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  • Summary: The Lord of the Rings: The Third Age roleplaying game is an epic quest in which players take on the roles of new characters choosing their own path through Middle-earth while interacting with the heroes and villains of the trilogy. Based on New Line Cinema and Peter Jackson's acclaimed film adaptations of J.R.R. Tolkien's classic The Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Lord of the Rings, The Third Age videogame allows players to adventure through Middle-earth, building a party of heroes as they journey. Players battle on the side of the Fellowship, but can unlock additional encounters where they fight on the side of Sauron as they progress. In the game, players interact with the characters of the Fellowship in a unique structure, taking on individual quests while intersecting the major events of the film trilogy that drive the story forward. Parties traverse through both familiar and seldom-glimpsed locations, using an innovative turn-based battle system as they fight, encountering the demonic Balrog in the Mines of Moria, defending the fallen city of Osgiliath, or trying to destroy Helm's Deep. [Electronic Arts] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 35
  2. Negative: 2 out of 35
  1. With a familiar world to explore and many ways to do so, you play The Third Age over and over.
  2. 88
    It’s not quite the free-range RPG that we’ve been hoping for where we can prance along the fields on horses playing as Gandalf, Aragorn, Legolas and Gimli permanently, but its close enough to make for a great game.
  3. Frustrating but not impossible, The Third Age brings genuine LOTR authenticity and a believable RPG together - a fellowship that works. [Jan 2005, p.112]
  4. While the game does a nice job of allowing the player to view Middle-Earth, it just doesn't seem to work well in other areas.
  5. The cakewalk difficulty, absence of key characters from the book/movie and uneven control schemes (turn-based battles geared toward melee combat) overwhelm one’s gaming senses more than the detailed visuals (character animations are off though) and stellar audio.
  6. 70
    It takes more than formulaic adventuring and dusty turn-based combat to craft a role-playing title worthy of the LOTR name.
  7. While the battle system is solid, the battles themselves are dreadfully boring.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Jun 14, 2012
    Picked this game up again after 7 years and it still feels fantastic. It aged well and I am having just as much fun with it this time around. Buy it. Just do it. Expand
  2. John
    Jan 2, 2005
    The best RPG to date.
  3. GeoA.
    Jan 5, 2005
    I liked it a lot because it was so realistic it felt as though you were living the trilogy.
  4. EricJ.
    Jan 7, 2005
    I'm not really a fan or RPG's but god damn is this a great game. Probably due to me liking LOTR the movie soo much, but also probably due to this being such a good game. I recomend this to anyone who likes RPGs and to anyone who doesn't, I think you'd like it. Expand
  5. AdamL.
    Sep 18, 2007
    I hate turn based games with a passion, I played too many hours of final fantasy in my younger days to not be burnt out on it. That said, this game pulls it off nicely, and the gameplay is fun enough. Certainly worth a try. Expand
  6. ChrisL.
    Jul 27, 2007
    Awesome game. It shouldn't have been turn based but it's still very good!
  7. Sep 7, 2014
    EA took Final Fantasy X's conditional battle system and mashed it into a Lord of the Rings "RPG". The proverbial film license barrel has been well and truly scraped to deliver a non-canonical story and oddly familiar party members (budget Gimli, cut-price Aragorn, etc.) but in spite of this the movie license has been used to great effect and the music and cinematics (from the film) improve matters no end. It's still really enjoyable to play. Linear as all hell, but as far as Final Fantasy X in LotR clothing goes, it's pretty fun. Deserves an extra point for the Evil Mode, where you can play as the Balrog and kill Gandalf. Expand

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