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  1. 5.0
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    LOTRO is constantly evolving

    This game is a huge immersing travel inspired on the world that Tolkiens created. If you want to feel this lands through the eyes of its people while exploring Middle Earth & grow into a hero that help others during your travels, this is a game for you. Be ready for months of fun if you play only 1 toon or years if you want to try all races & classes.

    The images are just gorgeous. Its map have grown a lot since its release & it is still doing it. So far LOTRO covers the territories from Eriador to Gondor.

    It is also constantly upgrading the game play. You can choose to play either of 4 races & 10 classes. LOTRO is friendly to players new to MMORPGs & the requirements to gear you characters are between reasonably terms.

    Varied kinds of side progressions allow you to improve beyond just reaching a level. Many kinds of play style are catered & you can play at your own pace.

    If you haven't play LOTRO before, give it a try. I did since 2007 & have never being sory.
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  2. 4.5
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    recommend it to new gamers

    is a nice game and also those people should play who had watched lord of the rings
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  3. Xencur
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    So, Lord of the Rings Online is fairly good MMORPG here with a couple of nuances:

    1. This is a game about the lore for the Tolkien's writing. Tolkiens fans can start with it all fine, all others would need some time to understand what is, actually, up in here. Let's say you didn't read the books, but you do want to start your sinking in it with a game?

    Then LotRO is definitely your bet.

    2. This isn't a game about PvP. While there are friendly duels and PMvP (Player-controlled Monsters versus Player) raids this isn't a focus for the project, neither it's really entertaining. Enjoyed being a ravaging orc for a change though.

    3. This game isn't about wiggling breasts, like, at all (notably other games on the market are, like TERA or Black Desert Online). Personally I like this aspect of the game second to lore, so if you're after storytelling and not the boobs you'll do fine.

    4. This game has a ton of cooperational group content to do from the very start of the game (lvls 20+), both very interesting and entertaining. Consider to make friends in kinship (local name for clans) or invite your own friends!

    5. This game requires some reading skills. I mean, quest texts are really good, and some of the side quest stories are awesome to the marvelous point.

    6. This game is great for exploring. The more areas you explore 'to the last tree out there', the more stories to hear/read you uncover, the more rewarding the deed system goes on you (deeds are in-game achievements you get tons of premium currency for).

    7. Payment system isn't that unfriendly to free players if you ask me. Yes, grinding premium currency with deeds can be tiresome if you buy nothing, but hey!.. Get Steam packs available for the game and you'll do just fine. 15 USD (when on sale) and you won't need to buy anything else in months.

    These developers deserve support with our hard-earned cash.

    8. While some point out that the graphics of the game are outdated I can't call those 'ugly'. I'd say older locations look like the Gothic II ones (which isn't bad, you know) while new ones can be stunningly beatiful. Visit Evendim peaks and Forochel coasts to see what I mean.

    9. Music puts Peter Jackson to shame, really. Definitely a strong side for the game.

    10. And the last, but not the least thing about the game is the Community. People come and go, but old players always return to LotRO, so you can find all types of people in. Seasoned veterans, who played the game for 8 years, new lads and lasses, some experienced folk to group with... Roleplayers, that enjoy the very social aspects for the game.

    You'll certainly fit in our bunch :)

    Total score would be 9\10 points for the people that share the same things to love with me and 3/10 for the people that just want running around a half-naked curvy girl with a sword larger than the girl.
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  4. 4.5
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    Sad

    Another game making company thought could make wonderful mmorpg and failed just like anyone
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  5. MotherFoca
    3.5
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    The Fellowship of the MMO

    There are only three reasons why you'd want to play LOTRO: you love everything LOTR related; you like game with heavy lore content and story-driven; you enjoy MMORPG with immersive worlds. Those are the three aspects where LOTRO shines. If that's all you need, then this is your game.

    As a matter of fact, most of the things this game lacks it tries to compensate in some other way. So yes, the graphics are old, but a lot of effort went into the design of the locations, true to the source material. Gameplay as well is a bit outdated and repetitive, but quests focus on their stories, and the game's story and lore are consistent and crafted with care. There's nothing noticeable to say about character classes and roles in a party, but lots of people play the game just to enjoy the role-playing aspect. The community is not outstanding, but I've seen many great guilds, some are oriented to questing and some others emphasize role-playing.

    So if those three things I mentioned guide your heart when you pick your MMORPG, LOTRO won't let you down. If not, move along, after all, there isn't one MMORPG to rule them all.
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  6. 4.5
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    Middle earth in motion

    If you're into J.R.R Tolkien's Lord of the rings and you like mmorpgs this is a must try game. Great gameplay with endless quests and deed based on the middle earths lore. Graphics engine seems a bit outdated althought it gives the game a shine of its own. As we live in the era of amazing 3d graphics an engine upgrade for the game would definitely give back its older beauty
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  7. 3.5
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    It was nice.

    This was a very nice game before the changes happened. It's still fairly good if you love the Lord of the Rings series, world, story etc. It has nice quests with a good story behind it, but many people don't even read it. So that's sad imo. It wasn't challenging enough for me, hence why I stopped playing this.
    Like alot of other MMOs, this USED to be good.
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  8. 3.5
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    very long game

    I've helped Aragorn to reforge Anduril, drank beer at Prancing Pony, enjoyed lanscape from Weathertop where Frodo was stabbed, visited old Bilbo's house, and haven't entered Moria yet. What more can you ask for? This game is dream come true for every Tolkien and video games fan.
    I played video games whole my life, and i have never met such a friendly community like in LOTRO. I used to play DOTA alot, and after that this is a deep relief for soul and body.

    It is actually free to play, but after time you will have feeling like developers deserved to award them with some money so this game can live long time more.
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  9. 4.5
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    Really, I have no idea what to write in the title.

    Wow. It is really hard to review a game which became a part of your life and of your soul. I'll start with negative points then, hope it will be easier for us all this way.

    1. Move along if you're not familiar with Lord of the Rings. This game is made for fans of Middle-Earth by fans of Middle-Earth. It is story-driven game which rewards you for being into this world. It is not worth your time nor money if you are indifferent about LotR. Better go read some books. You might as well close this review, won't be anything more useful here for you.

    2. Teh graphics suxx. LotRO doesn't hold its line against any of nowadays-popular MMORPGs (except maybe WoW, which looks just as awful now). I'm not sure if I placed 2 first points in the right order, but anyway: if you're looking for impressive effects and fappable grills, move along. Go play TERA, it's just what you need (and quite good a MMORPG by the way).

    3. The combat system is decades since deprecated. Yes, it's THAT point-and-click we all were tired of for years. If you consider it disgusting and still reading it for some reason - move along. Go play TERA or anything else, there is a plenty of action MMORPGs nowadays.

    4. The game is not free. Period. If you don't spend a single penny on the game, you will have really hard time past level 25. However, don't leave yet. It's the first matter I'll deal with below.

    That's it for contras, I think.

    As promised, concerning money. You have two options: to buy a subscription or to purchase all items (mostly, quest packs) separately. Aside from that, you'll need two out of three DLCs ("Steely Dawn" is auxiliary, nothing mandatory there). Taking all the discounts into concern (~20% off in-game items, 50-75% off DLCs at large Steam sales), the second option is much more convenient. Still, it will cost you dearly (around $30 for Russian players and probably twice that much for all the others: there's a solid reason for this difference, but I won't elaborate here).

    Still reading this? Kudos to you then. Now I'm going to persuade you to install LotRO.

    1. THE STORY. I cannot stress this enough. The game is highly story-driven. Every single quest is a brick in a huge building of the Middle-Earth story. The epic storyline follows the road of the Fellowship of the Ring. It reached Gondor as of when I'm writing this. And it's called epic for a good reason. Still, side quests play no lesser role. All of them contribute to the story and to the atmosphere.

    2. The graphics. You've got it right, and f**k those who left in the progress. The effects might seem simple, the grills might seem not fappable enough, but it's LotR, not a manga. It feels natural, however natural it might be for a fantasy world. And you have my word that you will stop once in a while just to have a longer look at that landscape.

    3. The world. Do you remember? It's the good old Middle-Earth. You can venture into icy crevasses of Forochel (don't jump in the water!), walk among the golden mallorns of Lothlorien, explore the dangerous depths of Moria and ride with rohirrim against the tide of Uruk-hai.

    4. The atmosphere. You get used to it, to every good and bad thing about the game, and you really feel like you live in this world. The domestical system. The music. The language in quests is good and proper English (or Elven, mind you). The mobs are not concentrated at farming spots, but are mixed and scattered across vast logical regions. The crafting system (you can actually cook, Valar be damned!) HP is called Morale, so you don't actually die, but desperately flee when severely outmatched. The Dread system which turns your screen gray and replaces minimap with a flaming eye, when you encounter something truly fearsome. It is, definitely, the best LotR-inspired game in terms of atmosphere that ever existed.

    I could go on. I could mention the community, the music playing (yep, you can play any music in the game at a MIDI quality), the PK absence, the epic battles and whatnot. But I will conclude.

    Come and feel it yourself. If you're still here - it is worth it. This is an experience you'll never regret. And LotRO will love you back.

    THIS GAME IS A F***ING BLAST AND I LOVE IT. DO IT. Join the Fellowship.

    Oh Eru, I wanted to say it from the very start.

    Sincerely Yours,
    Talcano Mithrenhen, Landroval (ex-Mirkwood).
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