Reviews and Problems with Lord of the Rings: The Third Age
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The Lord of the Rings: The Third Age
16 May 2006
Excerpt: The Lord of the Rings: The Third Age is the first RPG to be released under the Lord of the Rings brand. While the game isn't directly based on the movies, it does take much from New Line’s films. However, does the game do justice to the movies?
Excerpt: Jumping from the big screen to the little screen, LOTR has became an instant classic in any home. EA Games' latest take on the series adds a bold new flavor to the already hit story. This time, instead of the action-adventure type game, we get a traditional RPG.
Excerpt: I loved the Lord of the Rings movies. I thought they were decent adaptations of books that had sparked my original interest in the fantasy series as a whole and they were just plain fun to watch for the most part. While I think the video games that were released from the franchise are also decent, for some reason Lord of the Rings: The Third Age didn’t strike me as a terribly enjoyable game at all. In fact it was almost the opposite at a few points.
Pros: + Die hard fans of the franchise will rejoice
Excerpt: We’ve seen a Lord of the Rings strategy games, action games and adventure games. Now Electronic Arts is bringing us the first Lord of the Rings RPG for the consoles. The Lord of the Rings: The Third Age is one of EA’s most highly anticipated games, and although they’re not generally known for RPGs, this looks like a title that gamers will want to keep an eye on.
Excerpt: I have really enjoyed every moment of the [i]Jak & Daxter[/i] franchise, and while I have previously been known to go on benders with these games I find myself playing very slowly. It is almost as if I am trying to prolong the inevitable end of something I love so dearly. The completion of the game and story will be a bittersweet moment that will only be surpassed by the completion of Ratchet & Clank’s final game.
Excerpt: the one problem I had with the first three games was that they were not very intelligent. For an intelligent movie series like the Lord of the Rings I would have thought a deep RPG series would have been the ticket, yet the games they put out were simple beatdown games... nothing too complex there. Even with the clips from the movies, the interviews, and extras in those games it just wasn't enough.
Summary: Lord of the Rings: The Third Age is a very solid RPG from Electronic Arts - a company not know for Role Playing Games. The integration into the movies is, once again, superb. Certainly a game which LOTR fans should consider purchasing.
Summary: Die Herr der Ringe-Trilogie bietet ausreichend Zündstoff für Jahrzehnte wiederkehrende Spiele-Versoftungen. Während sich das spielbare Pendant zu den zwei Türmen auf simples Hack´n Slay beschränkt und sich der Kampf um Mittelerde primär an Strategie-Spieler richtet, so kommt die PS2-Eskapade zum dritten Zeitalter als waschechtes Rollenspiel daher.
Pros: Tolles Herr der Ringe Feeling, solides, episches Rollenspiel, Viele Möglichkeiten zur Individualisierung
Cons: Abilitysystem etwas monoton mit der Zeit, Grafisch teils etwas mau
Conclusion: Herr der Ringe-Flair im Stil japanischer Rollenspiele - das Experiment ist geglückt, lässt in manchen Bereichen aber noch etwas zu wünschen übrig. Mehr Abwechslung und ein weniger linearer Ablauf mit interessanten Nebenaufgaben wären keine schlechte Idee gewesen. Gerade treue Fans der Vorlage und RPG-Einsteiger werden aber viele schöne Stunden in der schick präsentierten Spielwelt verbringen.