You have my sword, and my bow, and my axe
YOU SHALL NOT PASS
Lego Lord of the Rings is a retelling of The Lord Of the Rings (LOTR) Trilogy. I mean who would not want to play through the LOTR movies with your favorite characters from those movies? The game follows the events of the Peter Jackson film trilogy with a few comedic twists added into them to spice things up. This is also one of the few Lego games to have voice acting in it, although they just take the voices from the movies.
All’s well that ends better
- Fantastic story that retells the events of the movies
- Fun gameplay where each character can do different things
- Lots of things to destroy and collect
- Nice classic Lego-themed art style
War Will Make Corpses of us All
- Some of the comedic moments don’t fit in certain scenes
- The gameplay doesn’t really change even in the later parts
- I experienced one crash while playing
The Ring has Awoken, it’s Heard its Master's Call
The story of this game is of course based on the LOTR trilogy from Peter Jackson and if you are someone who really loves the movies, you will know what is going on without issue. Although you have to have at least seen the movies to understand what’s going on with the events of the story or you won’t really have a clue of what's happening. You don’t need to be a die-hard fan but seeing the movies at least once is fine as you can understand all the events that take place. If you have not seen the movies, then you will be missing out on key details that they have shown you and not be able to understand the story fully.
Although one thing I did not like was the fact that at times the comedic elements that were added in felt odd and unnecessary. This mainly stemmed from serious scenes or during a character's death, the comedic moments to me just did not fit at all. This isn’t a big issue I had, it’s just something I did not really care for. I know Lego games are meant to be a casual experience and such but still something that irks me.
They are Taking the Hobbits to Isengard
You will be playing through the major events of the movies, with a total of 18 levels plus a bonus level upon completion. If you have played any of the previous Lego-themed games, then you will be used to this as the gameplay elements haven’t changed. You will have a set number of characters with you to help complete the level you are in. However, there will be times when you can’t access certain areas because you don’t have the right character. These are mainly tied to secrets and collectibles, which I will talk about in a bit.
Certain characters will have the ability to help you in a certain situation, like small characters getting access to small doors or elf characters who can jump higher. There are many more examples I can list but it’s quite big, which is typical for any of the previous Lego games if you have played them.
There will be times when you can build objects to help get you access to other areas or to push certain objects. Doing this will reward you with Studs, which is the game's currency, and you can buy characters with them. Although you will most likely collect them anyway because Studs are just something you can’t leave behind, they are like a life force or something you just need more of. You also have unlimited lives as well, so if you die, you don’t have to worry as you will just come back to life. You will drop Studs, however, so make sure to collect them again.
There are also a ton of collectibles for you to find, you can get Lego pieces to help build stuff, silver Lego pieces to make equipment, or tools to help out with side quests. There are also these Lego treasure chests you can collect as well. Some of these collectibles can’t be accessed on your first playthrough so if you want to get them all then you need to unlock free play and get access to that level with certain characters. This makes the game have a ton of replay value and for those people who love to play games with a lot of collectibles. Lego LOTR will be a treat for you.
Although the game is fun, the gameplay may be repetitive for some, this is due to the fact that the formula for these Lego games hasn’t really changed. While this is not a bad thing per se, for others who have played a few of them, the gameplay remains the same. With nothing really changing even in the later levels.
One Does not Simply Walk into Mordor
The art style for this game is very well done, the Lego-themed games have always stuck with a certain 3D art style that they had, and it works wonders here. It’s of course upscaled with improved textures but they still look nice when looking at them. I tested the game on an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 3GB, AMD Ryzen 5 1500X Quad-Core Processor 3.50, and 16 GB of RAM. I experienced no issues while I was playing and the game runs really well for me.
However, I did come across one crash while I was playing. It seems the game does not like it when the Steam overlay is on for too long.
Shortcuts Make Delays, but Inns Make Longer Ones
If you are looking for a casual game to play, then look no further than Lego LOTR. It’s a fun experience to play and enjoy. If you are also looking for a game to play with your children if you have any, this is also a fun game for them as well, as it’s easy to play. COOP does add to the experience too; however, some achievements are unavailable. I recommend this game on a sale but if you are a big fan of LOTR then you could pick the game up at full price.