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  • Summary: In The Lord of the Rings: The Third Age, you can travel in the wake of the Fellowship while exploring your own path and periodically intersecting the major events of the film trilogy. Through both familiar and new locations, you must fight to save or destroy Middle-earth in an epic adventure. Encounter the demonic Balrog in the Mines of Moria, defend the fallen city of Osgiliath, or try to destroy Helm's Deep. These choices and many more will confront you as you align yourself with the people of Middle-earth or undertake missions on behalf of Sauron. Collapse
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  1. Positive: 14 out of 25
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  1. What makes this game a real standout, though, is its production value.
  2. Filled with amazing battles and worthy strategy, and anchored by strong gameplay. [Dec 2004, p.166]
  3. It's fun and will keep you playing for at least 30 hours if you go everywhere, find everything and kill everyone.
  4. Unfortunately, the switch to turn-based play also means a severe reduction in how much fun it is to play cooperatively with friends. Basically each person trades off controlling one of the characters you're fighting with, which sounds like more fun than it is.
  5. This is not the best RPG title to be released this year by a long shot, but for those who wish to get into the world of Middle-Earth, The Third Age will satisfy some of the desire to become immersed in the story to a deeper level than the previous LOTR titles allowed.
  6. 70
    It takes more than formulaic adventuring and dusty turn-based combat to craft a role-playing title worthy of the LOTR name.
  7. As promising as a role-playing game based on The Lord of the Rings mythos sounds, The Third Age's reality is one of strict linearity, wacky plot foibles, and generic turn-based action.

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  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
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  1. COREYS.
    Mar 18, 2005
    This is one of the best games I've played thanks for making this!
  2. JeshuaH.
    Apr 4, 2005
    Love the game.
  3. MikeyB.
    Jun 6, 2005
    Great game for experienced players so if you have had a gamecube for ages buy this.