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Not bored of the rings,
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This review is from: LEGO Lord of the Rings (Nintendo 3DS) (Video Game)
I'm only a few hours into this game but I thought I'd write a mini review for the page. I have played other Lego titles, my previous favourite being Lego batman 2, it was nice to have the characters finally talking and the glitches from previous games had been sorted out. I always feel that this brand of games puts fun at the heart of the game play,if you run out of life you regen on the spot and you even retain studs etc that you've collected up to that point. Lego take all that we know and love and put it into the LOTR universe. I wasn't a huge batman expert but it didn't stop me enjoying the game a lot especially because the colourful superhero universe lent itself perfectly to the graphics. Now it's a little hard to translate Peter Jacksons cinematographic vision and the beauty of New Zealand onto the 3ds but the settings are lovely and full of whimsy, the only slight niggle is that I find the woodland and countryside bits look quite samey and boring. The character design is nice though and the cut scenes full of that glorious Lego humour. Die hard fans may be outraged by the liberties but that should be soothed by genuine voice acting and the glorious sweeping soundtrack that is really lovely to play to. The gameplay dynamic changes slightly from previous titles in that you don't get a "base camp" as such but rather a few key places, accessible using the map on the lower screen, that have portals to the sections of the game for free play etc. the other thing is, that, instead of finding mini kits, you do little quests and uncover items that characters in the key places (like Elrond in Rivendell) are collecting, when you give them a certain number you get the red blocks. (As Lego diehards know, these are the key to stud multiplying and, eventually, invincibility!) Load times are sometimes a bit lengthy but if, like me, you get hypnotised by the one ring spinning in 3d it"s not a problem. It's such good fun playing through the films, Tom Bombadil's even in it! My one big sadness so far is that Gladriel and Arwen are not playable characters so far, I haven't even seen Arwen and I'm well into the Two Towers section, I'm holding out hopes that Eowyn is going to prevent this game from being a men only event, like I said though, I'm not all the way through yet. So, to summarise, it's more of what us Lego fans love, smashing things to pieces, solving puzzles and unlocking characters to replay levels with new abilities, this time it's set to LOTR and it doesn't dissapoint giving the game an epic feel on a Lego stage, if you're a Lego games fan and a LOTR fan you can't go wrong, if not, you'll just enjoy it cos it's fun.
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Initial post: 28 Nov 2012 13:39:42 GMT
G. Ogle says:
hi there, I have a question. Is the 3DS version of the game a dumbed down port or does it include the same content as the 360, PS3 and Wii versions? Thanks in advance :)
In reply to an earlier post on 24 Dec 2012 20:07:29 GMT
Some of the levels and story is missing from the 3DS version, but it's still a excellent game.
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