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Short, incomplete story, and full of glitches.
on April 29, 2014
I got this game since I really enjoyed playing The Lord of the Rings version.
But I've gotta say, I'm really disappointed.
This game doesn't contain the entire story from the movie trilogy. It literally cuts off and plays the credits at the same point where the 2nd movie, The Desolation of Smaug, ends. Should this have been common sense considering the 3rd movie has not come out yet? Maybe. But nowhere on the game box does it tell you that it doesn't contain gameplay for the 3rd film. Sure, the official website tell you so. But if you're in a store, you won't realize this crucial tidbit until you've played the game. I feel like I got ripped off for having to pay full game price for an obviously incomplete game.
LENGTH / GAMEPLAY:
I just finished playing the game at a leisurely pace (without sidequests), and only totaled about 8 hours of gameplay, which shocks me because of the amount of time I took with LOTR. There's not much improvement or difference in gameplay from its predecessor. The only new thing that comes to mind is the crafting system and mini-game, but even then, it's not very hard to do if you gather your recourses as much as you do your coins.
And good luck using Gandalf in this game for close combat. For some reason, the programming tends to have Gandalf use his wand instead of his sword even when the enemy is close enough to hit you.
This game also came with a large and frequent amount of freezes and glitches. The freezes would usually occur during the transitions from cutscene to gameplay, and whenever I chose a character from the large selection screen. These usually forced me to power off my PS3 and start the game again. Glitches appeared in the guise of
THINGS THAT COULD BE IMPROVED ON:
- Loading times. I get that the game has a large world, but nowhere in my library of games have I had to wait for a game to load as long as this one. It's only just bearable.
- Collecting Studs/Loot. As always, the studs/loot will always fly yards away from the item you destroy, and usually disappear before you have time to collect them all. It's rather annoying when you're trying to get achievements for collecting these items.
- Quick character selection. Not that the game's leisurely pace will force you to change characters quickly for anything, but I hate the fact that the "quick character select" with the triangle button is rather random at times. (I get that sometimes the game will select the character that's needed to complete a task, but that's not the case). Sometimes it takes the character next to you, other times, it decides to select a character that's at the bottom of the cliff you just climbed, forcing you to quickly switch back before you have to do it all over again.
IMPROVEMENTS FROM "LEGO: LORD OF THE RINGS":
- Character descriptions. In the character selection menu, it now tells you what abilities they have (I.E., digging, shooting targets, using rope, etc.) so now you won't have to guess or strain to remember.
-More powerful attacks. Rather than mashing X to hit something, holding down the circle will give the character a more powerful and longer attack. Great for smashing a room full of breakable items.