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POSTED 8/5/14


LEGO LORD OF THE RINGS THE HOBBIT

TT Games/WB Games



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

Oh shit, did we type that aloud?

Yep, it’s true. We saw the first one LOTR, 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 The Hobbit’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, loot collection, instructional building like The LEGO Movie Videogame, increased need for co-operation and adds that RPG chestnut schlep quests to proceedings.

Typical LEGOtacular humour still abounds – just toned down a smidgeon to avoid diehard inflammation. 80+ 100+ characters are eventually playable, although most action revolves around your Aragorn innumerable dwarves, Gandalf and Freddo Frog Dil- erm, Bilbo Baggins types. You flit between posse members to utilise their skillz when appropriate, be it fishing archery, 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 Erebor in order to dispose of this nasty-pasty 20th ring dragon Smaug Cumberbatch 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.

Also, if you’re wondering where the third part, The Battle of the Five Armies, is, it doesn’t bloody-well exist yet. It will, however, apparently be sticky-taped on via DLC at the end of the year.

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

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