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As a fan of both the Lego games and Lord of the Rings I knew I had to get this game when it came out. This is the first Lego game I've played where they actually use dialogue from the films and at first I thought it might ruin the humour found it in the other games but this isn't true, they've still managed to sneak funny clips in to the cut scenes and in a way I think the dialogue might add to the game.
The game works like the other Lego games, you collect studs and basically destroy everything to get these, the studs contribute to getting 'True Adventurer' status. You can choose to play as different characters present in the scenes are most of them have special abilities, for example Sam can dig and Legolas can shoot arrows at targets. As with all the Lego games there are some parts in each level which you need a different character for which isn't available and you go back once the game is completed in free play mode, this makes the game last longer but can be annoying as you can't complete the level on the first playing. Some of the levels can be a bit long and tiring and the game does get very repetitive after a while although this is the case with most Lego games. I have also ever played Lego games as a two player game and don't think it would make a good game to play on your own so keep this in mind, the two player on this particular Lego game is better than others I've played and you can go off and do your own thing easily in most levels.
One new feature I've found with this game is that there is a quest mode, you stumble upon characters when travelling through middle earth, which acts as the central hub for getting to levels, and complete different tasks set by them, mostly finding stuff for them or buying items with bricks you accumulate throughout the game.
The graphics are good and some of the scenery has been made to look quite realistic for a Lego game.
Overall this is a very worthy addition to the Lego games collection and definitely has replay value but I would suggest playing it as a two player game otherwise I feel it could get a bit boring.