Guardians of Middle Earth Review

Guardians of Middle Earth Review

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Just a small error. It's Gandalf, not Gandolf. Hate to be that guy but it was bugging me. Other than that not bad for a quick and dirty review.

DarkSpectre:
Just a small error. It's Gandalf, not Gandolf. Hate to be that guy but it was bugging me. Other than that not bad for a quick and dirty review.

Sorry about that. Being a Tolkien guy, I'm kind of pissed I missed that typo. :(

While the servers are still a little rocky, this game does show great potential for other MOBAs to enter the console scene. I am really enjoying the game when I don't get D/Ced and stuff like that.

I'm still pissed that Gollum can beat up Sauron. Really, guys, really?

Game looks ridiculous, as far as I'm aware the War in the North game is non-canon so I don't know why characters from that are featured. Why not feature characters from Battle for Middle Earth 2?

Also why have they changed the look of some characters? Even if you're not a fan of the movies pretty much everyone agrees that PJ got the look of the world and the characters correct. The witch king looks particularly ridiculous, and little green goblins?

I don't like this at all, I feel that there will be people out there asking why some of those characters aren't mentioned in the movies or literature since they occur in 2 games.

Chris Tolkein should really be brought in for brief consultation on any game.

DalekJaas:
Game looks ridiculous, as far as I'm aware the War in the North game is non-canon so I don't know why characters from that are featured. Why not feature characters from Battle for Middle Earth 2?

Also why have they changed the look of some characters? Even if you're not a fan of the movies pretty much everyone agrees that PJ got the look of the world and the characters correct. The witch king looks particularly ridiculous, and little green goblins?

I don't like this at all, I feel that there will be people out there asking why some of those characters aren't mentioned in the movies or literature since they occur in 2 games.

Chris Tolkein should really be brought in for brief consultation on any game.

The character one is simple: license restriction. Unless I'm mistaken, they've got the rights to the people, just not to the portrayal done by New Line. And the characters from BFME2 are under the same problem, except the one's not from the movies are EA's.

As fro how it looks ridiculous, you can either have canon balance and not get to play Gandalf, Sarumon, and all the really fun people: Or you can have game balance, and you get all kinds of epic people to play with.

I like MOBAs, I like lotr, but I don't think I'll touch this one. Considering how volatile this genre can make people I'd rather stick to something with text chat.

DalekJaas:
Game looks ridiculous, as far as I'm aware the War in the North game is non-canon so I don't know why characters from that are featured. Why not feature characters from Battle for Middle Earth 2?

Also why have they changed the look of some characters? Even if you're not a fan of the movies pretty much everyone agrees that PJ got the look of the world and the characters correct. The witch king looks particularly ridiculous, and little green goblins?

I don't like this at all, I feel that there will be people out there asking why some of those characters aren't mentioned in the movies or literature since they occur in 2 games.

Chris Tolkein should really be brought in for brief consultation on any game.

No The Lord of the Rings game is canon. Not even the films are canon. The only things considered canon for tLotR are the books. They probably do not want to feature BfMEII characters because the servers for the game are shut down. Warner Brothers wants to push their more recent tLotR video game products. Also given Christopher Tolkien's extreme hatred of Warner Brothers and tLotR movies, I highly doubt that he would be willing to consult for any project done by them.

Kinda disappointed by the review. It felt like over half of the text was just explaining what a Dota-style game is.

Hm. I've never played a game like this. I think I might give it a try. How much does it cost?

erttheking:
Hm. I've never played a game like this. I think I might give it a try. How much does it cost?

Playstation blog says $15, so I assume as much for 360 as well.

Korten12:

erttheking:
Hm. I've never played a game like this. I think I might give it a try. How much does it cost?

Playstation blog says $15, so I assume as much for 360 as well.

Ok, done deal. Any game that let's me honestly shout "KNEEL BEFORE SAURON LORD OF EVIL!" and "I AM THE WIELDER OF THE SECRET FLAME! YOU CANNOT PASS!" is doing something right. I've got 30 bucks worth of microsoft points thanks to the AC3 season pass, I can skimp out on the multiplayer maps. It's probably nowhere near as good as league of legends, but if I can actually play it on a piece of hardware that I own I can live with that.

I cant understand why there is a lack of mouse on consoles? Whats the reason behind it? Why limit the possibilities on consoles just because of that?

Despite this, Guardians doesn't force the LOTR lore down your throat

I kinda read this as, "Guardians is a shallow interpretation of a hot property made by soulless executives who don't have a damn clue what Lord of the Rings was about but are willing to stomp all over a classic in order to make a naked grab for gamers' cash."

What does superficially dressing the characters up as LOTR characters add to the game? What is achieved for gameplay by making the characters LOTR that couldn't be achieved by inventing an original setting?

Unfortunately, the in-battle balancing act isn't as forgiving as it should be, especially in the early going. If one of your fellow players or AI-controlled counterparts gets off to a slow start, it can doom your entire battle plan. Once a teammate falls, it becomes a slippery slope, and there's often very little you can do to even the odds. This is especially true in the three-lane game variant where you'll need to leave your own local skirmish in order to keep the enemy from advancing elsewhere

So like every MOBA ever?

It's not a bug, it's a feature

So, in other words, there is no reason for me to drop $15 on this when I can easily just keep playing LoL for free.

saintdane05:
I'm still pissed that Gollum can beat up Sauron. Really, guys, really?

My favourite moment in that game has been playing as Bilbo and beating Sauron in a one on one shortly after smashing the Witch King to pieces.

 

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