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The Lord of the Rings: Shadows of Angmar (PC)

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Genre: Role-Playing / Publisher: Midway Home Entertainment / Platform(s): Windows / ESRB Rating: T - (Teen) / Media: DVD-ROM

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      05.12.2009 23:32

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      Must-try for lord of the rings fans, not necessary a must have

      Shadows of Angmar is the online multiplayer lord of the rings game with a recent expansion, "The mines of moria". Anyone familiar with online games with recognise the strict formula that has been proven successful with these types of games. Characters are divided into 'races' and 'classes', races being 'hobbit', 'human' etc. and classes being types of combat i.e. 'archer' or 'swordsman'. In contrast to the offline versions of the game, you play an unknown character - an observer is a new set of developing side plots. You meet the movies essential characters i.e. 'Frodo' but don't play through the plot of the movies although the new plots are deep and toward the end of the game you visit the epic environments that make up the battle scenes of the films. The game is very high budget, everything is very pretty and you'll need a recent PC to even run the game.

      This game isn't my cup of tea but I'm very particular about which online games I play. The tasks and combat is a bit stale for my liking - kill 10 spiders by hacking at them and once every 30 seconds hack in a slightly different way. Also when you reach level 20 (after a weekend of play) the game really lacks direction - you have a list of quests that are too hard for you and the game just feels like too much of a second job to keep progressing.

      For anyone new to online multiplayer roleplaying games or massive fans of the Lord of the Rings franchise I would recommend this game. It has a free trial and the game is struggling slightly so free weekends and online time is not hard to come by.

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      15.09.2009 13:28
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      The best MMO I have played due to the mature community and story driven content

      The first thing that it is important to note is that I am an MMORPG fan reviewing this product as apose to a Lord of the Rings fan reviewing this product.

      The game it's self is set in the world of Tolkien, and while at release featured little of the area's featured in the films, it has since grown to include some of these. It is also important to note that later this year Mirkwood will also be joining Moria, Lone-Lands and the other areas of the game world.

      Lord of the rings online (LOTRO) falls into the generic class of fantasy MMO, and while it does have some features that stand it apart from the crowed it is nothing distinctly new. This was a little disapointing for me as the game its self looked brilliant from the box art.

      I started playing the game after taking a break from world of warcraft, where the gameplay had for myself began to feel stagant. LOTRO's gameplay does not stand it apart but what does is the quest's. The quest's carry a significant story line to them and attempt to tie in with the books. You also get to meet and assist some characters from the books, which is a brilliant feature.

      As another review here on dooyoo mentions all characters do look the same to a certain extent. I tried to see if I could form an argument against this but saddly I couldn't. I can however justify it. The items everyone is wearing is required for the end game content, and this end game content is far superior to that in any MMO I have played.

      While endgame raids do feature your generic combination of Boss (difficult) and trash (easy to kill filler type npc) mobs, it is the fact that the raid content continues to be story driven, with scenes that you can stop and watch and dialogue. Addmitadly to get the decent gear you will have to visit these instances several times, you do quickly tire of watching the content.

      I have not tried the PvP system so I can not comment on it, I can only say members of my Kinhip (guild) enjoy it.

      All in all LOTRO is a generic MMO with a Tolkien skin, if you are already playing an MMO and enjoying it, do not give it up to make the change. If you are looking for a new MMO oor want to give one a shot, LOTRO is a good choice.

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      05.07.2009 14:53
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      A good game for some.

      When I first heard about this game through an Email sent by the makers, I was playing my heart out on World of Warcraft. I am a major fan of the Lord of the Rings films and so had to have ago at this very exciting looking MMORPG. sadly though, my excitement would soon end in disoppointment.

      <--TheWorld-->
      One thing which stunned me when first I started playing LOTRO (Lord of the rings online) was the incredible detail the general world had. Much like any MMORPG, LOTRO boasts a huge, open world which allows players to explore where ever they like without much restriction. A disoppointing factor which you discover almost instantly was the fact this game doesn't include many of the areas found in the Lord of the Rings books or films (yet). For example: there is none of Gondor or Rohan (even though these feature heavily in the films). This greatly upset my appetite for the game, and after playing through it abit my worst fears began slowly uncovering themselves.

      <--TheCharacters-->
      You cannot play evil characters in the same way you can on other MMORPGs. At the start you must pick a good character (Dwarf, Human, Hobbit or Elf) before continuing into the world. The characters, including the burglar, are incredibly similar to every other game of this sort. There is little advertising about the characters and the way they walk, talk, dress and fight. Clothing all seems to look the same - even when you eye up a higher level, they all seem to be holding the same shield, and the same sword. It seems to me that Codemasters have failed to add any depth to the characters profiles at all.

      <--TheCombat-->
      Fighting wild beasts is fun, but it can get very repetative. The range of weapons and skills your character possesses are impressive to a certain degree. The effects you make when using certain spells/moves are inventive, but the creativeness ends there. Quests are repetative and often boring. Similarly, instances can be boring, even though Codemasters have made them different to the traditional instance by including cinematics etc, they remain too similar to the slaying of monstors you do outside.

      <--ThePVP-->
      PVP is restrictive much like many other things on this game. When you reach level 10 you are able to create an evil character to be used in restricted areas. On your normal character you can then go and try to defeat these enemy players lurking around darker areas of the world. I never really tried this properly, but it did look pritty fun.. one side to the game they seemed to get right.

      <--TheGraphics-->
      The graphics (when set on ultra-high) bring this game to life. The water almost invites you to jump in and swim around with its depth of colour and reflective appearence. Similarly, the buildings (outside and in) are greatly detailed. Fireplaces and other flame effects look pleasantly inviting.

      <--TheSoundtrack-->
      Much of the soundtrack has been taken from the films (exactly what i wanted them to do). The soundtrack helps bring this game into motion as areal MMORPG, its just a shame they didn't think to make the game as good as the music!

      <--Conclusion-->
      Some people love it, some hate it. I like to think of myself as sitting in between. Many elements to this MMORPG are simply stunning, whilst the rest remains boring and repetative. I wouldn't recommend this game, but anyone who really wants to give it ago, go ahead, you may love it!

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      22.06.2009 18:21

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      nicely done

      this game is a massive multiplayer online role playing game (mmorpg) is the first outing in the lord of the rings world of middle earth, this game is quite similar to most mmorpg's as in you start of with a character at level one and have to advance to gain money, skills and equipment. the main bonus in this game is that it is set in middle earth and there are alot of familar faces from both the movies and the books. the playable races are hobbits, elves dwarves and finally the race of man. in each of these there is a list of classes that can be chosen from, they include the burgler (stealthy and can apply de-buffs), the champion (melee damage per second DPS character), and guardian (the tank class). each class has its own unique abilities and also when paired with different races it gives further variability. this game is set before and along side the story that is told in the movies. as you move along in the game you complete epic quests known as "book" quests which tell the story of the game. they intertwine along with the familiar story and you meet alot of famous faces along the way such as gandalf and frodo. this game has it all, a good crafting system, a ingame housing network, nice looking armor and weapons, good story and graphics. i would recommend this game to all lotr and also to mmorpg fans, as there is an option of getting a lifetime membership meaning that you pay a one off fee and can keep playing with no monthly fees.

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      04.06.2009 16:20
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      Awesome game, try it now!

      Lord of the Rings Online (LOTRO) is a Massively MultiPlayer Online RolePlaying Games (MMORPG's). This means that when you are playing you are connected to a server on the internet with hundreds or thousands of other real players like yourself that you can interact with.

      I've played a good number of this type of game and have to say it ranks amoung my favourites. I was never a fan of the films, but do love this genre of game so thought I'd give it a go....and I got hooked!

      The game is sooo addictive! It can be a bit daunting at first when you create your character and you're not sure what is best to go for. Also, finding a good name that isn't already taken can be tricky.

      When you have created your character and login to the world for the first time you're in for a treat. Where in the world you start out depends on what race you chose, and hence the beginners tutorials vary as well.

      The tutorials are exciting the first time through and you feel like you're thrown in at the deep end, but in reality they are very easy and a good way of getting to grips with the game and how everything works.

      Once you get past the tutorial stage, (between 10 minutes and half an hour) you get into the 'real' world. Here you are free to explore and go anywhere you please, though in reality you work you way through zones as your strength and abilities increase. If you wanted to head straight for Rivendell you would die very quickly.

      The graphics and sound in this game are just beautiful....if you have a decent graphics card. I started out playing on a laptop with on-board graphics. While this did run the game ok, I did have to turn the graphics options to minimum and avoid crowded areas. Since getting hooked, I have upgraded my desktop with a £50 graphics card (sparkle version of the nvidia 9400gt) and can now play the game with everything set to very high. The first time I played with the graphics on very high I was blown away! The detail is immense!

      What really makes this type of game so addictive for me, is the people you get to play with. Everyone I met in game was very helpful and friendly and I had soon joined a group and were questing together and slaying monsters left, right and centre. Great Fun!

      What really boggles me though is the size of the world, I've been playing heavily for months and there are still hundreds of quests I've not completed and loads of places I've not been, there is a lot of life in this game.

      I've had to skim over some areas, and probably forgotten some parts, but I hope this gives you an idea of how great this game is, I can't recommend it enough. If I did a full review it would be 1000's of words! There's a free 14 day trial available, go check it out! But be warned, it's around a 10gb download.

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      11.01.2009 20:58
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      Move to virtual Middle Earth now!

      The Lord of the Rings Online (refered to as LOTRO from here on) always had big shoes to fill, with other online rpgs on the market setting high standards. The likes of World of Warcraft (WoW) with it's record breaking subscription numbers and many releases not managing to topple WoW from it's throne.
      In my opinion, it has done a much better job than WoW has.

      Graphically LOTRO surpasses that of World of Warcraft. The Vibrant, detailed and lush environments look like they have been pulled straight from a painting. The feel of this virtual Middle-Earth is definately there, recreating (very believably) everything we have read from Tolkiens books and lore. Whether you are playing on Ultra High settings, or have the options toned down to fit your system, you won't be disappointed here!

      Sounds and music have not been overlooked either, and the game has a wonderful musical score which will play in the background depending on your situation. Entering the Shire and you have jolly music with pipes and strings filling your speakers, or entering into combat and you have more epic sounding music with crashes and drums. Each area of Eriador (the playable area available with The Shadows of Angmar) has it's own distinct sound, creating the perfect atmosphere.

      The gameplay is your typical online rpg clone with a few twists. Turn based combat, skill queues, a list of special attacks, level system to progress through with new skills gained as you make your way to the level cap and of course the wide open world to adventure in with thousands of other players at once. LOTRO brings a few new elements to the table with Fellowship skills which are special attacks only completable in groups with other players, an innovative player music playing system, and PvMP (player vs monster player) which is a new take on the usual Player vs Player (PvP) mode. These new additions are welcome, and the familiar systems mean the game is easy to access for veteral online rpg players or newcomers to the genre.

      Value wise, LOTRO definately accounts for the initial price of the game and the monthly subscription fee (as with all massively multiplayer online role playing games.) Out of the box, there is much to see and do and very little to hinder you from doing what you want technically bug wise. The developers are constantly adding to and expanding the game and story, with updates every few months opening up more of Middle Earth to explore, new quests and features, more story to plow through and fixes to the existing content. All this for no extra charges or cost to you!
      The expansion has also recently launched named Mines of Moria, which expands on the story even further and starts taking the playable areas outside of Eriador and into Moria and Lothlorien! Great stuff!

      Technical Bits
      Minimum Specifications
      CPU: 1.8 GHz or Athlon equivalent: 1800
      RAM: 512 MB
      Video card: 64 MB, DirectX 9.0c
      HDD Space: 7 GB
      DVD drive: 2x
      Internet connection

      Recommended Specifications
      CPU: 2.8 GHz or Athlon equivalent
      RAM: 1 GB
      Video Card: 128 MB
      HDD: 10 GB
      DVD: 2x

      Subscription Fees
      Sterling 8.99
      Euro 12.99
      Dollar 14.99

      Conclusion
      Easily one of the most polished mmorpgs currently available on the market right now. Has been unable to topple WoW in terms of subscription numbers, but don't let that put you off, LOTRO is a much better game with more polish, atmosphere and fun to be had. The developers care for the game and their players and are constantly expanding and adding new features. The new expansion has managed to bring a lot more players to the game as well so you will always find someone around if you need any help getting started.
      I have been playing for over a year now and have no intention of getting off the LOTRO train just yet, and if you are fans of The Lord of the Rings lore then I could not recommend this any higher!

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      07.08.2008 01:27

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      average online rpg

      I was so excited to try this product and i guess it has both good and bad points,i first got it a while back when it first came out then i think i payed £60pounds which included 3 months subscription i didntreally play it but recently i decided to give it another go and was pleased to find the monthly fee had been greatly reduced they where also offering discounts at regular intervals to sign more ppl up.Now before this i played wow so my first impresions where it wasnt as colourful or vibrant but the art work was pleasnt.Intially the game play is fun with different jobs and quests i found it more awkward to play ,the actual control of your charecter didnt seem as easy as it should of been and also my loading screens took ages,when i did finally get to a major town i couldnt move my charecter there was so much lag:(.I did however join a guild that where completeing raids and group runs it appears the game becomes alot more difficult to play solo as you progress through the game.to sum it up its ok im not sure its worth the monthly fee but they are working on more expasions and improvements for it, as with most of these i recomend taking a free trial which you should be able to get from there website before you payout for the game or the subscription on the whole its quaint and pretty but it doesnt blow you away if you havnt played a online game before there are probably easier ones to start with

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    From the far corners of Middle-earth, new adventurers come forth to face the growing evil in the East. The forces of Mordor are mobilizing as the Nazgül hunt for the One Ring. The land itself is now in peril and its fate lies in the hands of those who possess it. Adventuring alone or in groups, join thousands of players online in the massive world that is Middle-earth. Support the forces of good in an epic struggle to drive back the forces of Sauron. This is Middle-Earth Online, your home in the world of Tolkien. Features personalized character advancement system including Elves, Humans, Hobbits, Dwarves and more, a dynamic character alignment and customization system, race-specific dwellings and the ability to ally with other players to form Fellowships and wage war against the dark lord Sauron. The unique storyline expands the Fellowship's quest and takes players to the far corners of Middle-earth.

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