View Full Version : Think LotRO is perfect? look at this review

09-11-2007, 12:07 PM
This is a review from a person who played LotRO from level 1 to 50, and his synopsis of the "great" features of the AH, crafting, and so on.


LotRO is not the candyland perfectly-engineered MMO land of plenty, and from the sounds of it, they have a lot of the same problems as DDO.

I especially like the part where the reviewer says "..if they got rid of all re-spawns, then the heavens will open, and the angels will sing..." or something like that.

Take a look, and see, with your own eyes.

09-11-2007, 12:12 PM
LoTRo is a horrible game.

Played it for about 2 weeks then quit.

Nothing else out there right now so I'm back in DDO land and wwiiOnline until AoC perhaps...

Too bad about LoTRo though, I had high hopes that were promptely dashed against a wall and beaten to a pulp and left for dead on the Tree of Woe.

09-11-2007, 12:44 PM
Any of the MMO's that make you walk for hours (real time hours) in order to complete a quest are boring to me. I much rather prefer a small world like DDO with quest entrances at every turn. I play LoTRO from time to time and get bored quick. Usually I spend about 20 minutes trying to figure out exactly where I have to walk to find a guy with a gold ring on his head. Then, I finally find him and he tells me to walk all the way back to where I came from to deliver a sack of flour (or something stupid) in order to complete the task. It is like you are playing an MMO based upon being a UPS driver or something.

09-11-2007, 12:50 PM
yes the endless walking was the killer for me.

That and the xp system.

You only get worthwhile xp from completing quests.

You need to complete many group quests to get enough xp to lvl up.

To get a group together, everyone must have the same quest (you cannot repeat quests for more xp).

That all adds up to having a hard time getting enough people together on the same quest. This usually means you drop what you're doing and join someone else's quest that you need instead of inviting people to yours.

That usually means more walking back to wherever their quest is at.

That does mean you spend a lot (possibly most) of your time walking between quests not gaining any xp or making any money.

If you want a lesson in hardship, go play a Hobbit and deliver pies for 8 hours.

09-11-2007, 12:59 PM
Well, I tried out LotR a couple days ago (via the free trial method) using the large full rez download (not that it makes any difference).

I base my preferece on MMOs probably a bit differently than many people, but I will give my brief summary of my time in it, just for the heck of it.

I hated it...plain and simple. To me what little I saw gave me no notion or desire to ever see it again or even want to see what else there might be to it.

For starters, I base alot of an MMO on the character generation. When a game apparently spends little to no time in generating player characters I lose alot of interest in assuming they spent much time on anything else. There is little in an MMO which presents to the player a lack of originality, options and new game design, when the character generation is so basic as to make a game full of players all being basically the same thing. In short, much of it is identical to DDO. The look of the generator is the same, the lack of appearance choices are pretty much the same as well. After that, they seem to have left everything else out. I got to pick my rance/gender/class and that was it (aside from a few worthless appearance alterations). No choosing skills or abilities. I was one of the few classes...that was pretty much the extent of designing a character. Not to mention, to me the appearance of the characters looked bad. They looked slapped together and no where near a fluid looking as the DDO characters look.

In game, I had a bit of a learning curve to overcome with the motions and such, as it differs a bit from DDO (not alot, but enough to be require learning some new things). Again, the appearance of my character looked horrible to me, as well as the very motion of that character was not fluid at all and appeared to act like he hadnt even learned to walk, or looked like a dog trying to walk around on its hind legs. Very non-humanoid to me and ungamely (distracting too).

Combatwise...seemed very simplistic to me. Basically it came down to click on mob, watch fight, move on to next mob.

The game world appearance itself, was nice, but in my view (from what I saw) DDO's world looks better. All around I think DDO's graphics are much better, and I'm comparing high rez LotR to medium rez DDO.

The few things I saw that I did like. Mobs drop things...imagine that you can loot mobs. The world is much bigger and has open areas. Quests have more of storyline to me, however that's just text...the quests seem rather simplistic.

Now, personally, I am very sick of WoW, EQ2, DAoC, etc and have yet to find anything that would want me to consider returning to any of them. If LotR was my only real choice for an MMO, then I would be returning to the other games quickly and with enthusiasm. So in short, I don;t think I could even put LotR on a ranking scale and a 0 would basically not be worth rating :P.

Keep in mind my play time was short and I saw very little, but nothing made me want to stay and many things made me want to uninstall it quickly and go play some old games instead.

09-11-2007, 05:12 PM
You should not have to work hard to enjoy a new game.

Either it grabs you or it doesn't.

Consider yourself lucky you weren't "grabbed" in this one as the frustration only increases the longer you play.

Pray AoC is everything it should be...

09-12-2007, 07:18 AM
Pray AoC is everything it should be...

I am trying to keep my expectations low, but the more they delay it, the more the hunger.....


....it would have to be all of that AND a bag of chips to make me leave DDO.

09-12-2007, 08:46 AM
It's a WoW clone with a Lord of the Rings skin.

While it has some great visual appeal, read: landscapes, buildings, enviroment, it STILL is a WoW clone.

I lasted about 3 days.

09-12-2007, 12:07 PM
It's a WoW clone with a Lord of the Rings skin.

While it has some great visual appeal, read: landscapes, buildings, enviroment, it STILL is a WoW clone.

I lasted about 3 days.

That was how long I lasted in WoW. At least LoTRo had an appealing background setting instead of cartoon acid land.

09-12-2007, 03:30 PM
That was how long I lasted in WoW. At least LoTRo had an appealing background setting instead of cartoon acid land.

Woodstock flashbacks....


Excuse me while I kiss the sky...

09-12-2007, 03:42 PM
Pray AoC is everything it should be...

Prepare to be dissappointed.

09-12-2007, 05:15 PM
I liked LotRO well enough. Not enough to make it my primary game or anything, but enough to keep a sub for it. It's alright if you want to play something different than DDO (read: more WoW-like) for a night or so.

BTW, I do play a hobbit (burgler), and I DID deliver all the pies and the mail too, hehe.