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58

Mixed or average reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 22
  2. Negative: 2 out of 22
  1. It does a good job of presenting both Zelda-style adventuring and concentrated sandbox gameplay with a Tolkien flavor, combining them into a focused Middle Earth adventure that serves as an excellent Lord of the Rings primer and an expanded highlights reel of the films.
  2. 70
    Lord of the Rings: Aragorn's Quest is fun and satisfying, if just a tad repetitive action adventure with good fan service to those of you that love the Tolkein novels and Peter Jackson films.
  3. Despite some flaws, Aragorn's Quest is an engaging adventure across a well-realized version of Middle-earth.
  4. The Lord of the Rings: Aragorn's Quest isn't that bad of an adventure game. The main game is quite lengthy, and the side quests only add more enjoyment to the adventure, especially if you go questing with a friend.
  5. Jan 3, 2011
    68
    This is one of those titles which catch a franchise and edulcorate it. It is far from being a perfect game, because it have several errors in the control and ultimately is too easy.
  6. The end result is a game that feels unrefined as a whole. You can certainly power through it if you're determined enough, but it drags the experience down nonetheless.
  7. Jan 5, 2011
    60
    The Lord of the Rings: Aragorn's Quest is suitable only for fans of Tolkien's saga (or for young videoplayers). If you play it with a friend the fun will grow exponentially, but certainly don't expect to remember this game for years to come.
  8. Dec 24, 2010
    60
    A different take on the LOTR license but it won't do much for older fans. [Issue#232, p.95]
  9. Dec 21, 2010
    60
    Clearly made for younger gamers, The Lord of the Rings: Aragorn's Quest comes with a large number of very simple quests, gaining some thickness only when our character earns all his skills and fights against several enemies at once. The motion detection works well, while the graphics are generally poor.
  10. Dec 21, 2010
    60
    Quotation forthcoming.
  11. Dec 20, 2010
    60
    Ultimately, it feels almost disrespectful that Tolkien's rich and evocative mythology should be reduced to collecting "Gandalf Tokens" and bowdlerising one of the 20th century's greatest mythologies. The pity is that that Aragorn's Quest works well enough to prove that LOTR does indeed have the makings of an epic RPG. Unfortunately, this isn't it.
  12. Oct 28, 2010
    60
    Quotation forthcoming.
  13. 58
    Quest is easy to pick up and put back down, especially with the chapters-in-a-book framework. The swordplay is far from perfect and the adventuring itself overly simplistic sure, but its accessibility is, ultimately, its most prevailing quality.
  14. Not even new voiceovers from Sean Astin (Sam) and John Rhys-Davies (Gimli) can salvage this thoroughly regrettable effort. [Nov 2010, p.88]
  15. Apr 8, 2011
    50
    While there are some Lord of the Rings games that should not have been forgotten, this one is barely worth playing the first time.
  16. Jan 11, 2011
    50
    Another LOTR disappointing production. Bad graphics and low accurate motion control make it sadly boring to play. Better when shared with a friend, yet not worth the money.
  17. Jan 5, 2011
    50
    Another day in Middle Earth, another game with too many flaws to be The Chosen One... even if you're the #1 fan of Tolkien masterpiece.
  18. Dec 21, 2010
    50
    A low key revival of what should be one of gaming's biggest licenses, but the child-friendly recreations of the movies' battles are still fairly effective.
  19. Headstrong's effort shows a developer of some calibre, with a clutch of decent ideas, bowed beneath the weight of a multimedia franchise and hobbled by family friendly obligations. Its execution is uneven besides, but the challenge is so light that its flaws are largely irrelevant - and, unfortunately, that applies to the game's few triumphs too.
  20. Aragorn's Quest is, at its core, a decent interpretation of the franchise. But it is dragged down by too many small flaws and gameplay that can only be described as derivative.
  21. The Lord of the Rings: Aragorn's Quest doesn't have any glaring issues that could be considered problematic. Rather, the breezy story, irrelevant quests, and carefree combat fail to inspire any sense of wonder or excitement. Surely, Tolkien deserves better.
  22. The game's biggest flaw is its story, which is ironic due to the fact that the Lord of the Rings trilogy is all about its story.

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