Finally, after almost a year of playing, with some help along the way, victory is mine! That and a platinum trophy. As far as platinum trophies go, this one is a test in patience and perseverance.
Your patience is definitely tested immediately after you launch the game between all the animation and loading screens that seem to appear every time you blink. . The game takes about 3 and a half minutes, just to start playing a level followed by you guessed it, more loading screens. Which, to some extent is understandable. It’s a large game, with graphics, animations and sounds that would make Mario 3 jealous. However, games like Diablo 3 are larger still, and do so much more. Random maps, loot drops and rendering on the fly. Yet, somehow, loading time is one minute if game is fully closed and all of five seconds if suspended.
The next issue I have with the game is purely cosmetic, I know it’s probably a space issue, (no pun intended there), but the character select screen circles were way too small, and at times gave the impression of having white random pixels around them like they were gutted from a white screen and not cleaned properly.
Other than that, I think they should stop using movie audio because it makes the games sound like they were recorded inside an empty tin can. Almost makes you wish they go back to Lego speak.
As with all Lego games that have planes, trains or automobiles, the driving/flying controls are still a work in progress. On the one hand, the driving controls are much improved, however, the same cannot be said for the flying controls; be warned at one point or another you will feel the extreme urge to throw your controller at the TV. Fly with caution.
I could not say much for the story, I have barely an idea how some characters are connected. That’s not Lego’s fault I pretty much tuned out StarWars after Darth Vader said, “Luke, I am your father”. However, it was not lost on me how much this latest installment has many similarities with the original StarWars. So, my best guess is they’re trying to revamp the series for the current generation or they plain ran out of ideas.
As far as bonus levels go, yes, you have to fly but it is done so quickly its almost like everyone drew a blank and put it together at the last minute. I have seen more interactive bonus levels in the Harry Potter series. I am not saying that you should not play the game, it is a long game and has a lot of checkered Flags scattered all over, however, it is still worth playing. Go into the game knowing it won’t be just 30 hours of your life, more than likely 30 days or if you’re like me, a year. So be loaded with lots of patience and perseverance and you too shall prevail.
I will finally write that review I promised. “Lego: Lord of the Rings”. I will confess, I was, at first going to rip the game for a plethora of reasons; not limited to the game being frustrating, tedious, and at time monotonous. I was conviced until recently, that this was in fact the worst game Lego had ever brought to life. Then enter “Lego Movie Game”. Worst game EVER! However, this is not a review on the latter, so back to the subject.
Given that I’ve seen the worst Lego can do so far, I will give credit to “Lego: Lord of the Rings” for at least not being annoying. If anything it was semi educational, (yes, games can educate) in my case it gave me the short version of Tolkien’s massive work. I understand the over used phrases like “…My precious!”.
So that being said, I will say this. “Lego Lord of the Rings” will be a test of patience for sure. I get it, the whole book is about some guy or group of guys walking to a really far, far away place. Point taken, seriously, I see where Lego is going with their games and frankly I like the idea of the open map. I had some experience with it in “Batman 2” and even a bit on “Pirates of the Caribbean”. Those games did it well, in fact, so far, my favorite on that end is Batman 2. My problem has never been that the map in Lord of the Rings by comparison is huge. That… I actually liked. The part that I hated was the fact that even with the teleporting there was still an unnecessary amount of walking. Slow walking at that. I mean, at least in other Lego games you had, The Flash or Superman among others.
I understand, the games are intended for a young audience, but children are not as infantile as we would like to believe and their attention spans are definitively not what they use to be.
Let me be honest and say, that the subject matter was not exactly my favorite. I was not one of the fans that ran to the movie theater to watch The Lord of the Rings Trilogy. Nor did I read the books by Tolkien. So maybe that is another reason to stick to the things we know. I mean there are certain subjects like super heroes that even if you didn’t read every last comic you still get the subject matter.
This game was also one of the first Lego games to use voices. Quite frankly I thought I would hate it. I was pleasantly surprised how well they work not only as comic relief but in my case to understand a game’s subject matter. So over all, this game is worth playing, and if you are a fan of Tolkien it will be as pleasant an experience as it was for Potter fans when Lego Harry Potter came out.
I like my games pretty, but more than that I love my game accessories to be pretty too. I am a girl after all. Yesterday, I found myself dancing around my living room, but this time for much more different reason than I did three years ago. Last night I was surprised by this:
I’ve played ever installment of the Diablo franchise so far. Last year, I was heart broken to find they were releasing Diablo 3 for PC. Now my PC is not bad, but it’s not close to the gaming beast I had three years ago. Then yesterday, as I was going about my day finally putting the finishing touches in my apartment. (It looked like Hurricane Andrew hit it with force). Now it looks like a vacation home you see in a magazine. A place for everything and everything in it’s place. I was feeling really good, my first victory in a while well second one if you count the Chicken for a few days ago. So I was feeling good. Dancing around to MJ music in my living room and losing myself in the thoughts of what made me happy 3 years ago. It was a good day. Then, this arrived.
It’s a little known fact unless you know me. I’m a HUGE fan of Coca-Cola, I love it the brand the color of the can and the soda. So that controller is the most awesome thing I’ve seen so far. So this perfect day, got even better when attached to all this awesome was an order of Panda Express, and an ice cold Coca-Cola. Oh yes, there is balance in the world.
This arrived for me yesterday. Now that the dust has settled I asked, “What’s this for, it’s not Christmas or my Birthday”. Answer, “Because as you always say great things happen today. Also, your reaction a moment ago was priceless” That in a nutshell was the reason. In all seriousness, I think I been too sad lately, so it was an attempt to see me smile. Well, it worked!
Yesterday, has gone and passed, and silence is still in the air. Oh well off to kill Diablo’s minions until the planet align again if they ever do.
Stay positive, live, dream dream big. There will always be dreams, as long as there is someone willing to dream them. Peace out!
I’ve done it! After nearly a year of having Lego Harry Potter Years 5-7 I finally got all the achievements and completed the game to 100 percent. It was a bit trying to get back in the game after not having touched it for months, but in about 20 minutes it all came rushing back to me. At times I almost started over from nothing, but then I found out I was nearly done, so I just stuck with it until the end. There are something in it that confused me, such as the 200 gold bricks. I was short one and operating under the assumption that the old rules of the other game applied. In this instance, however, the Bonus Level can be completed as soon as all the spells are unlocked,without all the bricks and it is that level that gives you the final brick, that allows you to build a Hogwarts Castle replica in gold. Then nothing else, other than an achievement you can only get once. So it’s a sort of a blink and miss. I know, not so impressive.
Another thing that could have been made simpler is the Hogwarts Crest in the level titled “Magic is Might”. You have to play through the whole level at least once and the second time you must have Fang with you. As you near the end you must run like all hell and remember to keep to your left and jump at the exact time to get a Crest Piece; which is hidden behind a statue. If what’s chasing you catches up to you, you will need to start over. Such a pain if you ask me.
It’s not all bad though, I mean now they have ghosts telling you what you are missing in each area, however helpful that is, it’s also a distress since I found a spot known as the Wisley Garden where there is a Student in Peril yet he is nowhere to be found, but he is there according to the ghost. I suppose is one of many game glitches, but still the game can be conquered and all achievements can be gotten.
Other than those three cons against the game. It’s still enjoyable to play and try to figure out. The game still has humor and a certain level of difficulty but nothing to horrible as to make it unplayable. I look forward to the next installment by the Lego Franchise. I am sure it will be better than their work so far.