Metascore
80

Generally favorable reviews - based on 49 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 42 out of 49
  2. Negative: 0 out of 49
  1. Dec 11, 2012
    100
    Perhaps most impressive though is the level of polish found here...characters are quick to bounce back if they do happen to get stuck on the destructible environment, and the environmental and level design has been tweaked to perfection, eliminating a lot of the series' problems.
  2. Nov 28, 2012
    91
    I absolutely endorse picking up LEGO The Lord of the Rings, whether you're a big fan of the film series or the LEGO games. Your appreciation of the story will certainly hinge on whether you're a LOTR fan or not, but regardless of that you'll still have a whole lot of fun with this unique video game adaptation. It's a blast to play through in single player and in local co-op, and despite a busy holiday season for gaming, really shouldn't be missed.
  3. Jan 23, 2013
    90
    This Lego adaptation is by far the best block adventure yet to come. Although the game still suffers from the trademark issues of Traveller's Tales, the package is a solid adventure. The Middle Earth is available for roaming, the levels are constructed with care and the overall feel of the game is excellent. [Jan 2013]
  4. Dec 13, 2012
    90
    Overall, LEGO Lord of the Rings is a precious addition to the LEGO series. The game manages to keep the same charm and humour of the previous titles, and the new features are all very welcome.
  5. Dec 10, 2012
    90
    Overall, LEGO The Lord of the Rings is easily recommendable to anyone who's enjoyed LEGO games in the past or who has a love of The Lord of the Rings trilogy. It does such a good job of creating a LEGO version of The Lord of the Rings, that I can only hope that a LEGO The Hobbit is in the works to accompany the new film trilogy.
  6. Dec 6, 2012
    90
    Lego Lord of the Rings is a great retelling of a great story. With tons of hours to be had in both Story Mode and Free Roam, this isn't just another high point for the series, but perhaps the best Lord of the Rings-inspired game to date.
  7. Dec 5, 2012
    90
    LEGO Lord Of The Rings is another in a long line of classic LEGO games. It is fun and accessible. It is easy to lose an entire evening to its charms. It is the most well rounded of the LEGO titles too, whether a fan of the books or films, or not. It is one game to rule them all.
  8. Nov 28, 2012
    90
    LEGO The Lord of the Rings is a superb platformer with many stealth and puzzle sections. The game has some minor flaws, but all in all, LEGO LotR is the best game from the "brick" series. Excellent atmosphere, a diverse and pleasant gameplay - all that guarantees a high quality game. It's no revolution, but the developers have taken steps in the right direction that allow to think about an even brighter future for virtual LEGO bricks. And this is good news for all gamers in general.
  9. Nov 28, 2012
    90
    Where other LEGO games already did really well, this game tops all of them. The story is told like it is, but with a lot of funny moments. The game looks great and the open world it offers only adds to the fun. This is truly one brick to rule them all.
  10. Nov 20, 2012
    90
    Charming and delightful, faithful to the source yet cheekily irreverent, and packed with features that feed into each other in satisfying ways, The Lord of the Rings marks yet another highpoint in the Lego series.
  11. Dec 16, 2012
    88
    Lord of the Rings was a supreme candidate for the Lego treatment, and Traveller's Tales has put together the perfect set of gameplay elements to complement the license they were working with.
  12. Jan 16, 2013
    87
    A huge, glorious love-in of the films - but one Lego newbies may find overwhelming. [Feb 2013, p.78]
  13. Dec 4, 2012
    87
    In the end, LEGO The Lord of the Rings is fantastic – very possibly one of the best LEGO games made to date. The level design is ingenious and unique despite using the same tried and true techniques we've seen before. I like how different situations call for unique strategies. I also appreciated the risk taken since there is no central hub.
  14. Nov 29, 2012
    85
    The best adventure based on The Lord of the Rings. Long, fun, beautiful and close to the movies. If you're a LOTR fan then go ahead and buy it. If you're not, give it a try –it's great.
  15. 85
    Not only is Lego The Lord of the Rings an immense and entertaining piece of content with great cooperative play and a boat load of secrets and unlockables, it also makes an excellent first impression to kids and adults alike who have yet to experience this epic literary series.
  16. Nov 21, 2012
    85
    Lego The Lord of the Rings is perhaps the finest treasure that the partnership has yet produced, a compelling mixture of cooperative gameplay, secrets galore, and a story that remains one of the most fantastic that Hollywood has ever captured on film.
  17. Nov 20, 2012
    85
    A handful of technical stumbles can't keep Lego Lord of the Rings from being the best Lego game so far. Finding a great compromise between the linear installments and the sprawling open world of Lego Batman 2, Traveller's tales hits sweet spots in the structure and gameplay, constantly giving players new goals and new places to explore.
  18. 84
    LEGO Lord of the Rings is another triumphant addition to the series and uses a great open world structure, plus cleverly designed levels and abilities, to ensure you will have a plethora of tasks to see and do.
  19. Dec 4, 2012
    83
    While the gameplay will seldomly challenge any experience gamer, there is a definite appeal due to the simplicity and sense of achievement with all of the hidden extras.
  20. Nov 22, 2012
    83
    An excellent action adventure game based on Peter Jackson´s The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Both fans of the saga and newbies alike will enjoy this new trip through Middle Earth.
  21. Nov 27, 2012
    82
    Business as usual? Not really. With Middle Earth as a hub world, the intelligent puzzles as well as the proven mechanics this is the best Lego adventure in a long time.
  22. Nov 23, 2012
    82
    Despite the missing original German voice actors and a somewhat confusing menu LEGO The Lord of the Rings strikes with humour, level diversity and the original soundtrack. Particularly, the co-op mode caters for hours of fun for players of every age.
  23. Nov 21, 2012
    82
    LEGO The Lord of the Rings is the perfect mixture of the famous Peter Jackson saga and the humor of LEGO. You have to play it if you like the world of this saga.
  24. Feb 27, 2013
    80
    It is what it is: An enjoyable time in Middle-earth as all of the favorite characters from the nine members of the Fellowship. The standard issues with LEGO games are there, but with a deep amount of gameplay, numerous characters to choose from, and the feeling of actually watching or reading the trilogy means plenty of fun for those looking for a break from the gory versions of hack-and-slash games.
  25. Jan 22, 2013
    80
    Either way, LEGO Lord of the Rings is worth a look.
  26. Jan 19, 2013
    80
    Despite a lack of online play and some design niggles, the game rarely misses a beat. [Issue#93, p.78]
  27. Dec 17, 2012
    80
    You've seen The Hobbit by now, but still can't get enough of Middle-Earth? LEGO The Lord of the Rings is a great way to get your next LOTR-fix. The open world, its subtle and less subtle ironic approach and diverse, well implemented game mechanics make this the most successful attempt of merging a major franchise and LEGO yet.
  28. Dec 12, 2012
    80
    TT Games Lego games just keep getting better and better, and Lego Lord of the Rings is no exception.
  29. Dec 7, 2012
    80
    LEGO Lord of The Rings, thanks to a variety of gameplay situations, is clearly the best installment of the series.
  30. 80
    TT Games' most recent brick-adventure once again shines with its loving sense for details and its admiration for the source material. This one is easy to recommend to young and old alike because of its typical brand of LEGO humor and the tried and tested playability.
  31. Dec 1, 2012
    80
    Even with the occasional silliness, Lego Lord of the Rings perfectly captures both the great action of the franchise and the majesty of the world Tolkien created. It's the first Lego game since 2005's Lego Star Wars that I can recommend with very few caveats.
  32. Nov 29, 2012
    80
    The best yet in the series, but with a modest play time and simple gameplay it's hard to recommend as a purchase for adults. The formula is simply starting to wear a bit thin. For fans of the films, it's a quality product that does the license justice and likely represents one of the final pop culture spin-offs before the trilogy is finally laid to rest.
  33. 80
    A wonderful experience for gamers of all ages, and a sure-fire Christmas present hit for fans of the film trilogy.
  34. Nov 25, 2012
    80
    It's easy to feel a little jaded about yet another LEGO game, especially coming so soon after LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes. But that soon fades as you jump into LEGO The Lord of the Rings. This huge, open-world game simply never misses a beat and also breathes new life into the familiar property of The Lord of the Rings.
  35. 80
    A light-hearted take on heavy-duty subject matter is no more than what we've come to expect from Travellers' Tales. In adding RPG features without shattering the returning mechanics, however, the LEGO team have arguably outdone themselves. You shall not pass this one up.
  36. Nov 21, 2012
    80
    One of the best LEGO titles yet. It manages to find a brilliant sweet spot between linear set-pieces and larger puzzles and exploration that make it a joy to play through.
  37. Nov 20, 2012
    80
    Things like the lack of online co-op are undoubtedly more prevalent with each iteration, but Lego Lord of the Rings is still a huge success that's wonderfully adorable and an absolute delight to play.
  38. Nov 20, 2012
    80
    At the end of the day LEGO Lord of the Rings is exactly what you would expect. Whether or not it is something you want is entirely based on your love for the two properties. LEGO games are not going anywhere. They are well made, cover fantastic franchises and, admit it; we all enjoy playing them from time to time. That said, if you enjoy the LotR series, you will undoubtedly love what TT Games has done here. It may not evolve the series, but it does enough to make fans of both franchises happy.
  39. Nov 19, 2012
    80
    Despite a few bugs with the checkpoint system (we experienced a crash in the ending cutscene of a level and had to repeat the entire thing, for instance), Lego: Lord Of The Rings is an entirely pleasant experience, especially if you haven't seen Peter Jackson's films recently, or simply don't mind sitting through an abbreviated version of them again.
  40. Jan 1, 2013
    75
    A very good game, charismatic, charming and suitable both for children and grown-up Tolkien lovers, whom will find it a very funny, if not challenging, experience.
  41. Nov 28, 2012
    75
    If there are no big changes in the way Traveller's Tales develop their games, LEGO The Lord of the Rings remains a great adventure game that offers enough innovations such as its new cinematographic approach or a new open-world, the Middle-Earth, that proposes lots of side quests, to entertain players for hours. Hopefully, the use of unofficial voices, less humor and the repetitiveness of some action sequences won't weaken the game experience.
  42. There's no doubt it's similar to previous Lego games, but the different characters and setting and continuing gameplay additions are enough to keep things fresh and exciting.
  43. 70
    Despite the off-tone retelling, though, Lego Lord of the Rings succeeds in being the most authentic and complete LOTR videogame to date.
  44. Dec 2, 2012
    70
    If you're the type of fan who will play through the LEGO The Lord of the Rings story mode and then return it to the shelf, then you should run out and buy it right now (or order it online and choose priority shipping). If you're a LotR fan who has never played a LEGO game before, you'll likely be pleased at this very faithful - and slightly whimsical - adaptation. If you plan on investing the time to dig into every nook and cranny of this title, the path ahead is a long and arduous one, Frodo.
  45. Nov 22, 2012
    70
    The sheer amount of content on offer is certain to please fans, as well as those who want to smash bricks or solve rudimentary puzzles, and to experience whatever amount of crossover there is between them. Lego LOTR's authenticity is matched only by the amount of content on offer, and is a must for those who love the films or play regularly with younger gamers.
  46. Nov 20, 2012
    70
    Another top notch Lego game and one that surpasses other Tolkien tie-ins, and most other movie adaptations, in terms of both fun and, unbelievably, authenticity.
  47. Nov 26, 2012
    68
    It lacks some of the unique charm that the series is known for, and the gameplay, while fun at times, is beginning to lose its luster.
  48. Dec 3, 2012
    60
    The more ambitious surrounding artifice may alienate much younger players, while the lack of quest lists with which to track your progress will frustrate older, more seasoned virtual adventurers. This is a less focused game than the most recent Lego Harry Potter game, then, thoughtfully assembled but ultimately failing to rule them all.
  49. Nov 29, 2012
    60
    Lego TLOTR is, despite its many flaws, still broadly enjoyable. It has charm, it has its moments and the series holds an undeniable attraction for kids both actual and inner. It's a Lego game, in other words. But it's bloated, too, full of half-formed, shoddily executed ideas and frustrating glitches.
User Score
8.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 60 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 14
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 14
  3. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Nov 19, 2012
    10
    Great LEGO game and a cool way to tell such a complicated story for the kids. The only thing missing was a hose customiser, would have loved to be able to pimp my ride! Full Review »
  2. Nov 25, 2012
    10
    Another LEGO game comes another slice of comedic genius and great all round family fun from TT. The scenes from the films are instantly recognisable, Howard Shore's composition has been injected with nothing but the care it deserves and the gameplay, puzzle and boss designs are nothing short of the best stuff to be released in a LEGO game.

    And then we have the HUB.... oh the HUB! The WHOLE of middle earth is there with so much fun, puzzles and exploration.

    ANYONE who disregards this as "just another LEGO game" will be sorely missing out on one of the most fun, entertaining and widely appealing games of the year.

    Top marks!
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  3. Nov 13, 2012
    8
    it's actually funny and a little odd to say this, but these LEGO games keep getting better and better, yet, they go unnoticed. I'm aware there's been some shipping issues with this, but oh well.
    It's actually quite fun
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