Reviews and Problems with Lord of the Rings: Tactics
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Lord of the Rings: Tactics
19 January 2007
Excerpt: EA isn't known for branching out or taking many risks when it comes to games; instead they tend to play it rather close to the norm with a few minimal changes. This fact alone makes Lord of the Rings: Tactics a refreshing experience in and of itself, as it does take risks and tries to do different things -- not all of the risks pay off, but its a good start. EA has always done a great job with the Lord of the Rings games and it doesn’t stop with LotR: Tactics .
Excerpt: The Lord of the Rings Tactics will put players in the universe of Middle-earth from the books and films and allow them to lead the Fellowship or take control of the forces of Shadow. The tactical RPG game features a rich system of items, upgrades and skills for the player to customize their heroes. Players can guard their heroes, which include Aragorn, Legolas, Gimli, Frodo, Gandalf and Sauron, among others.
Excerpt: Just as Peter Jackson's film adaptations had an ambitious scope, so does this game. The single player quest incorporates major scenes from all three films, and each and every mission is preceded by lengthy video footage taken directly from those cinematic masterpieces. Players can tackle the quest from the Fellowship's point of view and control six "good" characters, including Frodo, Aragorn, and Gandalf, or dive into the story from the "evil" perspective and take...
Conclusion: If this was just War In Middle-Earth using freshly rolled characters there would be no confusion, but it isn’t and so you get a rather weedy Aragorn to build up and a Legolas with initially all the archery skill of, well, us. Get used to such silliness and you’ve got the PSP’s second best tactics game.
Excerpt: Problem with that is the game is totally whacked from what I saw of it (if I am compelled a lot by readers I’ll… ugh… review it, which is a shame since the one and only known game of this franchise from the distant past of the NES was also whacked) including a whacked way to escape confinement in one area (let’s see… snatch a scientist and… what… DRAG it to a retinal scanner in order to open a way into a new area?!?
Excerpt: Since acquiring the license to The Lord of the Rings , EA have released numerous titles set in Middle Earth including Lord of the Rings: The Third Age, The Two Towers, The Return of the King and many other titles. For the series debut on the PSP EA have developed an entirely new game, Lord of the Rings: Tactics . The game is best described as a combat strategy game, but is the game any good or have we been dropped in Middle Earth one too many times?