Lord of the Rings: Aragorn's Quest
There is alot that would make it better.
I got this game for Christmas and have played through it and was not impressed, The thing that bugged me most was the combat system, where for instance, you are fighting a troll and you have to use a certain move, they have you use the left analog stick, that you also use to move your character, to direct your sword strike. I do not know why the did not use the right analog stick which in most games is used to move the camera, and has absolutely no use in this game. It would probably be a better combet system on the move, but i do not know. The graphics are not the greatest but not the worst I have seen, the co-op is a little iffy, but it is enjoyable to run around as Samwise Gamgee's son Frodo and do the chores and things, but all in all, its not the greatest game out there.
I enjoyed playing this game. If you look past the bad graphics, it's actually a pretty good game. It goes by the story line exactly, you can play Co-op, and there are cool items and lore you can find. You buy upgrades with the money you find, and you can do different moves with your sword. You also have a bow and arrow with flame arrows, a torch, and a shield you can bash with. There are also some little parts in the game where you play Sam Gamgee's son Frodo, and you have to go do chores and odd jobs around the shire. Overall, this is a decent game. Could've been better, but for the asking price right now, it's worth the buy.
A Nearly Worthless Port
I have been gaming and writing about games for over 23 years. Ever since I can remember, one of the things I loved writing about was ports. They are very interesting to examine since it takes a lot to make a good port. Often we get ports that are inferior to the original. Every once in a while we get one that is better, like Bioshock or Mass Effect 2 on the PS3.
In the case of The Lord Of The Rings: Aragorn's Quest, I found one of the very worst ports I have ever played in over 23 years of gaming. It is hard to know where to start, or where to end for that matter, so I am just going to keep this short and to the point.
Once you turn the game on, it is shockingly obvious that it is a shoddy port. The game was already done when WB Games decided to port it to the PS3 and take advantage of the Move controller. This would have been OK if more than a few weeks was given to the port. It became painfully clear that not nearly enough time was given to this game the more I played it.
Once you start, you will notice that it looks like a Wii game running in barely HD. Anti-Aliasing is turned off, which causes the screen to tear and jump every time you move your character. The textures are flat and lifeless, with absolutely none of the pop a powerful system like the PS3 can produce in its sleep.
For such an ugly game, you would expect the frame rate to remain stable, but this isn't the case. Even with only one character on screen, the frame rate often took a nose dive for no apparent reason. This would agitate the already awful audio, which was not cleaned up at all from the Wii version. It is so compressed that I would often have a hard time understanding important information from characters, even on a $800 7.1 surround sound system.
The controls are just painful, especially since you can not control the camera. In a game this big, with so much to look at, it is inexcusable to not give us camera control. You have to rely on the game to know what you want to look at, and the game usually decides you are trying to look at a poorly textured tree while being killed by a group of Orcs 3 feet to your left.
The whole game feels like this. Everything screams rushed. Nothing looks as if it was given the time it needed. It should have been a Zelda-like adventure in the Lord of the Rings universe. Instead it is a shoddy, nearly broken game that was taken out of the oven way too soon.
Decent Game - Hours of fun
Being a hardcore gamer, I was not expecting much as I had read some shaky reveiws. I found the game very enjoyable. Sure the graphics could use some work, but the overall gameplay was great. Please give this game a chance!!
I like the game
Ok so I was concearned about purchasing this game because of the poor reviews. I read that the graphics were awful..but the truth is they are cartoony but ..if anyone saw the demo for Sorcery at E3 youll notice that the graphics are the same....cartoony but HD. Yes the game play is not the most amazing thing. There is no blood or not a tremendous amount of enemies to fight but the game is still fun. I was expecting the game to have very small restrictive levels but thats not true...the shire is pretty big...its just theres not a whole lot to do. There are some mini games. I also was expecting the controls to be horrible but they werent. Yes the move only untilizes the screen for the radius of motion..so there is no need to go through alot of calibration. The benefit of this is I dont want to spend 5hours playing a move game using full arm sword swipes...I like having the shorter radius and I can sit down to do it. Its not the most fantastic game but if you love LOTR youll have fun with this
I bought this game because I have enjoyed all the previously released LOTR games. What a mistake, Graphics are terrible even by Wii standards, but mind you I played the PS3 version. The storyline was very poor, by the time I finally got to play Aragorn I was sick of playing. Move controls are gimmicky, they did not take advantage of the precision the Move is capable of. The music was good, because they used the same music from the movies and all the other games. Over all don't buy. If you still do feel the need to buy it, save yourself $10 and get the Wii version.
The fact that it's Warner Brothers and not EA alone is a huge turn-off because EA has done extremely well with the LotR games. The last-gen graphics are not like the beautiful comic-book style graphics some games use on platforms today, but rather are rough and cartoony like the game isn't even associated with the actual trilogy. I won't be getting this game and will not submit my usual optimism after a poor first look
(NOT INCLUDING BATTLE FOR MIDDLE EARTH 1,2, and3 WICH I STILL PLAYEver since the Return of the King, which was amazing and had the replayability of 3-4 WHOLE years over and over, the games have gone down hill. Third age was great but a bit tedious. Conquest wasnt very good as it tried to port star wars battlefront for lotr and failed considering how amazing battlefront was. This looks below decent because the graphics, and it looks like it will have no replayability. DO NOT BUY THIS GAME. WAIT FOR WAR IN THE NORTH WICH ACTUALLY MIGHT RESURECT LOTR GENRE
THE GAME IS GOOD
it ok not as good as the third age but the second best one the gameplay is pretty good it is about how sam is telling his kids about Aragorn and its cool because two people can can play at once i recommend it
I agree with the person at the top, I have to say LOTR: The Third Age was by far the best LOTR, and RPG, ever since then LOTR games have taken a very steep fall to nothing. I wish someone would either remake LOTR: The Third Age on the PS3 and Xbox 360. I haven't been interested in a RPG since I played The Third Age, FFXIII sucks.