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Lord of the Rings: The Third Age (Xbox)

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Genre: Action / Manufacturer: Electronic Arts

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      08.08.2006 09:34
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      Another Lord of the Rings game.

      The book was a classic and the films were epics so it stands to sense that the games will be out of this world, well the reality is not quite but this is still a pretty satisfactory little game with the emphasis on role playing adventure.

      In the game you do not get to play as any of the characters from the book rather you play as a character called Berethor a warrior from Gondor who is on a mission to find the more well known Boromir. In your mission you are guided by Gandalf with the narration by Ian McKellan and you have a group of characters with you which include an elf, bloke who is good with a bow and a dwarf so the characters are familiar but not the same as in the book. I must admit I found this an unnecessary similarity and felt they would have been better off being a bit more creative.

      I have spent most of my time playing Adventure Mode which is the free roaming version of the game where you get to explore the lands in the hunt for your enemies. The levels are not overly challenging and to complete the missions the basic rule is to open every chest you come across and also to explore down every path that you meet. Along the way you will pick up weapons and armour and these do change the style of your character as you gather them.

      You do get plenty of warning if a battle is about to start either by the increasingly bright glow of a red eye which means that enemies are about t attack or if they are hidden away in particular areas a blue globe will begin to shine. The fighting controls are very easy to master which is a good job as this is what you will spend most of your time doing, it is important however to ensure that your team are well rested before entering a battle sequence.

      Visually this game works really well, there has been a great attention to detail and the characters, especially the orcs and goblins and the game play is very smooth and well tuned. The game is also supported by a pretty impressive sound track that is mostly lifted straight from the films.

      The only thing that really lets this game down is the lack of challenge that it contains which means that you can race through it within a few days of play. The other thing that lets the game down is the multi-player mode which is turn based so is a bit slow and personally I find it disjointed to play.

      You can get this game at Amazon for £14.99 which I a fair price in my opinion and it is cheaper still from the new and used section with prices starting at £1.88.

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