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Excellent Experience in Lego Middle Earth,
This review is from: LEGO Lord of the Rings - Nintendo 3DS (Video Game)
If you are a fan of Lord of the Rings, especially the films, then this is the perfect game for you. I've played only bits here and there of other Lego games, but the overall format is basically the same - interacting with the environment in specific ways to progress, collecting chips, finding collectibles, unlocking characters - as you journey through the land. It seems tedious, and in other Lego games I found it to be, but with the LOTR material as a backdrop, I couldn't get enough.
This isn't intended to be a comprehensive review, but I wanted to point out the parts of the game that stood out to me the most.
+Audio: The music and voice acting clips are taken directly out of the movies, and are really the backbone of the game. Even the in-game sounds for when a character gets hit or dies are taken right from the films. There was no other way this could have been done and hearing all these sounds again after not watching the movies in a while brings back fond memories.
+Humor: I was a little unsure of how the "Lego humor" would play out in a mostly serious storyline, but thought that these elements were sprinkled in nicely and actually made me laugh out loud at times, including synchronized prancing Rohirrim, Eowyn pulling Theoden's lego-beard off, Celeborn's "servitude" of Galadriel, and the mandatory Dwarf-tossing. Great job here.
+Characters: I couldn't believe how many characters you could unlock in this game, especially the variety and some lesser known faces I didn't expect to see at all, including Tom Bombadil, Radagast the Brown, Halbarad, and Prince Imrahil. You always have an active party of two, but can quickly switch between party members appropriate for that section of the story in story mode. In free play mode you select a custom party of nine (for some reason you can't actually select each spot individually before starting a stage, only the leader and the game picks the rest of the party for you, but swapping characters in and out in-game is easy enough). Each character has its own specific abilities that you need to interact with certain environments. It's pretty amusing to have Gandalf the White and the Mouth of Sauron working together, or to have an Uruk-hai Berserker help Rosie Cotton up to reach a crawl space, or to have the Witch King of Angmar toss Gloin over gap. The variety and quality of characters in the game makes collecting them all a pleasure. Although there are a lot of characters, some are taken up by different versions of the same. For instance, there is Sam (adventurer), Sam (elven rope), Sam (hero), Sam (journey's end), etc.
--Loading Screen: As another reviewer mentioned, the loading screens between areas are incredibly long, at least 30 seconds. Not a huge issue, but annoying because you just want to keep playing. They gave you the opportunity to put the game down and go to the bathroom, at least.
I put in about 15 hours getting to 100% and still wished there was more to do. There's not a whole lot of replay-ability once you get to 100%, but I still had the urge to start a new game from scratch just to spend more time in Lego Middle Earth. Highly recommended!
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Initial post: Jul 23, 2013 5:49:33 PM PDT
I read that on the DS version, the multiplayer must be unlocked. Is it the same for the 3DS version? Thanks.
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