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The Lord of the Rings The Third Age - Xbox

by Electronic Arts See the Amazon Page for this brand
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3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews) 75 / 100

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Platform: Xbox
  • In-depth skill system lets players upgrade and customize their hero or villain
  • Relive exciting moments from the film trilogy -- from fighting the Balrog in the Mines Of Moria to fighting the Battle Of Helm's Deep
  • Play as all-new characters from the Middle-Earth saga, interacting with the classic heroes and villains of the film
  • Innovative turn-based combat system as you ride horses or Wargs through massive armies
  • Free-roaming adventure as you explore a beautiful and realistic game world


Product Details

Platform: Xbox
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B0002ILSGA
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 5.2 x 0.5 inches ; 4 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: June 15, 2006
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,974 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)

Product Description

Platform: Xbox

Product Description

Lord Of The Rings: Third Age allows fans to explore the world of Middle-Earth from an entirelynew perspective. Players get a chance to fight alongside or against key characters from The Lord of the Rings, like Aragorn, Gandalf, Legolas, Eowyn, even the Balrog. Travel in the wake of the Fellowship, exploring your own path while intersecting with major characters and events from the films. Choose to align yourself with the people of Middle-Earth or undertake missions on behalf of Sauron. See the action from any angle, with the user-controlled cameras. Uncover various side quests as you discover hidden characters, secret weapons, and powerful items Voiceovers from the original actors and footage from all three The Lord of the Rings films

From the Manufacturer

Play as all-new characters from Middle-earth, interacting with the heroes, villains, and supporting cast who populate the world.

Travel in the wake of the Fellowship in a unique structure that allows players to explore their own path while periodically intersecting the major events of New Line Cinema's film trilogy.

Features

  • Play on the side of light or shadow. In an adventure that intersects the main plot points of the film trilogy, battle on the side of the Fellowship in their quest to save Middle-earth or unlock the evil missions where you fight on the side of Sauron.
  • Deep gameplay that expands all three films. Travel to familiar and unfamiliar places such as the Mines of Moria, Helm's Deep, Pelennor Fields, Minas Tirith, and a host of unexpected locations like the White Mountains Plains.
  • Customize your hero or villain: Upgrade your character with an in-depth skill tree system where you can acquire unique skills in melee combat, ranged weaponry, defense, and magic.
  • Discover a vast array of weapons, armor and clothing, and other Middle-earth items.
  • Free-roaming gameplay. Explore, take on side quests, and uncover secret characters to join your party, or special weapons and items to boost your existing characters.
  • Fight alongside or against key characters from The Lord of the Rings such as Aragorn, Gandalf, Legolas, Eowyn, and the Balrog.
  • New user-controlled cameras keep players aware of everything around them.
  • Innovative turn-based battle system allows you to fight on horseback or Warg and define the rules of engagement.
  • Voiceover from the original actors and assets from all three The Lord of the Rings films.

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45 of 49 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun, but very mass market November 16, 2004
By Rocco
Platform for Display:Xbox
Fun: 3.0 out of 5 stars   
Sincerely, it is difficult to rate this game.

It has all it needs to be considered a good game, but also has some issues:

Graphics 9/10: Simply great and beautiful. The landscape looks as if it comes directly out of the movie.

Story 7/10: this is where I think hardcore LOTR fans will be divided from Mass Market customers. The story is a bit of a slap in the face for anybody who read or loves Tolkien. Your party is basically always 5 minutes behind the company of the ring. Especially at the beginning of the game... a bit too much for somebody but very appealing for those who would like to feel as if they were in some way part of the trilogy story line.

Sound 10/10: how could it be better?

Gameplay 5/10: Weird things go on in 3rd age.

*Monsters appear from nowhere while you go around on the 3D world map.

*You can only use three members of your party as you work through fights. Since your characters will become stronger as they use their abilities, the fourth guy you leave out will soon be so behind the other ones he will almost be useless.

*You can't cast healing spells while not in combat. At least I didn't manage to. So either you use items or your wait for a fight.

*Each character has a skill set. For example, the elf has healing powers. Everytime you use one of those powers, her "spirit skill" will go up by a point. Once you achieve enough points you unlock the next skill. Since you use skills in combat it becomes paramount to use the most possible everytime.

*No game economy. No shops. No buying and selling stuff. No random NPC encounters. Low feeling of being part of an "alive" world.

Overall the game is fun but it really is not an RPG.
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rules Them All (If you like Japanese-style RPGs) November 17, 2004
Platform for Display:Xbox
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I'm surprised to see as many negative reviews as I have for this game. I think the problem is that a lot of people are used to American style RPGs and don't understand that this is supposed to be a Japanese-style RPG.

In a nutshell, American style RPGs tend to let you create your character at the outset and focus on exploration and decision-making that affects the course of the game. You could call it a D&D approach. Japanese-style RPGS, on the other hand, tend to give you a predetermined character which you use to progress through a long, mostly linear storyline. They usually use anime style graphics and feature lengthy cutscenes.

In my opinion, this game is an excellent execution of the Japanese-style RPG. The graphics are beautiful, the audio is perfect, the storyline is excellent, the cutscenes are literally feature-film quality, and the turn-based battles are modeled on the outstanding combat system used in Final Fantasy X. If any of that sounds appealing to you, I highly recommend picking this one up.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A fun game, but some misleading info on the box/site November 30, 2004
Platform for Display:Xbox
Durability: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Educational: 1.0 out of 5 stars    Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
Like other reviewers have mentioned, this game is turn-based style so those who enjoy Final Fantasy set-ups and the like will enjoy combat. Certain character customization is fun. Note though: you do not create your character, you simply have the ability to select what skills or attributes they attain as they level up or gain experience in a certain field, and these are typically limited to two choices. Of course, you do have lots of choices with armor/weapon/etc combos.

Some misleading info on the box/site:

- Evil mode. You do NOT replay the game as (I thought) the box suggested. (It says an "expansive mini-game"... nothing "expansive" about it.) Rather, as you complete a chapter the evil mode is unlocked and you replay 2-3 combat scenes as evil chars. For example, once your party completes Moria, you replay three battles: one as a group of goblins, one as two trolls, and one as the balrog. Once completed you attain a few items you can then give to your "good party" who will continue on with their adventure. Evil mode "mini-games" last less than ten minutes a piece.

- Side quests/free play. You very rarely have the opportunity to talk to others and have no control over your player response. Most of the side quests are required to get through the chapter, and if you don't complete the unrequired ones you only hurt your party (so far as XP) and they will be weaker once they progress.

Other cons with this game:

- You cannot buy/sell items.

- 2 of the 6 chars feel superfluous - they don't contribute much and feel like a waste of time and XP that could go to the stronger bunch.

- The guide inside tells you almost nothing about how to play, spells involved, etc.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not as bad as people say... August 10, 2005
Platform for Display:Xbox
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
I have to disagree with most reviews on this site. I find this game to be a great deal of fun--but I like RPG's and level building and I like the gameplay because it reminds me of some of my favorites--like Final Fantasy.

For people who aren't retarded (defined by those who blow through a game in 10 hours designed to be done in 40 hours), this game is a blast. There MOST DEFINITELY ARE areas to level build, and it can be quite rewarding. I have some of the higher level spells for Hadhod and am quite pleased.

The difficulty is easily adjusted for all skill levels and the gameplay is addicting.

There are several faults, however: it is true that the game is too linear. The graphics are also terrible--except for the stationary stuff like the scenery, which makes for a beautiful Middle Earth. There are hardly ever multiple paths to explore, and there are never secrets to be found. Also, you have to ignore the plot of the Tolkien world to appreciate this game at all--not that this plot is terrible (its bad, but not terrible), it just doesn't fit with the Lord of the Rings.

Despite those things, it is just too much fun to fight through the Mines of Moria, or take on hordes of Orcs, or fight the Balrog with Gandalf on your team. I can't get enough. It's great fun level building, as there are a great number of skills to be learned with each character, and most are unique. Some are quite awe-inspiring.

I'd recommend this game--especially at these reduced prices.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
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Published 26 days ago by John D. Knight
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I purchased this for my Xbox 360 and it works near flawlessly (theres just a screen glitch around chests most likely from being an older game on a newer console). Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mitch Allred
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good 2.0
Got here earlier than dated and was very nice, nothing but positive feelings.
Published 6 months ago by Tristan Padgett
5.0 out of 5 stars better than expected
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Published 13 months ago by P. Carter
5.0 out of 5 stars XBOX GAME
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Published 15 months ago by kim whelan
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun, quality, and fast shipping
It was fun and was in good condition. Shipping was fast too. I would recommend this product to anyone who likes Lord of the Rings
Published 17 months ago by Dylan
5.0 out of 5 stars great game
for my son, he says it's great, great graphics and story line and not too short of a game to beat
Published 20 months ago by Lisa Popek
4.0 out of 5 stars Love this game
This game is great for any LOTR fan. I have played through it several times, and I would recommend it to friends. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Erin N. Nickless
5.0 out of 5 stars Underrated
This is a must have for any LOTR/RPG I also love War in the North this game however has far less glitches. Get it you won't regret it
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