Mixed or average reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 16
  2. Negative: 4 out of 16
  1. Stick with it through those slow, opening Hobbiton chapters and you’ll be immortalised in the terrible poetry of Elvensong. No doubt.
  2. The game suffers from some repetitive missions with a lot of "fetch this and find that," plus many of the camera angles are finicky.
  3. A neat title to have if you really want a LOTR title that brings a little more to the game than just what you saw at your local theater, but missing parts, changes to the story, and some technical and gameplay issues cannot be overlooked while playing it.
  4. PC Gamer
    It takes slightly longer to finish the game than to watch the movie -- I got through it in about severn hours. [Holiday 2002, p.96]
  5. Though beautiful and relatively faithful to the books, it is not the most creatively accomplished game and does little to capture the genius of the novel.
  6. 65
    It does sadly leave out big important sections of the story which can make things sometimes seem a bit disjointed.
  7. So because of its simplicity and relative shortness I'd say this game is more for the teenage player, which is not surprising as it is a PC and console game release.
  8. 59
    Considering the amount of detail that clearly went into designing the lush landscapes, enormous environments, and character art for this game, it's really a shame that the fun factor seems like less than an afterthought.
  9. It's a shame that this game should loose all of its visual finery just because it was unsuccessfully ported from the Xbox. All of those nifty visual treats that made the game rock on the Xbox were just gone, which came as an overall disappointment.
  10. It just isn't that much fun to play, thanks to its control and camera problems, along with its occasional crashes and lack of an autosave feature.
  11. The problem is that using the Ring is not critical to success in the game - you can complete it easily enough without ever using the Ring.
  12. All glittery golden on the outside, soulless, sucking void on the inside... The thought of a trilogy of games this bad is really and truly mind-boggling.
  13. netjak
    They seem to have missed a creative mind behind this project, who would design a more enjoyable gameplay, keep the story more coherent and make the game three times as long as it turned of to be.
  14. The main problem is the dead simple quests that are out of a Nintendo game rather than the most popular book of the last century. Without a decent challenge there is no point in playing!
  15. Computer Gaming World
    Anyone who wants a game of this sort will be happier with one of the modern versions of "Gauntlet." [Jan 2003, p.120]
  16. 20
    Even in the face of the irritating gameplay and lack of functionality, it's the liberties the game takes with its source that hurt the most.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 35 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 10
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 10
  3. Negative: 5 out of 10
  1. Feb 29, 2012
    I Really Liked it, despite de critisicm, and Loved the Shire it was wonderfully done, most of all Moria and the fight with the Balrog we're the best.
  2. Nov 25, 2010
    A really good game, they captured the feel of the movies really well. I loved that you could play as Aragorn, Gandalf and Frodo, it was aA really good game, they captured the feel of the movies really well. I loved that you could play as Aragorn, Gandalf and Frodo, it was a really good idea. The locations do well in this, that's why my score is this high. If only they had made the sequal... Full Review »
  3. GuilhermeC.
    Apr 25, 2003
    Its crap. Reallly crap.