STAFF REVIEW of The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring (Xbox)


Saturday, October 5, 2002.
by Tony Ingrassia

The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring Box art I really wanted this game to be great. It's not bad, but i came up a little short for me, in an odd way. LOTR Fellowship is an adaptation based on the books morso than the movie, which is retold and played out wonderfully. Fans of the books wil find this title very entertaining. Wonderfull worlds, charecters, and quests make this a well rounded title.


LOTR plays very well. The controls are very easy to pick up after a couple of minutes, the graphics are above average, and diliver some nice particl effects and rays of light and shadow to add to the mood of the game. You play through as all three charecters using each ones strengths to progress through your quest. ie...Frodo is very adept at stealth, but he's not very good at fighting. You swing back and forth in your qwest to maintain the "good" in yourself, but certain action can stray you to the "dark" you have a meter that keeps this in check for you, and can be manipulated by good deeds as well as unwise choices. This game is an RPG/Action game. My problem lies with the action, and that this game is very linear. Even when your knee deep in battle it just doesn't get your adrenaline going. You fight but it's not really that exciting IMO. I think some sort of co-op mode would have lent itself well to this game since the charecters are supposed to be a group working twords the common good, but they failed to see that. This is going to definatlly take a rental if your interested, and you may find it better than i did, this one is trully going to fall on personal opinions.


Visually the game is spectacular, as i said before, nice rays of lite pushing there way through windows with perfect little particle effects visible. The charecters are all well rendered, the worlds are vast and take a little exploring to get through. the environments are very "alive". The camera is a little annoying at times, depending of course on the situation you will not be able to see what it is you are doing, and it happens at the worst possible times.


Well balanced, nothing ovewhelming, but well done to match this game. The DD works very well to achieve atmosphere. The dialogue is a little repetative, and believe it or not sometimes a little too fast. Again, nothing spectacular but well done.


Suggestions:
The tension level needs to go up a notch to fullfill the need for decent action. Some sort of co-op mode.


Overall: 8.0 / 10
Gameplay: 7.0 / 10
Visuals: 9.0 / 10
Sound: 8.0 / 10

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