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Lego Lord Of The Rings Review by Andy Urquhart (PS3)

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Take one look at my trophy collection and you will know instantly that I am a huge fan of the Lego series of games (I have all 8 possible platinum 
trophies on the ps3). So when any Lego game is announced I look forward to it instantly. However this game happens to be based on
J.R.R. Tolkein’s Lord Of The Rings (more specifically Peter Jackson’s trilogy of movies based on his books). Two of my favourite things in the world
combined , how can it possibly go wrong?

After the last two outings (Lego Harry Potter:Years 5-7 and Lego Batman 2:DC Super Heroes) failed to live up to expectations, I went into this game
feeling slightly apprehensive.

Graphically this is your typical Lego game, same graphics as the last few, similar gameplay but the game has a slightly different feel to it than
previous outings: everything is tailored to Lord Of The Rings. From calling the bricks Mithril instead of Gold to the ridiculously well realized open
world setting, this is a quintessential Lord Of The Rings game that you happen to play through as Lego characters.

The character roster is impressive containing pretty much every character that was even mentioned in any of the movies and features one or two
very pleasant surprises for fans of the books. The world looks amazing and feels like a very accurate representation of Middle Earth
(albeit on a Lego scale). This all adds to the feeling that you really have gone on the journey from the Shire right up to the fires of Mount Doom.

This is the first time the characters in a Lego game have been voiced by their movie counter parts and boy does it work, gone are the horrific
impressions from DC Super Heroes, here we have Oscar winning actors voicing the Lego characters. Yes, it is just the film recordings, but they
have done it so well you would think the actors recorded their parts specifically for this game.

And they have managed to inject their trademark humour into the game. There is a scene right near the start where Frodo drops the ring into a
cup of tea for example that had me in stitches. There are all kinds of in jokes in this game, even a reference to The Elder Scrolls V:Skyrim’s
arrow to the knee meme. The Goonies, Gremlins, Assassins Creed, Metal Gear Solid, and many more are all referenced.
My favourite references though, are the names of the trophies, with “Taking The Hobbits To Isengard” being my personal highlight
(if you don't know what it's referencing click here)

The level design is intelligent and extremely varied. And throughout my 30 odd hours on this game I can honestly say I was never bored once.
Which considering I did everything in the game to 100%, is no small feat!

There are, as always with the Lego games, one or two glitches, which, for the most part won’t affect your enjoyment of the game. However if you
have spent time climbing a mountain, only to switch to the character who is still at the bottom rather than change to a different character at the
top (purely through the game being unable to consistently recognise a button hold from a button press), it can become infuriating. But this is a
small issue which you do get used to. This is easily the best Lord Of The Rings game released to date and a worthwhile addition to any games
collection.

Scores

Andy - 39/42

Overall Score - 93%