Metascore
59

Mixed or average reviews - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 19
  2. Negative: 4 out of 19
Buy On
  1. This game will only suit hardcore fans of the J.R.R. Tolkien series.
  2. Hardcore RPG fans may find it a bit on the easy side and it's not a particularly long game, but there's definitely more to it than EA's effort despite not having movie clips throughout.
  3. Merely an average adventure game with a high-profile license attached.
  4. 60
    Captures the beauty and magic of Tolkien’s world...visually. Once you pick up the controller, you’ll find your enthusiasm slipping quickly away.
  5. The game suffers from some repetitive missions with a lot of "fetch this and find that," plus many of the camera angles are finicky.
  6. PSM Magazine
    60
    The focus should have been on making the experience as exciting as possible, not just accurate. [Holiday 2002, p.50]
  7. The general lack of interesting and fun gameplay makes this a hard sell.
  8. But why Surreal Software decided to make the playing the game such hard work is anyone's guess. [GamesMaster]
  9. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    52
    True fans of the books will look past the problems and enjoy the game. [Dec 2002, p.210]
  10. One boring, predictable and by-the-numbers attempt to cash-in on the popularity of Peter Jackson’s movies.
  11. Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    70
    While the game may not fully reach its heroic potential, it does competently adapt the greatest sword-and-sorcery epic of all time. [Dec 2002, p.162]
  12. Play Magazine
    70
    It doesn't hold a candle to the Xbox version in terms of visual appeal. [Dec 2002, p.82]
  13. Even though series fans may be pleased with the inclusion of missing scenes from the movie and faithfulness to the overall plot, I smell a rush job to the market here.

Awards & Rankings

#69 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2002
#55 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2002
User Score
5.1

Mixed or average reviews- based on 20 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 12
  2. Negative: 6 out of 12
  1. Apr 17, 2016
    8
    A game for people who like the book and want to play the story instead of just killing stuff over and over. Not the best game ever but not theA game for people who like the book and want to play the story instead of just killing stuff over and over. Not the best game ever but not the worst either as some have said. A decent, light adventure game not aimed at the hard-core gamer market. Full Review »
  2. Nov 13, 2012
    5
    Not quite sure what I was expecting when I began playing this game, and I'm still not quite sure what to make of it. It has some "nice"Not quite sure what I was expecting when I began playing this game, and I'm still not quite sure what to make of it. It has some "nice" moments like when you travel with Tom Bombadil as Frodo, or fight of oncoming trolls and orcs as Gandalf, and had some potentially nice level designs. But therein lies the problem. The developers, Black Label Games, seemed to have got about half way through rendering its world, and then stopped, and took many shortcuts whilst getting to the halfway point. I found myself wandering through Hobbiton, and walked into a river, only to find they had left out both the sound of water flowing, but also the effects of you walking in it. I was basically walking on a thin sheet of white, with two inanimate ducks floating about . This is just one of the many simple things that you would expect to find in a game. Some environments were completely bland, and devoid of any life, only the odd sound of a bird to keep you company. Character models were surprisingly worse, and almost comical, with Aragon looking like a women, and Sam as...I'm still not sure. The only good looking one of the lot was Gimili, which was a bit strange considering how poorly he was rendered in the game based on the movie the first two films, by E.A games. In the end you will probably only get this for being based on The Lord Of The Rings books, and that is probably what the developers expected too. I also found it the one of only two reasons for continuing playing through some poorly developed mission and basic combat. The second, well it those have the occasional charming moment, like when you find yourself saving Merry and Pippin from Old Man Willow, which is absent in the films, but these few moments aren't enough to play through some shoddy few hours of boring game play. Full Review »
  3. Nov 5, 2011
    7
    For what it is it is fairly good,though it could have done with alot of polishing up.Its a gme you will either love our hate,but I wouldFor what it is it is fairly good,though it could have done with alot of polishing up.Its a gme you will either love our hate,but I would cautiously recommend it. Full Review »