Reviews// Lord of the Rings Online: Free

Posted 31 Aug 2010 11:00 by
Previously I talked about the world of The Lord of the Rings Online and what it means to be a Hobbit, so you already have some idea about the unique atmosphere of the game and what makes it so special. But what about gameplay?

Moreover, how has developer, Turbine, changed the game in order to give it away for free? It has to have changed something, right? I mean, they wouldnít give away a game that cost money to buy, and more money every month to play - they wouldnít just give it away.

Would they?
At its most basic LOTRO is an MMORPG like most other MMORPGs. You kill things, complete quests, get experience points, level up and get new skills and equipment so you can kill slightly bigger things. Combat is a blend between real-time and turn-based: every special attack has a cool-down period, so after using it you have to wait for it to recharge before you can use it again. Characters also have basic attacks which engage automatically whenever you enter combat.

Each character class in LOTRO builds attacks in a slightly different way. A Bardís spells and attacks are grouped into tiers; a Tier One attack must be in effect before a Tier Two attack can be unleashed, a tier two attack can lead to a tier three attack, and so on.

A Championís attacks, on the other hand, are fuelled by Fervour points, which are accumulated with low level attacks. Save a couple fervour points and you could spend them on a better attack; or you could keep your attacks at a low level, fill up your fervour point gauge and really unleash hell upon your opponent. Though itís easy to get into a simple key-pressing rhythm when fighting, the depth of the combat system allows for tactics to be switched on the fly, which youíll definitely need to do when facing certain more difficult enemies.

Quests also follow a similar routine to most other MMORPGs - you will be asked to kill ten wolves/bears/bandits/squirrels and collect 15 ďWhateversĒ from their corpses. Some of them wonít have whatevers on them, even if their whatevers are hearts or hooves, or something else youíd think a monster might need when itís going about its business. Youíll also be asked to travel large distances to deliver letters, packages and pies to someone whoíll give you a slightly shinier dagger or some morale potion for your troubles. As enjoyable as sight-seeing in Middle Earth is, traipsing back and forth between locations can be extremely dull.

The Paperís Torn and Gone
Letís face it - by now you already know whether or not you want to play LOTRO. Itís a very traditional, very typical MMORPG itís true, but itís wrapped in Christmas present paper too beautiful to discard. You know the feeling you had as a kid, sneaking into the living room in the dead of night, seeing the tree blotted out by towering spires of presents? The gifts wrapped in red, gold, green paper, glistening like immense jewels, sparkling with promise?

Beneath the lustrous exterior are toys and games, the same things youíd find in any toy shop, in any bedroom across the country. Once the paperís torn and gone the presents are never the same, but for that single wonderful moment while mum and dad are still in bed, the presents are mysterious and magical and gift-tagged to you.
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Boolbo 14 Dec 2010 18:56
5/24
@peach Stop being a grammar Nazi
BeatoX 18 Dec 2010 11:57
6/24
@peach go get laid :P
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Mysterry 27 Dec 2010 19:01
7/24
Oh please tell me that it's not only 12 year olds who are playing this game. Mine is still downloading, and I'm hoping it will be fun.
Waratoco 5 Jan 2011 18:16
8/24
Downloading now. Hopefully it's good.
Anonymous 10 Jan 2011 23:27
9/24
I hope it's worth it- it takes up so much space that in order to fit it on my computer I had to uninstall 3 games, includng BFME1 :(
Numskull 14 Jan 2011 22:45
10/24
@Anonymous You can get a 1TB HDD for £40/$50 or 500GB for less. Use a disk cloner like Macrium Reflect Free to transfer everything exactly as it was. 10GB is a bit of a drawback though - I started downloading late evening only to find it needs nearly 6hours @ 4Mbps. I wonder if someone will distribute it on a disk like they do with Linux and other freeware? 10GB is a lot if you have download limits, even if that's 40GB like I get with TalkTalk.
JJ 23 Jan 2011 14:32
11/24
@teach dick
Josh 26 Jan 2011 02:56
12/24
I've played WoW on and off and I'm looking forward to trying this as a change of pace. Hoping that the player base will be a bit more matured.
Adz 23 Feb 2011 13:44
13/24
Is it worth playing downloading for the free gameplay?
I mean take Runescape for example (sorry to drop that game in)
unless your a member it quickly becomes boring.
I mean do you have to pay for it to be good or is it pretty good without?
Thanks
A
eric 7 Mar 2011 22:43
14/24
@Adz naaa its pretty good without paying, you pretty much get the lot
duuuuuuur 7 Mar 2011 22:44
15/24
@Anonymous yes its definatly worth it
The Beast Slayer 28 Aug 2011 04:11
16/24
I used to play wow i had to quit like 2 weeks ago cuz i missing a .dll file in my graphics and i dont kno how to recover so this game seems similar to wow intill i can get my problem fixed
I see Games o.o 23 Oct 2011 18:34
17/24
looks cool, downloading now... I will let you guy's know what I think. =]
I see Games o.o 23 Oct 2011 18:39
18/24
Oh and FYI "Pando Media Booster" is spyware so delete it after you download the game. "(C:) Program files, Pando Networks' Just delete the Pando networks file once you get on the game once, then you should be alright and Spyware free =]
BilBo Bagginses 26 Feb 2012 20:49
19/24
@I_see_Games_o.o thanks man lol
Fools 2 Apr 2012 14:42
20/24
Hey i downloaded the game and guess what? After 12 hours of downloading and updating, then installing i go to open the game and a licencing window pop up asking to accept term and agreements. Which i already did during installation. So i thought it was weird and actually read the agreement (for once). Two pages down it says accepting these terms and conditions allows the game to collect data from your computer and store them in servers in US vagina (not from the US). Most online game do collect data from your computer but thats only for bugs glitches etc etc. However this allowed them to store bank details, all web pages visited, any messages sent or received via this PC. Even under this it also went on to say that these servers are LESS SECURE than the normal serves in the rest of Europe or the US. So i uninstalled that s**t and told them to get fked....
Fools 2 Apr 2012 14:43
21/24
I actually sent them an e-mail too. No reply so far.
Fools 2 Apr 2012 14:46
22/24
This is real too im not joking.
Nasri 19 May 2012 17:40
23/24
Only use cheats when you need them, or ban all the cheat weisbtes. Sometimes games are a little hard, and if you use all the cheats in one game, start another(that's cheat free), and see how you can work up to where you are in the other game. That makes it fun.
Davey Waves 16 Jan 2013 06:03
24/24
LOTRO is a decent MMORPG game for it being free. Although it reminds me of Runescape at times. I dont like the fact that there is "dead ends" like when I was questing in this forest in Bree-Land I seen a path of trees and tried going through it but it was blocked.. dead end like Runescape bull crap
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