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Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring - PlayStation 2
- Fight through hordes of enemies as Aragorn
- Cast a LETHAL arsenal of magic as Gandalf
- Use stealth, cunning, & The One Ring as Frodo
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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, like 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. I'm sure many other games 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 J.R.R. 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 saved your money for a different PS2 title. --Jennifer Buckendorff
- Great story and great characters (of course)
- Missions that require problem-solving as well as combat
- Gorgeous maps
- Getting to play as Gandalf
- Painfully long cutaway scenes
- Cheesy ending
- Often-tedious fights
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The game's strengths...
· Beautiful graphics faithfully adapt the characters and locations of the books. What's more, the game offers an alternative vision of the story and the characters therein, and, if done well, that is always a welcome thing. Peter Jackson's interpretation isn't the only one, and the fact that this game isn't based upon the movies shouldn't dissuade you from being interested if you're a fan of the books.
· Mostly splendid voice-acting, cut scenes, and dialogue - much of which is from or inspired very much by the source material.
· "Mission" objectives are pretty fresh, interesting, and usually in keeping with the events of the book. For instance, at one point you must guard Gandalf from the Watcher in the Water as he struggles to unlock the gates of Moria. Awesome.
· Friendly AI is excellent. For example, orcish archers in Moria will be computer-controlled Gimli's first target. This sort of threat assessment keeps things feeling very much alive. On top of that, it's great fun to have backup that actually backs you up when you're in trouble.Read more ›
Short. Really short! The movie was almost longer (almost).I didn't use a stopwatch, but I would estimate I beat it in about 6 hours. The levels were all very small and fragmented, so there wasn't a very good flow to the game. The only thing long about this game was the loading times.
Easy. Easiest game I've ever played. I probably used the block button about 10 times. Didn't need to. There was an incredible amount of health, unlimited projectile weapons, few enemies, & portions of the fellowship would help you. Sometimes you didn't even have to attack the enemy, you could just run away and let Gimli wipe out the orcs for you. I only used the ring on Frodo once (to become invisible) just to try it out. Didn't need it. There was one mind numbingly hard part though. Sneaking past the Dark Riders in the Shire took me nearly 50 trys. The puzzles were little more than wandering around these very small levels to collect various easily found shimmering objects. Boring.
Hard to control. Frodo was especially hard to control. He could sneak, walk, or run (pressure sensitive). But I'll be danged if I could get him to walk more than 2 steps before he would start running, or sneaking. It was hard to get him to jump on things to. Not impossible, just harder than it needed to be. Aaragorn & Gandalf were much easier. The combat system was fairly easy to control because it consisted of mainly mashing the square button.
Other qualms. Gandalf's spells were kind of weak. The BOSS characters didn't really require any special techniques to defeat.Read more ›
(To the reviewer who said the lines from this game are the same as the lines from the movie, .... Most of the memorable lines from the movie are the same lines from the book, that the game follows.)
Unlike some reviews I've read, there are no game lockups or freeze type glitches and the loading time isn't that bad, if you got used to playstation 1 Madden football loading times, you'll get used to these.
The game has very good graphics and yeah, the camera angles are confusing during fight scenes but you can easily control the camera yourself which doesn't take away from the playability.
The first major task of hiding from the nazgul was hard at first, until you learn how to distract them by throwing rocks. Everything else is smooth and the game is very fun.
Oh yeah, almost forgot. If you're lucky enough to pull the Gandalf or Aragorn collector cards from the game, save them, I heard they're very rare (I got Sam, oh well).
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The disk came in a worrying condition, really scratched looking. But I'm two hours into the game and it's working as it should with no problems so far.Published 3 months ago by Hope P.
The game is fun the game could have been better but to ps2 standards it was fine but if your looking for action games skip this one and get the next 2 alot better in every way :-)Published 10 months ago by spencer
Please for the love of god and money do not listen to the broad who wrote the product description! The PS2 version (ported to PC) is unbelievable. Stupendous. Amazing. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Wunderwaffen
With major motion picture releases tend to come videogames that tie into these movies, among them being several different console versions of the first installment of J.R.R. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Jeremy Michael Gallen
A classic,so when the price was right we jumped on it. Haven't played it yet but the newer installments (II and III) were great, so we've got high hopes!Published on December 31, 2013 by Chab
Five stars! The game was in perfect condition. I've played it most of the way through, and it's great. Can't think of any complaints. Read morePublished on July 29, 2013 by Madeleine
loved it but if ppl want to write a book then thats on them but we shouldnt have to put this much on feed backPublished on July 2, 2013 by Kimberly
works great and had fun playing it - love the game its awesome and has good graphics - can't wait to go play it againPublished on March 24, 2013 by Rachel Nash