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LEGO Lord Of The Rings review

There and back again... and again... and again

A famous saying suggests refraining from fixing things that aren't broken. Warner Bros. and TT Games got away with muttering that to themselves in the mirror for at least the first few years, but now it's time to move on.

The problem is, of course, that for as long as the simple formula of 'LEGO plus film license equals massive sales' applies these handheld iterations will continue to be average.

This latest effort takes you through the story of The Lord Of The Rings trilogy, from the very first battle with Lord Sauron to the final tearful farewell.

Everyone's favourite cutscenes from the films are recreated with hilarious LEGO slapstick and while the storyline does assume a fair amount of artistic license as it jumps from scene to scene, the fact that we all know the story like the back of our yellow, pincer-like hands makes the transitions smooth enough. So far, so 'LEGO videogame', but therein lies the problem.

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There's no denying the production values. The amount of work that has gone into the presentation and the dedication to recreating the trilogy storyline, complete with voice acting and soundtrack, is commendable, but this is the only aspect that gets you through the game.

The gameplay is the same old sequence we've seen ten times already: FUNNY CUTSCENE, run around, hit things, collect things, change character, perform an action that only that character can do, run around, hit things, collect things, FUNNY CUTSCENE.

The signposting and tutorials are rubbish, so you'll cruise through one area only to get completely stumped by a LEGO piece that seems immovable. You then spend 20 minutes walking around a small area desperately trying to figure out what you've missed before finally discovering - through random trial and error - that you need to do something that hasn't been explained to you before.

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  1. KH81314 Saturday 2nd Feb 2013 at 14:42

    I bet that eventually there gonna make a Lego Game based off of the Hobbit series Once they all come out.

  2. Yaldabaoth Saturday 2nd Feb 2013 at 19:59

    Build me some gameplay worthy of Mordor....

  3. BattleGooseUK Saturday 2nd Feb 2013 at 22:40

    This is one of the finest Lego games so far, much better than the Star Wars or Batman ones and I love those films more than Lord of The Rings, but it is what it is.

  4. john higgleton Sunday 3rd Feb 2013 at 23:08

    I didn't have any problems gameplay-wise, other than one point in Bree to get a character fact sheet (turns out I had to hold A). What I found dissapointing about this game was that some key scenes were missing (meaning you really need to have watched the films or read the books to understand what's going on). My main problem was that the game was just too quiet for it's own good.

    I did enjoy the game though, the score would be better at a low-ish 70% (probably 74%).

  5. imbusydoctorwho Monday 4th Feb 2013 at 13:44

    Tried the demo,twas okay,but if I did get the game,I'd get it on Wii.

  6. Luke Hayes Saturday 23rd Feb 2013 at 15:23

    O.o I seem to have fooled myself, I need to find the 3 treasure items that I don't think are in the missions. Any help? :?: :?: :!:

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