The Hobbit PlayStation 2

Metascore
59

Mixed or average reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 17
  2. Negative: 3 out of 17
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  1. If you play only one game set in Middle-earth this year, don't make it this one.
  2. 75
    Recommended to hardcore Tolkien fans or to younger players after a fun adventure. That said, the game has a long way to go to take on "Link" in battle.
  3. The graphics are mediocre and the level design too linear (and simplistic when it comes time to solve its puzzles), but the length of the quest and simple Zelda-inspired action (not to mention the worthy-of-its-own-movie-series soundtrack) entertain more than disappoint.
  4. Tolkien fans may enjoy the game's presentation of Middle-earth lore, but The Hobbit tends to rely too heavily on derivative, uninspired gameplay for it to stand up on its own.
  5. 50
    In short, it's your typical platformer -- with all the good and bad connotations that term holds...It's just not very engaging.
  6. It straddles the line between little kid game and hard platformer in such a way that I don’t think anyone will like it. I guess The Hobbit makes these strange concessions to game-play to make it a friendlier game, but it’s still frustrating as hell.
  7. Be a good parent and plop them down with a paperback version of The Hobbit and allow Middle-Earth to exist in their imagination rather than as a lesser version of "Super Mario World."
  8. PSM Magazine
    50
    Bilbo's tasks tend to be incredibly mundane: knocking down apples from trees, finding a needle in a haystack, stealing the wallet from a Troll, healing an elf, and the like. [Jan 2004, p.46]
  9. Those expecting something off the 'top shelf' of classic game experiences need not apply. Unfortunately.
  10. It’s never truly bad, so I guess that’s admirable, but now that I’ve been there, I certainly won’t go back again (see if you can catch the nerdy reference in that sentence).
  11. The story isn’t entirely accurate which is a bit of a downer, the source material truly demonstrates a lot more potential then this.
  12. It’s a repetitive platformer that does a good job of being pretty, true to Bilbo’s story and repetitive.
  13. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    62
    Isn't a terrible game, but its sketchy camera, imprecise controls, and lackluster combat relegate it to the realm of the terribly average to me. [Jan 2004, p.124]
  14. It's a shame because The Hobbit recreates the atmosphere of the book quite well, only to bugger it all up with clichés, a wayward camera and maddening difficulty level.
  15. 70
    A fine place to start for younger gamers. In that respect, the puzzles, side quests and overall presentation are just about right.
  16. Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    70
    By no means perfect, but it does do a fine job of realizing Bilbo Baggins' Middle-earth adventure. [Jan 2004, p.120]
  17. Play Magazine
    83
    You find yourself waist-deep in a Zelda-style action/adventure, with a larger emphasis on stealth and platforming. [Oct 2003, p.65]

Awards & Rankings

#47 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2003
User Score
8.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 14 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. JonS.
    Dec 3, 2003
    7
    A good game if you like the books and movies. It does require some thought to beat the more challenging levels.
  2. Feb 18, 2013
    10
    Really good game
  3. Apr 5, 2012
    10
    An all around fun game with great music. Sneaking, action, puzzles the game has it all. Graphics aren't amazing but the art style is great,An all around fun game with great music. Sneaking, action, puzzles the game has it all. Graphics aren't amazing but the art style is great, the gameplay is fun and refreshing. A must have in my books. Full Review »