Reviews and Problems with Lord of the Rings: The Third Age
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Shadow returns to Middle-Earth
S. Robinson, Amazon
15 July 2006
Summary: The Lord of the Rings: The Third Age is EA's latest attempt at a LOTR console game. It is fun, but tedious. The graphics are great, as are the locations (This game still has the best looking Helm's Deep I've ever seen!). But the overall gameplay is very repetitive. To level up in this game, you must use your powers to gain skill points. Once you have a certain number of skill points, you gain a new power.
Summary: This game is addicting, but not as good as the make it out to be on the game case. The Pros- Good graphics, good music, good storyline. Thats about it. The cons- WAY TO LINEAR. They tell you what to do...And you do it. No towns to explore, No way to get rid of your old items, and pretty much, I really think that they could of let you controll the fellowship, not some little clan that follows right behind the fellowship but never seems to catch up.
Summary: The Good: - Excellent turn-based fighting. Before it gets boring, it's a blast. And it gets boring not because of the system itself, but because of the enemies you fight, repetition and lack of imagination. - Excellent fighting menu, very user-friendly. Probably best I have seen in years. - Excellent effects for spells and fighting. The Bad: - There is no story. Every time the characters talk, you wish they would not do it.
Summary: All that about the over-linear game play and reasonably dull battle seems to have been said many times. It's very true. But I have other problems with this game. If you're a Tolkien geek you may find yourself rolling your eyes a lot, or kneeding your eyebrows in frustration. Among other discrepencies, you don't really get to see a whole lot of Middle Earth, the characters are less than stimulating, and words are CONSTANTLY mispronounced.
Summary: OK, first off, this game is nothing at all like Knights of the Old Republic. You do not get to choose sides and while can roam (you can travel back to completed chapters, but there is no wilderness roaming, all the space is confined by imaginary borders) the plot is as linear as it gets and there's no straying (side quests) at all.
Mr. J. E. Grogan "Jenova's Memetic Legacy", amazon.co.uk
29 May 2006
Summary: I have enjoyed playing the majority of Lord of the Rings games (battle for middle earth, return of the king etc) and enjoyed playing this one as well. However it does not, in my mind, do the lord of the rings much justice and sometimes twists the story too much for my liking. The battle system is a commonly used random battle, turn based setup which can get pretty tiresome.
Summary: When I first saw this game I thought "a group that werent in the film or books but were apparently there all along in the background, what a poor attempt at milking the cash cow" as I'm sure a lot of others have. However I got it anyway as I thought I'd give it a try, the tie in has been reasonably well thought out and seems to work, seeing the main characters a little more often would have been nice, (my games 70 odd percent done and I havent seen Sam, Merry, Frodo or...
Summary: Okay i'm a big rings fan and own all the rings games on xbox, and when third age came out i had to buy it straight away. First thing that struck me was the graphics, you can tell the creators have had to rush the game for its release date and for this they have suffered. I couldn't help myself sniggering at the graphics in the combat scenes and some of the landscapes. Nothing is smooth and the only detail that is impressive is the spells in combat.