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This game was the first of the lego series that I purchased, so naturally didn't really know what to expect from it. From the packaging it looks like quite a child friendly game add that the 7 rating think you can safely say children would love it!
First thing to notice, of course this game is in 3D, so when your'e wandering around aimlessly trying to find a part to go on a wheel or a secret entrance, it can make you feel a little dizzy therefore restricting how long you actually might stay on the game. With the 3D turned down very low, it makes this feeling less, but definitely still there.
Lord of the rings os such a huge trilogy, I was sceptical in how it could cram all the detail and storylines into one relatively small game, I was right. It misses out alot of the storylines and when you get to the narrative, it's an effort not to skip it (which after many attempts discovered that you can by pressing the start key).
Other than hobbiton, the scenes seem very dull, colours all beng a mixture of greys and browns, which in my opinion is not very appealing and sometimes difficult to see, especially if you're tryig to find an object. It doesn't really capture the whole sense of middle earth and even though being in 3D, seems to be a bit flat and almost boring.
As I said before, I'm new to the whole lego experience, so general gameplay I found quite fun, but after a while it felt like alot of the taasks were just finding things and putting them in their righful place. I found it at times a bit repetitive, and felt there should be more of a challenge. Then there were the boss style challenges like the cave troll in Moria and Shelob, where it was incredibly frustrating trying to find a week spot on them and trying to get in as many hits as possible, before you're inevitably stood on or stung (something whhich is basically unavoidable). Oh yes and don't worry about that as even if you lose all of you're hearts you regnerate straight away anyway, so even though annoying, really nothing to worry about.
Having finished this game, I would reccomend it to those who are new to lego games, just so you can get to grips with basic functions and not expect to much from it. I have yet to start the freeplay version and hope f gives me a wider variety of worlds to play in and some more interesting chllenges, and maybe more variety of characters. If your'e not new to lego games maybe gve this one a miss.