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Deeper Than The Mines of Moria!
on April 10, 2014
Like Lego Marvel Superheros Lego Hobbit has a surprising open world to explore in addition to the story based missions that follow the events of the movies. This open world is where the real depth of the game is showcased. I have to continually remind myself to focus when heading to the next story mission because I easily get sidetracked by the numerous side quests that are available in the open world.
While not finished with the game thus far I have found the game covers very accurately covers the movies with a little bit of the child-level humor Lego games are known for. The voice work is all pulled from the movie so you're hearing the actual actors deliver their lines rather than a voice over guy trying to imitate Sir Ian McKellen. It really ads to the experience.
New to the Lego series with The Hobbit is the system of crafting and looting. This is what really sets the game apart from its predecessors and it promises hours of additional gameplay after you've finished the main story. With every item you smash for studs you can also get materials. You use those materials to fulfill side quests or create unique items via blacksmithing. The unique items require blueprints though so you have to find those in missions and in the open world. It promises to keep me busy for quite some time!
Overall I enjoy the gameplay, the story, and am pleasantly surprised with how much there is to do in the game. It is my new favorite entry in the Lego series.