Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3, Wii, PC, 3DS, Vita, DS
Developer: Traveller’s Tales
Release Date: October 30 (3DS, Vita, DS); November 13 (360, PS3, Wii, PC)
Price: $49.99 (360, PS3) / $39.99 (Wii, 3DS, Vita) / $29.99 (PC, DS)
Players: 1-2 (local co-op only)
Note: Handheld versions do NOT feature an open world to explore in between story levels.
• LEGO Lord of the Rings will follow the events and story of Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings film trilogy (2001-2003).
• Events from all three films- The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, and The Return of the King- will be included.
• LEGO Lord of the Rings will feature voice acting and the dialogue for the Lego characters comes directly from the films themselves.
• Following the precedent of LEGO Batman 2 released earlier this year, LEGO Lord of the Rings will feature an open world Middle-Earth to play in in between story missions that feature standard LEGO game puzzle solving, platforming, collecting, and humor.
• The game features more than 80 playable characters (the most of any game in the series) from the Lord of the Rings franchise as well as Howard Shore’s award-winning soundtrack from the films.
• New features include an emphasis on carrying items that are unique to each character as well as a Blacksmith Shop that allows you to craft your own items.
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E3 Moria demo
Gamescom Helm’s Deep demo
The 3DS demo is live and can be downloaded for free through the Nintendo eShop.
The PC demo is live and can be downloaded for free.
• LOTR Middle-earth Weapons & Magical Items Pack featuring a Elrond’s Circlet, Whirlwind Axe, and a Troll Mace
• Elrond minifigure
• $10 Amazon credit plus exclusive characters (yet to be specified)
What is this, 2005? Where’s the online co-op?
LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga is the only game in the series to feature online co-op. Apparently Traveller’s Tales hasn’t thought it an important enough feature to include, so we’re left with just local co-op.
Wait, so you’re telling me these guys actually delayed the console versions to the same week of Call of Duty? Are they nuts?
In the absence of any evidence to the contrary, we can only presume yes.
Are the console and handheld versions the same?
No. The handheld versions do not feature an open world Middle Earth to explore in between story levels. They are, rather, just like the previous games in the series with just the story levels included. The levels are, however, slightly different from their console counterparts.
Does this follow the Extended Editions of the films of just the Theatrical Cuts?
It is unknown at this time. All gameplay and cutscenes shown has been of scenes in the Theatrical Versions, so right now, that seems like the safest bet.
Thanks to Dragonzord whose LEGO Batman 2 OT helped me with the format.