- Publisher: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
- Release Date: Nov 18, 2013
Overwhelming dislike- based on 15 Ratings
Nov 29, 2013After a 2 year hiatus I decided to give this game with the new expansion "Helm's Deep" another try. And I have to say: I am very disappointed of Turbines vision from "Epic Battles" in Helm's Deep. I really don't know what's epic in standing around and clicking either on things or NPCs to trigger some meaningless actions like repairing things or getting a buff. In a far distance you can see thousands of inactive orc sprites (maybe really 3D, but who cares, if they are more than 500 yards away from you There are never more than maybe 50 ACTIVE NPCs actually on your screen, most of the time less. So not very inspiring, don't expect the epic feeling of Peter Jackson's films Besides these 5 new Epic Battles (for me more like Skirmish 1.5) there are no new instances, raids or Skirmishes. So it will get soon boring as hell. To be honest I am bored already after 1 week.
With this expansion you get skill trees like in WoW until Cataclysm. I have to say I'm not a huge fan of it, but at least it's not a game breaker. The versatility of many classes from the past is nonetheless gone, it's more or less uninteresting cookie cutter now. If you don't like that kind of skill selection, stay away from LotRO.
The worst part for me is the combat. I play this game since early Closed Beta (2006) and it always felt a bit slow, unresponsive and laggy. But it got worse over time. Or maybe all other games do it so much better in the meantime, that it bothers me more and more. Who knows? Fact is: the combat is really bad compared to newer games. Airswings 5 or more seconds after I pressed a button isn't something I wanna see 2014 anymore. And it happens all the time (with a 50 MBit connection, really good ping and a hell of a rig, so really bad netcode is my guess).
The item shop gets more and more so called "pay to win" Items, which personally doesn't bother me too much, but could be a game breaker for others. Prices for really useful things are high.
To end with something positive: the new landscape and especially Helm's Deep are really well made. LotRO always was a game where you can get lost, simply riding around and exploring. And the new expansion is no exception in that case. For what it's worth: I always will love this game just for its environment.
TLDR: mediocre expansion at best with nothing you really have to see or play. Wait until next expansion (if there actually is a new one, the license could end in 2014) to get this for a good discount.… Full Review »
Nov 30, 2013I don't feel this expansion was ready for release. The landscape is beautiful, as we've come to expect. And to Turbine's credit, it included some group content right on launch day this time. However, an obvious decrease in developer resources means a lot of important details remain unfinished or completely left out. Worst of all, two months of closed beta testing was insufficient for the complete overhaul of every class in the game. I don't feel $40 to $60 is a good value for about 20 hours of linear solo questing. Then again, generous players who just love being in Middle-earth might consider this a charitable donation to a franchise that is apparently struggling.… Full Review »
Nov 30, 2013Five-year players of LOTRO here-myself and my spouse. VIP members. Six max-level chars each.
I cannot say enough negative things about this "expansion," but the thing that offends the most is the unbelievably expensive price tag on an "expansion" that is just a cut/paste of previous material. Sixty bucks is highway robbery. This is unoriginal (for the game), repetitive, boring, and the best part is: it doesn't even work after all the delays. The only compelling quest line in the expansion...is broken. There are bugs galore, and it is slow and laggy even on a higher-end graphics card.
For some unknown reason the dev team also decided to gut the combat system, taking many things away from their standing customers. They have introduced a new "epic battle" system which is, frankly, a different game. A different terrible game. Do not buy this expansion. This is the last gasp of a dying franchise that is now only interested in wringing as much cash as they can from their customer base before they crumble. This is a slap in the face to the LOTRO player community, and long-time players are bailing out in droves.
Good news for new players though, LOTRO now allows people to buy their way to the top. If you throw out a couple of hundred dollars you can skip loads of content and charge right into the "new" material. No one is happy about this.
My wife and I have played this together for many, many years and we feel victimized by this expansion, and no matter what happens with the NEXT one, if there is one, we are out. The Elder Scrolls Online cannot launch fast enough.… Full Review »