LEGO The Lord of the Rings Preview -- One Block to Rule Them AllBy Rob Manuel - Posted Jun 01, 2012
With the recent announcement of Frodo making his trek through the land of LEGO in LEGO The Lord of The Rings, a collective gasp could be heard through out the hallways all the way to cliffs of Mount Doom. One of the most beloved and epic stories of all time was finally going to get a chance to receive the LEGO treatment.
Imagine battling deep with in the Mines of Moria as the hapless crew dodge and dive from the swinging club of a rather pestered cave troll. Gimli takes to the ground; axe swinging as he takes on any of the footmen below. LEGOlas lets loose a quiver from the back line. Frodo, one the other hand, does the best he can to tackle the troll the only way he knows how. It’s a scene we’ve played through time and time again, but with the LEGO games, it takes a new twist as well as brings something new to the epic series.
Fans of those little plastic bricks now get a chance to play with all the characters in a scene. From bow to axe and sword, you can now flip between each of the heroes as they come to the scene. We’re looking at massive battles where you’ll need to keep an eye on all of the fellowship if you hope to make your way through the battles.
While you won’t be flipping through all of the fellowship while in every scene, developers say that you’ll be able to take on any of the roles where it makes sense in battle.
Along with a grander rooster of characters, LEGO The Lord of The Rings brings full voice acting also into the mix. Just as with LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes, the developers dabble with voice to bring the story closer to the player. Now you can hear all of Gimli’s witty banter, every grunt that comes from Aragorn, as well as every sigh uttered from Samwise whenever he looks at Frodo.
One does not simply make a The Lord of the Rings game without figuring out which of the stories they want to cover. The team at Traveller’s Tales packs in the full trilogy into a single game. From the shire to the assault on the Black Gate, you’ll be able to take it all on as you battle under the ever-watching evil stud of Sauron.
Even after hitting Ring fatigue some years back with the launch of the movies, seeing the one stud to bind them all is truly a welcome sight. The LEGO series always finds a new twist or angle to take in even the most well worn stories. Go tell LEGOlas to string up his bow. LEGOLOTR brings the fellowship back together later this year.