Reviews and Problems with Guardians of Middle-Earth
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Guardians of Middle Earth
Family Friendly Gaming
19 November 2013
Excerpt: Lord of the Rings is one of those masterful franchises that millions love. It shows the littlest guy can be the hero. It teaches that heart really matters. I had to check out Guardians of Middle Earth. Man I wish I had not done that. Please, please, please learn from me. Avoid this game like intelligent people avoid redefining things like marriage.
Excerpt: MOBA. Multiplayer online battle arena. It's a relatively new genre in gaming and so far it's been pretty much a PC gaming exclusive, spawning big name games like Dawn of the Ancients, League of Legends, and Heroes of Newerth, all of which I've never played. While I do occasionally dabble in PC gaming, Guardians of Middle-earth is my first hands-on exposure to a MOBA, as it will undoubtedly be for many console gamers.
Guardians of Middle-Earth contains less than 2% real Tolkien
Quarter to Three
2 January 2013
Excerpt: When I play a game called Guardians of Middle-Earth, I don’t mind so much that it’s a Defense of the Ancients clone that doesn’t do anything different or memorable. I have Awesomenauts and Monday Night Combat for that. I don’t even really mind that it copies a game I already have — League of Legends — so shamelessly. But when I play a game called Guardians of Middle-Earth, I mind that it does so little to invoke Middle Earth.
Summary: If all you saw were screenshots, you could be forgiven for thinking that Guardians of Middle-earth is some kind of timely Hobbit tie-in with League of Legends , so extensively does it borrow from the popular MOBA's playbook. But thanks to a few significant changes, Guardians manages to stand on its own.
Pros: Excellent adaptation of PC MOBA mechanics for consoles, Guardians have pleasing abilities that capture the essence of each character, Timed matches keep battles short and fun, Deep combat and progression
Cons: Occasional laggy matches, sometimes to the point of unplayability, Matchmaking can take ages, Only two maps with too little visual diversity
Excerpt: The idea of selling a MOBA on a console is a fairly uphill battle. MOBA community members have played DotA for about seven years now on a PC, and such a drastic change could have drastic challenges for a development team.
Review: Guardians of Middle-earth successfully brings the MOBA genre to consoles
6 December 2012
Excerpt: As someone who spends a majority of my gaming time playing League of Legends , I've often wondered how the game could play on a console. So, it's no surprise that during E3, one of my favorite parts was the time I spent with Warner Bros. and Monolith's Guardians of Middle-earth . I've been following the game a lot since then, and finally, was able to start playing.
Excerpt: As the first game to bring the traditional MOBA (Multiplayer Online Battle Arena) genre over from PC, Guardians of Middle-Earth faced the tough test of adapting the formula for console controls while marrying it to the Lord of the Rings franchise. We’re happy to report that it’s a successful union all around, delivering not only the best series release in years, but also a great, strategic new style of play.
Pros: + Smart, tactical combat that requires teamwork., + Great variety between the available Guardians.
Cons: ? Can downloadable content add breadth to this excellent core?
Online multiplayer fantasy game with a focus on fighting.
Common Sense Media
5 December 2012
Summary: Parents need to know that Guardians of Middle-earth is an online-only multiplayer game available through various downloadable game services. Its focus is fantastical combat, with teams of up to five players battling each other for control of spots on small maps. There's no blood or gore, and the raised, third-person perspective keeps the action from becoming very visceral or intense, but the fighting is constant.