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LEGO Lord of the Rings - Nintendo DS
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on November 3, 2012
Platform for Display: Nintendo DS
So, I'm going to make comparisons between this game for the DS, what has been shown of the game on the consoles via convention demos (look on youtube), and my experience with other Lego games:

Unlike Lego Batman 2, which got rid of the open world for the handheld version, Lego Lord of the Rings has a semblance of open world. Whether it is similar or different to the console I cannot tell. It is not an open world like, say, Skyrim (which I haven't actually played). Its not even an open world like Pokemon games... However, there is no central hub but rather multiple, large resting zones between groupings of levels. You can replay the levels from these safe zones. There is an individual map for each zone and then a large map of middle earth so that you can quickly jump between zones. So far I have seen The Shire, Bree, Rivendell, Pass of Caradhras, Lothlorien, Rohan, Edoras, Helm's Deep, Dunharrow, and Osgiliath. There is also Minas Tirith and Mordor and possibly more but I have not completed the story yet. So (as of yet) you cannot walk everywhere, such as up to the Lonely Mountain. However, this is better than I was expecting for a DS game. Here are the let downs:

There are levels/fights that are in the console games that are not in the handheld. One example is Gandalf fighting the Balrog in the air as he falls down the large crack in Moria. Spoiler: You do get to fight the Balrog on top of the mountain later, though. (There is no Palantir option; the game switches between storylines as it pleases). Other levels that are missing but that I am not sure if they exist in the console either are: Battling the Warg riders, Battle of the Ents, the final encounter with Saruman afterwards, etc. The cutscenes are confusing due to lack of these encounters. There is also missing dialogue. The developers promise the most iconic dialogue would be in the game but there was no "One does not simply walk into Mordor" in this version.

There is no item/ability wheel to select for for each character as was shown for the console. In story mode, your character simply gets a new item or armor and has different abilities. Some abilities are missing, such as using Legolas' knives. In free mode, you see that you have multiple characters representing each level of their progression. Example: In free play, you part could consist of Frodo (Shire), Frodo, Frodo (Adventurer), Frodo (Phial of Galadriel), Sam (Shire), Sam, and Sam (Elven Rope). These can obviously be switched out with any character you have unlocked via Super Free Play button. (You only get two onscreen at a time of course). You get these items/character levels via the story mode. There is no Mithril blocks or Blacksmith forge to create new items as the console is supposed to have.

The "side quests" are not extra playable levels (unless I have yet to unlock them). Side quests are simply treasure tokens that you find throughout the game. These tokens have one purpose: to give to characters found in free play in return for red bricks. I believe most of these characters are unlockable at some point. Listing these characters might be an important spoiler... *wink wink*

My last complaint is that there is no multiplayer mode unless it must be unlocked. So no playing with friends on the DS...

Other important info for buyers: I believe there are 62 characters (many of which have variants (like Urukhai) plus three customs, probably totalling to over 80 but I haven't actually counted each variation. There are about 12 of the previous listed safe zones and 13 fighting levels, to my knowledge. No minikits or red/gold bricks in levels, only character and "treasure" tokens.

Final word: Not as good as console version is supposed to be. If you are going to buy the handheld version, buy the cheapest (DS). Even the better graphics of the 3DS won't make up for what the console version is lacking. However, this is based on the assumption that the DS, 3DS, and PS Vita games are all the same (as usual), but I have not played the others the latter to to know that for sure. All that said, I am still enjoying the game very much.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on November 18, 2012
Platform for Display: Nintendo DSVerified Purchase
This was for my son and he has spent countless hours on it since it arrived. He is very impressed with the game overall. It's got great movie tie-in action. The characters talk, which is extra fun.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on June 17, 2013
Platform for Display: Nintendo DSVerified Purchase
Let me start by saying that I love the lego games! We have them on our xbox and on the ds for most of the games available. And I am not in love with this one yet. The graphics are so-so and since they are primarily earth tones they don't seem to look as nice as they did for Batman or Star Wars. I also feel like there is a lot more fighting than the others. I am not really far into the game yet, but it hasn't been as attention grabbing as the others yet. I think I will like it better on the main console....
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on July 6, 2014
Platform for Display: Nintendo DSVerified Purchase
I'm just not a fan of this game. I enjoyed other ones like Star Wars and Indiana Jones because of the fun nature and ease. But this isn't a bit more difficult and the graphics are awful. They're really sketchy and jumpy. I wish I would've listened to the other poor reviews. Wouldn't recommend.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on September 20, 2013
Platform for Display: Nintendo DS
My son writes: This is a good game for the DS. I am sure it is better for the ps3 and 360 due to better graphics (I have neither of those systems). For $15 it is a good game.
You can play as over 80 characters, such as Aragorn, Frodo, Sam, Legolas, Gandalf, Tom Bombadil and Sauron. Over all: 4 stars to this game.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 26, 2012
Platform for Display: Nintendo DS
My son gives this 5 stars. He thought they did a good job with the bonus levels. He also enjoyed the characters and how they each have special task/ abilities to complete levels.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on February 24, 2013
Platform for Display: Nintendo DS
Lord of The Rings is one of my favorite movies of all time, I also enjoy Lego games. So it made sense to get this game. Now I couldve gotten this for the XBox360 but didnt want to pay much so I got it on the ds knowingnthe graphics wont be that good and wont look as cool as the counsel versions.

But it was a fun game, took me over a week to beat it including the side stuff. It was nice to hear the voices from the movie rather then just kiddish noises and grunts. One other gripe is how you unlock the red bricks. Instead of finding them in levels you have to find items to give to people in the hub in exchange for the red bricks.

Now in the councel version, you can explore middle earth as the hun. Make the walking journeynfrom the Shire to Mordor. I was expecting it to be in. Kt ks but a very toned down version. But still nice.

Lego LOTR fornthe ds is a fun game even though they leave a lot of characters (you can still unlock them) and plot points from the movie. If you have a counsel get it on that...if you dont or want to save money or want a good ds game get this.

Pros:
-Fun game
-Lego versions of the characters
-Takes a week to beat everything
-Dialouge from the movies
-Open worldish hub

Cons:
-They leave out a lot of plot points from the movies
-The graphics
-Not as cool as counsel versions
-The way to unlock the red bricks...not that great
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on February 24, 2013
Platform for Display: Nintendo DSVerified Purchase
I purchased this for my son who is 11. He's a fan of the movies and has enjoyed other Lego ds games. He loved this one too. wouldn't put it down...
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on February 8, 2013
Platform for Display: Nintendo DSVerified Purchase
This was a gift to my grand daughter at Christmas, one that she put on her wish list and I bought it for her. She liked it a lot.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on January 14, 2013
Platform for Display: Nintendo DSVerified Purchase
GREAT GAME, ENJOYED PLAYING AND FAMILY MEMBERS DID TOO. WOULD GET THIS GAME AGAIN. I PLAYED FOR HOURS AND HOURS.
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