Not enough people in the LOTR fandom are grateful enough for LOTR Online. Sure, it isn’t a great game, but it has brought to life a lot of Middle-earth we’ve never seen. Forochel, Thorin’s Halls, the Grey Company and Angmar are some examples, and we can finally see Tolkien’s image fully realized. LOTRO isn’t a very good game, but it is a much better representation of Middle-earth than anything else.
Excuse you, confessor. LOTRO is the best Middle-earth game (believe me I’ve play every game out there that has something to do with Middle-earth) that’s out there! The story and things to explore are VAST. You always get to meet lovely characters, the community is nice, one of the nicest I’ve ever known in all the time I’ve been playing MMO’s. They actually keep to the freaking lore Tolkien has us provided with and if there’s missing something they beautifully invent something of there own which fits so nicely into everything, if you don’t know the books you don’t even notice it is lore made up by the creators. A plus thing is the cosmectic system and LOTRO is one of the few games where female characters look actually normal, and not like a damn pornstar. But I agree with you on one thing: It isn’t appreciated enough, people overlook this game most of the time and if I ask people about it the answer is always the same: The graphics are the worst. And I log in and I always wonder: Are they? Because it looks fine to me, this game is seven years old and I’ve seen up-to-date games which look worse. LOTRO doesn’t try to give you fantasy, comic-like graphics like WoW does. While it looks a bit fantasy to me, it also looks very realistic. That is if you put your graphics up on ultra high and turn on anti-aliasing to x8. But enough of this, LOTRO is awesome and will always continue to be.
If I may be Douchey McNitpick for a second, the lore adherence does have some pretty large gaps, namely, Loremasters and Runekeepers. The power these classes wield is on par with that of the strongest Maiar, which is absolutely ridiculous lore-wise. This type of magic just doesn’t exist on canon Middle-Earth, definitely not in the hands of the Free Peoples at least. I do acknowledge MMORPG-s need caster classes, but seeing a single LM calling down a freaking tempest when the best Gandalf can manage is a bit of lightshow makes me go ehhhhh.
However, putting all that aside, I do agree with everything else you’ve said. LotRO does not need super shiny graphics and effects because its world is not meant to be that way. It is the most extensive and best video game representation of Middle-Earth as of yet. Even more importantly though, the atmosphere is unlike any other MMO I’ve played. It has a heart and soul that very few games can boast of having, and those looking only at the graphics, technicalities and the gameplay to judge an MMO won’t be able to appreciate its true worth, ever. LotRO is not a trendy game, possibly never will be, and it’s most likely better for it. Let extreme leet gamers have WoW and shiny Korean MMO-s, while we fans get to have a game that is worthy of Tolkien’s work, despite any and all flaws.
Ok, I am posting it on here because this blog has more followers and I have to say this. To the original commentator (the one on the graphic), go hide in your mom’s basement.
This is a wonderful game. I can understand how the guy above me doesn’t like every skill characters have, but the game has sooo much going on that they don’t really have the time to worry about such things.
For all people who don’t play, here is a rundown…
You have the different races, hobbit, elf, dwarf, human. You can play many different classes (including a Bjorn class coming soon), and explore a huge world. The world is so huge that I don’t explore every area with every character as I’m leveling. You literally go back after you are level cap and do really easy quests below level, just because there is soo much to do.
They have different festivals that they run regularly to break up the monotony. Wanna chase people around with a club and wack them? Done. Want to kick some chickens around? Done. There is also an hour long quest to go pick flowers.
Did I mention there is a quest to run around middle earth as a level one chicken?
PvP is you get to play a free people (your normal character) or a monster (spider, warg, reaver, war captain, defiler, and uruk-hai), and just go and kill each other for the hell of it. You have to find a good server though. PvP depends on the attitude of the server. Some servers are better then others. If you can speak other languages, go to the European servers for PvP.
You have your own house which you decorate with items you get from all over the world. You retake Moria. You can have hundreds of cosmetics and change your outfit to whatever you want (my account has some really cute cosmetics).
There is mounted combat. Raids don’t have to take 3-4 hours. The crafting system is pretty good. The epic quests are awesome, though there is a book here and a book there you will hate (for 3-4 volumes, expect a crappy one here and there).
The people are amazing. The roleplay server is amazing. They have this thing called..well I forget, but its a big event. It’s so big, that the developers actually have world events happen in game over it. Landroval, a roleplay server.
This game is amazing, and there is a reason I’ve been playing for years and years. And now that I’m out of the drama kin and in a good kinship, it has opened up for me in a whole new way.
Anyone that has a problem with this game can go suck it.
Anyone interested in playing, feel free to come to Nimrodel and hang out with my kinies. We’re patient with newbies and a mature kinship. Landrovel is the best roleplay server. Elindimer (spelling) is one of the better pvp servers. Avoid Brandywine like the plague, its the most populated and just a mess.