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This review is from: LEGO Lord of the Rings (PC CD) (Video Game)
Firstly Lego and Lord of the Rings. Great combo.
I am a huge fan of both.
The company behind all the lego games is Traveller's Tales and they do a wonderful job with their games.
That said here is why LotR Lego is particularly wonderful.
The gameplay covers all three films. It spans across the whole of Middle Earth [or that pertaining to the LotR storyline].
You will need to invest quite some hours to completely finish the game 100%. This sounds bad as I type it but for longebity sake I thought this was a great and enduring game not just a weekend romp so to speak.
Despite the review by 'Chappers', I played the game with keyboard [on the pc], and had no gaming issues because of it. maybe he had a pre release version. incidently I have since played it on the Wii and essentially the game is identical but the playing experience is more polished, I think due to the controller.
As a lego game they do not really deviate much from other level games. There are 18 main story levels [one of them the prologue]. There is a bonus level also.
Finishing the levels [completely], brings game completion to about 30%. I say completely as there are aspects to the levels that are impossible to finish on the first pass through them. This adds to the game charm.
To obtain 100% on a level you need to collect 10 minikits, collect a minimum amount of studs on level one for example its 30,000. collect quest items or pieces that improve your performance in some way.
There are several quests in Middle Earth to be completed, [often hilarious ones that my son missed the humour on. Case in point was an orc chef who wanted 'to put meat back on the menu']. In fact for those who read the books and saw the films there is a strong humourous undercurrent,
The quests often take you back into the levels to collect this or that item. There are races on foot on horse, whack a mole type races.
The game still had lots of life in it for my 6 year old who having finished the levels really enjoyed running aound Middle Earth finishing the quests off and collecting the 80+ playable chars.
As teh game allows 4 profiles to play it, I dont mind telling you that it was also a game I throughly enjoyed too.
Lego Batman 3 this Autumn ... Cant wait for it