Nov 15, 20124This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Review for Lego Lord of the Rings Wii version. We have just started playing (two players) and are disappointed that the game has been more frustrating and fun to play.
The good: audio from movies for cutscenes and mostly following the movie storyline (vs the books) and the variety of characters.
The bad: awkward control scheme. I enjoyed prior Lego games for the simplicity of the controls, this changed. You have to HOLD down a button to bring up the character wheel and then select that character and close the wheel. Next you have to HOLD down a different button to bring up the item wheel and then select the item to equip your character and close the wheel. This gets frustrating to dig out a character and then a specific item that character has. It was much simpler to click a button to swap between all the characters and equipment. As it is this interrupts gameflow.
The ugly: vertical split screen views for 2 players. It is frequently hard to see what you're indiviual goal is when you only see a very small slice of the environment with the camera zoomed up close, we spend too much time trying to find the targets to shoot just beyond view. We also encountered some bugs in the first hour of playing. The usual split screen for player 1 was on the left and player 2 on the right - but for the sequence involving Gandalf it swapped player 1 to the right and player 2 to the left (and it took a while to figure out why the characters weren't responding right). Another time the 2nd player started facing the opposite direction of player 1 (i.e. player 1 facing north, player 2 facing south) and that flipped the controller directions. It was fixed when the 2nd player dropped out and came back in a bit later.
We really wanted to like this game but so far the controls and limited camera have made it confusing. We feel it wasn't tested well for two players on the Wii.… Expand
Jan 3, 20134The tragedy of this game is not the environments, which, contrary to other professional reviews, still manage to ensnare players in inescapable glitches. Nor is it in the sometimes infuriating jump puzzles and awkward game mechanics that prevent players from performing necessary jumps. No, the problem with this particular game on the Wii platform is that it is the worst-looking of all the Lego franchise games. This, when Wii has Epic Mickey 2, released almost simultaneously with Lego Lord of the Rings, which looks amazing even on the outdated and graphically inferior console. Simply put, Travelers Tales phoned it in on this version. The graphics look like a launch-day Gamecube game. When you compare the amazing reality of the graphics on XBOX, Playstation, or PC with the lazy effort here, it becomes almost criminal what Travelers Tales has done. They deliberately released a rip-off. They had no intention of delivering a decent game on Wii. Instead, they chopped the game and sold it at full price. Perhaps it is worth $20 in the bargain bin. But at full price, it is a fraud.… Expand