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  • Summary: The Epic Conclusion to Volume II: Mines of Moria - Under the command of Celeborn and Galadriel, players fight through vast armies of Orcs alongside the Elves of Lórien in a battle that will take them to Dol Guldur, the fortress of the Ringwraiths. This update includes Book 9 and the Epilogue to the sweeping epic tale begun with the award-winning Mines of Moria expansion. Increased Level Cap - Players are able advance their characters up to level 65, gaining access to new traits, virtues, skills and class quests. Answer the Call of War! - Jump into the heat of battle with the new Skirmishes feature. Skirmishes offer endless action in repeatable, randomized instances where players can create and lead customizable soldiers into battle, training them to greater skill as they earn victories against the forces of shadow. Answer the call of war wherever violence erupts with the new "World Join" function that lets players and their fellowships band together to fight in various locations throughout Middle-earth. Take up Arms! Infiltrate the dark jails, deadly arenas and savage stables of Dol Guldur, the fortress of the Ringwraiths, and strike a blow against Sauron’s forces in new 3 and 6-player instances. Call upon your fellows to adventure into the most deadly 12-player raid yet and face the ultimate challenge - the Nazgûl Lord! Major Gameplay Enhancements - Turbine continues to improve the award-winning experience of LOTRO with major improvements to the combat and Legendary Items systems. Players will experience improved responsiveness when in the heat of battle. Players will also be able to create and craft their own customized Second and Third Age Legendary Items from raw materials and grow their weapons’ power to level 60. Achieve new Legacies, new titles, and a fourth Runic slot that will make Legendary Items even more unique and powerful. [Turbine] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Turbine has given Mirkwood the same amount of love and great gameplay that Moria and Shadows of Angmar have and they have thrown in a great new gameplay mechanic with the skirmish system. On top of all of that, a lot of the little things were polished.
  2. Advances the game's storyline a bit and adds some fine new features, the best of which is the simply fascinating skirmish system. However, the actual Mirkwood content is pretty slim and doesn't take more than a few nights of heavy gaming to run through. [Feb 2010]
  3. 90
    Turbine has managed to create an immersive introduction to this expansion with excellent use of graphics, music and quests.
  4. It might not be the biggest MMORPG launch of the year, what with no new races or classes, but there's no denying the quality in The Siege of Mirkwood. It's a great addition to an already solid online experience, delivering more content for the loyal fan base and giving prospective players a great excuse to jump into Middle Earth for the first time.
  5. Mirkwood is a great expansion, but compared to Moria, its quest and instance content is fairly limited. This is because the expansion was also introducing the Skirmish system, an entire new area of the game.
  6. This expansion is aimed squarely at existing LotRO players rather than newcomers, but it definitely hits the mark.
  7. Epic story. [Mar 2010, p.80]

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Score distribution:
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  1. Dec 28, 2010
    So yea its a 20Dollar patch but, well....Whats not to like? New dungeons, beautiful scenery, and a sense that you are helping in the fight against Dol Guldur, as well as a continuation on the Epic story, I'll gladly pay for quality. Expand
  2. Nov 7, 2012
    LOTR Online is a nice MMO. The graphics are very good, and the characters are responsive. With that said, the game holds true to the dated button mashing for combat skills and while the scenery is interesting, the linear quest line feels very, "I have already done this a thousand times in other games." If not for the lore that comes with the ever popular Lord of the Rings Trilogy, this would be just another nameless MMO using a cookie cutter paradigm. Still, it is free to play so the worst you can do is loose a few hours of your life by trying it out. Who knows, it may be more to you liking. Expand
  3. Feb 18, 2014
    wow massive let down compared to moria... bad quest design and i mean really bad design in fact nearly everything in mirkwood has been badly designed... the placement of NPCs, certain quest objectives, quests matching/ moving on with ur level and the overall environment... Expand

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