The Hobbit GameCube
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  • Summary: Set in the mythical world of Middle-earth, The Hobbit is an introductory tale to the Lord of the Rings trilogy. You control Bilbo Baggins as he travels from his peaceful Hobbit hole in Hobbiton into the dark and harrowing Mirkwood forest and finally to the Lonely Mountain, the home of Smaug the dragon. During your journey, you will acquire items, knowledge, and courage to face the most terrifying of enemies. Come face-to-face with elves, trolls, orcs, spiders, and wolves. It's up to you to lead the quest that started it all. Expand
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  1. Positive: 5 out of 17
  2. Negative: 3 out of 17
  1. Provides familiar landmarks, stays true to elements of the story and allows players to work through the levels in a way that provides fun and challenge.
  2. You find yourself waist-deep in a Zelda-style action/adventure, with a larger emphasis on stealth and platforming. [Oct 2003, p.65]
  3. 75
    Recommended to hardcore Tolkien fans or to younger players after a fun adventure. That said, the game has a long way to go to take on Link in battle.
  4. The gameplay is unoriginal and not recommended for gamers with considerable experience.
  5. The second major problem is that the game is unbalanced. [Jan 2004, p.63]
  6. What we're left with really is a Saturday morning cartoon retelling of the tale, with none of the memorable dialogue, very little actual exposition, too much brainless padding and key events reshaped to fit the brief.
  7. If you play only one game set in Middle-earth this year, don't make it this one.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 5
  2. Negative: 1 out of 5
  1. Apr 5, 2012
    An all around fun game with great music. Sneaking, action, puzzles the game has it all. Graphics aren't amazing but the art style is great, the gameplay is fun and refreshing. A must have in my books. Expand
  2. Jan 20, 2013
    The video game based on the novel by J.R.R. Tolkien really captures the world he imagined. The graphics (I would say) are very stylized, which works in a fantasy game such as this. Sure, the game uses a lot of elements from "The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time", but these mechanics actually work to it's advantage. This a very underrated game, in my opinion, and should have at least another look by gamers (and critics). Expand
  3. Feb 9, 2012
    As an action game, The Hobbit is, meh...but as a platforming game it's still, meh. The camera is a bit clunky, and the voice acting rather bad. However, this game does one thing well, immersion. Despite the fact that you know it's a game, and designed to be such, it is fun surveying the environments and seeing a cartoony version of middle-earth. Expand

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