Wednesday, 8 July 2009

Lord Of The Rings Conquest review - 80%

Do you lay awake at night wondering if a Balrog could kick ten shades out of Treebeard..? I know I sure as hell did - Until I went out and bought Lord Of The Rings Conquest, which not only answered that question for me, but several other Lord Of The Rings based questions; Such as "How far can I ACTUALLY toss a dwarf?" and of course "Can I pass?".

Lord of the Rings Conquest drops you into the roll of a generic soldier on the battlefield, with a choice of what kind of infantry you are, your choice consists of:
Warrior - Does what he says on the tin really; As a warrior you pretty much just run in and stab people, which to be honest gets a little boring, especially since the melee in this game is god awful. I felt it was kind of a "Whoever hits first wins" Which is kinda true, once you knock someone down as a warrior, you can just beat them again before they have a chance to stand up; Which can only be stopped by using a special move that only heroes have. What i'm trying to say is, if you play this game, avoid the warrior like the plague, unless you're taking down a big target, such as a Ent or Cave Troll.
Next you've got the Scout; Which is another melee class; So once more, really only kinda useful against taking out big targets and heroes, but only because the scout has a special move where he can one hit anyone - So as you can imagine, he's whored out when it comes to online gameplay.
Archer is up next - I found the archer to be rather enjoyable and spent most of the time playing as him.
They have an advantage on long range attacks and can also down large targets by simply spamming their main three skills from a distance, but none the less, an enjoyable class, but a pain the arse when it comes to online play.
And finally there's mage, I started off hating the mage, but grew to love it as I played through the game. To begin with, I wasn't sure how to play mage, but it's all about blocking the enemy from getting to you, using this spell that creates an area of fire that burns the enemy if they walk through - And then to spam electric attacks whilst they walk through the fire; This works on both smaller and larger targets, so mage seems the best class to play - Unless you want to do some long ranged killing.

In essence, the gameplay really isn't varied and the only variation throughout the game comes with what ever class you play, which is probably why the game was so dissapointingly short - Two campaigns that span about four hours each at best - And the sad thing is, the whole time I was playing, I wasn't feeling the LOTR influence, the generic species and hero that's from LOTR appears, but it doesn't feel like LOTR should.
There's only one real moment where you go
"Yeaaa..LORD OF THE RINGS!" And it's immense, it's when you're slaughtering some random Orcs and it goes all grim and stuff - And then suddenly, you start kicking arse and the classic LOTR tune comes in - And I personally got a shiver up my spine when that happened.

I guess what i'm trying to say is; The game doesn't deliver the epic LOTR experience like it should do, but as a standalone game, it's pretty good.
It's also a fairly good clone of the original Star Wars Battlefront games, except of course with next-gen graphics and different skins on the characters - And a lack of vehicles; Which I feel is a problem, sure, in LOTR Conquest we could ride horses, become a balrog and an Ent - But where were the giant eagles and those scary dragon monsters? I mean, they were there, but they just flew around the sky and annoyed the pants off of you.

Thankfully for us gamers that enjoy online gameplay - once the campaigns are over, you can head online - To do the exact same thing with people that actually know what they're doing (Unless you're on the baddies side). Because, it's kinda apparent that no one plays baddies in this game; So, you always just get people who don't want to be there fighting with you and generally tossing about as a cave troll.

All in all; Lord Of The Rings conquest is a good game, it just lacks the depth and variation that a game such as Star Wars Battlefront had - Add flying Dragon/Eagle battles and you'd be having alot more fun.
This game is worth buying if you were a fan of Star Wars Battlefront or a die hard Lord Of The Rings fan that can find joy in anything that contains blonde haired pretty boys and short angry men with beards.


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