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Lord of the ring fellowship software
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Following the story line of J.R.R. Tolkien's book The Fellowship of the Ring, this third-person action/adventure lets you play as part of the fellowship on a journey from the Shire to the River Anduin. Faithful to J.R.R. Tolkien's epic masterpiece, this game lets you explore the massive environments of Middle-earth while solving puzzles and fighting enemies like Orcs, Black Riders, and an evil Balrog in the quest to destroy the fabled One Ring of Power.
Top Customer Reviews
There are parts of this game, visually, that are beautiful. I played it to the end just for that aspect alone. The graphics in all modes, whether you're playing as FP, 3rdP or watching a cut scene, are very nice...really beautiful. Moria was my favorite; the Balrog and Gandalf's fall into Shadow was cool.
In many ways, it's true to LOTR books and a nice way to learn the basic story if you can't/won't read the books. Also, there are parts of the books that you don't get in the movies. Tom Bombadil (as annoying as he may be) and Narzil reforged being the biggest points. One quirky thing...in the cut scenes, the characters look much different than the characters when you're playing them...which is odd. I found it funny that in the cutscenes, the Hobbits have curly hair (as Hobbits do), but in the game, they all have staight hair...in fact, everyone who has hair has straight hair.
Here are the major downfalls...some of which are maddening:
The gameplay is shamefully bad! Did no one test this game? Shame on them! First, you can't fight in FP mode, other than to use your alternative weapon (rock, bow, magick). So, you're forced to fight in 3rdP mode and suddenly the 'camera' angle goes haywire! You can't see who or what you're fighting or suddenly there's a tree or a wall in your way. This is inexcusable IMHO.
Also, you can't choose which character you can play and there's no changing the difficulty. You can't venture very far and just look around either = no replay value!
Add on that the characters all move like they're Cave Trolls on smack, and you've got a recipe for disaster. No skill really required...you keep pounding away at your mouse. Not so much fun or good for the hardware.
If that's not enough, I found the game to be rather buggy. Once in Moria Gandalf was stuck in a wall...I couldn't move and had to start over. It crashed my system many times and I have a 'stout-hearted' system that even Samwise the Brave would admire.
Also, there are times when you really don't have to fight anyone at all to pass the level. This is especially 'helpful' when you're Frodo since he can't do much of anything. If you just run to the end, picking up Mushrooms, Cram and Lembas as you go, you can pass to the next phase. I did this several times with Frodo with the ghosts (Paths of the Dead?), the Orcs in Moria and the Urku-Hai just before the end. Why bother playing at all? And what about the Ring, which I think I used once just to put the darn thing on a see what happens! Who cares about gaining purity when you don't have to use the Ring??
The 'puzzles' were laughably easy and the game was so short, I was angry that I'd actually paid for this bundle of [junk]. It's a total ripoff that completely takes advantage of the new generation of Tolkien fans that the movies have created. Obviously, Peter Jackson had nothing to do with the game.
I've played more engaging games on a Commodore 64!
Bottom line: Save your money...Tolkien Enterprises doesn't need it.
The graphics in this game aren't bad, the equal of other games of this type. They're nothing special, though, considering the system requirements on the game.
The best part, however, is that you get to "step into middle earth", and that's wonderful for a die-hard LOTR fan like myself. You get to walk about the Shire, Barrow Downs, Bree, and Moria.
You get the chance to play parts of the game as Frodo, Aragorn and Gandalf.
The bad parts:
The game is very short. It took me about 4 hours to complete the whole thing, and much of that was re-playing the hard parts until I could get past them.
The areas, aside from the Shire and Moria are not very extensive. There are, for example, only two rooms in all of Lothlorien. Only one in Rivendell. This is sad because exploring the world of middle earth was the most compelling part of the game.
This game is a strange cross between the movie, the book, and a script written specifically for the game. For example, do you remember the four hobbits beating up spiders with sticks? Me either, but it's in the game. How about when Sam was snatched by a flying Nazgul? Frodo never has a conflict with Boromir, and Boromir never dies. Galadriel, acting as the narrator, simply says that "The fellowship was successful, it brought the ring bearer to the edge of Mordor."
The dialog between the characters, especially in the cut scenes, is not very well written. I got the impression that it was written for children.
Of course, all of the plot points of the story are done in cut scenes. After all, you couldn't allow Frodo to escape getting hit by the morgul-blade, or allow Gandalf to continue past Moria, that would change the story completely. This unfortunately, will leave you playing parts of the story that aren't that interesting.
The game engine has some serious problems. The angle of the "virtual camera" frequently leaves you in positions where you can't see what's going on. In combat, that can be a real problem. You can switch to "First Person Perspective" but that only allows you to shoot missile weapons and move, nothing else is allowed in that mode.
When trying to escape the Shire, you have to sneak past all of the Nazgul. The problem is, if they see you, a cut-scene plays, then you get a screen saying you've lost. Then you go back to the main menu, where you have to choose "Load Game" to start again. Since it's so easy to be spotted, you end up going through that whole sequence over and over and over again until you get things exactly right. I found this to be frustrating.
When you are travelling with the Fellowship, certain members will only be there for the cut-scenes. For example, in Moria, only Gandalf and Gimli are there for most of the game play. But, when the cut-scenes play the entire fellowship is there. Or, when fighting the Nazgul at the end (a game-only thing) you play the part of Aragorn, and when you hit it with the last arrow, suddenly the cut-scene begins and Legolas brings it down. You do all the work, and Legolas (who wasn't even there to help you) gets the credit.
I'd only recommend this game to die-hard Tolkien fans. It's not very well designed, and it's very short. It's only worth paying for if you REALLY like the story.
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