LORD OF THE RINGS THE HOBBIT
TT Games/WB Games
if anybody discovers that we’ve never properly seen Peter Jackson’s
Lord of the Rings trilogy two The Hobbit flicks then we’re
Oh shit, did we type that aloud?
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
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
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.
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.
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...