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Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring - PlayStation 2

Platform : PlayStation2
Rated: Teen
3.7 out of 5 stars 150 customer reviews
Metascore: 59 / 100

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  • 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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Guide Frodo Baggins and the characters of The Fellowship of the Ring through the villages, countryside and dark forests of Middle Earth in the Fellowship's great quest to protect the ring. Meet all the characters of J.R.R. Tolkien's first book of The Lord of the Rings and share in their journey and direct their actions. But you'll need all your wits and best strategy to elude the terrifying servants of the Dark Lord who seek to claim the ring for their own evil purposes.

For even the mildest fans, anything related to this beloved book deserves top-notch treatment. Vivendi's officially authorized The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring falls disappointingly short of that goal. The game is intriguing enough (credit the source material) to play through entirely--once. For the cost of the game, you are guaranteed a reasonably pleasurable 10 hours of gameplay. After that, it will likely sit on your shelf.

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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  • ASIN: B00006LEM9
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 5.4 x 0.6 inches ; 3.2 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: October 15, 2002
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (150 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,581 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
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By A Customer on November 3, 2002
Let me begin this review by proclaiming proudly that I am at once an avid gamer, and a J.R.R. Tolkien fanatic. I was instantly skeptical about a game based upon Tolkien's works, as all past offerings have been lackluster and unworthy of their source materials. Still, video games couldn't be more vastly different from novels, so I knew that to make a game of a novel, liberties would have to be taken to some extent in favor of the gameplay. My greatest fear was that too many liberties would be taken, and I would loathe "The Fellowship of the Ring." Still, as a gamer and Tolkien fan, I decided to give it a chance - and I'm glad I did, despite the game's shortcomings.
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.
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A great addition to the fantasy world! The story is amazing--if you have read the book, it stays true, while if you have only seen the film, you are in for a pleasant surprise (wait until the Barrow Downs). Somwehat awkward in combat, since the camera doesn't follow you always and much of the movement is based on turning the camera... but easy to get accustomed to. The initial board, where Frodo must sneak past the Dark Riders is...tedious at best. Far too difficult, until you get a handle on it, than it should be. Must have saved and loaded a hundred times without exaggeration. A clear flaw. BUT once past, the game picks up speed and becomes an amazing adventure. Just enough NPC interraction and character switching to make it interesting. The switch from Frodo to Aragorn is welcome and signals the beginning of the action part of the game. Five stars overall, despite the (small) shortcomings, a fabulous game.
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This may not be the worst game of the year for the PS2, but it is certainly one of the most disappointing. Let's cut right to the chase, because I only have 1,000 words to describe how bad it is.
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.
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I almost didn't get this game due to the reviews I've been reading but I took a chance because I loved the book and wanted to see the Tom Bombadillo (sp?) character & others left out of the movie.
(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).
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