. You could call it a D&D approach. Japanese-style RPGS, on the other hand, tend to give you a predetermined character which you use to progress through a long, mostly linear storyline. They usually use anime style graphics and feature lengthy cutscenes.
In my opinion, this game is an excellent execution of the Japanese-style RPG. The graphics are beautiful, the audio is perfect, the storyline is excellent, the cutscenes are literally feature-film quality, and the turn-based battles are modeled on the outstanding combat system used in Final Fantasy X. If any of that sounds...
Like other reviewers have mentioned, this game is turn-based style so those who enjoy Final Fantasy set-ups and the like will enjoy combat. Certain character customization is fun. Note though: you do not create your character, you simply have the ability to select what skills or attributes they attain as they level up or gain experience in a certain field, and these are typically limited to two choices. Of course, you do have lots of choices with armor/weapon/etc combos.
Some misleading info on the box/site:
- Evil mode. You do NOT replay the game as (I thought) the box suggested. (It says an "expansive mini-game"... nothing "expansive" about it.) Rather, as you complete a chapter the evil mode is unlocked and you replay 2-3 combat scenes as evil chars. For example, once your party completes Moria, you replay three battles: one as a group of goblins, one as two trolls, and one as the balrog. Once completed you attain a few items you can then give to your...
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