The Lord of the Rings: Tactics PSP

User Score
7.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 23 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 23
  2. Negative: 3 out of 23
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  1. Seb
    Nov 28, 2005
    4
    EA did the bare minimum to make this a "game" that is both tactical and true to the license. They absolutely did not go out of their way to make any of the items worthwhile, the camera useful, or the gameplay any fun. You move units on a grid, and that's as tactical as it gets. The camera is useless because it is character-centric as opposed to battlefield-centric, keeping you from EA did the bare minimum to make this a "game" that is both tactical and true to the license. They absolutely did not go out of their way to make any of the items worthwhile, the camera useful, or the gameplay any fun. You move units on a grid, and that's as tactical as it gets. The camera is useless because it is character-centric as opposed to battlefield-centric, keeping you from getting a good view of the situation. There are only a handful of items, but every variation in strength is listed separately, artificially inflating the amount of items. Same for the skills. And there is no incentive to manage your units since you can play any mission over as many times as you want, always getting the same gold and always getting some experience. My units are level 4 with thousands of gold, without ever having started the second mission. The game is an insult to the player's intelligence. But it is a pretty, decently coded insult. Expand

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Metascore
64

Mixed or average reviews - based on 28 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 28
  2. Negative: 4 out of 28
  1. 40
    Tactics isn't unplayable--especially in multiplayer mode--and it has some decent play mechanics. But it's all overshadowed by the poor production value. It feels like a waste of the source material.
  2. AceGamez
    50
    Feeling heavier than the ring bearer, I can barely lift my digits to tell you that with clunky gameplay, poor graphics and badly paced sound, The Lord of the Rings: Tactics is only really going to be enjoyed by the most hardened of Lord of the Rings fans.
  3. Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    60
    Take away the goodwill generated by the movies and the flaws in Tactics begin to show. There's fun here, but not a lot of it. [Dec 2005, p.100]