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Lord of the Rings: The Third Age (Xbox)

by Electronic Arts
No Operating System, Xbox
 Ages 12 and Over
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
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  • Adventure game based on the Lord of the Rings film trilogy
  • Fight on the side of the Fellowship or for Sauron
  • Play as all-new characters from Middle--Earth
  • Interact with the heroes and villains as your story intersects with the plot of the films
  • For 1 player
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  • Platform:    No Operating System, Xbox
  • PEGI Rating: Ages 12 and Over Suitable for 12 years and over. Not for sale to persons under age 12. By placing an order for this product, you declare that you are 12 years of age or over.
  • Media: Video Game

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  • ASIN: B0002WPPZQ
  • Release Date: 5 Nov. 2004
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,410 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

Product Description

Explore middle-earth as you build your character from lowly adventurer into a living legend. Battle Orcs, Mumakil, and the mighty Balrog, picking up devastating weapons and powerful new abilities along the way. Build a party of like-minded fighters to aid you in your quest and fight alongside your favourite heroes and villains from the films.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A surprise 2 Aug. 2008
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Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
You'd expect a RPG from EA based on a film of a book to be a complete cash in but oddly it isn't,(I have the 'action'game Two Towers and really haven't bothered with it),granted The Third Age doesn't stray from RPG norms,turn based battles,equipment.levelling up,overdrives(perfect mode)etc..but what it does it does well,the graphics are nice,especially the Balrog,the music and sound effects are convincing,you don't play the named characters but 'supporting' characters, it's like playing Kyle Katarn in the Jedi Knight game and not Luke or Han,ultimately who cares?,my only gripe is the hundred or so movie extracts,wading through them is a chore if you've seen the films,
I'm not a massive fan of the Peter Jackson films,I found them a bit bloated and ass-numbing,I much prefer the Ralph Bakshi animation and so only bought this on the cheap but as I say I was surprised and found it well worth the effort.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Hmmmm, bit hit and miss 7 Jan. 2005
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 Pippin). When I first got into a battle I thought "cool its like Final Fantasy". The fights get VERY repetative after a very short while and you'll find yourself saying "ugh not another fight" . The fights are very basic, you run, hit them, run back, they do the same. Something that I'm not sure if anyones noticed is that the turn system is incredibly flawed, on a lot more than 1 occasion I've found that I had 1 turn, the enemy had at least 9, I've even counted upto 16 before dieing. This is VERY frustrating as if you die you have to endure another 30min of boring fights to get back t where you were, which means that it's going to be one of those games you give up on, unfortuantely, I expect very few people to endure the boring fights enough to actually complete it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting new take 12 April 2013
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An interesting new take on the conventional Role Playing Game but still a fantastic one which I love. Every fan should give this a try.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More strategic than it first seems 9 Jan. 2013
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Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
It's true this game is limited in a lot of ways as noted by other reviewers. However, it can be fun, especially if you enjoy turn-based games as I do and just treat it as a challenge.

Unlike some other reviewers, I found that this game grew on me. True you can have a battle in which you don't even get an attack before you are stunned and slaughtered. However, every time that happened I found a way to field different characters or use them in a different way to win.

A few of tips (70% through):

(i) Invest in Speed in at least 1, probably 2 characters. It means you usually get to act first in a fight.
(ii) Once you have the rings that give you the light and shadow spell lists, start using the powers (even if usless) in battle to start gaining new powers from those lists. A couple of these at least are invaluable (dispel and silence) and will save your life in some battles. Idrial seems the best for this - I maxed her spirit power.
(iii) Concentrate on Berethor and Idrial for levelling up. They are the most essential in the party. Morwen is fun later on as she can steal XP, health and action points.

Hope that helps.

Worth a buy at a low price if this is your kind of game.
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Dissapointing 10 Jan. 2005
After playing KOTOR this game is very, very depressing. The battle system is just not realistic in the slightest. You wander around with a character (just one, not even the whole party on screen) and open chests and pray for a battle to start. You cant even see the enemies while you wander around, they just sort of zip you away to a battle screen which has little or nothing to do with where you are on the map. Then it gets worse. I like turn based combat, but this is lame. you have your attack turn, there is a sad little attempt at animated combat, then you RETURN to your spot. Its like some LOTR pokemon crossbreed. Very frustrating. I struggled through for about two hours only because I bought it. Then I gave up and bought Fable. Unless you are a total LOTR nut, I wouldnt bother. there are better games.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More enjoyable than it should be 5 Jan. 2005
First things first. If you're a LOTR purist, this game will probably annoy you, as it basically concerns a group of people going along and clearing up the mess that the Fellowship left behind.
Right. Here we go. The combat system and way you learn new skills in this game are exactly the same as Final Fantasy X-2, down to the way the menus are presented. You have a skill tree, and you learn new abilities by repeated use of skills lower down this tree. Even a lot of the abilities are the same as FF, with the item theft, armour shattering and the like. (Admittedly these aren't amazingly new ideas in an RPG, but nonetheless if I were squaresoft I'd be phoning my lawyers.)
The Third Age is a lot more linear than FF, though. You basically stroll along, kill some monsters, enter a different area, kill some monsters, levelling up very very rapidly all the while. Despite myself, I find this hugely enjoyable.
The Evil Mode is an interesting addition - once you complete a chapter, you get to play it through as the forces of Sauron, releasing new items for the main game. Don't be fooled by the ads asking if you will fight for the fellowship or destroy it. The Evil Mode is very much a bonus game, and not a Fable- or KOTOR-style different way of playing the main game.
Final criticism: I don't see myself playing this again once I complete it. There would be very little that could be done differently and playing exactly the same game twice doesn't really appeal.
So yes, this game has its flaws. Despite these, it is ridiculously enjoyable to play and the plot is fairly well done, in the way it is cut in with scenes from the LOTR films. Logically I know this game isn't that great but it's been a while since I've had so much straight-forward fun playing a game. (Incidentally, to my mind, this RPG style of game suits LOTR a lot more than the hack-and-slash combat that defined previous LOTR games.)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Briiliant game
Published 20 hours ago by Jackson Riley
5.0 out of 5 stars Good game played on the ps2 years ago
Good game played on the ps2 years ago, and really got the urge to play it again. And luckily i found out that you can play it on the xbox 360! Read more
Published 6 days ago by josh
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great game wish I had it years ago.
Published 1 month ago by Jedi jez
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
my son loves it
Published 2 months ago by Mr. S. R. Dale
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!
A great blast from the past! Disc and box in prestene condition, and the guide had no problems
Published 5 months ago by George O'Brien
5.0 out of 5 stars best game ever
used to play this for the ps2 and couldn't play it for the 360 until they updated the system. it is by far the best lord of the rings game and came alot sooner than i expected
Published 13 months ago by Darren McLean
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic! Awesome classic
Was so glad this was on the list of original XBOX games that could be played on a 360. Really missed playing it as only had it on PS2.
Published 14 months ago by Ms. S. J. Ralph
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Excellent condition, barely any if no scratches or scuffs, brilliant for Xbox and Xbox 360.

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Published 15 months ago by Thomas Barrett
1.0 out of 5 stars Broken
Cut scenes throughout the game were not synced properly. the characters mouths would move and then 5 seconds later you would here what they said meaning half the time youd didnt... Read more
Published 20 months ago by scott
1.0 out of 5 stars Truly awful
Easily the worst game I have ever played, the combat sequences are boring and tedious and running around the map becomes a challenge of running around in circles because glitches... Read more
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