Jonathan wrote:* How well does it pull of the Middle-earth feeling?
* Which is the best race to play?
* What's the quality of the graphics/sound/gameplay?
* Can it be compared to any other MMORPG?
* Does it stray from Tolkien's stories dramatically?
* Does it have more of a book or movie feeling?
I've been playing in the Open Beta for a week now and can answer a few of those questions:Can it be compared to any other MMORPG?
I played in the open beta of Dark Age of Camelot
and for a few months after it first opened. LOTRO is very
similar to DAOC. In fact, I would be surprised if LOTRO didn't borrow a lot in terms of mechanics from DAOC. LOTRO seems very advanced for a game in this stage of its development. I believe that is attributible to its borrowings from DAOC.Does it stray from Tolkien's stories dramatically?
From what I've seen it doesn't stray at all. Of course the developers have had to exercise some creative license to fill in a lot of spaces that Tolkien did not cover. The time period currently reflected in the Shire is post Black Rider visit. Lobelia and Lotho are living in Bag End and, according to Rosie Cotton, Sam and Mr. Frodo have moved to Crickhollow.Does it have more of a book or movie feeling?
As you may have gathered from the previous paragraph, the storyline of LOTR is definitely book-oriented. In fact, in the FAQs
at the website it states:
Turbine owns the rights to produce massively-multiplayer online games based on the written works, The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit.
That having been said, the Elven architecture in the Ered Luin--the Elven newbie area--is particularly reminiscent of Alan Lee's renderings of Rivendell for Peter Jackson's movie. The background music, again I'm thinking of the Elven areas in Ered Luin where I've ventured, resembles Howard Shore's score for Peter Jackson's movies. The fact that Tom Bombadil is featured also gives LOTRO more of a book flavor.