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The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (PS2)

by Sierra
 Ages 12 and Over
2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

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  • Based on the JRR Tolkein book
  • Play as Frodo, Gandalf or Aragorn, each with special means to overcome obstacles
  • Challenge 28 types of enemies with varying degrees of intelligence and behaviour
  • Environmental and varied special effects
  • Unleash the power of the most powerful artefact in Middle Earth--but at what price?
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  • Platform:   PlayStation2
  • 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: B000069E3Y
  • Release Date: 6 Dec 2002
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,976 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

Product Description Review

For even the mildest fans, anything related to this beloved book deserves top-notch treatment; Vivendi's officially-authorised The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Rings falls disappointingly short of that goal. The game is intriguing enough (credit the source material) to play through entirely--once. For the cost of the game, you are guaranteed a reasonably pleasurable 10 hours of gameplay. After that, it will likely sit on your shelf.

There are good things in this game: the RPG mechanics are fine (at various points in the story, you play as Frodo, Aragorn and Gandalf), the visuals are beautiful in parts, and certain aspects of game design are fantastic (Gandalf's magic-casting stands out). Little touches make it appealing to true fans, for instance when Aragorn receives the repaired Sword of Elendil and it glows during fighting. It would be a great game for even non-LOTR fans to play, since a good deal of backstory is provided in lengthy cinematics throughout the game. Fellowship's greatest asset, of course, is the story itself, as well as the bevy of villainous creatures that provide great boss-fight material. Many other games probably wished they had a Balrog to offer.

But the story deviates strangely from the book in order to satisfy the format of an RPG game. The final boss-fight (which we won't spoil here) is completely unrelated to anything devised by JRR Tolkien, and it seems hollow, strange and unsatisfying. The puzzles sprinkled throughout the game are random and often frustrating, as is your first encounter with the Ringwraiths (inevitably, you die many times--too steep a difficulty curve right out of the gate). This game is still strongly recommended, but with many caveats. Proceed with caution, and you're likely to enjoy yourself. Expect a masterpiece, and you'll be wishing you'd saved your money for a different PS2 title. --Jennifer Buckendorff

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The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring PS2.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fellowship of the Ring 27 Mar 2004
Format:Video Game
It was excellent, I enjoyed using the Ring as Frodo, fighting armies as Aragorn and casting spells as Gandalf. The parts that were hard were the Black Riders in the Shire, defeating the troll at Weathertop Hill, defeating the Nazgul in Knife in the Dark, fighting the Balrog in the Abyss Fight and defeating the Nazgul and it's Fell Beast. I can't wait to get Two Towers or Return of the King.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A disappointing play 30 Aug 2003
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This is a platform game which at the beginning follows the J.R.R Tolkein classic very closely. The attention to detail even using the languages of middle earth is very good.
However, I don't know if the games' producers ran out of inspiration or just got plain bored torwards the end but when Sam was taken by the Nazgul I should have known something was going amiss.
The story and game play generally goes downhill from this point onwards. Some very strange plot twists follow and when fighting the Nazgul this section was really far too easy for it to be the ending to the game. I had expected some ending to follow even though, but just to be shown the end credits was just plain lazy in my opinion.
For a die-hard Tolkein fan it is good to see someone trying to follow the script as it were but if they are going to do this they should be consistant.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
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I'm not quite sure why previous reviewers have made this game out to be boring and a complete waste of time any money. Its great! Ok, in place it strays abit from the book but so what, no game that is based on a book or film is ever going to be exactly the same, and to be honest, its quite a refreshing change.
The graphics are absolutly class, and although the general gameplay was slightly easy it was fun and entertaining all the same. Its also great how you get to play as different characters from the film like Gandalf and Aragorn.
Ok, so its not the all time best game, so what, its fun and entertaining and really thats all that a good game needs to be. If you like Lord of the Rings or just want a fun game to play on then i would recommend this game to you.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Only buy this if you're a die-hard fan. 21 Feb 2004
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Format:Video Game
Only buy this if you're a die-hard fan, it's not that great. The three characters that you can play as (Aragorn, Gandalf, Frodo) offer plenty of variety. Although Gandalf's character is probably the most entertaining. Frodo doesn't offer much in the way of excitment, his section is more puzzle and stealth oriented, requiring you to dodge the Nazgul at one point in the game. Gandalf relies more heavily on his ranged attacks more than anything else, so it is often all too easy to take down foes.
There is rarely any variation in the enemies on a level and you quickly learn what the enemies are going to do and when, so it gets all too easy to avoid the enemies and take them down. On the other hand it often jumps from easy difficulty to hard too steeply when you're playing the game.
The graphics are probably the best aspect of the game, there is detail on every surface and lighting effects are superb. The voice acting is also good but the absence of any in game cutscenes to explain the story is rather dissapointing. Instead it relies heavily on scenes with the map and a voice over of the character that you were just playing as to explain what happens.
All in all, if you are a rings fan go for LOTR: Return of the King. But it's not that bad really. If you simply must have anything associated with LOTR, buy this.
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3.0 out of 5 stars You want more but its not bad 11 Feb 2004
Format:Video Game
Maybe its the scale of the book and the film, maybe its the hype of recent years but you expect everything about the Lord of the Rings products to be first rate and this falls way short of expectations. But if you can forget the fact that it is Lord of the Ring based for a few minutes and consider it as just another game, it is really not that bad; it looks great, it plays well and the atmosphere is very endearing. Its biggest letdown is the fact that you breeze through the levels without ever really being chanllenged and the fact that you want more interaction with the environment.
Initially taking the part of Frodo, you start the game in Hobbiton - a cute little village inhabited by hobbits. You are presented with a number of minor tasks to accomplish before leaving the village such as fixing a weather vane and finding some lost items for a fumbling hobbit. These are not challenging and are mainly tasks that accustom you to the controls. Soon enough you find yourself in a scrap and from that point, things get somewhat more sinister ...
You will change characters a few times, giving you a little variety in the gameplay. The graphics are great, but as mentioned earlier the enviornment is often so good that you want to explore it and will find yourself feeling quite unfulfilled that you cannot open that interesting looking door or pick up any of those potential weapons that are lying around.
It is definately worth a play, but dont expect to still be riveted to this game two weeks later, as you will have finished it long before then.
Action 5/10
Graphics 7/10
Playability 6/10
Atmosphere 5/10
Lastability 3/10
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Reasonably enjoyable escapade set in Middle Earth 17 July 2003
By Marco Busani VINE VOICE
Format:Video Game
The Fellowship of the Ring is an action adventure game lined with RPG elements. The game is based on Tolkien's tome as opposed to the films and faithfully recreates a fair amount of Tolkien's tale. The game is supported by voice acted dialogue that is nice to have, but it is a shame that some of the voice acting is a bit cheesy. The game also has some well refined cutscenes that help compliment the story such as Frodo being stabbed by the Nazgul King. You get to utilise Frodo, Aragorn or Gandalf at different stages of the quest. Some of the early episodes are well executed and Bree, Hobbiton, Tom Bombadil and the Barrow Downs sections are believably brought to life . I also enjoyed Frodo's sneak function used to evade the Black Riders and the finishing blows that you get to inflict on a downed opponent.
However, there are a number of negatives such as the fact this game is very short, has no game secrets once you complete it thus ensuring limited replay value, the camera angles are sometimes really irritating and the graphics are hardly groundbreaking. The Amon Hen section deviates in massive manner from Tolkien's story and is in effect pure fabrication. On the whole though this game has some nice touches and is worth playing through at least once, especially so for someone with an interest in Tolkien. I would rate this game with 3.5 stars.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars lord of the rings
very good game my kids really enjoyed it and cant stop playing it the service was 100% perfect as nomal
Published 17 months ago by Anthony
1.0 out of 5 stars Could be better
Published 17 months ago by Ophelia-Sofia S
5.0 out of 5 stars lord of the rings: fellowship of the ring ps2
bought cheap for ps2 ages ago. good condition works well, now has a ps3, so does not use it much now
Published 19 months ago by D A FIRTH
4.0 out of 5 stars Good
I bought for my son, who really enjoys these games. To complete the lord if the rings set. The game was the condition described and arrived quickly.
Published on 19 Aug 2012 by Purplezogg
2.0 out of 5 stars not great
this game is difficult but not in the sense that the levels are hard but rather the fact that everything is one giant maze with no real purpose. Read more
Published on 29 Dec 2009 by J. Mcdonald
1.0 out of 5 stars NEVER GOT THIS GAME
I'm very unsatisfied because I never get this game and this is second time that I pay for game and I never get it!!!
Published on 13 Nov 2009 by Marta Koziel
4.0 out of 5 stars Best game made of a book
This game is totally not bad. The graphics are not the best but they are good. You don't have to read the book but if you do then you will understand the story. Read more
Published on 4 Aug 2006 by Sam Dhondt
3.0 out of 5 stars Alright not as good as the xbox though
Well a friend gave me a loan of this he said he hadn't played it in a while. After playing this he told me he last played it in august 2003! Read more
Published on 26 Jun 2005
3.0 out of 5 stars Mostly just a cash-in.
Take control of Frodo, Gandalf and Aragorn as they embark upon their quest to destroy the One Ring. Read more
Published on 11 Jan 2005 by Ian Tapley
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't BUY it
This is is the worst game I have played, it is an insult to the glory and might of the books that Tolkien bestowed upon us. Read more
Published on 2 Jan 2005
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