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POSTED 7/12/12


LEGO LORD OF THE RINGS

WB Games

PS3 (also on Xbox 360, PC, Wii, Vita, DS, 3DS)

Damn, if anybody discovers that we’ve never properly seen Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy then we’re stuffed...

Oh shit, did we type that aloud?

Yep, it’s true. We saw the first one, but it felt more like a New Zealand travelogue to us. What can we say? We’re missing the fantasy gene.

However, we’re not missing the enjoy-a-fun-game gene, and LEGO LOTR’s definitely an enjoyable fun game. Based on the face-fuzzular Kiwi director’s trilogical adaptation more than Tolkien’s wordular affairs, it takes the collect-crazy LEGO blueprint and adds. What does it add? Well, original motion picture soundtracky epicness, for starters. Then there’s original dialogue by original actors (hmmm, we’re sounding K-Telismic again), which admittedly can be odd if you’re used to the old Charlie Brown’s teacher LEGOistic dialogue style. It’s also open worldy between missions, like the ace LEGO Batman 2, has square-mashing combat and adds that RPG chestnut schlep quests to proceedings.

Typical LEGOtacular humour still abounds – just toned down a smidgeon to avoid diehard inflammation. 80+ characters are eventually playable, although most action revolves around your Aragorn, Gandalf and Freddo Frog types. You flit between posse members to utilise their skillz when appropriate, be it fishing, firing or fighting beasties so plentiful and nomenclaturely bizarre that our spell check would scream for another red pen should we list them.

As those in the know will, erm, know, the quest du jour is to potter to the ominously-named Mount Doom in order to dispose of this nasty-pasty 20th ring that has somewhat of an issue with goodness. Apparently.

The unique LEGO game mentality – which is a nice way of saying that they can get really fucking obscure - is alive on occasions, but fans of preceding games shouldn’t find anything too flummoxing.

Fantasy gene or not, LEGO LOTR’s super-fun. One block to rule them all! Blahblahblah...

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