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  • Summary: Undertake a fantastic journey following the same path as the Fellowship in the book. Play as either Frodo, Aragorn, or Gandalf the Grey. As you take the fabled One Ring closer to its fate, you will explore the most dangerous wilds of Middle-earth from the Shire to the very edge of Mordor.Undertake a fantastic journey following the same path as the Fellowship in the book. Play as either Frodo, Aragorn, or Gandalf the Grey. As you take the fabled One Ring closer to its fate, you will explore the most dangerous wilds of Middle-earth from the Shire to the very edge of Mordor. [Universal Interactive] Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 19
  2. Negative: 4 out of 19
  1. A very big disappointment for gamers everywhere, because it is a lackluster effort for a game that had the potential to be awesome.
  2. This game will only suit hardcore fans of the J.R.R. Tolkien series.
  3. The game suffers from some repetitive missions with a lot of "fetch this and find that," plus many of the camera angles are finicky.
  4. PSM Magazine
    60
    The focus should have been on making the experience as exciting as possible, not just accurate. [Holiday 2002, p.50]
  5. 60
    Captures the beauty and magic of Tolkien’s world...visually. Once you pick up the controller, you’ll find your enthusiasm slipping quickly away.
  6. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    52
    True fans of the books will look past the problems and enjoy the game. [Dec 2002, p.210]
  7. Even though the graphics and sound are splendid, the almost across-the-boards flat acting and boring enemies along with the used and abused game play elements combine for one lame game touting more of the same.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 14
  2. Negative: 7 out of 14
  1. SeaToad
    Aug 24, 2003
    10
    BEST PS2 GAME EVER. hey! dont listen to the people saying "oh! i cant get past the nazgul" thats just hobbiton, what do u expect in the shire BEST PS2 GAME EVER. hey! dont listen to the people saying "oh! i cant get past the nazgul" thats just hobbiton, what do u expect in the shire helms deep or something? GET THIS GAME. Expand
  2. BobITSABOY
    Feb 16, 2003
    10
    It is the one of the best games out there for the Playstation Two and if you're a fan of Lord OF the Rings well the this is a must have It is the one of the best games out there for the Playstation Two and if you're a fan of Lord OF the Rings well the this is a must have for your collection. Expand
  3. Apr 17, 2016
    8
    A game for people who like the book and want to play the story instead of just killing stuff over and over. Not the best game ever but not theA game for people who like the book and want to play the story instead of just killing stuff over and over. Not the best game ever but not the worst either as some have said. A decent, light adventure game not aimed at the hard-core gamer market. Expand
  4. Mar 7, 2022
    4
    I confess; this game has some magic in it, but it could've been a lot more. It starts off quite nicely, in the Shire, introducing it's manyI confess; this game has some magic in it, but it could've been a lot more. It starts off quite nicely, in the Shire, introducing it's many habitants, and their way of life. It can be relaxing and surprisingly good to just walk around the place and explore it's surroundings.

    The lore is great, and it follows the book in a satisfying way, but the gameplay itself is the real problem in here... especially the combat, and it's COMPLETELY failed attempt of a stealth. It can be absolute hell to control Frodo in a fight, and less of a tragedy for the other characters, such as Gandalf and Aragorn. "Oh, but Frodo can't fight", I know he can't, but the gameplay is still trash all the same.

    The level design has some inspired segments, but the graphics themselves are not really that great to look at (and that's putting it mildly). By the end of 2001 (a year ago at that time), we already had games like Final Fantasy X and Shadow Hearts, so there's no excuse for such mediocrity from a respectable IP such as this one; you could feel the developer did put a certain small amount of passion in some aspects of this title though.

    I had some fun in it, but that's probably 'cause I just love the theme it's based, so I went in with all the patience in the world.

    Anyway; there are a lot of semi, or full RPG games out there in the PS2 market that would completely obliterate this guy, but do give it a try if you're a LOTR fan, or you'd just like to experience the Fellowship of the Ring story arc in a video-game.

    It is a BELOW AVERAGE game.
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  5. EldonT.
    Mar 7, 2004
    3
    The game is an attempt. it's really bad in the beginning. about the only good thing about it was the fact that it meticulously followed The game is an attempt. it's really bad in the beginning. about the only good thing about it was the fact that it meticulously followed the storyline. the game needs more fighting. i mean come on! you probably kill about 40 enemies tops. and most of it is just "go find this" and "retrieve that". gandalf's limited abilities kill whatever interest you had in playing him. in short: don't pay more than $6.99 for this "interactive experience". Expand
  6. Bunny1022
    Mar 9, 2003
    2
    While i appreciate the attention to detail from the book, the game as an rpg sucks. the missions are pointless, the character design isWhile i appreciate the attention to detail from the book, the game as an rpg sucks. the missions are pointless, the character design is laughable, and the camera angle are the worst ever, period. Do yourself a favor, if you MUST play this game do to some odd mental dysfunction you have, at least save yourself $50 and rent it. Expand
  7. hnfcx
    Jan 11, 2003
    0
    This game is so bad I can't even give it a 1.

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#60 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2002
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#75 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2002