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  • Summary: Mines of Moria expands the online world of Middle-earth to let players explore the ancient underground cities of the dwarves, battle epic characters in the depths, face off with the Watcher, be a part of the fateful release of Durin’s Bane and more. Speak Friend, and Enter – Moria, calledMines of Moria expands the online world of Middle-earth to let players explore the ancient underground cities of the dwarves, battle epic characters in the depths, face off with the Watcher, be a part of the fateful release of Durin’s Bane and more. Speak Friend, and Enter – Moria, called Khazad-dûm by the dwarves, was their capital and the grandest of cities. This enormous underground cavern in north-western Middle-earth, comprises an immense network of tunnels, chambers, mines and huge halls that run beneath and ultimately through the Misty Mountains. For the first time, players of The Lord of the Rings Online enter this ancient city which has served as the foundation for the modern-day dungeon-crawling adventures to battle the hordes of goblins and the Nameless of the Deep and journey through hundreds of new quests within six new kinds of stunning environments. The Mines of Moria represents the beginning of Volume II of The Lord of the Rings Online. Players can experience six new books as part of this update and participate in the release of Durin’s Bane, battle the Watcher, aid Galadriel and more. Players advance their characters up to level 60, gaining access to new traits, virtues, skills and class quests. The crafting system will also expand, giving players the ability to craft even more powerful items. The Rune-keeper and the Warden, the first new classes to be introduced since the launch of the game, allow players to build exciting and powerful new characters in The Lord of the Rings Online in diverse new ways. The Mines of Moria introduces Turbine’s new item advancement system to The Lord of the Rings Online. Players will be able to forge weapons and class-related equipment and evolve them to build a legacy the likes of Bilbo’s Sting and Gandalf’s Glamdring. These legendary weapons level-up along with the player, allowing customization by advancing the item’s virtues, adding runic legacies, modifying its titles and forming fables. [Turbine] Expand
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  1. Positive: 23 out of 24
  2. Negative: 0 out of 24
  1. The Lord of The Rings Online: Mines of Moria is a complete expansion and not just an attempt to cash in on an existing franchise.
  2. 90
    In the end, Mines of Moria proves that while innovation is nice, it plays second fiddle to vision.
  3. Moria is an evolutionary expansion in which Turbine has honed what it does best: storytelling, an enjoyable, constantly changing levelling curve, and atmosphere in big, rocky buckets.
  4. One expansion to rule them all. [Jan 2009, p.72]
  5. Lord of the Rings was already the second best MMO on the market in terms of quality, and Mines of Moria has done nothing to hurt that claim.
  6. Not only a simple add on, especially made for high level players, Lord of the Rings Online: Mines of Moria expands the gameplay of the game, fixing issues and adding new classes and underground reigns.
  7. Forget the solo play – Moria changes the way you used to play the online Lord of the Rings. As usual you can expect fantastic environments and truly the nicest places ever seen in online gaming. [Feb 2009]

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Score distribution:
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  2. Mixed: 0 out of 26
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  1. HakonH
    Nov 11, 2009
    10
    I have played Lotro since the start, and i still love it. MoM made the gameplay even better with 2 new classes, more instances and a new zone.
  2. M0nK3YC4Rn4GE
    Dec 14, 2008
    10
    This add-on just made one of the best MMOs on the market even better. Being set in Tolkiens' Middle Earth gives this game a breadth of This add-on just made one of the best MMOs on the market even better. Being set in Tolkiens' Middle Earth gives this game a breadth of narrative not seen in any other MMO. This is no mere PvP gank-fest. To anyone looking for a beautifully crafted MMO - look no further, and to those of you already in Middle Earth - Get this expansion. The two new classes are excellent, legendary items are awesome and the mines themselves will blow you away! Expand
  3. deanw
    Mar 4, 2009
    10
    As a fan of lotro enough to purchase a lifetime sub- which as far as i know wow and other mmo's dont provide this expansion only serves As a fan of lotro enough to purchase a lifetime sub- which as far as i know wow and other mmo's dont provide this expansion only serves to ruther loyal fans experience of the game and storyline some people state lotro is a defunked wow clone- i disagree- wow copied aspects of other games and lotro took a similar choice but has gone in a different direction and since lotro began it has improved with new content and got better all the time- sure monster play isnt the strongest pvp or mad raid grind as other mmo's but i dont always have the time to raid andcan take things in my stride and pvp isnt my thing- you gotta go with whatever flats your boat as they say- but moria serves to strengthen a solid mmo in my opinion the unique item and weapons make for an exceptional addition that i cant find any faults with except with the crafting issue- you cannot crit a legendary item or weapon for it to become a 2nd age- the new crafting tier is a minor letdown but im sure being able to crit the new tier will become avaliable in the new books thar are surely to be realeased - in my opinion mines of moria strengthens lotro into a solid mmo that seems to persistantly keep its edge as a popular mmo Expand
  4. DanH
    Nov 29, 2008
    9
    This is an excellent game. I have played many games over 25 years of computer gaming but I have never had a game hold my interest like Lotro This is an excellent game. I have played many games over 25 years of computer gaming but I have never had a game hold my interest like Lotro and the expansion Mines of Moria. To me a good MMO should be more than questing or ultimate treasure seeking. It should captivate me by making me be part of a compelling story, challenge me to make careful tactical and strategic decisions, awe me with its graphics, and leave me inspired to play more. Mines of Moria is a beautiful additional to that already inspiring game. The ability to level and modify legendary weapons and the new level caps with the new skills are rewards enough to but this game if you enjoyed the first installment of Lotro. There is also a new tier to crafting and crafting guilds for reputation so unique items can be more easily be made. If you are new to the game you will enjoy the environments and storyline which will make you feel part of Tolkien's universe. Mines of Moria also inherits a strong, helpful community. I can't wait to retire my rift armour and don my new armour set to do battle in the new 12 man watcher raid. Expand
  5. Dec 8, 2013
    9
    Fantastic. Eregion was a great place to quest as you searched for signs of the Fellowship and earned your first legendary weapon. The epicFantastic. Eregion was a great place to quest as you searched for signs of the Fellowship and earned your first legendary weapon. The epic line of quests and the conflict with the Watcher in the Water was exciting. Delving into Moria was a great experience. At times it had some lag and some bugs, but I greatly enjoyed this expansion and this experience. Finding the Balrog, signs of his struggle with Gandalf, getting to the bridge where Gandalf fell...great great stuff. Expand
  6. JoeB
    Dec 18, 2008
    9
    I felt like i had to write this in leau of the only writen review being a 4, which this expansion simply isn't. This expansion is HUGE. I felt like i had to write this in leau of the only writen review being a 4, which this expansion simply isn't. This expansion is HUGE. I know youre probably thinking yeah yeah big caves, but you dont understand, its much bigger than you think. You see archways in screenshots and think, oh that can only be 2-3 times my height. I can gaurantee you its closer to 20. The different zone of Moria change in just th right ways as you move through it. Youre going through mines and just when you think youre bored, you find a little black cave with some fungua and crystal lights, when you get through this you end up in a dwarven building and when you come out the other side, youre behind a waterfall in the waterworks! Half the fun is exploring Also legendary items and class sets allow you to further specialize your class. You will forge in the mines your own weapon which you can name and improve over time. The two new classes are interesting and add very different gameplay styles to the game. All in all this is a GREAT expansion to an already good game Expand
  7. PatrickS
    Jan 18, 2010
    2
    The game itself remains a general failure. From the incredibly slow update procedure (does Turbine use snails to power it's servers?) to The game itself remains a general failure. From the incredibly slow update procedure (does Turbine use snails to power it's servers?) to the "instancing" of small building (yes, you have a screen freeze to just walk into The Prancing Pony Inn)... MoM continues an already weak MMORPG framework. Yes, the terrain is pretty but the expansion doesn't augment this. The new races are nice to have, but the overall combat system, player customization, and "horsey-ness" remain a fatal flaw. For players who are used to the sophisticated tech trees and tremendously varied dungeon challenges of WoW, this is a step backwards. Having played MoM for several months know, it's clear why there are so few players, so few servers -- and why WoW continues to steamroll LOTRO as a game: it's just sluggish implementation from install to movement inside the world. Painful at times. Expand

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