Conclusion: Despite my feeling that Golem Crusades becomes a bit monotonous after just a short time, I still feel the game doesn’t do much wrong. Sure, the visuals and audio need some polishing and some variety in Hasrinaxx’s personal spells would be useful, so that he doesn’t completely rely on his plasma bolts. But the controls are simple enough and - for the price - it is worth a look for those looking for something a little different.
Pros: The game allows gamers to choose their own approach to completing each mission. Controls are simple.
Cons: Visually outdated and the gameplay becomes monotonous quite quickly.
Conclusion: Do you like Lord of the Rings? Do you find it impenetrable and standoffish? Either way, this game is for you. It does a good job of presenting both Zelda-style adventuring and concentrated sandbox gameplay with a Tolkien flavor, combining them into a focused Middle Earth adventure that serves as an excellent Lord of the Rings primer and an expanded highlights reel of the films.
Summary: Parents need to know that The Lord of the Rings: Aragorn's Quest is a retelling of the same classic story from the Lord of the Rings trilogy, but in a decidely more family-friendly way. While there are plenty of fighting scenes (including a few intense battle scenes with scores of bad guys onscreen), the game as a whole is presented in a lighter, more colorful way than the often dark and disturbing LOTR movies .
Excerpt: Recapturing the sense of heroic adventure that made the Lord of the Rings films such a huge success is no easy task. But in Aragorn's Quest, Headstrong Games has managed to do just that, crafting a game that feels like a reverent tribute to the source material while managing to be enjoyable on its own.
Pros: Charming storytelling device, Locations do a terrific job of evoking the films, New abilities and equipment create a constant sense of growth, Accessible to younger players
Cons: Motion-control combat is imprecise and lacks challenge, Some visual weirdness
One does not simply hack 'n' slash into Mordor! Oh, no, wait. One does. Sorry
8 October 2010
Conclusion: The disappointing challenge aside, Aragorn’s Quest does offer a reasonably handsome romp through the film’s locales. And despite its spotty, breathless retelling, it manages to re-create some of the story’s sense of wonder in the scale of its set-pieces. Nonetheless, the mindless mashing that fills most of the game’s hours means this is far from fit for a king. If you'd like to see more articles from NGamer, you can get a subscription here .
Pros: Some grand set-pieces, Some surprisingly vast vistas, Decent voice acting
Cons: Cartoony style is bland, Wasted combat system, Lacking challenge